Trombonist and composer Reginald Cyntje was born in Dominica and raised in the U.S. Virgin Islands on a diet of reggae, calypso, classical and jazz. Patrick Jarenwattananon/NPR hide caption

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Don Cheadle plays Miles Davis in the movie Miles Ahead. Cheadle's portrayal is being hailed as capturing the "badass" swagger that made Davis a hero to generations of black men. Sony Pictures Classics hide caption

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Don Cheadle's Miles Davis: The Latest 'Badass' Black Man On Screen
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6 Miles Davis Albums That Changed Music
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Willis Conover, an expert on jazz, broadcasts "Music USA" from his Voice of America studio in Washington in March 1959. AP hide caption

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Willis Conover, The Voice Of Jazz Behind The Iron Curtain
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Asad Ali, 63, was unemployed for four years when Pakistan clamped down on live music in 1977. He now plays the guitar for Sachal Studios Orchestra around the globe and in his hometown, Lahore. Courtesy of Mobeen Ansari hide caption

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The album Herb Alpert Presents Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 gave Mendes his first hit song, "Mas Que Nada," and his big break. A&M Records hide caption

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Sergio Mendes On Jazz, Luck And 'The Magic Of The Encounter'
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