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Doug Carn, left, with his wife, Jean Carn, in a detail from the cover of their album Spirit of the New Land, released on Black Jazz Records in 1972. Courtesy of Real Gone Records hide caption

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Bobby McFerrin, Dorthaan Kirk, Roscoe Mitchell and Reggie Workman. Carol Friedman, David Tallacksen, Richard Kohler, Ken Weiss /NEA hide caption

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Meet the NEA Jazz Masters, Class of 2020

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Stanley Crouch, photographed during The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music's Beacon Awards Gala on Feb. 27, 2006 in New York. Patrick McMullan/Patrick McMullan via Getty Image hide caption

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Every now and again, a young jazz musician turns up out of nowhere to take the whole scene by surprise, and then by storm. That's exactly what we're seeing right now from Micah Thomas. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Micah Thomas Is A Jazz Pianist With A Lot Of Runway

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Helen Jones Woods, seen here during her time in the International Sweethearts of Rhythm. Kathleen Fallon/Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution hide caption

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Top row, left to right: Madeline Kenney, Christian Sands, Gabriel Garzon Montano; Bottom row, left to right: Taylor Swift, Maria Schneider, Nubya Garcia Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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NPR Music's No. 1 Albums And Songs Of July

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Makaya McCraven has a unique style where he makes improvised live recordings, then builds on them in the studio. His new album, which uses this method, is called Universal Beings E&F Sides. David Marques/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Drummer Makaya McCraven, The 'Beat Scientist,' Talks About His New Album

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