Legacy : A Blog Supreme The music is only about 100 years old, but it's already seen scores of geniuses creating joyful noises against all odds. We examine time-honored masterpieces and tell the narratives around them — and in doing so, refract the cultural history of the United States and beyond.

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Michel Petrucciani on the concert stage in February 1993. Frederic Reglain/Gamma-Rapho/Getty Images hide caption

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Bassist Charles Mingus leads a band at the 1964 Monterey Jazz Festival, including Lonnie Hillyer (trumpet) and Charles McPherson (alto sax, obscured). Ray Avery/CTSIMAGES hide caption

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Branford Marsalis spoke with NPR about modern jazz, his family, and his new album, Four MFs Playin' Tunes. Courtesy of Marsalis Music. hide caption

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Branford Marsalis On Sensitive Musicians And The First Family Of Jazz

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Toots Thielemans performs at the North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands in July 2005. He's celebrating his 90th birthday with a series of concerts throughout his native Belgium. Rick Nederstigt/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Jaco Pastorius & Word Of Mouth Band, Feat. Toots Thielemans, 'Liberty City'

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