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Paul Bley, Influential Jazz Pianist, Has Died

Bley's long-standing commitment to thoughtful yet intuitive performance proved adaptable to many different settings for nearly seven decades. He was 83.

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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

The jazz guitarist has a new record out with an old quartet, playing music that deals, in part, with the death of Scofield's son.

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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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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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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

In the midst of releasing his debut album and playing the Newport Jazz Festival, 12-year-old piano prodigy Joey Alexander is staying centered.

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

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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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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

As men went off to combat in World War II, a group of Southern college women took to the bandstand. Meet the Darlinettes — hear their music and stories from their leader and their drummer.

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

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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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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

Most artists belong to their times. But Holiday, born 100 years ago Tuesday, fits in the present.

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

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

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Herbie Hancock and Pharrell Williams performed Williams' hit "Happy" at the 2014 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trumpet Competition. Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images for Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz hide caption

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A short phrase New Orleans musicians use to communicate is identical to a common mockingbird call. Sven Halling/Getty Images hide caption

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Steve Coleman practices in his backyard in Allentown, Penn. Jeff Fusco/Courtesy of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation hide caption

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Stefano Bollani (center) and the musicians who back him on the new album Joy in Spite of Everything. From left: Mark Turner, Bill Frisell, Jesper Bodilsen, Morten Lund. Paolo Soriani/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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An Old-School Entertainer, Making Jazz In The Present Tense

One of Europe's biggest jazz stars, pianist Stefano Bollani is also a TV personality, a published author and, his friends attest, a skilled impressionist.

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