Diana Krall. Jane Shirek/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Todd Sickafoose performs at the 92Y Tribeca. John Rogers for NPR/johnrogersnyc.com hide caption

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Stephan Crump performs at the 92Y Tribeca. John Rogers for NPR/johnrogersnyc.com hide caption

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Linda Ronstadt at the 19th Annual Bridge School Benefit in 2005. Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images hide caption

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Charles Lloyd, 75, continues to tour widely. Dorothy Darr/ECM Records hide caption

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Tadd Dameron (smiling at center) was an important figure in American jazz and bebop. He is shown here with Fats Navarro on trumpet, and Charlie Rouse and Ernie Henry on saxophone. William Gottlieb/Library of Congress hide caption

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Hiromi's latest album is called Move. Sakiko Nomura/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Walter Smith III performs at Boston's Cafe 939 for a special version of WBGO's The Checkout Live. Michael Borgida for NPR hide caption

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"Killer" Ray Appleton, a veteran drummer with the wisdom of experience and ageless swing. Jimmy Katz/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Bryan Ferry. Adam Whitehead/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Mary Halvorson performs a Tiny Desk Concert on Dec. 12, 2012. Ryan Smith/NPR hide caption

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

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