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Take Five: A Weekly Jazz Sampler

Dee Alexander is among the artists leading a band for the first time at the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Louis Armstrong spoke out against the federal government regarding racial issues, but happily played the National Anthem at Newport in 1960. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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Duke Ellington rehearses for a 1973 concert in London's Westminster Abbey. Central Press/Getty Images hide caption

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Jimmy Hamilton (left) and Harry Carney were among the reedmen who played clarinet for the Duke Ellington Orchestra. William Gottlieb/The Library of Congress hide caption

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Turkish-German vocalist Esra Dalfidan sings in several languages with her band FIDAN. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Symphony Sid Torin (left) hosts a program at WHOM featuring the saxophonist Arnett Cobb. William Gottlieb/The Library of Congress hide caption

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The pianist and saxophonist Kyle Shepherd is one of Cape Town's most highly tipped musicians. freelenz/Flickr hide caption

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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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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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