Concert Vault
  1. Jazz: Video: New York Jazz Giants at Newport Jazz Video: New York Jazz Giants at Newport Newport Jazz Festival Aug 16, 1992 Jazz: Video: New York Jazz Giants at Newport Newport Jazz Festival | Aug 16, 1992 watch video

    Saxman Bobby Watson joins Tom Harrell, Lew Tabackin, Jon Faddis, Carl Allen, Ray Drummond and Mulgrew Miller in this scorching set from '92.

  2. Jazz: A Tribute to Slam Stewart Jazz A Tribute to Slam Stewart Jazz: A Tribute to Slam Stewart Slam Stewart Playlist

    The ebullient bassist-scat singer, born on this day in 1914, performs with Mose Allison, Rosetta Tharpe, Oscar Brown Jr., and Ben Webster.

  3. Jazz: Remembering Jaco Pastorius Jazz Remembering Jaco Pastorius Avery Fisher Hall Jun 27, 1982 Jazz: Remembering Jaco Pastorius Avery Fisher Hall | Jun 27, 1982

    The man who revolutionized the electric bass died on this day in 1987. Hear him lead his incredible Word of Mouth big band in this 1982 set.

  4. Jazz: Video: Joe Zawinul Syndicate at Newport Jazz Video: Joe Zawinul Syndicate at Newport Newport Jazz Festival Aug 16, 1997 Jazz: Video: Joe Zawinul Syndicate at Newport Newport Jazz Festival | Aug 16, 1997 watch video

    The synth wiz-composer and Weather Report co-founder plays "Patriots" and "Carnavalito" with his powerhouse fusion band in '97.

  5. Jazz: A Salute to Sir John Dankworth Jazz A Salute to Sir John Dankworth Newport Jazz Festival Jul 3, 1959 Jazz: A Salute to Sir John Dankworth Newport Jazz Festival | Jul 3, 1959

    The British saxophonist-composer and big band leader was born on this day in 1927. Hear him in his first U.S. appearance at Newport '59.

  6. Jazz: Chris Connor on the Cool Side Jazz Chris Connor on the Cool Side Great American Music Hall Oct 22, 1976 Jazz: Chris Connor on the Cool Side Great American Music Hall | Oct 22, 1976

    The classy singer interprets Cole Porter's "I've Got You Under My Skin," Sonny Rollins' "St. Thomas" and Billy Strayhorn's "Lush Life" in 1976.

  7. Jazz: Brother Jack McDuff's Organ-ic Jam Jazz Brother Jack McDuff's Organ-ic Jam Carnegie Hall Jun 30, 1975 Jazz: Brother Jack McDuff's Organ-ic Jam Carnegie Hall | Jun 30, 1975

    The soulful Hammond B-3 player was born on this day in 1928. Hear him lead his septet on "Killer Joe" and Heatin' System" in a '75 set.

  8. Jazz: Hooray for Bobby Short! Jazz Hooray for Bobby Short! Carlyle Feb 15, 1982 Jazz: Hooray for Bobby Short! Carlyle | Feb 15, 1982

    The classy cabaret singer, born on this day in 1924, celebrates the Great American Songbook at his old stomping grounds, Cafe Carlyle.

  9. Jazz: Happy Birthday, Jon Hendricks! Jazz Happy Birthday, Jon Hendricks! Newport Jazz Festival Jul 2, 1960 Jazz: Happy Birthday, Jon Hendricks! Newport Jazz Festival | Jul 2, 1960

    Vocalese pioneer, lyricist and NEA Jazz Master Jon Hendricks turns 95 today. Hear him with Lambert, Hendricks & Ross at Newport in 1960.

  10. Jazz: Harry Connick Jr. Charms Dallas Jazz Harry Connick Jr. Charms Dallas Majestic Theatre Dallas Sep 29, 1990 Jazz: Harry Connick Jr. Charms Dallas Majestic Theatre Dallas | Sep 29, 1990

    The musician, actor, American Idol judge and talk show host croons "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" and "I Could Write a Book" in 1990.

