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Writer, historian and critic Albert Murray in New York City in 2000.

Read Albert Murray, Writer And Co-Founder Of Jazz At Lincoln Center, Dies

August 19, 2013 – Duke Ellington once described the influential writer and critic as the "unsquarest person I know."

Cedar Walton in 2008.

Read Jazz Piano Giant Cedar Walton Dies At 79

August 19, 2013 – The former Jazz Messenger was a bluesy, commanding improviser and a deft small-group composer.

George Duke.

Watch George Duke, Legendary Jazz Keyboardist, Dies

August 6, 2013 – Duke's career spanned five decades and he always straddled the line between disparate genres.

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Esperanza Spalding performs at the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival.

Read The 2013 Newport Jazz Festival In GIFs

August 5, 2013 – See Michel Camilo's stomping Oxfords and Esperanza Spalding's vibrating bass in pixel portraits.

Steve Berrios performs with the Fort Apache Band in New York City earlier in 2013.

Read 'A Walking Encyclopedia Of Rhythms': Remembering Steve Berrios

July 29, 2013 – Few had the late Fort Apache Band drummer's intuition for both jazz and Afro-Cuban music.

Read Black History Meets Black Music: 'Blues People' At 50

July 26, 2013 – In 1963, a "theoretical endeavor" offered a new history: one from an African-American perspective.

Dayna Stephens.

Read An Improviser Learns The Art Of Patience

July 2, 2013 – For saxophonist Dayna Stephens, serenity has been a key to dealing with a rare kidney disease.

Marc Cary's new album is titled For the Love of Abbey.

Watch Reflections On A Dozen Years With Abbey Lincoln

June 14, 2013 – Marc Cary came to New York City to find his father. He also found a long gig with a jazz legend.

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.

Watch Johnny Smith, Revered Guitar Player, Has Died

June 14, 2013 – Smith wrote the surf guitar anthem "Walk, Don't Run," which became a Top 10 hit for The Ventures.

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Mulgrew Miller onstage in 2011 in Potenza, Italy.

Read Jazz Pianist And Pedagogue Mulgrew Miller Dies

May 29, 2013 – The former Jazz Messenger's supple, commanding style can be heard on more than 500 albums.

A group of musicians and major donors pose with Lionel Hampton's vibraphone at the 2013 Jazz Appreciation Month launch. From left: Mark Dibner of The Argus Fund, drummer Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez, Fran Morris Rosman of the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation, pianist Randy Weston, Richard Rosman of the Ella Fitzgerald foundation and Smithsonian American History Museum Director John Gray.

Read The Creators Of Jazz Appreciation Month Start Celebrating

April 9, 2013 – Drummer Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez and pianist Randy Weston donated items to the Smithsonian.

Jan Bang performs a live remix at the Punkt Festival.

Watch How Norway Funds A Thriving Jazz Scene

April 6, 2013 – For Norwegian musicians, it literally pays to dream big — and to write lots of grant applications.

Bebo Valdés rehearses at the Latin Grammy Awards in 2004.

Read Bebo Valdés, Giant Of Cuban Music, Is Dead

March 22, 2013 – The pianist, who enjoyed international fame late in life, was a prime mover of 20th Century Havana.

Charles Lloyd, 75, continues to tour widely.

Read The 'Singing Sound' Of Saxophonist Charles Lloyd

March 15, 2013 – The charismatic musician has backed Howlin' Wolf and B.B. King and toured with The Beach Boys.

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Tadd Dameron (smiling at center) was an important figure in American jazz and bebop. He is shown here with Fats Navarro on trumpet, and Charlie Rouse and Ernie Henry on saxophone.

Read Tadd Dameron, A Jazz Master With A 'Lyrical Grace'

March 9, 2013 – A new biography shines a light on the too-brief life of the man known as "The Architect of Bop."

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