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Matana Roberts' Sublime And Triumphant 'River Run Thee'

Ranging from mystic drone to explosive free jazz, Roberts digs into the dirt along the spiritual roots of American blues, jazz, rock and more on Coin Coin Chapter Three: Run River Thee.Matthew Eisman/Getty Imageshide caption

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Civil Rights Icon Dolores Huerta: Tireless Rights Advocate — And Jazz Fan

Coachella, CA: 1969. UFW leader, Dolores Huerta, organizing marcher on 2nd day of March Coachella.George Ballis/George Ballis/Take Stock/The Image Workshide caption

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Civil Rights Icon Dolores Huerta: Tireless Rights Advocate — And Jazz Fan

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Ernie Andrews On Piano Jazz

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Ernie Andrews On Piano Jazz

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Lee Konitz On Piano Jazz

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Lee Konitz On Piano Jazz

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Houston's Jazz Envoys Describe A Vibrant Scene Deluged, And Worry For Its Future

Downtown Houston's theater district, the second-largest in the nation, was flooded with water from Buffalo Bayou.Thomas B. Shea/AFP/Getty Imageshide caption

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Wadada Leo Smith's Defiant And Fearless Elegy For Emmett Till (In 360˚ VR)
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Matthew Johnson, the current resident of Wadada's childhood home, gives Wadada his Mother's old bible.

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Vijay Iyer On Jazz's 'History Of Defiance,' His Influences And Playing In A Sextet

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Vijay Iyer On Jazz's 'History Of Defiance,' His Influences And Playing In A Sextet

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As Jazz Fest Looks At 50, What Keeps It Alive?

A second-line parade featuring the Original Pigeon Town Steppers at the 2017 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, one of many sights underlining the event's place-based identity.Jacqueline Marque/New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festivalhide caption

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Lenore Raphael On Piano Jazz

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Lenore Raphael On Piano Jazz

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Guest DJ Randy Newman

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Guest DJ Randy Newman

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Preservation Hall Jazz Band On World Cafe

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Preservation Hall Jazz Band On World Cafe

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Aww Yeah, Summertime — With The Robert Glasper Experiment
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Aww Yeah, Summertime — With The Robert Glasper Experiment

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Shocking Omissions: Mary Lou Williams' Choral Masterpiece

Mary Lou Williams' choral masterpiece Black Christ Of The Andes showcased her seemingly endless ability to innovate.William P. Gotlieb/Library of Congress via flickr.comhide caption

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