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Herbie Hancock, speaking to high school students in the State Dining Room of the White House during President Obama's celebration of International Jazz Day on April 29, 2016. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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Melissa Aldana, a saxophone wielding chingona, included among this week's female instrumentalists. Holis King/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Women Are Instrumental To Latin Music

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The Jazz Gallery All-Stars perform live from the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.. Jati Lindsay hide caption

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The Catherine Russell Trio

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Hear The Monterey Jazz Festival On Tour Perform Live At Jazz At Lincoln Center

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Melissa Aldana and Crash Trio released its self-titled debut album in June. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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A Sax Trio Taps Tradition While Thriving In The Present

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Melissa Aldana performs with her Crash Trio, including bassist Pablo Menares. Kelly Davidson/Courtesy of Berklee College Of Music hide caption

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Melissa Aldana performs at the 2013 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition at The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Paul Morigi/Getty Images for the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz hide caption

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