Concert Vault
  1. Jazz: The John Coltrane Quintet Jazz The John Coltrane Quintet Newport Jazz Festival Jul 2, 1966 Jazz: The John Coltrane Quintet Newport Jazz Festival | Jul 2, 1966

    This 1966 recording of Trane's final Newport appearance captures the legend in his free jazz phase, playing with white-hot intensity and inexhaustible energy.

  2. Jazz: Jimmy Smith's Hard Bop Chops Jazz Jimmy Smith's Hard Bop Chops Newport Jazz Festival Jul 5, 1964 Jazz: Jimmy Smith's Hard Bop Chops Newport Jazz Festival | Jul 5, 1964

    The heavyweight champ of the Hammond B-3 organ wails on "The Sermon" and "Sonnymoon for Two" at '64 Newport.

  3. Jazz: Video: Kurt Elling at Newport Jazz Video: Kurt Elling at Newport Newport Jazz Festival Aug 12, 2001 Jazz: Video: Kurt Elling at Newport Newport Jazz Festival | Aug 12, 2001 watch video

    One of the most acclaimed jazz singers on the scene today interprets John Coltrane's "Resolution" and Wayne Shorter's "Night Deamer" in '01.

  4. Jazz: Max Roach at '92 Newport Jazz Max Roach at '92 Newport Newport Jazz Festival Aug 16, 1992 Jazz: Max Roach at '92 Newport Newport Jazz Festival | Aug 16, 1992 watch video

    In this concert video, the master drummer plays four solo pieces before being joined by Cecil Bridgewater, Odean Pope and Tyrone Brown.

  5. Jazz: Sonny Rollins Keeps on Blowin' Jazz Sonny Rollins Keeps on Blowin' Philharmonic Hall Jun 30, 1973 Jazz: Sonny Rollins Keeps on Blowin' Philharmonic Hall | Jun 30, 1973

    Sonny Rollins is arguably the greatest saxophonist alive. Be sure to listen to him and his great quintet at Philharmonic Hall in '73.

  6. Jazz: Uncut: Eubie Blake in New Orleans Jazz Uncut: Eubie Blake in New Orleans New Orleans Apr 1, 1977 Jazz: Uncut: Eubie Blake in New Orleans New Orleans | Apr 1, 1977

    The remarkable ragtime piano master performs ebullient ditties like "Troublesome Ivories," "Chevy Chase" and "Charleston Rag" at age 94.

  7. Jazz: Phil Napoleon at the Jazz Band Ball Jazz Phil Napoleon at the Jazz Band Ball Newport Jazz Festival Jul 3, 1959 Jazz: Phil Napoleon at the Jazz Band Ball Newport Jazz Festival | Jul 3, 1959

    The old school trumpeter leads his Original Memphis Five on "Tin Roof Blues," "Black and Blue" and "That's A Plenty" at '59 Newport.

  8. Jazz: New Release: Pete Escovedo Orchestra '89 Jazz New Release: Pete Escovedo Orchestra '89 Gift Center May 29, 1989 Jazz: New Release: Pete Escovedo Orchestra '89 Gift Center | May 29, 1989 watch video

    In honor of his appearance at SFJAZZ Center's historic opening night, we're releasing this '89 set from the charismatic Latin jazz bandleader.

  9. Jazz: Celebrating the Duke Jazz Celebrating the Duke Jazz: Celebrating the Duke Duke Ellington Playlist

    The most prolific composer in the history of jazz is featured in a playlist of his finest moments from the Vault.

  10. Jazz: Jazz at The Bottom Line Jazz Jazz at The Bottom Line Jazz: Jazz at The Bottom Line Bottom Line Jazz Playlist

    In memory of Stanley Snadowsky, late co-founder of the Bottom Line, hear a playlist of jazz artists who played the New York club during the '70s and '80s.

  11. Jazz: Toots Thielemans Swinging in San Francisco Jazz Toots Thielemans Swinging in San Francisco Great American Music Hall Sep 12, 1981 Jazz: Toots Thielemans Swinging in San Francisco Great American Music Hall | Sep 12, 1981

    The harmonica ace, guitarist and world-class whistler plays his signature "Bluesette" and "The Days of Wine and Roses" in 1981.

  12. Jazz: John Coltrane's Last Newport Show Jazz John Coltrane's Last Newport Show Newport Jazz Festival Jul 2, 1966 Jazz: John Coltrane's Last Newport Show Newport Jazz Festival | Jul 2, 1966

    This concert, recorded a year before his death, marks the last time John Coltrane graced the stage at the Newport Jazz Festival.

