Virginia's No BS! Brass Band adopts and ultimately expands the brass-band tradition. PJ Sykes/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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George Benson's latest album, Inspiration: A Tribute to Nat King Cole, is a tribute to his hero. Greg Allen/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Ron Carter plays Miles Davis' iconic "So What" at a tempo somewhere between the Kind of Blue original and the breakneck pace set by the 1960s quintet. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Louis Armstrong spoke out against the federal government regarding racial issues, but happily played the National Anthem at Newport in 1960. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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Preservation Hall Jazz Band's new album, That's It!, comes out July 9. Shannon Brinkman/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Chucho Valdés and the Afro-Cuban Messengers' new album, Border-Free, comes out July 9. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Louis Armstrong Continuum on stage. Co-leader Vince Giordano is on tuba in the back row. Frank Stewart/Jazz at Lincoln Center hide caption

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Duke Ellington (1899-1974) at the piano at the Fairfield Hall, Croydon, during a British tour on Feb. 10, 1963. John Pratt/Getty Images hide caption

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Miami-born Cécile McLorin Salvant learned about improvisation and sang with her first band after moving to France in 2007. J.R. Photography/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Marc Cary's new album is titled For the Love of Abbey. Rebecca Meek/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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