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A teen-aged prodigy with Benny Goodman, pianist Mel Powell produced dazzling solos and compositions, including Goodman hits like "Mission to Moscow". Later, he teamed up with cornettist Ruby Braff, before teaching classical music at Yale. Geoffrey Smith celebrates a rare talent.

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Sun 5 May 2013 00:00

50 Greatest Jazz Artists

50 Greatest Jazz Artists

Geoffrey Smith and Helen Mayhew present the BBC Music 50 Greatest Jazz Artists.