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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 jazz improviser who toured with Count Basie and Billie Holiday, DeFranco devised many new paths for his instrument as small-group bebop overtook the big bands of the Swing Era.

Buddy DeFranco: The Clarinetist Who Swung To Bebop

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In Memoriam, James Moody

He was a virtuoso musician, known for his work on multiple saxophones and flute. He was also a man who radiated love -- when you met him, he'd hold you tight and kiss you on both cheeks as if you were old friends. Romantic, witty and earthy, his 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 Lincoln, who died Saturday at the age of 80. With a voice capable of evoking the joys and pains of life, she carved out a niche as a singer, songwriter and storyteller for more than 40 years.

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 the vast majority of jazz musicians, the pianist and composer was blessed with both talent and commercial success. His blend of experimental and lyrical approaches made him one of the biggest draws of his day — and ever since.

Dave Brubeck: In His Own Sweet Way

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Oscar Peterson: Piano Master

The famed virtuoso commanded the entire keyboard with incredible dexterity, drive and precision, while performing around the world for more than 50 years, accruing countless honors, awards and critical accolades.

Oscar Peterson: Piano Master

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Tito Puente: 'El Rey'

He was a dynamic percussionist, a masterful arranger and an irrepressible showman. Throughout a career lasting more than 50 years, Puente fused American jazz with Afro-Cuban rhythms, earning him the title King of Latin Music.

Tito Puente: 'El Rey'

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Rosemary Clooney: An American Treasure

For more than fifty years, Rosemary Clooney's simple and exquisite singing style defined her dynamic career. She also appeared in movies and had a star turn on television, but it was her successful and inspired music that cemented her reputation as one of America's finest jazz-based vocalists.

Rosemary Clooney: An American Treasure

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Duke Ellington: The Composer, Pt. 2

The scope and breadth of Duke Ellington's compositions were far-reaching, drawing many influences together to create a cohesive and diverse sound. Composing consumed Ellington around the clock, and his musical legacy is a timeless contribution to American music.

Duke Ellington: The Composer, Pt. 2

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Duke Ellington: The Composer, Pt. 1

Duke Ellington composed some of the most enduring music of the 20th century, producing more than one thousand lasting works. With groundbreaking hits such as "Sophisticated Lady" and "Mood Indigo," Ellington vividly communicated universal ideas, while inventing musical concepts that helped elevate jazz to a sophisticated art form.

Duke Ellington: The Composer, Pt. 1

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