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Catherine Russell On Mountain Stage

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The Sound Prints Quintet is (L-R): Lawrence Fields, Dave Douglas, Joe Lovano, Linda Oh, Joey Baron. John Rogers for NPR/johnrogersnyc.com hide caption

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Sound Prints Quintet: Live At The Village Vanguard

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Burning Bridge personnel, left to right: Jason Kao Hwang (violin), Wang Guowei (erhu), Sun Li (pipa), Ken Filiano (string bass), Andrew Drury (drum set), Joseph Daley (tuba), Steve Swell (trombone), Taylor Ho Bynum (cornet/flugelhorn). Scott Friedlander/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Jason Kao Hwang: From The Blues To China And Back

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Drummer Pete La Roca plays during the May 19, 1965 recording session for his album Basra. Francis Wolff/Mosaic Images/Corbis hide caption

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Bessie Smith, "The Empress of the Blues," gave voice the listeners' tribulations and yearnings of the 1920s and '30s. Bettmann/Corbis hide caption

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The Mythic Power Of Bessie Smith

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Tony Bennett On Piano Jazz

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The late saxophonist Fred Anderson recorded for Thrill Jockey with drummer Hamid Drake. Jim Newberry/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Bob French sits at his drum set prior to performing at the New Orleans club d.b.a. in 2007. Morris Schaefer/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Tuba player Bob Stewart led a quintet at the pond in the southeast corner of Central Park. John Rogers for NPR/johnrogersnyc.com hide caption

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Pete Malinverni On Piano Jazz

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Trumpeter Ted Curson, depicted here on the cover of his album Urge, died last Sunday morning. Fontana Records hide caption

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Omer Avital In Concert (Full Audio)

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Samuel Yirga Ushers In A Golden Age Of Ethiopian Music

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Left to right: Tarus Mateen, Jason Moran, Donvonte McCoy, Nasheet Waits and Marshall Keys perform at the Kennedy Center's Election Night Jam. Margot Schulman/Courtesy of the Kennedy Center hide caption

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