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Maria Schneider (center) whose album Data Lords was one of 2020's most acclaimed jazz albums, performs with her orchestra at the New York City club Jazz Standard, where the group had an 16-year annual Thanksgiving week performance that was interrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Gulnara Khamatova/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Pedal steel player Susan Alcorn, whose album with her quintet, Pedernal, was the pick for the best album of the year by Francis Davis, who runs the annual NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll. David Lobato/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Jon Batiste performs an intimate set in New York City. Becky Harlan/WBGO hide caption

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The Evolution Of Jon Batiste, Music Consultant Of Pixar's 'Soul'

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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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Jati Lindsay

The Catherine Russell Trio

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In Soul, a middle-school band teacher makes one small misstep and ends up in The Great Before, a fantastical place where new souls get their personalities, quirks and interests before they go to Earth. Pixar hide caption

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In 'Soul,' Jon Batiste's Music Helps Bring Pixar's First Black Lead To Life

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Jazz Night In America's 2020 In Memoriam program includes Jimmy Heath, Lee Konitz, CÃ ndido Camero, Tony Allen, Annie Ross, Freddy Cole, Gary Peacock, Henry Grimes, Wallace Roney and McCoy Tyner. Bernard Benant, Jonathan Chimene/WBGO, David Kaufman, Tom Pich hide caption

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In Memoriam: Jazz Night Radio Remembers 10 Musicians Who Altered The Shape Of Jazz

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Students rehearse outdoors at The Roots of Music. The education nonprofit has kept its marching band going throughout the pandemic and resumed in-person rehearsal over the summer. Phoebe Jones hide caption

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Phoebe Jones

In New Orleans, Music Education Programs Cautiously Fall Back In Step

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Saxophonist Sherman Irby preforms winter classics like "Let It Snow" and "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" for the Jazz Night In America holiday special. Frank Stewart/Jazz at Lincoln Center hide caption

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Ring In The Holiday Season With Sherman Irby

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Pianist Kenny Barron performs as the audience looks out at the Opera House at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.. Felix Contreras hide caption

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Felix Contreras

A Jazz Piano Christmas: 2020

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Billie Holiday performs in New York City in 1947. Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images hide caption

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New Documentary 'Billie' Explores Mysteries Of Billie Holiday And Her Biographer

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The quartet James Farm (pianist Aaron Parks, saxophonist Joshua Redman, bassist Matt Penman and drummer Eric Harland), playing at New York City's Jazz Standard in 2011. Jack Vartoogian/Getty Images hide caption

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Crate Digging With Christian McBride: Joe Zawinul And 50 Years Of Weather Report

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