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Theo Croker performs at Jacksonville Jazz Festival, October 1, 2021 Kim Reed/Courtesy of Artist hide caption

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Jazz renegade Theo Croker returns to his Jacksonville roots

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From left, Leyla McCalla, Saba, and Victoria Legrand of Beach House. Photo illustration: Abel F. Ros/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images, Brad Barket/Getty Images, Mike Windle/Getty Images; Vanessa Leroy for NPR hide caption

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Saba (left), Lizzo (center) and Rosalía have released some of our favorite songs of the year so far. Collage by Estefanía Mitre / NPR/Photos courtesy of the artists hide caption

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From bebop to hip-hop: Gary Bartz's sax sound shapes many eras

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Saxophonist Charles Lloyd, performing at the Monterey Jazz Festival in Monterey, Calif., on Sept. 23, 2018. Eva Hambach/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Trio of albums gives saxophonist Charles Lloyd the opportunity to search inward

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USA. Mississippi. Tunica. 1985. © Eli Reed/Magnum Photos hide caption

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Songs to believe in: A Juneteenth playlist

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For pianist Vadim Neselovskyi, Ukraine war adds urgency to his most personal work

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Honoring the iconic blues and ironic humor of Mose Allison

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Cory Wong at 2021 Newport Jazz Festival Adam Kissick/Newport Jazz hide caption

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The sunshine of guitarist Cory Wong

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Max Roach's 1960 landmark 'We Insist!' proves timeless in a reissue

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Skylar Tang, a 16-year-old from the San Francisco Bay area, is the winner of the Dr. J. Douglas White Composing & Arranging Contest. John Clayton/ Skylar Tang hide caption

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Who says big band jazz is for old people? Not this teenage composer.

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Ron Carter at 85: tracks and stories from the life of a record-setting bassist

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85-year-old bassist Ron Carter has no plans on slowing down

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From left to right, clockwise: Pusha T, Myra Melford, Syd, Horace Andy, Straw Man Army. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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NPR's favorite music of April, from broken-hearted R&B to paranoid post-punk

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The nouveau swing of Donald Harrison Jr., Big Chief and NEA Jazz Master

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