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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. Hans Kumpf/Courtesy of ECM Records hide caption

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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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Nina Simone's voice may have had a limited range, but its unique power and melancholy made for a legendary effect when paired with her genre-crossing piano. Getty Images hide caption

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Lionel Hampton is one of many jazz greats buried at Woodlawn Cemetery in New York City. Lee Sandstead/Courtesy of Woodlawn Cemetery hide caption

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Ornette Coleman performs during the North Sea Jazz Festival in 2010. Peter Van Breukelen/Redferns/Getty Images hide caption

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Ornette Coleman, Jazz Iconoclast, Dies At 85

The American jazz saxophonist and composer who liberated jazz from conventional harmony, tonality, structure and expectation, died Thursday of cardiac arrest in Manhattan at age 85.

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Bruce Lundvall attends a ceremony hosted by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, which produces the Grammy Awards. In addition to his role as record executive, he also once served as director of the Recording Academy. Noel Vasquez/Getty Images hide caption

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Ralph Sharon, who performed with Tony Bennett for over 40 years, plays in his hometown of Boulder, Colo. in 2010. Scott D. Smith/Retna/Corbis hide caption

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Clark Terry wasn't just a trumpeter with flawless technique; he was also, according to one peer, a "natural-born educator" who devoted much of his later career to passing on his immense musical knowledge. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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