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Remembering The Jazz Legends Who Died In 2020

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3 New Holiday Songs Tap Into The Cheer — And Despair — Of The Season

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Tenor Sax George Coleman Shines On Newly Released Live Record, 'In Baltimore'

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Dua Lipa performs onstage for the 2020 American Music Awards. Her album, Future Nostalgia, ranks second on Ken Tucker's list of his favorite albums of 2020. Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for dcp hide caption

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A Year Like No Other: Ken Tucker Picks 10 Albums That Made An Art Of Escapism

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'Black Swans': New Collection Features Recordings Of Early Black Classical Musicians

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Employment Brings Relief To Food-Insecure Illinois Family

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Sonny Rollins Plays His Heart Out In A Newly Discovered Live Recording

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Pianist Keith Jarrett On The 'Calling' That Drew Him To Jazz

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New Anthology Revisits Brief History Of The Gospel Truth Label

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With 'Pedernal,' Susan Alcorn Expands Pedal Steel Guitar's Range

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Cornet Player Ron Miles Embraces His Pop Influences On 'Rainbow Sign'

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From Springsteen To Stevie Wonder, Veteran Musicians Capture The Moment

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CD Set Of Leontyne Price's Live Performances At The Met Opera Is A Treasure

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Latin Jazz Album 'El Duelo' Features Lively Solos And Moments Of Surprising Beauty

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