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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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Donald Byrd onstage, in an image circulated by his record label at the time, Blue Note Records.

Watch Remembering Donald Byrd, Jazz Trumpeter Who Spanned Generations

February 11, 2013 – Byrd helped to develop hard bop jazz, and his funkier recordings shaped black pop music for years.

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J Dilla in the studio of fellow producer Madlib.

Watch Why J Dilla May Be Jazz's Latest Great Innovator

February 7, 2013 – The legacy of the late hip-hop producer extended far beyond the beats he painstakingly created.

Butch Morris leads a conduction at the 2007 Skopje Jazz Festival in Macedonia.

Read Remembering Butch Morris, The Man Who Conducted Improvisation

January 30, 2013 – With a wide variety of musicians, he pioneered a system of spontaneous arranging called Conduction.

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Butch Morris in Amsterdam in 1986.

Read Butch Morris, Jazz Bandleader And Conductor, Dies

January 29, 2013 – Over 25 years, he pioneered a new system of ensemble improvisation he called conduction.

Herbie Hancock speaks with the current class of Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance masters degree students.

Read A Brief History Of Jazz Education, Pt. 2

January 8, 2013 – Starting around the 1960s, college campuses became an unavoidable part of today's jazz world.

Austin Peralta.

Watch Austin Peralta: A Young Prodigy's Search, Cut Short

November 29, 2012 – The death of 22-year-old pianist prematurely ended a rapidly expanding career.

Drummer Pete La Roca plays during the May 19, 1965 recording session for his album Basra.

Read Pete La Roca, Top Post-Bop Jazz Drummer, Has Died

November 20, 2012 – Born Peter Sims, the percussionist was a first-call player in New York's '50s and '60s heyday.

Mary Lou Williams.

Read The Lead Sheet: Top 5 Jazz Stories This Week

November 16, 2012 – Top ten deaths to listen to before you jazz, Blue Note's branding and Marian on Mary Lou.

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

Read The Lead Sheet: Top 5 Jazz Stories This Week

November 9, 2012 – RIP Ted Curson, a new jazz singer and the Jazz Composers Collective's modern history.

Eric Lewis, as ELEW, performs at the Blue Man Group's 20th anniversary after party in 2011.

Read The Lead Sheet: Top 5 Jazz Stories This Week

October 26, 2012 – The making of ELEW, another "jazz is dead" hit, and Chicago music history both recent and aged.

David S. Ware.

Watch Saxophonist David S. Ware, A 'One-Of-A-Kind' Improviser, Dies

October 19, 2012 – With a powerful vision for free improvisation, he won acclaim from both jazz communities and beyond.

The late John Tchicai (right) performs in London in 2010, with drummer Tony Marsh and bassist John Edwards.

Read Around The Jazz Internet: Oct. 12, 2012

October 12, 2012 – The late John Tchicai, plus jazz in Central Park, Gary Burton and Herbie Hancock's Martian rock.

Times are (relatively) tough for Kenny G and other smooth jazz musicians, whose lifeline of radio airplay is quickly disappearing.

Read Around The Jazz Internet: Oct. 5, 2012

October 5, 2012 – Whither smooth jazz? Plus, Jenny Scheinman at home, Archie Shepp and new club openings.

Diana Krall

Read Diana Krall Brings Sexy Back In Time

October 4, 2012 – Glad Rag Doll is a set of songs about love and independence that looks back to the 1920s.

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Two music writers dig to the bottom of why other people's bad taste in music bothers us so much.

Why We Fight About Pop Music

Two music writers dig to the bottom of why other people's bad taste in music bothers us so much.

Alaska-based composer John Luther Adams won for his orchestral <em>Become Ocean</em>.

Alaskan Composer Wins Pulitzer For 'Become Ocean'

Alaska-based composer John Luther Adams won for his orchestral Become Ocean.

The rap duo and its fans might not have the same expectations about this summer's reunion tour.

Reunited And It Feels A Little Awkward: OutKast At Coachella

The rap duo and its fans might not have the same expectations about this summer's reunion tour.

An action thriller of a symphony, Mahler's First is piled with desire, fear and self-reflection.

A Debut Symphony That Embraced The World

An action thriller of a symphony, Mahler's First is piled with desire, fear and self-reflection.

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