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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On Two New Albums, A Modern-Minded Brass Band Cuts Loose

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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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George Benson Follows The Path Of His 'Unforgettable' Idol

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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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Listen: Mark O'Connor On 'Song Travels'

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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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That's It!

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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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Congadanza

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John Scofield's latest album is the genre-fluid, continent hopping Uberjam Deux. Frank Stefan Kimmel/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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John Scofield Returns To The Scene Of The Jam

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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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Wynton Marsalis And Vince Giordano, Big Phat Band On JazzSet

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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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'My Ellington': A Pianist Gives Duke Her Personal Touch

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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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Cécile McLorin Salvant: Making Old Songs New Again

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Terence Blanchard is one of today's foremost jazz composers. Nitin Vadukul/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Terence Blanchard Turns A Tragic Champion Into An Opera Hero

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Father and son Bucky and John Pizzarelli have been playing guitar together since the latter was a kid. Steven Freeman/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Two Generations Of Jazz Guitar Tune Up For Father's Day

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NO BS! Brass Band: Tiny Desk Concert

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Listen: Cynthia Sayer On Piano Jazz

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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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The cover image of The Complete Roost Johnny Smith Small Group Sessions, a 2002 box set of work from across the jazz guitarist's career. Album cover hide caption

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Johnny Smith, Revered Guitar Player, Has Died

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Conun Pappas, Jr. of The Bridge Trio. John Rogers for NPR/johnrogersnyc.com hide caption

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The Bridge Trio: Live From 92Y Tribeca

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Don Byron's New Gospel Quintet: Live From 92Y Tribeca

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