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James Moody

Listen In Memoriam, James Moody

December 10, 2010 – Romantic, witty and earthy, the saxophonist and flutist's sound was an extension of his personality.

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Abbey Lincoln was the powerful voice of Max Roach's political piece, We Insist! Freedom Now Suite.

Listen Abbey Lincoln: The Power Of Voice

August 17, 2010 – Few singers have the emotional depth and versatility of Abbey Lincoln, who died Saturday.

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As of 2008, Dave Brubeck still tours extensively with his jazz quartet, often performing his religious works.

Listen Dave Brubeck: In His Own Sweet Way

December 24, 2008 – Unlike most jazz artists, the pianist and composer enjoyed both talent and commercial success.

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Oscar Peterson's recording career lasted more than 60 years, spanning hundreds of albums as a leader or sideman.

Listen Oscar Peterson: Piano Master

December 17, 2008 – The famed virtuoso commanded the entire keyboard with incredible dexterity, drive and precision.

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Tito Puente, performing in 1983.

Listen Tito Puente: 'El Rey'

December 10, 2008 – The King of Latin Music was a dynamic percussionist and bandleader — and an irrepressible showman.

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

Listen Rosemary Clooney: An American Treasure

December 3, 2008 – The singer's simple and exquisite vocal style defined her dynamic and successful career.

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Duke Ellington's compositions present a timeless contribution to American music's legacy.

Listen Duke Ellington: The Composer, Pt. 2

November 26, 2008 – The bandleader's compositions present an indelible contribution to American music's legacy.

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The legendary bandleader and composer Duke Ellington produced more than one thousand lasting works.

Listen Duke Ellington: The Composer, Pt. 1

November 19, 2008 – The legendary bandleader and composer produced more than a thousand lasting works.

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Listen Milt Hinton: The Ultimate Timekeeper

November 12, 2008 – The bassist provided the rhythmic foundation for many jazz greats with his fat booming sound.

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Illinois Jacquet's wild, screeching and full-toned style heralded a new approach to the tenor saxophone.

Listen Illinois Jacquet: King Of The Screeching Tenor

November 5, 2008 – The saxophonist's wild and full-toned playing style heralded a new approach to the tenor.

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Listen Jay 'Hootie' McShann: Kansas City Swingman

October 29, 2008 – The bluesman, bandleader and pianist was a living legacy of Kansas City jazz.

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Al Grey used a plumber's implement to perfect a unique trombone style.

Listen Al Grey: The Last Big Time Plunger

October 21, 2008 – The trombonist developed a unique style by using a plunger to manipulate the sound of his horn.

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Listen Anita O'Day: High Times And Hard Times

October 16, 2008 – The singer made an impact with her range, her knack for improvisation and interpreting a lyric.

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Artie Shaw's ideas were often deemed too modern, and his temperament was ill-suited to the role of star.

Listen Artie Shaw: The Reluctant Jazz Star

October 9, 2008 – The clarinetist's ideas were often too modern, and his temperament ill-suited to the role of star.

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Listen Ellis Larkins: The Patient Pianist

October 2, 2008 – Larkins was a classically trained master of melody and a subtle accompanist to Ella Fitzgerald.

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