Take Five: A Weekly Jazz Sampler

Get to know jazz, five songs at a time.

Jayne Cortez in 1996. The poet often recorded her poems to improvised music.
James Brandon Lewis' second album, Divine Travels, came out in early February.
Donny Hathaway remains widely admired in jazz, but much of his repertoire has yet to be tapped by improvisers.

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Lionel Loueke (left) and Miguel Zenon (right) join Jeff Ballard in the drummer's rhythm-oriented trio.
Keyboardist and producer Bob James' 1970s work helped to establish the sound of smooth jazz — and lives on in hip-hop samples galore.
Monty Alexander (left) and Ernest Ranglin are known for their fluency in both jazz and Jamaican popular music.
Woody Shaw made his first recordings 50 years ago at age 18.
Dee Alexander is among the artists leading a band for the first time at the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival.