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Duke Ellington, Joya Sherrill and Margaret Tynes rehearsing for the television version of Mr. Ellington's jazz suite, 'A Drum is a Woman' on March 4, 1957. The one-hour television special aired on CBS’s “U.S. Steel Hour” four days later. Photo: CBS via Getty Images.

Duke Ellington, Joya Sherrill and Margaret Tynes rehearsing for the television version of Mr. Ellington's jazz suite, 'A Drum is a Woman' on March 4, 1957. The one-hour television special aired on CBS’s “U.S. Steel Hour” four days later. Photo: CBS via Getty Images.

Billie Holiday sings her standard, "Fine and Mellow," accompanied by James P. Johnson on piano and others during a 1942 jam session in Gjon Mili's studio. "Fine and Mellow" was the B-side of Holiday's classic 1939 Commodore Records single, "Strange Fruit," a composition and recording that TIME magazine once called "the song of the century."

Billie Holiday sings her standard, "Fine and Mellow," accompanied by James P. Johnson on piano and others during a 1942 jam session in Gjon Mili's studio. "Fine and Mellow" was the B-side of Holiday's classic 1939 Commodore Records single, "Strange Fruit," a composition and recording that TIME magazine once called "the song of the century."

Valaida Snow conducting the orchestra on the set of the show Blackbirds at the Coliseum in London, October 5, 1934

Valaida Snow conducting the orchestra on the set of the show Blackbirds at the Coliseum in London, October 5, 1934

Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong. — Ella Fitzgerald

Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong. — Ella Fitzgerald

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