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Donald Byrd onstage, in an image circulated by his record label at the time, Blue Note Records. Echoes/Redferns/Getty Images hide caption

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Jaleel Shaw. Michael Borgida/Berklee College of Music hide caption

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J Dilla in the studio of fellow producer Madlib. Roger Erickson/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Billie Holiday topped Jazz24's list of the greatest jazz vocal songs with "Strange Fruit." Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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Chris Potter (center) performs live at the Village Vanguard. John Rogers for NPR/johnrogersnyc.com hide caption

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Marcus Gilmore (left) and Roy Haynes perform together in Washington, D.C., in 2009. Haynes' daughter is Gilmore's mother. Theo Wargo/Getty Images hide caption

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Jazz clarinetist Anat Cohen has a new album out called Claroscuro. Jimmy Katz/Anzic Records hide caption

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

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