Concert Vault
  1. Jazz: Maynard Ferguson Hits the High Note Jazz Maynard Ferguson Hits the High Note Philadelphia Art Museum Jul 4, 1991 Jazz: Maynard Ferguson Hits the High Note Philadelphia Art Museum | Jul 4, 1991

    The trumpet star, who died on this day in 2006, leads his orchestra on "Birdland," "St. Thomas" and "Gonna Fly Now (Theme From Rocky)."

  2. Jazz: R.I.P. Toots Thielemans Jazz R.I.P. Toots Thielemans Jazz: R.I.P. Toots Thielemans Toots Thielemans Playlist

    The Belgian harmonica ace-guitarist-whistler died today at age 94. Hear him play his "Bluesette" and guest with Jaco Pastorius in 1982.

  3. Jazz: Long Live Count Basie! Jazz Long Live Count Basie! Newport Jazz Festival Jul 2, 1959 Jazz: Long Live Count Basie! Newport Jazz Festival | Jul 2, 1959

    The Swing era bandleader, born on this day in 1904, drives his Cadillac of big bands through Newport in this swinging set from 1959.

  4. Jazz: The Incredible Eubie Blake in Concert Jazz The Incredible Eubie Blake in Concert New Orleans Apr 1, 1977 Jazz: The Incredible Eubie Blake in Concert New Orleans | Apr 1, 1977

    The pianist was 94 years old at the time of this 1977 set from New Orleans. Hear him play his "Charleston Rag" and "Memories of You."

  5. Jazz: A Jimmy Rowles Birthday Playlist Jazz A Jimmy Rowles Birthday Playlist Jazz: A Jimmy Rowles Birthday Playlist A Jimmy Rowles Playlist

    The pianist, composer and consummate accompanist, born on this day in 1918, plays with Al Cohn, Zoot Sims, Gerry Mulligan and Stan Getz.

  6. Jazz: Dizzy Gillespie at the Fillmore East Jazz Dizzy Gillespie at the Fillmore East Fillmore East Apr 18, 1970 Jazz: Dizzy Gillespie at the Fillmore East Fillmore East | Apr 18, 1970

    The bebop pioneer serenades the hippies with his funky "Matrix," his classic "Kush" and an ode to Martin Luther King ("Brother K") in 1970.

  7. Jazz: Video: Nicholas Payton at Newport, '92 Jazz Video: Nicholas Payton at Newport, '92 Newport Jazz Festival Aug 15, 1997 Jazz: Video: Nicholas Payton at Newport, '92 Newport Jazz Festival | Aug 15, 1997 watch video

    The New Orleans-born trumpeter, a rising star at the time of this performance, plays his "Gumbo Nouveau" and Cedar Walton's "Bolivia."

  8. Jazz: Video: George Benson at Newport, '66 Jazz Video: George Benson at Newport, '66 Newport Jazz Festival Jul 2, 1966 Jazz: Video: George Benson at Newport, '66 Newport Jazz Festival | Jul 2, 1966 watch video

    See the rising star guitarist play "Benson's Rider" (his take on "C.C. Rider") in this Trumpet & Guitar Workshop from 50 years ago.

  9. Jazz: Remembering Wild Bill Davis Jazz Remembering Wild Bill Davis Carnegie Hall Jul 1, 1974 Jazz: Remembering Wild Bill Davis Carnegie Hall | Jul 1, 1974

    The pioneering Hammond organ player, who died on this day in 1995, peforms "Checkered Hat" and "Cubano Chant" in this 1974 trio set.

  10. Jazz: A Birthday Salute to Bill Evans Jazz A Birthday Salute to Bill Evans Newport Jazz Festival New York Jun 25, 1976 Jazz: A Birthday Salute to Bill Evans Newport Jazz Festival New York | Jun 25, 1976

    The brilliant pianist who brought a new harmonic sensibility to jazz was born on this day in 1929. Hear a great trio set at Carnegie Hall in 1976.

  11. Jazz: R.I.P. Bobby Hutcherson Jazz R.I.P. Bobby Hutcherson Jazz: R.I.P. Bobby Hutcherson A Bobby Hutcherson Playlist

    The vibraphonist-composer died yesterday at age 75. Hear him in a Vibes Workshop and with the John Handy Quintet at Newport '67.

  12. Jazz: Oscar Peterson Trio at Newport, '59 Jazz Oscar Peterson Trio at Newport, '59 Newport Jazz Festival Jul 3, 1959 Jazz: Oscar Peterson Trio at Newport, '59 Newport Jazz Festival | Jul 3, 1959

    The prodigious pianist, born on this day in 1925, dazzles on Clifford Brown's "Daahoud" and Dizzy Gillespie's bop anthem "Woody N' You."

