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Mary Halvorson Quintet: Tiny Desk Concert

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Duke Ellington's compositions present a timeless contribution to American music's legacy. Victor Drees//Evening Standard/Getty Images hide caption

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Pianist Orrin Evans performs at 92Y Tribeca as part of WBGO's The Checkout Live concert series. John Rogers/johnrogersnyc.com hide caption

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Orrin Evans Trio Live In Concert (Full Audio)

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Alto saxophonist Tim Green performs at 92Y Tribeca on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2012. John Rogers/johnrogersnyc.com hide caption

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Tim Green Live In Concert (Full Audio)

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Pianist Darrell Grant is one of the anchors of the Portland jazz community. Hiroshi Iwaya/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Rudresh Mahanthappa: Bicultural Jazz, Ever Shifting

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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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Remembering Donald Byrd, Jazz Trumpeter Who Spanned Generations

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Jaleel Shaw Quartet: Live At Berklee

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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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Chris Potter Quartet: Live At The Village Vanguard

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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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Anat Cohen: Bringing The Clarinet To The World

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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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Wayne Shorter On Jazz: 'How Do You Rehearse The Unknown?'

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A 'Special Edition' Box Set Of Jack DeJohnette And Band

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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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Remembering Butch Morris, The Man Who Conducted Improvisation

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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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A 1969 Bootleg Unearths Miles Davis' 'Lost' Quintet

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