Ella Fitzgerald. William P. Gottlieb/Library of Congress via flickr.com hide caption

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The band led by drummer Art Blakey (center) groomed more than 150 alumni members, including saxophonist Wayne Shorter and trumpeter Lee Morgan. Robert Abbott Sengstacke/Getty Images hide caption

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Tadd Dameron composed a body of work that helped define and expand the parameters of bebop. William Gottlieb/Library of Congress via Flickr hide caption

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Ringo Starr's gold-plated snare drum will be on display at New York's Metropolitan Museum until December. Express Newspapers/Hulton Archive hide caption

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Shelly Manne achieved many tonal colors in drumming by using sticks, brushes, mallets, his hands... whatever it took to get the sound he wanted. Michael Ochs Archives hide caption

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