Marc Cary's new album is titled For the Love of Abbey. Rebecca Meek/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Record

Johnny Smith, Revered Guitar Player, Has Died

Though mainly a jazz player, wrote the surf guitar anthem "Walk, Don't Run," which became a Top 10 hit for The Ventures on two occasions.

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Mulgrew Miller onstage in 2011 in Potenza, Italy. Giovanni Marino/Getty Images hide caption

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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. Patrick Jarenwattananon/NPR hide caption

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Charles Lloyd, 75, continues to tour widely. Dorothy Darr/ECM Records hide caption

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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. William Gottlieb/Library of Congress hide caption

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Donald Byrd onstage, in an image circulated by his record label at the time, Blue Note Records. Echoes/Redferns/Getty Images hide caption

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J Dilla in the studio of fellow producer Madlib. Roger Erickson/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Butch Morris leads a conduction at the 2007 Skopje Jazz Festival in Macedonia. Samir Ljuma for NPR hide caption

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Herbie Hancock speaks with the current class of Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance masters degree students. Chip Latshaw/UCLA hide caption

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

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Eric Lewis, as ELEW, performs at the Blue Man Group's 20th anniversary after party in 2011. Jemal Countess/Getty Images hide caption

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Jamison Ross competes in the semifinal round of the 2012 Thelonious Monk Competition. Steve Mundinger/Courtesy of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz hide caption

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