Music was always her refuge, but Ella Fitzgerald never thought she would be a singer until she won an Amateur Night contest at the Apollo Theater in 1934. The Rudy Calvo Collection Cache Agency hide caption

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Early Hardship Couldn't Muffle Ella Fitzgerald's Joy

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Jazz Vocalist Ron Boustead's Humor Shines On 'Unlikely Valentine'

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2017 NEA Jazz Masters Dave Holland, Dick Hyman, Dee Dee Bridgewater, and Dr. Lonnie Smith (not pictured: Ira Gitler) at the 2017 NEA Jazz Masters Awards Dinner, sponsored by BMI, on April 2, 2017. Yassine El Mansouri/Courtesy of the Kennedy Center hide caption

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The 2017 NEA Jazz Masters, In Their Own Words

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Dayme Arocena's new album, Cubafonía, is out now. Courtesy of the artist/Larisa López hide caption

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06Mambo Na' Mà

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Remembering Dutch Jazz Pianist And Composer Misha Mengelberg

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Nate Smith's debut solo album is Kinfolk: Postcards From Everywhere. Laura Hanifin/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Nate Smith's 'Kinfolk': A Study In Nomadic Jazz

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Harriet Tubman, 'Blacktal Fractal'

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