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

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'The Edenfred Files': Darryl Harper's Blues-Infused Jazz

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Trumpeter Etienne Charles' new album is called Creole Soul. Laura Ferreira/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Piano Mastery, Trinidadian Trumpet, Singing Apes: New Jazz

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Sylvester's 1978 album Step II resulted in a couple of smash singles, "Dance (Disco Heat)" and "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)." Fantasy Archives hide caption

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Sylvester: 'Mighty Real' Disco Star Deserves A Modern Spotlight

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Jay-Z's previous albums include Reasonable Doubt and The Blueprint. He collaborated with Kanye West for Watch the Throne. Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Jay-Z Swings Triumphant Then Trivial On 'Magna Carta Holy Grail'

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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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Two New Jazz Albums Recall The Wide Open Spaces of The West

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Virginia's No BS! Brass Band adopts and ultimately expands the brass-band tradition. PJ Sykes/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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On Two New Albums, A Modern-Minded Brass Band Cuts Loose

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Personal Record is the second solo album by Eleanor Friedberger of The Fiery Furnaces. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Eleanor Friedberger's 'Personal Record' Examines The Little Things

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Pamina (Amy Carson) and Tamino (Joseph Kaiser) in Kenneth Branagh's production of Mozart's The Magic Flute. Revolver Group hide caption

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Branagh Imagines Mozart's 'Magic Flute' In Wartime

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As the title character (Melvil Poupaud) begins a new life as a woman, Laurence Anyways tracks the ups and downs of a relationship that will face more than one test. Breaking Glass Pictures hide caption

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On his new album, Magical Thinking, Chico Mann uses a host of electronic playthings to craft West African, Latin and 1980s "boogie" rhythms. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Chico Mann: Plastic Keys, Blinking Lights And Burbling Beats

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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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'My Ellington': A Pianist Gives Duke Her Personal Touch

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Mavis Staples has been performing for more than six decades. One True Vine is her second album-length collaboration with Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy. Zoran Orlic/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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For Mavis Staples, 'One True Vine' Brings Together Kindred Spirits

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