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Ernestine Anderson: A Natural At The Blues

One of the most versatile vocalists from the big band era, Anderson had an earthy, gritty style.

Ernestine Anderson: A Natural At The Blues

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Buddy DeFranco: The Clarinetist Who Swung To Bebop

A brilliant improviser, DeFranco devised new paths for his instrument after the advent of bebop.

Buddy DeFranco: The Clarinetist Who Swung To Bebop

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In Memoriam, James Moody

Romantic, witty and earthy, the saxophonist and flutist's sound was an extension of his personality.

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Abbey Lincoln: The Power Of Voice

Few singers have the emotional depth and versatility of Abbey Lincoln, who died Saturday.

Abbey Lincoln: The Power Of Voice

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As of 2008, Dave Brubeck still tours extensively with his jazz quartet, often performing his religious works. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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Dave Brubeck: In His Own Sweet Way

Unlike most jazz artists, the pianist and composer enjoyed both talent and commercial success.

Dave Brubeck: In His Own Sweet Way

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Oscar Peterson's recording career lasted more than 60 years, spanning hundreds of albums as a leader or sideman. Central Press/Getty Images hide caption

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Oscar Peterson: Piano Master

The famed virtuoso commanded the entire keyboard with incredible dexterity, drive and precision.

Oscar Peterson: Piano Master

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Tito Puente: 'El Rey'

The King of Latin Music was a dynamic percussionist and bandleader — and an irrepressible showman.

Tito Puente: 'El Rey'

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The singer's simple and exquisite vocal style defined her dynamic and successful career. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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Rosemary Clooney: An American Treasure

The singer's simple and exquisite vocal style defined her dynamic and successful career.

Rosemary Clooney: An American Treasure

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Duke Ellington: The Composer, Pt. 2

The bandleader's compositions present an indelible contribution to American music's legacy.

Duke Ellington: The Composer, Pt. 2

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Duke Ellington: The Composer, Pt. 1

The legendary bandleader and composer produced more than a thousand lasting works.

Duke Ellington: The Composer, Pt. 1

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