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Jazz singer Cécile McLorin Salvant digs into a lyric like an actress, bringing a modern perspective to old songs. Her latest record, Dreams and Daggers, is out now. Mark Fitton/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Vast, Versatile Range Of Cécile McLorin Salvant

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Grover Washington Jr. performs on stage during the "One Night With Blue Note" concert in New York on Feb. 22, 1985. Anthony Barboza/Getty Images hide caption

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How Grover Washington Jr. Defined And Transcended 'Smooth Jazz'

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Jimmy Greene's 'Beautiful Life'

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Teri Thornton On Piano Jazz

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Louis Hayes Celebrates His 80th Birthday In A Packed Jazz Club

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The late pianist and composer Muhal Richard Abrams, performing at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall in New York in 2004. Jack Vartoogian/Getty Images hide caption

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Muhal Richard Abrams, A Sweepingly Influential Jazz Artist, Has Died At Age 87

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Talent And Tourism Keep Blues Alive In Clarksdale, Mississippi

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Japanese jazz pianist Makoto Ozone at an album photo shoot on February 1, 1986 in New York City. Waring Abbott/Getty Images hide caption

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Makoto Ozone On Piano Jazz

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Blue Note All-Stars' Debut Album Paints A Portrait Of Contemporary Jazz

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