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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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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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Lil Baby performs during a Juneteenth voter registration rally on June 19, 2020 at Murphy Park Fairgrounds in Atlanta, Ga. One week earlier, he released "The Bigger Picture," a song protesting police brutality. Paras Griffin/Getty Images hide caption

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