  13. Jazz: Stix Hooper Puts It In the Pocket Jazz Stix Hooper Puts It In the Pocket Avery Fisher Hall Jul 4, 1974 Jazz: Stix Hooper Puts It In the Pocket Avery Fisher Hall | Jul 4, 1974

    The drummer and founding member of The Crusaders turns 78 today. Hear him groove on "Stomp and Buck Dance" the the group in 1974.

  14. Jazz: George Shearing's Burnished Brass Jazz George Shearing's Burnished Brass Newport Jazz Festival Jul 2, 1959 Jazz: George Shearing's Burnished Brass Newport Jazz Festival | Jul 2, 1959

    The pianist-composer premieres his 16-piece band on swinging renditions of "Lulu's Back in Town" and "Cheek to Cheek" in 1959.

  15. Jazz: Remembering Les Paul Jazz Remembering Les Paul Iridium Jun 9, 2003 Jazz: Remembering Les Paul Iridium | Jun 9, 2003

    The legendary guitarist-inventor died on this day in 2009. Hear him with a bevy of guest guitarists celebrating his 88th birthday at Iridium.

  16. Jazz: Pat Metheny Group in Chicago, '87 Jazz Pat Metheny Group in Chicago, '87 Vic Theater Dec 1, 1987 Jazz: Pat Metheny Group in Chicago, '87 Vic Theater | Dec 1, 1987

    The guitarist-composer, who turns 62 today, performs "Last Train Home," "Third Wind" and other tunes from Still Life (Talking).

  17. Jazz: Art Ensemble of Chicago in San Francisco Jazz Art Ensemble of Chicago in San Francisco Great American Music Hall Feb 26, 1976 Jazz: Art Ensemble of Chicago in San Francisco Great American Music Hall | Feb 26, 1976

    The avant garde pioneers perform tunes from their album Reese and the Smooth Ones in this '76 set from the Great American Music Hall.

  18. Jazz: The Balladic Miles Davis Jazz The Balladic Miles Davis Jazz: The Balladic Miles Davis A Miles Davis Ballads Playlist

    The legendary trumpeter and great ballad interpreter plays "I Fall In Love Too Easily" and "Stella By Starlight" in this mellow playlist.

  19. Jazz: Joe Henderson's Incendiary Tenor Jazz Joe Henderson's Incendiary Tenor Great American Music Hall Dec 19, 1975 Jazz: Joe Henderson's Incendiary Tenor Great American Music Hall | Dec 19, 1975

    The late, great saxophonist plays his tunes "Recorda Me" and "Power to the People" in this burning '75 set from the Great American Music Hall.

  20. Jazz: Video: David Sanborn at Newport, '98 Jazz Video: David Sanborn at Newport, '98 Newport Jazz Festival Aug 16, 1998 Jazz: Video: David Sanborn at Newport, '98 Newport Jazz Festival | Aug 16, 1998 watch video

    The alto sax star leads his band on Marcus Miller's "Snakes," "Benny" and a chill instrumental version of the Classics IV's 1968 hit, "Spooky."

  21. Jazz: A Cannonball Adderley Memorial Playlist Jazz A Cannonball Adderley Memorial Playlist Jazz: A Cannonball Adderley Memorial Playlist Cannonball Adderley Playlist

    The alto sax burner and bandleader, who died on this day in 1975 at age 46, plays "Work Song," "Del Sasser" and "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy."

  22. Jazz: Rahsaan Roland Kirk at Newport Jazz Rahsaan Roland Kirk at Newport Newport Jazz Festival Jul 4, 1969 Jazz: Rahsaan Roland Kirk at Newport Newport Jazz Festival | Jul 4, 1969

    The powerhouse multi-reed player performs his "Volunteered Slavery" and stretches on Burt Bacharach's "I Say a Little Prayer" in this '69 set.

  23. Jazz: Abbey Lincoln at Newport, '64 Jazz Abbey Lincoln at Newport, '64 Newport Jazz Festival Jul 4, 1964 Jazz: Abbey Lincoln at Newport, '64 Newport Jazz Festival | Jul 4, 1964

    The great singer, born on this day in 1930, performs "Driva' Man" and "Tears for Johannesburg" from Max Roach's Freedom Now Suite.

  24. Jazz: Remembering George Duke Jazz Remembering George Duke Bottom Line Apr 21, 1977 Jazz: Remembering George Duke Bottom Line | Apr 21, 1977

    The keyboardist-composer and former Mothers of Invention member died on this day in 2013. Hear him play tunes from Reach For It in '77.

