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Braxton Cook is a textbook example of what it means to blend genres while holding fast to the jazz vocabulary.

A self-proclaimed introvert, Nicholas Payton has found his “bag” while in quarantine.

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Miles Davis will forever be etched in history for the way he continually evolved musically. He effortlessly transformed with the times, moving from bebop to fusion — as did his style.

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Lakecia Benjamin stepped out on faith to produce her latest work. So much so that she exhausted her savings to bring it to fruition.

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Warren Wolf has established himself as one of the go-to vibraphonists of his generation.

Whether working with the SFJAZZ Collective or with bassist Christian McBride, this Baltimore native has proven himself to be a master of the straight-ahead sound, in the vein of his predecessors Milt Jackson and Bobby Hutcherson.

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For many, violinist Regina Carter set the blueprint for genre-blending. With nearly a dozen recordings in her catalog, she has been a major influence for string artists like Chelsey Green, The String Queens, Black Violin, Scott Tixier and more.

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Cecily is a vocalist whose instrument truly mirrors her demeanor: tender, honest, and powerful. Since her 2018 album Songs of Love and Freedom was touted by Bandcamp as “The Best New Soul,” the music industry has been buzzing about her.