  13. Jazz: Thelonious Monk, Newport '59 Jazz Thelonious Monk, Newport '59 Newport Jazz Festival Jul 3, 1959 Jazz: Thelonious Monk, Newport '59 Newport Jazz Festival | Jul 3, 1959

    The High Priest of Bop is joined by saxophonist Charlie Rouse, bassist Sam Jones and drummer Arthur Taylor at the 1959 Newport Jazz Festival

  14. Jazz: Billy Taylor's Tribute to Art Tatum Jazz Billy Taylor's Tribute to Art Tatum Carnegie Hall Jul 7, 1973 Jazz: Billy Taylor's Tribute to Art Tatum Carnegie Hall | Jul 7, 1973

    Billy Taylor blends his classical background with his command of jazz vocabulary in this loving tribute to his one-time mentor.

  15. Jazz: John Handy's Forward-Looking Muse Jazz John Handy's Forward-Looking Muse Jazz: John Handy's Forward-Looking Muse John Handy Playlist

    The saxophonist-composer-bandleader performs with Pat Martino and Bobby Hutcherson at Newport '67 and with his vocal group Class in '89.

  16. Jazz: Bill Evans Trio at Great American Music Hall Jazz Bill Evans Trio at Great American Music Hall Great American Music Hall Mar 12, 1975 Jazz: Bill Evans Trio at Great American Music Hall Great American Music Hall | Mar 12, 1975

    The pianist plays his jazz waltz "Very Early" and a tender interpretation of "My Foolish Heart" with Eddie Gomez and Elliot Zigmund in 1975.

  17. Jazz: Ernie Wilkins Swings With Basie Jazz Ernie Wilkins Swings With Basie Carnegie Hall Jul 3, 1973 Jazz: Ernie Wilkins Swings With Basie Carnegie Hall | Jul 3, 1973

    The saxophonist-arranger, born July 20, 1922, plays "Corner Pocket" and "April in Paris" with the the Cadillac of big bands in '73.

  18. Jazz: Earl Hines Quartet Swinging In '67 Jazz Earl Hines Quartet Swinging In '67 Newport Jazz Festival Jul 1, 1967 Jazz: Earl Hines Quartet Swinging In '67 Newport Jazz Festival | Jul 1, 1967

    "Fatha" and friends surely kept the audience on their toes with this short and sweet set from 1967.

  19. Jazz: An Evening With Corea & Hancock Jazz An Evening With Corea & Hancock Masonic Auditorium Mar 8, 1978 Jazz: An Evening With Corea & Hancock Masonic Auditorium | Mar 8, 1978

    The two major forces in jazz engage in a free-flowing two-piano improvisation in this gala Carnegie Hall concert from 1978.

  20. Jazz: Bernard Peiffer at Carnegie Hall, '75 Jazz Bernard Peiffer at Carnegie Hall, '75 Carnegie Hall Jul 1, 1975 Jazz: Bernard Peiffer at Carnegie Hall, '75 Carnegie Hall | Jul 1, 1975

    The brilliant French pianist, nicknamed "Le Most" for his prodigious Tatum-esque keyboard skills, performs a stunning solo set.

  21. Jazz: Art Blakey at 7th Avenue South Jazz Art Blakey at 7th Avenue South 7th Ave South Club Dec 21, 1981 Jazz: Art Blakey at 7th Avenue South 7th Ave South Club | Dec 21, 1981

    The venerable drummer leads The Jazz Messengers with Young Lions Wynton Marsalis (20) and brother Branford (21) in this swinging set.

  22. Jazz: New Release: Joe Henderson Unleashed Jazz New Release: Joe Henderson Unleashed Great American Music Hall Dec 19, 1975 Jazz: New Release: Joe Henderson Unleashed Great American Music Hall | Dec 19, 1975

    The tenor saxophonist-composer and bandleader wails with intensity and abandon at this fiery 1975 Great American Music Hall concert.

  23. Jazz: Video: Carlos Santana Meets Miles Davis Jazz Video: Carlos Santana Meets Miles Davis Giants Stadium Jun 15, 1986 Jazz: Video: Carlos Santana Meets Miles Davis Giants Stadium | Jun 15, 1986 watch video

    The guitar hero sits in with the enigmatic trumpeter and his electric ensemble on the aptly-titled "Burn" in this '86 set from Giants Stadium.

  24. Jazz: Gene Krupa Stompin' at Newport Jazz Gene Krupa Stompin' at Newport Newport Jazz Festival Jul 2, 1959 Jazz: Gene Krupa Stompin' at Newport Newport Jazz Festival | Jul 2, 1959

    One of the greatest champions of the drums, the former Benny Goodman sideman fronts a swinging quartet at the 1959 Newport Jazz Festival.

