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Who is Your Favorite Jazz Musician to Play Classical Music?

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Throughout the history of jazz, many of the genre's practitioners have explored classical styles and forms. Benny Goodman played Bartok and Copland. Duke Ellington adapted symphonic suites for jazz orchestra. Wynton Marsalis and Brad Mehldau have written for major symphony orchestras while jazz pianist Keith Jarrett has played Bach in addition to his work as a master improviser.

Who has made the jump from jazz to classical most effectively in your view? Take our poll: