Wayne Shorter turns 80 this year. His newest album is called Without a Net. Robert Ascroft/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Jack DeJohnette. Chris Griffith/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Butch Morris leads a conduction at the 2007 Skopje Jazz Festival in Macedonia. Samir Ljuma for NPR hide caption

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Miles Davis' Live in Europe 1969: The Bootleg Series Vol. 2 is a compilation of previously unreleased material performed by a short-lived incarnation of his touring band. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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David Virelles. John Rogers for NPR/johnrogersnyc.com hide caption

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Wayne Shorter's new album, Without a Net, comes out Feb. 5. Robert Ascroft/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Chick Corea (piano) and Bill Frisell duet during the opening night concert at the new SFJAZZ Center. Scott Chernis/Courtesy of SFJAZZ hide caption

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The interior of the auditorium at the new SFJAZZ Center. Henrik Kam/Courtesy of SFJAZZ hide caption

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Jose James. Janette Beckman/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Rudresh Mahanthappa's new album, Gamak, comes out Jan. 29. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Gunther Schuller conducts the Mingus Orchestra at St. Bartholomew's Church. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Charlie Christian was a forerunner in establishing the musical language of bebop. Greg Murray hide caption

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The 2013 NEA Jazz Masters. From left: Eddie Palmieri, Mose Allison, Lou Donaldson. Not pictured: Lorraine Gordon. Michael G. Stewart/NEA hide caption

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Mark de Clive-Lowe, a DJ and keyboard player, will present his CHURCH ensemble. Eric Coleman/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Herbie Hancock speaks with the current class of Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance masters degree students. Chip Latshaw/UCLA hide caption

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