A founding member of The Band, Helm died on this day in 2012. See him lead his own group on classics like "Ophelia" and "The Weight."
The bassist-composer leads his potent large ensemble on "Monterey Suite," "Last Minute Man" and other tunes from Overtime in 2005.
The drummer-producer, who turns 65 today, plays his "Delightful," Jeff Beck's "Led Boots" and Aretha Franklin's "Freeway of Love" in a '92 set.
Guitarist-singer Peter Frampton, who turns 67 today, explores his talk box on an extended version of "Do You Feel Like We Do" in a '75 set.
The great bassist and prolific composer, who was born on this day in 1922, performs "Fables of Faubus" and "Goodbye Porkpie Hat" in 1973.
The Rhode Island alt-rockers play "The Bump," "Let's All Go to the Bar" and other tunes from Divine Providence in a video from Vermont.
Robert Smith, who turns 58 today, leads the Brit band on older songs like "Boys Don't Cry" and then-new tunes from The Top.
Hear "Wake and Bake," "Who's Got the Weed," "Legalize It," "Burn One Down," "Hits From the Bong" and other pro-pot anthems in this playlist.
Steve Wynn fronts the group on Donovan's "Season of the Witch," Dylan's "Outlaw Blues" and Buffalo Springfield's "Mr. Soul" in 1982.
The pianist, composer and educator, who turns 82 today, extrapolates on the blues and Great American Songbook in this 1986 solo set.
The trumpeter showcases mondo chops on his "Three Little Foxes," a swinging "Ol' Man River" and Slide Hampton's "The Mark of Jazz."
The singer-songwriter with the gritty, powerhouse vocals performs her "Hillbilly Girl With the Blues" and "Wide Eyed and Willing."
The great Danish bassist Niels-Henning Orsted Pederson, who died on this day in 2005, anchors the formidable, swinging trio in this '81 set.
The late P-Funk keyboardist, who would've turned 73 today, leads his Woo Warriors on "Red Hot Mama" and 'Comin' Around the Mountain."
The late Clyde Stubblefield was born on this day in 1943. Hear his syncopated beats propel "Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Proud" in 1969.
The Louisiana multi-instrumentalist bluesman was born on this day in 1924. Hear him play "Please Mr. Nixon," "Dragnet Blues" and "Black Jack."
Alexander "Skip" Spence, who was born on this day in 1946, left his gig with the Jefferson Airplane to form the psychedelic San Francisco band.
Drummers Elvin Jones, Mel Lewis, Freddie Waits and Papa Jo Jones showcase their chops and individual styles in this jam from 1973.
Guitarist Tyler Anthony and mandolinist Evan Ford blend harmony vocals on "Chattanooga," "Goldmine," "Stella" and the Bee Gees "Stayin' Alive."
The extraordinary guitarist who reinvented the instrument died on Easter Sunday at age 70. Hear his fabled legato lines with UK in 1978.
The New Orleans trumpeter, who died on this day in 1967, is featured on "Summertime" in this Trumpet and Guitar Workshop from 1966.
The singer-songwriter plays his signature "Dropkick Me Jesus (Through the Goalposts of Life)" and "Redneck Hippie Romance" in 1982.
The great bassist, who turns 75 today, joins the pianist-composer on Cole Porter's "I Love You" and John Stubblefield's "Baby Man" in 1978.
Keyboardist-composer Jan Hammer, who turns 69 today, is featured on "Birds of Fire," "Dance of Maya" and his own "Sister Andrea" in 1973.
The virtuoso plays a haunting minor key version of "The Star Spangled Banner" and tackles one of the Bach Violin Partitas in a solo set.
The late Joey Ramone leads the quintessential NYC punk band on "Blitzkrieg Bop," "Sheena Is a Punk Rocker" and "I Wanna Be Sedated."
The flutist, who was born on this day in 1930, plays his "Memphis Underground" and Dickey Betts' "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed" in 1978.
The guitarist conjures up jazz icon Django Reinhardt on the musette style waltz "Valse de Bamboula" and on Django's "Minor Blues."
The country queen turns 85 today. Hear her sing "You're Looking at Country" and her signature song "Coal Miner's Daughter" in a 1982 set.
The heavy metal guitar god and Deep Purple co-founder turns 72 today. Hear him play "Rising," "Ode to Joy" and "Smoke on the Water."
The alt-bluegrass jam band releases its new album Believe today. Hear their take on Aerosmith's "Walk This Way" and "Lonesome Fiddle Blues."
Drummer Barry "Frosty" Smith died Wednesday in Austin at age 71. Hear his intense duo with organist Lee Michaels at the Fillmore West in 1970.
The great guitarist burns his way through "Fascinating Rhythm," swings "Summertime" and romps through Horace Silver's "Preacher" in 1968.
The pioneering rock bassist turns 73 today. Hear him with Jefferson Airplane from 1965-1970 and with Hot Tuna from 1973-2011.
The Swing era tenor saxophonist was born on this day in 1906. Hear him with Buddy Rich, Vic Dickenson, Dick Hyman and others in a '74 set.
The perky singer, who turns 35 today, sings "Mother of Pearl" and the politically-pointed "Inner Peace."
The Rochester native plays 12-string guitar and delivers urgent vocals on "Tired of Ramblin'" and "I Don't Want To Be Terrified" in 1967.
Slide guitar ace Lowell George, who was born on this day in 1945, wails on "Teenage Nervous Breakdown," "Dixie Chicken" and "Apolitical Blues."
Abbey Lincoln imbues Max Roach's civil rights manifesto with an incredible sense of drama on "Triptych: Prayer, Protest, Peace" in 1964.
The guitarist-bandleader died Tuesday at age 71. Hear him with lead singer Peter Wolf on "Lookin' for a Love" and "Love Stinks" in 1980.
The great pianist-composer, who turns 77 today, plays "Footprints" and "Oleo" with bassist Buster Williams and drummer Al Foster in 1988.
The eccentric singer and ukulele player was born on this day in 1932. Hear him play "Animal Crackers" and "Tiptoe Through the Tulips" in '68.
The Canadian rocker, who turns 63 today, plays the rowdy "Snortin' Whiskey" and premieres his "Amgwanna Kick Booty" from Black Pearl.
Duane and Gregg Allman lead the band on classics like "One Way Out" and "Whipping Post" on the last night of the NYC rock palace in 1971.
On this day in 1961, the aspiring folkie from Hibbing played his first gig at Gerde's Folk City in New York's Greenwich Village. Hear him solo.
Tap dancers Gregory Hines and a young Savion Glover go toe-to-toe in a scene from the hit musical based on the life of Jelly Roll Morton.
The soulful Brit singer, who turns 30 today, experiments with new riddims on "Love Me" and others from Water for Your Soul in2015.
The New Orleans trumpeter leads the Kings of Dixieland on "That's a Plenty," "Tiger Rag," "Basin Street Blues" and others in this 1970 set.