The Texas alto saxman turns blues shouter on his signature "Kidney Stew" along with "Person to Person" and "Cherry Red" in this playlist.
Bob Geldof, who turns 64 today, leads the Irish new wave band on "(I Never Loved) Eva Braun" and other tunes from A Tonic for the Troops.
The trumpeter-composer, who died on this day 1999, co-leads the Jazzet with saxophonist Benny Golson at Newport Jazz, 1960.
The Newport Jazz Festival founder turns 90 today. Hear him play piano with various editions of the Newport All-Stars from 1960 to 1974.
The former Police man turns 64 today. Hear him cover "Penny Lane," "Ain't No Sunshine" and "Purple Haze" in this '93 set from Las Vegas.
The Oakland-born ivory-tickler, born on this day in 1913, plays Eubie Blake's "Chevy Chase" and James Scott's "New Era Rag" in a '73 set.
The great bassist-composer, who turns 69 today, joins pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba, tenor saxophonist Chris Potter and drummer Eric Harland.
Genesis bassist-guitarist Mike Rutherford, who turns 65 today, leads his band on hits "All I Need Is A Miracle" and "Silent Running."
The venerable pianist-composer leads his quartet on a bouncy "Broadway Bossa Nova" and a stirring "Somewhere Over the Rainbow."
Soul singer Max Carl leads the R&B band on "True Lovin' Woman," "Give It Up" and more tunes from Cardiac Party in this '82 New Years Eve set.
The singer-songwriter-slide guitarist, who turns 70 today, plays tunes from We The People and covers Jimi Hendrix's "Up From the Skies."
The Senegalese singer-percussionist, who turns 56 today, performs tunes from Nelson Mandela and Imigrés on a Human Rights Now! tour.
Frontman John McCrea leads the alt-rock band on "Sheep Go To Heaven" and a cover of the Gloria Gaynor disco hit "I Will Survive."
The southern rock band performs their hits "So Into You" and "Back Up Against the Wall" and encores with Little Richard's "Long Tall Sally."
The L.A. band, featuring Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder, plays "I'm a King Bee," "Fannie Mae" and "Corinne, Corrina" in this set from 50 years ago.
The iconic drummer, born on this day in 1917, leads his big band on "Norwegian Wood," "Birdland" and "Channel One Suite" at Newport '78.
The Phish guitarist-singer-songwriter, who turns 51 today, releases his new album Paper Wheels in October. Hear him in a solo set from 2008.
The Charlie Parker disciple, who played his final concert earlier this month, died on Tuesday at age 83. Hear him with Zoot Sims in '76.
Jerry Lee Lewis, who shook up the rock 'n' roll world in 1957 with "Great Balls of Fire" and "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On," kills it in this '81 set.
The Grammy-winning bluesman plays "Dangerous Mood," "Perpetual Blues Machine" and other tunes from Just Like You in this '97 set.
Bassist-singer Les Claypool, who turns 52 today, leads the band on "To Defy the Laws of Tradition" and "Hear Come the Bastards" in this set.
The Flying Frenchman, a fusion music pioneer, turns 73 today. Hear him lead his killer band on tunes from Cosmic Messenger in a '78 set.
The great guitar picker and Country Music Hall of Famer plays the country anthem "Wildwood Flower" and swings on "The Sheik of Araby."
Billy Gibbons leads the bearded power trio on "Cheap Sunglasses," "La Grange," "Tush" and a cover of "Jailhouse Rock" in this 1980 set.
The late trumpeter-composer, who died on this day in 1991, is the subject of an upcoming biopic starring Don Cheadle. See him in 1970.
The late singer, who would've turned 77 today, talks about his gospel and doo-wop roots, The Drifters and his hit song "Stand By Me" in '86.
The Queen of the Blues would've turned 80 today. Hear her sing "Beer Bottle Boogie" and her 1965 hit "Wang Dang Doodle" in this '98 set.
The late pianist, who would've turned 60 today, is featured with the saxophonist-bandleader on Wayne Shorter's "Yes or No" in this '87 set.
Mr. Loaf (aka Marvin Lee Aday) turns 68 today. Hear him perform Jim Steinman's rock operetta "Paradise By The Dashboard Light" in 1977.
Guitarist and Bachman-Turner Overdrive co-founder Randy Bachman turns 72 today. Hear the Canadian band in this '74 set from Chicago.
The irrepressibly swinging Betty Carter died on this day in 1998. Hear her unique takes on "Just Friends" and "My Favorite Things" in a '79 set.
The daughter of June Carter, who turns 60 today, performs "Alabama Morning," "Who Needs Words" and others from her self-titled debut.
The Grateful Dead guitarist switches to pedal steel guitar on "Six Days on the Road," "Dirty Business" and "Honky Tonk Women" in this '71 set.
The high-energy blues 'n' boogie man plays "Bo Diddley," "Spoonful" and "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer" in this intimate acoustic set.
Trumpet king Dizzy Gillespie turns vocalist on "I'm Goin' Fishin'," "Salt Peanuts," "Ooh Shoo Be Doo Be" and "Oop-Pop-a-Da" in this playlist.
Columbia Records has released an expanded edition of the pianist's classic Concerts by the Sea. Hear his trio in this '53 set from Storyville.
Harmonica ace John Popper jams with guest guitarist Carlos Santana on "Mountain Jam" from the band's second album, Travelers and Thieves.
The guitar hero fronts a killer band featuring Ron Wood on bass and Rod Stewart on vocals on "Jeff's Boogie," "You Shook Me" and others.
The premier fusion band of '70s performs hard-hitting material from its groundbreaking album Hymn of the Seventh Galaxy in this '73 set.
The Bronx-born singer-songwriter premieres "Crazy Love," "American Dreamer" and other tunes from her seventh album The Nest.
The Crusaders' trombonist and co-founder, born on this day in 1929, is featured on "Stomp and Buck Dance" and "So Far Away" in this '74 set.
Hear very different renditions of John D. Loudermilk's "Tobacco Road" by Lou Rawls, Edgar Winter, Eric Burdon and the Jefferson Airplane.
Bruce Springsteen turns 66 today. Hear him perform several of his classic tunes with the E Street Band in this playlist spanning '73-'88.
The transcendent saxophonist was born on this day in 1926. Hear him perform with his expansive quintet at the 1966 Newport Jazz Festival.
The reggae superstar played his last concert on this day in 1980. Hear him perform "No Woman, No Cry," "Rebel Music" and others in 1978.
Hear interpretations of classic Dylan tunes by The Byrds, Grateful Dead, Van Morrison, Patti Smith, Joan Baez, U2 and others in this playlist.
The late guitar hero, who was born on this day in 1939, unleashes searing licks on "Bitter Memories" and "The Messiah Will Come Again."
Hear the prolific songwriter perform intimate, unaccompanied versions of "Heart of Gold," "After the Gold Rush," "Sugar Mountain" and others.