  11. Jazz: Mel Torme Meets Gerry Mulligan Jazz Mel Torme Meets Gerry Mulligan Carnegie Hall Jun 27, 1978 Jazz: Mel Torme Meets Gerry Mulligan Carnegie Hall | Jun 27, 1978

    The great singer, who was born on this day in 1925, joins the bari sax ace on "Get Happy," "Memories of You" and "On the Swing Shift" in '78.

  12. Jazz: Scott Hamilton's 'Tour de Force' Jazz Scott Hamilton's 'Tour de Force' Great American Music Hall Aug 17, 1981 Jazz: Scott Hamilton's 'Tour de Force' Great American Music Hall | Aug 17, 1981

    The saxophonist, who turns 62 today, joins his tenor elders Buddy Tate and Al Cohn on "Robbins' Nest," "Blues Up and Down" and others in '81.

  13. Jazz: A Birthday Salute to Elvin Jones Jazz A Birthday Salute to Elvin Jones Avery Fisher Hall Jul 4, 1974 Jazz: A Birthday Salute to Elvin Jones Avery Fisher Hall | Jul 4, 1974

    The drumming great, who was born on this day in 1927, leads a two-tenor frontline of Steve Grossman and Frank Foster in a '74 set.

  14. Jazz: Horace Silver Quintet at Central Park Jazz Horace Silver Quintet at Central Park Wollman Memorial Skating Rink Jul 3, 1973 Jazz: Horace Silver Quintet at Central Park Wollman Memorial Skating Rink | Jul 3, 1973

    The hard bop pianist and prolific songwriter leads a quintet featuring Michael and Randy Brecker, Will Lee and Alvin Queen in this '73 set.

  15. Jazz: Stanley Turrentine Quartet at Carnegie Hall Jazz Stanley Turrentine Quartet at Carnegie Hall Carnegie Hall Jul 2, 1975 Jazz: Stanley Turrentine Quartet at Carnegie Hall Carnegie Hall | Jul 2, 1975

    The bold-toned tenor saxophonist plays his hits "Sugar," "Don't Mess With Mr. T" and " and "Pieces of Dreams" in this concert from 1975.

  16. Jazz: Happy Birthday, Sonny Rollins! Jazz Happy Birthday, Sonny Rollins! Philharmonic Hall Jun 30, 1973 Jazz: Happy Birthday, Sonny Rollins! Philharmonic Hall | Jun 30, 1973

    The master tenor saxophonist turns 86 today. Hear him lead his quintet on "Love Letters," "Alfie's Theme" and "There Is No Greater Love" in '73.

  17. Jazz: Mark Isham at the Baked Potato Jazz Mark Isham at the Baked Potato Baked Potato Mar 1, 1998 Jazz: Mark Isham at the Baked Potato Baked Potato | Mar 1, 1998

    The trumpeter and soundtrack composer, who turns 65 today, blends ambient textures, electronica beats and jazz improvisation in a '98 set.

  18. Jazz: A Salute to Satchmo Jazz A Salute to Satchmo Newport Jazz Festival Feb 22, 1990 Jazz: A Salute to Satchmo Newport Jazz Festival | Feb 22, 1990 watch video

    Watch a superb documentary created by George Wein on the occasion of Louis Armstrong's appearance at the 1970 Newport Jazz Festival.

  19. Jazz: Dave Brubeck Meets Gerry Mulligan Jazz Dave Brubeck Meets Gerry Mulligan Newport Jazz Festival Jul 5, 1969 Jazz: Dave Brubeck Meets Gerry Mulligan Newport Jazz Festival | Jul 5, 1969

    The baritone sax ace joins the great pianist's trio on "Out Of Nowhere," "Indian Song" and "Things Ain't What They Used To Be" at Newport '69.

  20. Jazz: Charlie Barnet Fronts the Ellington Orchestra Jazz Charlie Barnet Fronts the Ellington Orchestra Newport Jazz Festival Jul 5, 1968 Jazz: Charlie Barnet Fronts the Ellington Orchestra Newport Jazz Festival | Jul 5, 1968

    The Swing era sax star, who died on this day in 1991, plays "Take The A Train" and "Things Ain't What They Used To Be" with Duke's band in '68.

  21. Jazz: Papa Jo Jones In Memoriam Jazz Papa Jo Jones In Memoriam Jazz: Papa Jo Jones In Memoriam Papa Jo jones Playlist

    The longtime drummer for the Count Basie Orchestra died on this day in 1985. Hear him with Sister Rosetta Tharpe and the Newport All-Stars.