  25. Jazz: Smooth Sailing With Chuck Mangione Jazz Smooth Sailing With Chuck Mangione Bottom Line Nov 2, 1977 Jazz: Smooth Sailing With Chuck Mangione Bottom Line | Nov 2, 1977

    The trumpeter and smooth jazz pioneer performs his popular "Land Of Make Believe" and "Feels So Good" in this '77 set from the Bottom Line.

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  1. Jazz: A Jean-Luc Ponty Playlist Jazz A Jean-Luc Ponty Playlist Jazz: A Jean-Luc Ponty Playlist Jean-Luc Ponty

    The French violinist and fusion pioneer performs "Cosmic Messenger," "Enigmatic Ocean" and "New Country" on concerts from the 1970s.

  2. Jazz: A Birthday Salute to Pops Jazz A Birthday Salute to Pops Newport Jazz Festival Jul 1, 1960 Jazz: A Birthday Salute to Pops Newport Jazz Festival | Jul 1, 1960

    The legendary trumpeter and jazz ambassador Louis Armstrong was born on this day in 1901. Hear him at the 1960 Newport Jazz Festival.

  3. Jazz: Tony Bennett Turns 90 Today! Jazz Tony Bennett Turns 90 Today! Newport Jazz Festival Aug 10, 2002 Jazz: Tony Bennett Turns 90 Today! Newport Jazz Festival | Aug 10, 2002 watch video

    The great singer will be honored with a special lighting ceremony tonight set to his music at the Empire State Building. Hear him in 2002.

  4. Jazz: Illinois Jacquet's Jumpin' Swing Jazz Illinois Jacquet's Jumpin' Swing Newport Jazz Festival Jul 3, 1967 Jazz: Illinois Jacquet's Jumpin' Swing Newport Jazz Festival | Jul 3, 1967

    The tough Texas tenorman plays "Caravan," "Milt's Boogie Woogie" and "Lester Leaps In" with Milt Buckner and Alan Dawson at Newport '67.

  5. Jazz: Gil Evans Orchestra in Orbit Jazz Gil Evans Orchestra in Orbit Philharmonic Hall Jun 30, 1973 Jazz: Gil Evans Orchestra in Orbit Philharmonic Hall | Jun 30, 1973

    The pianist-composer-arranger leads his 15-piece aggregation on "Blues in Orbit," "Zee Zee" and other tunes from Svengali in this '73 set.

  6. Jazz: Mose Allison at Great American Music Hall Jazz Mose Allison at Great American Music Hall Great American Music Hall Jan 21, 1977 Jazz: Mose Allison at Great American Music Hall Great American Music Hall | Jan 21, 1977

    The pianist-composer-songwriter exercises his wry wit on "Your Mind Is On Vacation (And Your Mouth Is Working Overtime)" in this '77 set.

  7. Jazz: Video: The Best of Newport, 2006 Jazz Video: The Best of Newport, 2006 Newport Jazz Festival Aug 10, 2003 Jazz: Video: The Best of Newport, 2006 Newport Jazz Festival | Aug 10, 2003 watch video

    The 62nd edition of the jazzfest concludes today in Rhode Island. See Eddie Palmieri, Pat Metheny and Terence Blanchard at the 52nd edition.

  8. Jazz: Kenny Burrell at the Apollo Jazz Kenny Burrell at the Apollo Apollo Theatre Jul 3, 1973 Jazz: Kenny Burrell at the Apollo Apollo Theatre | Jul 3, 1973

    The jazz guitar great, who turns 85 today, showcases his blues-inflected lines on "Work Song" and "Do What You Gotta Do" in 1973.

  9. Jazz: Video: The Best of Newport, '98 Jazz Video: The Best of Newport, '98 Newport Jazz Festival Aug 18, 1985 Jazz: Video: The Best of Newport, '98 Newport Jazz Festival | Aug 18, 1985 watch video

    Michael Brecker, David Sanborn, Arturo Sandoval, Regina Carter and Diana Krall are featured at this edition of George Wein's jazzfest.

  10. Jazz: Video: The Best of Newport, '85 Jazz Video: The Best of Newport, '85 Newport Jazz Festival Aug 18, 1985 Jazz: Video: The Best of Newport, '85 Newport Jazz Festival | Aug 18, 1985 watch video

    The 62nd edition of the Newport Jazz Festival kicks off today. See Lee Ritenour, B.B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Spryo Gyra at the '85 bash.

