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The Lush Life Of Billy Strayhorn

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He was remarkable not only for his music, but for living as an openly gay black man in the '40s.

The Lush Life Of Billy Strayhorn

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The Westerlies

The self-described "accidental brass quartet" swims comfortably in jazz, classical and pop music.

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Three Miles Ahead

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On screen, ink, and stage with actor Don Cheadle, writer Quincy Troupe and trumpeter Keyon Harrold.

Three Miles Ahead

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Cecile McLorin Salvant And Sullivan Fortner

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Two rising stars of their instruments duet at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Cecile McLorin Salvant And Sullivan Fortner

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The Eminence Of J.J. Johnson, And His Partnership With Kai Winding

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Trombonist Vincent Gardner takes on the music of his instrument's bebop pioneer.

The Eminence Of J.J. Johnson, And His Partnership With Kai Winding

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Jane Bunnett

The Canadian jazz multi-instrumentalist performs with some of the top young women musicians in Cuba.

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Randy Weston At 90

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The eminent pianist was the guest of honor at this year's Panama Jazz Festival.

Randy Weston At 90

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The Ray Charles Songbook

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Trumpeter Kenny Rampton launched his career with the great performer. He presents that music live.

The Ray Charles Songbook

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