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At 80, Carla Bley Keeps Looking Toward The Next Composition

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In the span of a decade, saxophonist Gato Barbieri went from playing with the likes of Don Cherry and Carla Bley to composing the Last Tango In Paris soundtrack. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images hide caption

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Grammy Winner, Sax Legend Gato Barbieri Dies At 83

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'Nothing Less Than A Treasure Trove': Joe Castro Box Set Features Hidden Jazz Gems

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Jazz pianist Erroll Garner was well-loved in the 1950s and '60s for his energetic playing. Thanks to the Erroll Garner Jazz Project, much of his music is being restored. Courtesy of the Erroll Garner Jazz Project hide caption

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The Erroll Garner Jazz Project Restores A 'Profound Cultural Gift'

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Danish Afrobeat-inspired band The KutiMangoes pose for photos with the crowd at the Jarasum International Jazz Festival. Roh Seung-hwan/Courtesy of Jarasum International Jazz Festival hide caption

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A Jazzman Turned Builder Says That In Both Fields, The Good Stuff's Made To Last

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Paul Bley, Influential Jazz Pianist, Has Died

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John Scofield's latest album, Past Present, reunites an old quartet for set of tunes steeped in reflection and loss. Philippe Levy/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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For John Scofield, Everything Old Is New Again — Even The Hard Parts

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Trombonist and composer Jacob Garchik enlisted three guitarists and a drummer for his winding new concept album, Ye Olde. Peter Gannushkin/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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A Prog-Jazz Suite About Architecture? Jacob Garchik Does It All

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Billy Strayhorn (right), born 100 years ago, spent the majority of his career as a composer and arranger for the Duke Ellington Orchestra. David Redfern/Getty Images hide caption

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100 Years Of Billy Strayhorn, Emotional Architect Of Song

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At age 12, pianist Joey Alexander has made fans out of some very accomplished fellow jazz musicians. His debut album, My Favorite Things, was released in May. Rebecca Meek/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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A (Very) Young Jazz Pianist Takes Giant Steps Towards Musical Mastery

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On the new album Into The Deep, the seasoned instrumentalists of Galactic team up with a host of singers including Macy Gray and Mavis Staples. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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After 20 Years, New Orleans Band Galactic Lifts Off With New Voices

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Ornette Coleman performs during the North Sea Jazz Festival in 2010. Peter Van Breukelen/Redferns/Getty Images hide caption

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Ornette Coleman, Jazz Iconoclast, Dies At 85

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Les Paul's career as a guitarist and innovator led him to play jazz, pop and country with other legendary musicians for decades. Courtesy of the Les Paul Foundation hide caption

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The Man Before The Guitar: Remembering Les Paul At 100

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Doris Funderburk directs The Darlinettes. Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro hide caption

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A Band Of Their Own

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Bruce Lundvall attends a ceremony hosted by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, which produces the Grammy Awards. In addition to his role as record executive, he also once served as director of the Recording Academy. Noel Vasquez/Getty Images hide caption

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Charles Lloyd's new album is Wild Man Dance. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Jazz's 'Sound Seeker' Finds Ancient Strings From Hungary And Greece

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Ralph Sharon, who performed with Tony Bennett for over 40 years, plays in his hometown of Boulder, Colo. in 2010. Scott D. Smith/Retna/Corbis hide caption

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Remembering Ralph Sharon, Tony Bennett's Pianist

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Billie Holiday has become a mythic presence in absentia. William Gottlieb/Getty Images hide caption

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Billie Holiday: A Singer Beyond Our Understanding

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Clark Terry wasn't just a trumpeter with flawless technique; he was also, according to one peer, a "natural-born educator" who devoted much of his later career to passing on his immense musical knowledge. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Clark Terry, Ebullient Jazz Trumpeter, Has Died

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Christian McBride is the host of NPR's Jazz Night In America. Anna Webber/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'Everything Is Cyclical': Christian McBride Looks At 2015 In Jazz

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At 84, acclaimed jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal is still recording and touring Karen Michel hide caption

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Ahmad Jamal, 'A Musical Architect Of The Highest Order,' Keeps On Building

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