  25. Jazz: Lionel Hampton's All-Star Jam Jazz Lionel Hampton's All-Star Jam Philharmonic Hall Jul 5, 1972 Jazz: Lionel Hampton's All-Star Jam Philharmonic Hall | Jul 5, 1972

    The ebullient vibist is joined by Dexter Gordon, Teddy Wilson, Gene Krupa, Roy Eldridge and others in this spirited 1972 Newport Jazz Festival set.

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  1. Jazz: Sass That's Lighter Than Air Jazz Sass That's Lighter Than Air Newport Jazz Festival Jul 5, 1964 Jazz: Sass That's Lighter Than Air Newport Jazz Festival | Jul 5, 1964

    Sarah Vaughan's set at Newport in '64 is typically elegant, as she performed with the nuance & hipness that put her in the top tier of female jazz singers.

  2. Jazz: Uncut: Gabor Szabo at GAMH, '75 Jazz Uncut: Gabor Szabo at GAMH, '75 Great American Music Hall Feb 1, 1975 Jazz: Uncut: Gabor Szabo at GAMH, '75 Great American Music Hall | Feb 1, 1975

    The Hungarian guitarist performs mesmerizing pieces from his CTI albums Mizrab and Macho in this Great American Music Hall concert.

  3. Jazz: New Release: Woody Herman at '55 Newport Jazz New Release: Woody Herman at '55 Newport Newport Jazz Festival Jul 15, 1955 Jazz: New Release: Woody Herman at '55 Newport Newport Jazz Festival | Jul 15, 1955

    The Swing era clarinetist and big band leader recreates "Four Brothers" and others with his Thundering Herd in this vintage 1955 recording.

  4. Jazz: Ramsey Lewis, Crossover King Jazz Ramsey Lewis, Crossover King Jazz: Ramsey Lewis, Crossover King Ramsey Lewis Playlist

    The pianist-composer and contemporary jazz pioneer performs his hits "Wade in the Water" and "Sun Goddess" in concerts from '75 and '80.

  5. Jazz: The Chillest Jazz Playlist Jazz The Chillest Jazz Playlist Jazz: The Chillest Jazz Playlist The Chillest Jazz Playlist

    Mellow out this evening with some of chillest jazz sounds from the Vault by Bill Evans, Pat Metheny, Stan Getz, Dave Brubeck and more.

  6. Jazz: Lady Ella at Carnegie Hall Jazz Lady Ella at Carnegie Hall Carnegie Hall Jun 24, 1978 Jazz: Lady Ella at Carnegie Hall Carnegie Hall | Jun 24, 1978

    This great recording of the Queen of Jazz from '78 is not to be missed. Her voice breathes new life into the old tune "St. Louis Blues."

  7. Jazz: The Incomparable Ella Fitzgerald Jazz The Incomparable Ella Fitzgerald Jazz: The Incomparable Ella Fitzgerald Ella Fitzgerald playlist

    The First Lady of Song sings "Mean to Me" at Storyville in 1953 and "Satin Doll," "Angel Eyes" and "Mack the Knife" at Carnegie Hall in 1978.

  8. Jazz: Laurens Hammond's Organ Jazz Laurens Hammond's Organ Newport Jazz Festival Jul 5, 1964 Jazz: Laurens Hammond's Organ Newport Jazz Festival | Jul 5, 1964

    The Inventor of the Hammond organ was born 118 years ago today. Hear his creation put to good use by the Jimmy Smith Trio in 1964.

  9. Jazz: Video: Michael Brecker at '98 Newport Jazz Video: Michael Brecker at '98 Newport Newport Jazz Festival Aug 15, 1998 Jazz: Video: Michael Brecker at '98 Newport Newport Jazz Festival | Aug 15, 1998 watch video

    See the late, great tenor saxophonist lead his potent quartet on new material from his Impulse! album Two Blocks From the Edge.

  10. Jazz: Toots Thielemans in San Francisco Jazz Toots Thielemans in San Francisco Great American Music Hall Sep 12, 1981 Jazz: Toots Thielemans in San Francisco Great American Music Hall | Sep 12, 1981

    The Belgian-born harmonica ace performs his "Bluesette" along with Miles Davis' "All Blues" and "Days of Wine and Roses" in a 1981 set.

  11. Jazz: Uncut: The Heath Brothers in '76 Jazz Uncut: The Heath Brothers in '76 Great American Music Hall Sep 15, 1976 Jazz: Uncut: The Heath Brothers in '76 Great American Music Hall | Sep 15, 1976

    Brothers Jimmy, Percy and Tootie join pianist Stanley Cowell for this invigorating straight ahead set from the Great American Music Hall.

  12. Jazz: Dakota Staton at the Apollo Jazz Dakota Staton at the Apollo Apollo Theatre Jul 4, 1973 Jazz: Dakota Staton at the Apollo Apollo Theatre | Jul 4, 1973

    The jazz and blues singer shows her versatility by swinging "A Foggy Day" and getting down on Big Maybelle's "I Want a Country Man" in '73.

