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Jazz saxophonist Joshua Redman plays in 2019. Swing is an essential component of nearly all kinds of jazz music. Physicists think that subtle nuances in the timing of soloists are key to creating that propulsive swing feel. Bernd Thissen/picture alliance via Getty Image hide caption

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What makes that song swing? At last, physicists unravel a jazz mystery

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Jason Moran performs at the 2022 Newport Jazz Festival. Courtesy of Newport Jazz Festival hide caption

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Jason Moran's new album pays tribute to Black jazz pioneer James Reese Europe

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Alison Shearer performs in Jazz Night's 2022 In Memoriam video NPR hide caption

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Jazz Night In America remembers the artists we've lost

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Celebrate New Year's with Toast of the Nation

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French-Lebanese trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf performs during the Nice Jazz Festival in southeastern France in July 2019. Valery Hache/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf steps out of his comfort zone with 'Capacity to Love'

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Amos Lee on World Cafe

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Guitarist Jeff Parker, whose free-form album Mondays at the Enfield Tennis Academy was among the best jazz releases of the year, according to our critics. Mikel Patrick Avery/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Charles Mingus, photographed at a party in New York on Aug. 4, 1976. For poet and critic Harmony Holiday, the complexities that underpin legacies like Mingus' were a constant puzzle this year. Lynn Karlin/Penske Media via Getty Images hide caption

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Matt Wilson's Christmas Tree-O Chris Pizzolo/Courtesy of Artist hide caption

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Yule dig? Celebrate the holidays with drummer Matt Wilson's festive Christmas Tree-O

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Pianist and composer Hiromi performs at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.. Jati Lindsay/Courtesy of the Kennedy Center hide caption

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A Jazz Piano Christmas 2022, live from the Kennedy Center

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