"The beauty was in the rawness," Regina Carter says of the field recordings that inspired her new album, Southern Comfort. David Katzenstein/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Regina Carter's Jazz Genealogy
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Ambrose Akinmusire's new album, The Imagined Savior Is Far Easier To Paint, is out March 11. Autumn de Wilde/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Imagined Savior Is Far Easier To Paint
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Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio At The Kennedy Center
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Still 'Out To Lunch' 50 Years Later
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John Dankworth On Piano Jazz
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On the new album Panama 500, pianist Danilo Pérez considers five centuries of his home country's history. Raj Naik and Luke Severn/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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A Man, A Plan, A Concept Album About Panama
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Shamie Royston (left) and Rudy Royston, married for nearly two decades, have recently issued their own debut albums as bandleaders. Mike Molaire/John Rogers for NPR hide caption

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James Brandon Lewis' second album, Divine Travels, came out in early February. Ingrid Hertfelder/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Kenny Barron And Dave Holland On JazzSet
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In Session: Frank Wess' 'Magic 201' Offers One Last Lesson
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Camille Thurman (left), Mimi Jones (center) and Shirazette Tinnin all released new albums this week on Hot Tone Music, Jones' record imprint. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Detail from the cover of Miles Davis' Four & More. The album was one of two gleaned from a 1964 concert at Philharmonic Hall in New York. Album cover hide caption

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How A Stressful Night For Miles Davis Spawned Two Classic Albums
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Jason Moran (left), Alicia Hall Moran (center), The Bandwagon and Bill Frisell (right) perform at the KC Jazz Club. Scott Suchman/Courtesy of the Kennedy Center hide caption

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Jason Moran At The Kennedy Center
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Karen Marie Richardson (right) plays the title role in the Long Beach Opera's staging of Queenie Pie, the jazz opera Duke Ellington left unfinished when he died in 1974. Bryan Frank/Long Beach Opera hide caption

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Duke Ellington's Lost Opera, Forever A Work In Progress
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Too Much Of A Good Thing? Jane Ira Bloom's Beautiful Ballads
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Ethan Iverson, Ben Street and Tootie Heath perform at the Village Vanguard. John Rogers for NPR/johnrogersnyc.com hide caption

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Tootie Heath And Matt Wilson On JazzSet
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