Until recently, the magnificent composer's legacy was overshadowed by Duke Ellington's.
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Top picks for the next week from Arts Desk's jazz correspondent
Hip-hop and jam bands offer footholds into jazz for people who aren't already there.
Hear a saxophonist whose tone is the stout beer of jazz and take the tykes to an "instrument petting zoo."
Reginald Cyntje at Jazz Night in Southwest, the Makanda Project at Michigan Park Christian Church, and more.
A virtuosic trombonist and a shamefully under-praised D.C. pianist
A focus on local acts for a fraught, trying week in our nation and region.
"There's a lot of old cats who are still cookin', but this city has forgotten about them. And one thing in jazz is, you can't forget about the people who came before you."
Hear big-band music from local universities and see Andrew White perform A Love Supreme.
See MacArthur genius Vijay Iyer play live at Sixth & I