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The members of SOL Development (Left to right): Brittany Tanner, Felicia Gangloff-Bailey, Karega Bailey and Lauren Adams. Brian Freeman /Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Oakland Collective SOL Development Preserves The 'The SOL Of Black Folk'

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Nat King Cole plays with his jazz orchestra on the stage of The Apollo Theater, in Harlem, N.Y. in the 1950s. Eric Schwab/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Nat King Cole Still Remains 'One Of The Great Gifts Of Nature' 100 Years Later

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Kamasi Washington On World Cafe

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Duke Ellington at the piano, circa 1940. John Kobal Foundation/Getty Images hide caption

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A Sprawling Blueprint For Protest Music, Courtesy Of The Jazz Duke

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"I probably almost broke down a few times questioning whether or not I was gonna be able to get it done," Pianist Kris Bowers says of learning Don Shirley's music for Green Book. Molly Cranna/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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How Pianist Kris Bowers Found His Inner Virtuoso For Oscar-Nominated 'Green Book'

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A Reunion Of Brotherly Love: Joey DeFrancesco Traces His Roots

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Grammy-winning trumpeter Roy Hargrove passed away at age 49. Courtesy of The Roy Hargrove Estate hide caption

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'Jazz Night In America' Remembers Artists We Lost In 2018

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Mary Halvorson's volatile and cagey album Code Girl is her first set full of songs with lyrics, both a departure from and extension of her earlier work and one of Nate Chinen's favorite albums of 2018. Ross Mantle for NPR hide caption

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Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra perform new arrangements of holiday classics in New York City. Lawrence Sumulong/Jazz at Lincoln Center hide caption

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Nancy Wilson, photographed while performing during the Thelonious Monk Jazz Tribute Concert For Herbie Hancock at on Oct. 28, 2007 in Los Angeles. Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images hide caption

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