Electronic music producer Dave Liang and jazz singer Zhang Le collaborated on a new album of Shanghai jazz standards from the 1930s and 1940s. Zhuang Yan/Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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Pianist Marcus Roberts, who is blind, hadn't worked with Wynton Marsalis for two decades before his latest slate of recordings. John Douglas/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Duke Ellington signs his biography in London in 1958, with Billy Strayhorn in the background. Ellington and Strayhorn collaborated to create 1960's The Nutcracker Suite. Reg Davis/Getty Images hide caption

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Jim Hall performs at the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival. Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

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Brian (left) and Brady Blade. Megan Holmes/Mary Ellen Matthews/Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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The Stars Look Very Different Today, the new album from bassist and composer Ben Allison (far right) and his band, comes out Dec. 3. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Jon Batiste (second from left) and the Stay Human band. Peter Lueders/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Grammy Award-winner Esperanza Spalding in her video 'We Are America." ESPLLC hide caption

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Anthony Strong. Thibault Stipal/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Ted Nash's new album, Chakra, is out now. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Dr. Lonnie Smith's In the Beginning, a new album that reimagines the artist's older, out-of-print work, is out now. Susan Stocker/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Boardwalk Empire features music by Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks. Abbot Genser/HBO hide caption

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Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis performs his Abyssinian Mass in 2008. Frank Stewart/Jazz at Lincoln Center hide caption

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Ravi Coltrane's favorite tune off his most recent album, Spirit Fiction, was written by longtime collaborator Ralph Alessi. Deborah Feingold/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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For three years, jazz musician Vijay Iyer has worked with poet and performer Mike Ladd to set the words of war veterans to music. The resulting album, released earlier this month, is called Holding It Down: The Veterans' Dreams Project. Jimmy Katz/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Gregory Porter's latest album is entitled Liquid Spirit. Shawn Peters /Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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John Zorn's latest album is Dreamachines, which is inspired by Brion Gysin and William Burroughs' cut-up techniques. Scott Irvine/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Arturo Sandoval and Dizzy Gillespie perform. Concord Music Group hide caption

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Many musicians discover their love for music through church, but Derrick Hodge found church through music. His debut solo album, Live Today, comes out August 6. Chris Baldwin/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Dawn of Midi. Left to right: drummer Qasim Naqvi, bassist Aakaash Israni and pianist Amino Belyamani. Falkwyn de Goyeneche/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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