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Max Roach's 1960 landmark 'We Insist!' proves timeless in a reissue

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Skylar Tang, a 16-year-old from the San Francisco Bay area, is the winner of the Dr. J. Douglas White Composing & Arranging Contest. John Clayton/ Skylar Tang hide caption

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Who says big band jazz is for old people? Not this teenage composer.

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Ron Carter at 85: tracks and stories from the life of a record-setting bassist

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85-year-old bassist Ron Carter has no plans on slowing down

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From left to right, clockwise: Pusha T, Myra Melford, Syd, Horace Andy, Straw Man Army. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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NPR's favorite music of April, from broken-hearted R&B to paranoid post-punk

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The nouveau swing of Donald Harrison Jr., Big Chief and NEA Jazz Master

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John Foster, Charles Mingus, Roy Brooks, Charles McPherson performs live. Aout 1972. Photo : Christian Rose/Fastimage Christian Rose/Fastimage/Christian Rose/Fastimage hide caption

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Stanley Clarke performs at the Jazz Festival Basel, on November 1, 2017 in Switzerland. Goffredo Loertscher/WBGO hide caption

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Stanley Clarke – The Virtuoso Bass Doubler is now an NEA Jazz Master

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Charles Mingus is often regarded as one of the greatest jazz composers of the 20th century. Bettmann/Bettmann Archive hide caption

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How the late jazz great Charles Mingus is being remembered 100 years later

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A number of jazz recordings will be released Saturday in honor of Record Store Day

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Remembering jazz pianist and composer Jessica Williams

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Kaitlin Butts' what else can she do is one of the top releases out April 15. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: The Top 5 albums out on April 15

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Jabali, Drummer Billy Hart – Master Teacher, Forever Student, and NEA Jazz Master

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