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

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Christian McBride. Chi Modu/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Cecile McLorin Salvant's new album is titled WomanChild. John Abbott/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Rudresh Mahanthappa's latest album is Gamak. Jimmy Katz/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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John Beasley has now served as music director for both editions of International Jazz Day. Tim Sassoon/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Classically trained Lebanese trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf plays a four-valved trumpet, an innovation he credits to his famous father. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Hiromi's latest album is called Move. Sakiko Nomura/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Hiromi: Finding Music In The Daily Din

The Japanese pianist's latest album begins with a tribute to a sound she's never liked: the chime of an alarm clock.

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Marcus Gilmore (left) and Roy Haynes perform together in Washington, D.C., in 2009. Haynes' daughter is Gilmore's mother. Theo Wargo/Getty Images hide caption

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Jazz clarinetist Anat Cohen has a new album out called Claroscuro. Jimmy Katz/Anzic Records hide caption

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Wayne Shorter turns 80 this year. His newest album is called Without a Net. Robert Ascroft/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The interior of the auditorium at the new SFJAZZ Center. Henrik Kam/Courtesy of SFJAZZ hide caption

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Dave Douglas' new album, Be Still, includes hymns he played at his mother's funeral service. Austin Nelson/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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In a 1999 interview with Fresh Air's Terry Gross, Dave Brubeck talked about his decades in the music industry and his first love: rodeo roping. Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images hide caption

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Dave Brubeck performing on the pilot episode of a television program in 1965. CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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In a new memoir, jazz guitarist and son of jazz legend Bucky Pizzarelli tells stories from growing up in a musical household and making a name for himself as a musician. Goldberg McDuffie Communications hide caption

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Anat Cohen's new album, her sixth as a bandleader, is called Claroscuro. Jimmy Katz hide caption

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Joe Jackson's new album is The Duke. Frank Veronsky/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Classically trained violinist Ben Powell makes the leap to jazz in his album New Street, a tribute to the late Stephane Grappelli. Ryan MacDonald/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Ben Powell: In The Footsteps Of Jazz Fiddle Royalty WBUR

The young Berklee-trained violinist dedicates his new album to the late legend Stephane Grappelli.

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