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Ahmad Jamal, photographed during the Marciac Jazz Festival on Aug. 3, 2016 in Marciac, France. Remy Gabalda/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Influential jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal has released a pair of archival albums

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BADBADNOTGOOD perform live at Brooklyn Steel. Jonathan Chimene/WBGO hide caption

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BADBADNOTGOOD steps into the psychedelic void

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Bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma reflects on his journey down a 'Dirt Road' in N. Carolina

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Composer and trumpeter Etienne Charles, in a portrait taken inside the newly renovated David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center. Lawrence Sumulong/Courtesy of Lincoln Center hide caption

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Revisiting San Juan Hill, the neighborhood destroyed to make way for Lincoln Center

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The best music of September includes releases from (top left, clockwise) Björk, Makaya McCraven, Sudan Archives, Alex G and Tyler Childers. Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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NPR's favorite music of September, from untraditional gospel to mushroom music

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Saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins, one of five young jazz artists included in Jazz Night's inaugural class of Youngbloods. Rog Walker/Amna Ijaz/NPR hide caption

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Youngbloods: Saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins

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Dancer Calvin "Cal" Hunt during rehearsals for Tyshawn Sorey's Monochromatic Light (Afterlife) at the Park Avenue Armory on Sept. 24, 2022. Laylah Amatullah Barrayn for NPR hide caption

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With In These Times, Makaya McCraven has perfected a method in which he weaves jazz improvisation and hip-hop recording techniques together with sensitivity that masks an obsessive attention to detail. Sulyiman Stokes/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Pianist Sean Mason, one of five young jazz artists included in Jazz Night's inaugural class of Youngbloods. Martina DaSilva/Amna Ijaz/NPR hide caption

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Youngbloods: Pianist Sean Mason

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Terri Lyne Carrington, whose new book New Standards: 101 Lead Sheets By Women Composers explores the work of foundational women jazz artists. Christian Ducasse/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images hide caption

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Terri Lyne Carrington addresses women's omission from jazz canon with 'New Standards'

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Photo: Jimmy Katz, Graphics: Amna Ijaz Jimmy Katz hide caption

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Youngbloods: Saxophonist Sarah Hanahan

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Youngbloods: Pianist Isaiah J. Thompson

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