Duke Ellington (1899-1974) at the piano at the Fairfield Hall, Croydon, during a British tour on Feb. 10, 1963. John Pratt/Getty Images hide caption

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'My Ellington': A Pianist Gives Duke Her Personal Touch
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Miami-born Cécile McLorin Salvant learned about improvisation and sang with her first band after moving to France in 2007. J.R. Photography/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Cécile McLorin Salvant: Making Old Songs New Again
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Sarah Vaughan performs during the International Jazz Festival of Nice in southeast France in July 1984. Raph Gatti/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Sarah Vaughan: A New Box Set Revels In Glorious Imperfections
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American jazz musician Woody Herman rehearses in London during a tour of England. Keystone/Getty Images hide caption

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100 Years Of Woody Herman: The Early Bloomer Who Kept Blooming
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A batch of reissues and archival releases from Bing Crosby's own vaults is getting a high-profile relaunch. Above, Crosby circa 1956. Courtesy of Universal Music hide caption

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Bing Crosby: From The Vaults, Surprising Breadth
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Earl "Fatha" Hines' band featured the likes of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. Express/Getty Images hide caption

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Earl Hines: Big Bands And Beyond On A New Box Set
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Drummer Barry Altschul writes tunes that play complex games with rhythm. Dmitry Mandel/Courtesy of TUM Records hide caption

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Barry Altschul: The Jazz Drummer Makes A Comeback
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Jazz clarinetist Ben Goldberg has released two new albums for different quintets. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Ben Goldberg's Variations: Two New Albums From A San Francisco Jazz Staple
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Rudresh Mahanthappa: Bicultural Jazz, Ever Shifting
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A 'Special Edition' Box Set Of Jack DeJohnette And Band
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Remembering Von Freeman, Lol Coxhill And Sean Bergin
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Jazz great Charles Mingus performs at the Monterey Jazz Festival in September 1964. Ray Avery/CTS Images hide caption

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Bass Note: Mingus And The Jazz Workshop Concerts
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The Dave Brubeck Quartet. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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Forgotten Gems From The Dave Brubeck Quartet
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Burning Bridge personnel, left to right: Jason Kao Hwang (violin), Wang Guowei (erhu), Sun Li (pipa), Ken Filiano (string bass), Andrew Drury (drum set), Joseph Daley (tuba), Steve Swell (trombone), Taylor Ho Bynum (cornet/flugelhorn). Scott Friedlander/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Jason Kao Hwang: From The Blues To China And Back
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