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Coleman Hawkins in 1946.

Read Coleman Hawkins: Tenor Saxophone, Front And Center Jazz24

November 21, 2012 – Starting in the 1920s, Hawkins made an afterthought of an instrument into a star attraction. Jazz24

The band led by drummer Art Blakey (center) groomed more than 150 alumni members, including saxophonist Wayne Shorter and trumpeter Lee Morgan.

Read The 'Class Presidents' Of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers WFIU

October 11, 2012 – From the mid-'50s to 1990, the drummer's band became a finishing school for musicians. WFIU

Bud Powell pioneered bebop-style improvisation on the piano.

Read Five Essential Bud Powell Recordings WBGO

September 27, 2012 – Powell pioneered bebop-style improvisation at the piano. His biographer picks a few highlights. WBGO

Ahmad Jamal at the grand piano during the Blue Moon sessions.

Read Ahmad Jamal: Still Fearless And Innovative At 82 KVIX

July 2, 2012 – He revolutionized and continues to explore the jazz piano trio. KVIX

Jack DeJohnette.

Read Jack DeJohnette: 70 Years Of Propulsive, Percussive Mastery Jazz24

May 31, 2012 – Hear five songs from 1966 to the present which showcase the great drummer at the top of his powers. Jazz24

Legendary bassist Ron Carter turns 75 today.

Read Ron Carter: 75 Years Of Superb Bass

May 4, 2012 – He's a phenomenal soloist, but his reliability is what's landed him on more than 2,000 recordings.

E.Y. "Yip" Harburg.

Read Yip Harburg: A Lyricist For The Ages Jazz24

April 18, 2012 – Hear five singers take on one of the chief architects of the American popular song canon. Jazz24

Stan Kenton.

Read Stan Kenton At 100: Artistry In Rhythm WBGO

February 17, 2012 – Hear five songs from the audacious, prolific and controversial "progressive jazz" bandleader. WBGO

David Baker helped make formal jazz education a growing part of the music's history and evolution.

Read David Baker's 21st-Century Soul Music WFIU

January 19, 2012 – Baker helped make formal jazz education a growing part of the music's history and evolution. WFIU

Max Roach in 1947.

Read Max Roach: Drums, Front And Center Jazz24

January 10, 2012 – The late jazz pioneer's mission was to make drumming a more musical, lyrical experience. Jazz24

Willie "The Lion" Smith in his New York City apartment in 1947, smoking a signature stogie.

Read Willie 'The Lion' Smith: Stride Piano's Uptown Ruler Jazz24

November 23, 2011 – The life of Willie "The Lion" Smith was the stuff of legend, but his music backs up his boasts. Jazz24

Stevie Ray Vaughan synthesized many influences, from Albert King to T-Bone Walker, to get his unique guitar style.

Read Five Texas Bluesmen Who Paved The Way For Stevie Ray Vaughan Jazz24

August 3, 2011 – Vaughan synthesized many influences, from Albert King to T-Bone Walker, to get his unique style. Jazz24

From solo piano to languid big band, straight-up disco to full-on bananas "disco," Sun Ra had a wide 1970s output.

Read Sun Ra's '70s: From Solo Piano To Disco

May 31, 2011 – Hear the super-wide range of sounds from the Sun Ra Arkestra's third decade of existence.

Cootie Williams of the Duke Ellington Orchestra.

Read Duke's Men: Ellington's Loyal Improvisers WBGO

April 12, 2011 – Hear five of The Maestro's finest sidemen, all of whom he targeted for their strengths. WBGO

Tadd Dameron composed a body of work that helped define and expand the parameters of bebop.

Read Tadd Dameron: Bebop Romanticist Jazz24

February 22, 2011 – Dameron composed a body of work that helped define and expand the parameters of bebop. Jazz24

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