  13. Jazz: Charles Lloyd Salutes the Stones Jazz Charles Lloyd Salutes the Stones Central Park Jun 29, 1973 Jazz: Charles Lloyd Salutes the Stones Central Park | Jun 29, 1973

    The saxophonist inserts a medley ("Backstreet Girl/Lady Jane/Mother's Little Helper") at the end of "Love Ship" in this '73 Central Park concert.

  14. Jazz: Max Roach's Gospel-Jazz Experiment Jazz Max Roach's Gospel-Jazz Experiment Carnegie Hall Jul 3, 1975 Jazz: Max Roach's Gospel-Jazz Experiment Carnegie Hall | Jul 3, 1975

    The great drummer and bebop pioneer performs a set of spiritually-charged material with his quintet, augmented by the J.C. White Singers, at '75 Newport.

  15. Jazz: Uncut: Stan Getz's 4th of July Jazz Jazz Uncut: Stan Getz's 4th of July Jazz Avery Fisher Hall Jul 4, 1974 Jazz: Uncut: Stan Getz's 4th of July Jazz Avery Fisher Hall | Jul 4, 1974

    The tenor sax great performs Chick Corea's "La Fiesta" and Jobim's "Desfinado" with Albert Dailey, Chin Suzuki and Billy Hart in this 1975 concert.

  16. Jazz: Tom Waits at Paradise, 1977 Jazz Tom Waits at Paradise, 1977 Paradise Oct 5, 1977 Jazz: Tom Waits at Paradise, 1977 Paradise | Oct 5, 1977

    The enigmatic singer-songwriter-poet delivers his distinctive growl on tunes from his jazziest album, Small Change, in this set from Boston.

  17. Jazz: Video: John Santos Machete Ensemble Jazz Video: John Santos Machete Ensemble Oakland Coliseum Stadium Jun 30, 1990 Jazz: Video: John Santos Machete Ensemble Oakland Coliseum Stadium | Jun 30, 1990 watch video

    The Afro-Cuban percussionist leads his dynamic ensemble in this smoking set of churning, clave-fueled Latin jazz from Oakland in 1990.

  18. Jazz: Louis Jordan Lets the Good Times Roll Jazz Louis Jordan Lets the Good Times Roll Jazz: Louis Jordan Lets the Good Times Roll Louis Jordan Playlist

    The jump blues 'n' jive star (aka Mr. Entertainment) performs his hit "Caldonia," "Hard Head" and others in this 1973 Carnegie Hall concert.

  19. Jazz: Dave Brubeck's Polyrhythmic Jams Jazz Dave Brubeck's Polyrhythmic Jams Newport Jazz Festival Jul 4, 1964 Jazz: Dave Brubeck's Polyrhythmic Jams Newport Jazz Festival | Jul 4, 1964

    Hear the legendary composer perform with his swinging quartet at Newport Jazz Festival in 1964.

  20. Jazz: Uncut: Gerry Mulligan's July 4th Jam Jazz Uncut: Gerry Mulligan's July 4th Jam Avery Fisher Hall Jul 4, 1974 Jazz: Uncut: Gerry Mulligan's July 4th Jam Avery Fisher Hall | Jul 4, 1974

    The baritone sax ace leads a quintet featuring vibist Joe Venuto, pianist Hank Jones, bassist Jack Six and drummer Bill Goodwin at this 1974 concert.

  21. Jazz: Video: McCoy Tyner Meets Michael Brecker Jazz Video: McCoy Tyner Meets Michael Brecker Newport Jazz Festival Aug 15, 1998 Jazz: Video: McCoy Tyner Meets Michael Brecker Newport Jazz Festival | Aug 15, 1998 watch video

    The jazz piano giant performs material from his Infinity album with the Trane-inspired tenor saxophonist at '98 Newport.

  22. Jazz: Dizzy Gillespie at Newport, 1959 Jazz Dizzy Gillespie at Newport, 1959 Newport Jazz Festival Jul 3, 1959 Jazz: Dizzy Gillespie at Newport, 1959 Newport Jazz Festival | Jul 3, 1959

    The legendary trumpeter, bebop and world music pioneer performs his Afro-Cuban classic "Manteca" and the jivey "Ooh Shoo Be Doo Be."

  23. Jazz: Al Di Meola's Powerhouse Band Jazz Al Di Meola's Powerhouse Band Palladium May 5, 1978 Jazz: Al Di Meola's Powerhouse Band Palladium | May 5, 1978

    The fusion guitar hero unleashes his speed licks alongside drummer Steve Gadd, bassist Anthony Jackson and keyboardist Barry Miles in '78.

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