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Take Five: A Weekly Jazz Sampler

Duke Ellington's compositions present a timeless contribution to American music's legacy. Victor Drees//Evening Standard/Getty Images hide caption

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Victor Drees//Evening Standard/Getty Images

Pianist Darrell Grant is one of the anchors of the Portland jazz community. Hiroshi Iwaya/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Hiroshi Iwaya/Courtesy of the artist

Mark de Clive-Lowe, a DJ and keyboard player, will present his CHURCH ensemble. Eric Coleman/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Eric Coleman/Courtesy of the artist

The Knoxville Jazz Orchestra's new album is called Christmas Time Is Here. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Dave Brubeck rehearses with the San Diego Symphony in 1995. Mitch Tobias/Getty Images hide caption

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Mitch Tobias/Getty Images

The late saxophonist Fred Anderson recorded for Thrill Jockey with drummer Hamid Drake. Jim Newberry/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Jim Newberry/Courtesy of the artist

For his debut album, drummer Henry Cole put together a band united under the umbrella of Afrobeat. Marisol Diaz/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Marisol Diaz/Courtesy of the artist

Clarinet and saxophone player Paquito D'Rivera wore a James Moody T-shirt during a recent recording session in Brazil. Jorge Rosenberg/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Jorge Rosenberg/Courtesy of the artist

The band led by drummer Art Blakey (center) groomed more than 150 alumni members, including saxophonist Wayne Shorter and trumpeter Lee Morgan. Robert Abbott Sengstacke/Getty Images hide caption

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