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The Masters At His Fingertips, Art Hodes Pays Tribute To Bessie Smith

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The jazz pianist's powerful 1976 album I Remember Bessie conveys a profound sense of loss.

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When Duke Flirted With The Queen

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Duke Ellington's piece for Queen Elizabeth II is included in a new collection of late-period suites.

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John Surman, Mike Osborne and Alan Skidmore were all saxophonists and teamed up in 1973 to form the short-lived trio S.O.S. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Clarinetist Darryl Harper discovered jazz as a teenager in Philadelphia. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Rich Halley and his quartet play with Bobby Bradford at the Penofin Jazz Festival. Bob Pyle/Rich Halley hide caption

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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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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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The 23-year-old jazz phenom's debut album showcases her takes on vintage jazz and blues numbers by Bessie Smith, Fats Waller and others.

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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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American jazz musician Woody Herman rehearses in London during a tour of England. Keystone/Getty Images hide caption

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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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Earl "Fatha" Hines' band featured the likes of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. Express/Getty Images hide caption

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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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Jazz clarinetist Ben Goldberg has released two new albums for different quintets. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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