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Herbie Hancock premieres a new band lineup in concert Aug. 11 in Brooklyn. Douglas Kirkland/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Henry Threadgill calls his Pulitzer-winning piece, In for a Penny, In for a Pound, "an epic." John Rogers/Courtesy of the Artist hide caption

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Henry Threadgill Zooid, 'In For A Penny, In For A Pound (Opening)'

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Charenee Wade led a band featuring saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin in a program featuring the music of Gil Scott-Heron (and his collaborator, Brian Jackson). John Rogers for NPR hide caption

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Danish Afrobeat-inspired band The KutiMangoes pose for photos with the crowd at the Jarasum International Jazz Festival. Roh Seung-hwan/Courtesy of Jarasum International Jazz Festival hide caption

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Paul Bley, Influential Jazz Pianist, Has Died

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Following her conversion to Catholicism, pianist Mary Lou Williams began to compose and record religious music. William Gottlieb/Library of Congress hide caption

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Maria Schneider and Rudresh Mahanthappa didn't exactly tie for Best Album of the Year honors — but declaring a tie seems fitting to the quality of this year's list. Briene Lermitte/Jimmy Katz/Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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Vocalist Audrey Shakir will join the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra for this year's holiday show. Her son, saxophonist Walter Blanding, is a long-time Orchestra member. Frank Stewart/Jazz at Lincoln Center hide caption

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