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Trumpeter and composer Wynton Marsalis.
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Trumpeter and composer Wynton Marsalis.

Updated February 14, 2024 at 4:39 PM ET

Updated Feb. 15, 2024: A distinguished legacy of Black composers graces our playlist this week — from early maestros like James P. Johnson and William Grant Still to contemporaries Daniel Kidane, Nathalie Joachim, Kris Bowers and Wynton Marsalis.


Need a deep discovery experience? Try 1000 years of music in this playlist from NPR Classical's Tom Huizenga, which explores everything from new releases to old favorites, and classics from the dawn of the recording era. Our mantra: Bach, Beethoven, before and beyond.

Stream: Spotify

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Tom Huizenga is a producer for NPR Music. He contributes a wide range of stories about classical music to NPR's news programs and is the classical music reviewer for All Things Considered. He appears regularly on NPR Music podcasts and founded NPR's classical music blog Deceptive Cadence in 2010.