The late virtuoso bassist Jaco Pastorius enjoyed only a relatively brief career, but was influential to musicians across genres. Courtesy of JPI hide caption

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Herbie Hancock speaks at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences Induction Ceremony 2013 at Harvard University. The JJA awarded the pianist with a Lifetime Achievement Award on Tuesday. Gail Oskin/Getty Images hide caption

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John Coltrane during the recording of A Love Supreme in December 1964. Chuck Stewart/Courtesy of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History hide caption

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Karen Marie Richardson (right) plays the title role in the Long Beach Opera's staging of Queenie Pie, the jazz opera Duke Ellington left unfinished when he died in 1974. Bryan Frank/Long Beach Opera hide caption

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Jimmy Heath and friends at a session at New York's WOR Studios in 1953. Left to right: Miles Davis, Kenny Drew, Art Blakey, Jimmy Heath. Temple University Press / Jimmy Heath collection hide caption

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Amiri Baraka, shown here in 1972, was a renowned poet whose politics strongly shaped his work. Julian C. Wilson/AP hide caption

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Fitted with rubbery keys and advanced electronics, the Seaboard was designed to realistically mimic other instruments by letting players pull off subtle bends and slides between notes. Roli hide caption

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Kenny Clarke performs at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1968. He spent the second half of his career in Europe. JazzSign/Lebrecht Music & Arts/Corbis hide caption

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The late documentary filmmaker Jean Bach stands next to an enlarged 1958 photograph of many jazz musicians titled "A Great Day in Harlem." Her documentary about the photo shoot was nominated for an Academy Award in 1995. Thomas Monaster/New York Daily News Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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Wayne Shorter, who turned 80 in 2013, won the NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll by a large margin. Robert Ashcroft/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Jim Hall performs with his trio and fellow guitarist Julian Lage at the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival. Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

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Chico Hamilton. Todd Boebel/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Trombone Shorty, aka Troy Andrews, has started a foundation dedicated to music education in New Orleans. Jonathan Mannion/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Melissa Aldana, 24, took after her father in pursuing jazz saxophone. Jimmy Katz/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Vocalist Brianna Thomas and Michael Mwenso sang a duet of "Don't Blame Me" for the web series Capsulocity. Courtesy of Capsulocity hide caption

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Gabe Baltazar (fourth from left) at New York City's Birdland Club in 1962, with members of Stan Kenton's band and the Count Basie Orchestra. The photo, from Baltazar's collection, is signed by Kenton (fourth from from right) and trumpeter Harry "Sweets" Edison (second from right). Courtesy of Gabe Baltazar hide caption

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Melissa Aldana performs at the 2013 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition at The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Paul Morigi/Getty Images for the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz hide caption

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