  11. Jazz: Remembering Idris Muhammad Jazz Remembering Idris Muhammad Jazz: Remembering Idris Muhammad Idris Muhammad Playlist

    The drumming great (aka Leo Morris) passed away on this day in 2014. Hear him with George Benson in 1969 and with Bob James in 1979.

  12. Jazz: Video: Dianne Reeves at the Blue Room Jazz Video: Dianne Reeves at the Blue Room Blue Room Jul 6, 1994 Jazz: Video: Dianne Reeves at the Blue Room Blue Room | Jul 6, 1994 watch video

    The Grammy-winning vocalist delivers transcendent versions of "Afro Blue," "Summertime" and "Love for Sale" in a '94 set from New Orleans.

  13. Jazz: Gerald Veasley: Bass Is the Place Jazz Gerald Veasley: Bass Is the Place Newport Jazz Festival Aug 19, 1990 Jazz: Gerald Veasley: Bass Is the Place Newport Jazz Festival | Aug 19, 1990 watch video

    The Philly bassist, who turns 61 today, fronts the Zawinul Syndicate on "In The Same Boat" and "Carnavalito" in this video from '90 Newport.

  14. Jazz: Duke's Homage to the Count Jazz Duke's Homage to the Count Municipal Auditorium New Orleans Apr 25, 1970 Jazz: Duke's Homage to the Count Municipal Auditorium New Orleans | Apr 25, 1970

    The Ellington Orchestra plays its theme "Take the A Train" and covers Basie's signature "April in Paris" in this 1970 set from New Orleans.

  15. Jazz: A Salute to Laurindo Almeida Jazz A Salute to Laurindo Almeida Avery Fisher Hall Jul 6, 1974 Jazz: A Salute to Laurindo Almeida Avery Fisher Hall | Jul 6, 1974

    The great Brazilian classical and jazz guitarist died on this day in 1995. Hear him play tunes by Villa-Lobos and Baden Powell in this '74 set.

  16. Jazz: Video: Wynton Marsalis at Newport Jazz Video: Wynton Marsalis at Newport Newport Jazz Festival Aug 19, 1989 Jazz: Video: Wynton Marsalis at Newport Newport Jazz Festival | Aug 19, 1989 watch video

    The trumpeter-composer leads his potent sextet on "The Majesty of the Blues" and "Black Codes From the Underground" in this searing set.

  17. Jazz: Tal Farlow at Newport, '68 Jazz Tal Farlow at Newport, '68 Newport Jazz Festival Jul 6, 1968 Jazz: Tal Farlow at Newport, '68 Newport Jazz Festival | Jul 6, 1968

    The great guitarist, who died on this day in 1998, performs a stunning solo intro to "My Romance" and burns on "Fascinating Rhythm."

  18. Jazz: Happy Birthday, Annie Ross! Jazz Happy Birthday, Annie Ross! Newport Jazz Festival Jul 2, 1960 Jazz: Happy Birthday, Annie Ross! Newport Jazz Festival | Jul 2, 1960

    The British-born singer, who turns 86 today, joins vocalese partners Jon Hendricks and Dave Lambert on "Doodlin'" and "Ariegin" at Newport '60.

  19. Jazz: Mike Mainieri at Seventh Avenue South, '81 Jazz Mike Mainieri at Seventh Avenue South, '81 7th Ave South Club Dec 21, 1981 Jazz: Mike Mainieri at Seventh Avenue South, '81 7th Ave South Club | Dec 21, 1981

    The vibraphonist performs tunes from Wanderlust with his fusion band featuring Bob Mintzer, Warren Bernhardt, Edie Gomez and Omar Hakim.

  20. Jazz: Manhattan Transfer's Vocalese Magic Jazz Manhattan Transfer's Vocalese Magic South Shore Music Circus Jul 31, 1983 Jazz: Manhattan Transfer's Vocalese Magic South Shore Music Circus | Jul 31, 1983

    Janis Siegel blends with Tim Hauser, Cheryl Bentyne and Alan Paul on "Four Brothers," "Twilight Zone," "Birdland" and "Java Jive" in 1983.

  21. 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.

  22. Jazz: Marian McPartland Trio in Central Park Jazz Marian McPartland Trio in Central Park Wollman Memorial Skating Rink Jul 3, 1973 Jazz: Marian McPartland Trio in Central Park Wollman Memorial Skating Rink | Jul 3, 1973

    The swinging pianist plays inventive interpretations of John Coltrane's "Giant Steps" and the Dixieland staple "Royal Garden Blues" in 1973.

  23. 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.

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