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

itoggle caption Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images

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

itoggle caption William Gottlieb/Library of Congress

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

itoggle caption Jimmy Katz/Courtesy of the artist

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

itoggle caption Ryan Smith/NPR

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

itoggle caption Victor Drees//Evening Standard/Getty Images