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Don Cherry (center) and Moki Cherry (right) reflected their globalist attitudes towards music with international musicians and instruments. Their son, Eagle-Eye, is seated out front. Estate of Moki Cherry/Courtesy the Cherry Archive hide caption

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Jazz Elder Statesman Anthony Braxton Continues To Defy Expectations

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Floating Along In Uncertainty With Vijay Iyer

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Pianist, composer and coder Dan Tepfer confronted pandemic isolation with ingenious technological solutions. Josh Goleman/courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Hear Bach's Music Like You've Never Heard It Before: Upside Down

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After more than a decade away from the recording studio, Nnenna Freelon returns with Time Traveler, an album she describes as a love letter to her late husband. Chris Charles/Origin Records hide caption

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Jazz Singer Nnenna Freelon Works Through Grief With New Album And Podcast

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Branford Marsalis On World Cafe

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Prodigal pianist and composer Erroll Garner, whose centennial birthday will be marked in September. Vernon Smith/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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From left, trumpet player Freddie Hubbard, saxophonist Johnny Griffin, Curtis Fuller and bassist Reggie Workman, on stage at Town Hall in New York on Feb. 22, 1985. Anthony Barboza/Getty Images hide caption

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The Lost Recordings Of Hasaan Ibn Ali Reveal A Legend Just Getting Started

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Phil Schaap's 50-Year Career: The Raconteur Raised On Jazz

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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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Bassist and composer Marcus Miller, performing during a tribute to Miles Davis on July 13, 2011 in Montreux, France. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Henry Threadgill conducts the Society Situation Dance Band at the Very Very Threadgill festival. Shahar Azran/Courtesy of Harlem Stage hide caption

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Very Very Henry Threadgill

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