  22. Jazz: Video: John Zorn's Masada at Newport Jazz Video: John Zorn's Masada at Newport Newport Jazz Festival Aug 13, 2000 Jazz: Video: John Zorn's Masada at Newport Newport Jazz Festival | Aug 13, 2000 watch video

    The saxophonist-composer, who turns 63 today, leads his quartet of trumpeter Dave Douglas, bassist Greg Cohen and drummer Joey Baron.

  23. Jazz: A '70s Fusion Sampler Jazz A '70s Fusion Sampler Jazz: A '70s Fusion Sampler A '70s Fusion Sampler

    Strap in for a marathon ride with Larry Coryell, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Return to Forever, Weather Report, Headhunters and Brand X.

  24. Jazz: Zoot Sims & Jim Hall in New York Jazz Zoot Sims & Jim Hall in New York Avery Fisher Hall Jul 1, 1975 Jazz: Zoot Sims & Jim Hall in New York Avery Fisher Hall | Jul 1, 1975

    The tenor saxophonist and guitar great perform tasty duet versions of "Embraceable You," "The Man I Love" and "Someone to Watch Over Me."

  25. Jazz: Karl Denson's Tiny Universe at Newport Jazz Karl Denson's Tiny Universe at Newport Newport Jazz Festival Aug 11, 2002 Jazz: Karl Denson's Tiny Universe at Newport Newport Jazz Festival | Aug 11, 2002 watch video

    The tenor saxophonist-flutist leads his funk-jazz jam band on "Elephants" and "Satisfied" from The Bridge in this 2002 video.

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  1. Jazz: A Bird Birthday Playlist Jazz A Bird Birthday Playlist Jazz: A Bird Birthday Playlist A Charlie Parker Tribute Playlist

    Legendary saxophonist and bebop innovator Charlie Parker was born on this day in 1920. Hear various artists perform his signature tunes.

  2. Jazz: Dinah Washington at Newport, '55 Jazz Dinah Washington at Newport, '55 Newport Jazz Festival Jul 16, 1955 Jazz: Dinah Washington at Newport, '55 Newport Jazz Festival | Jul 16, 1955

    The popular singer, born on this day in 1924, lives up to her nickname "Queen of the Blues" on her earthy version of "The Birth of the Blues."

  3. Jazz: A Salute to Sonny Sharrock Jazz A Salute to Sonny Sharrock Newport Jazz Festival New York Jul 8, 1972 Jazz: A Salute to Sonny Sharrock Newport Jazz Festival New York | Jul 8, 1972

    The avant garde guitarist, who was born on this day in 1940, is unleashed on "Memphis Underground" in this Herbie Mann set from '72.

  4. Jazz: Branford Marsalis Testifies at Newport Jazz Branford Marsalis Testifies at Newport Jazz: Branford Marsalis Testifies at Newport Branford Marsalis Playlist

    The saxophonist-composer, who turns 56 today, wails on "Giant Steps," "Oleo" and "Yesterdays," then gives a candid interview after this '87 set.

  5. Jazz: Pat Martino Through the Decades Jazz Pat Martino Through the Decades Jazz: Pat Martino Through the Decades A Pat Martino Playlist

    The great guitarist, who turns 72 today, plays with John Handy's quintet in 1967, leads his own group in 1973, and sits in with Les Paul in 2003.

  6. Jazz: A Wayne Shorter Birthday Playlist Jazz A Wayne Shorter Birthday Playlist Jazz: A Wayne Shorter Birthday Playlist A Wayne Shorter Playlist

    The saxophonist-composer, who turns 83 today, is featured with Maynard Ferguson, Miles Davis, Weather Report and his quartet.

  7. Jazz: Randy Weston Plays Central Park Jazz Randy Weston Plays Central Park Central Park Jul 7, 1973 Jazz: Randy Weston Plays Central Park Central Park | Jul 7, 1973

    The pianist-composer leads his 18-piece all-star band on the expansive "African Cookbook" and his popular "Hi-Fly" in this '73 set.

  8. Jazz: Video: Jamie Cullum at Newport, '04 Jazz Video: Jamie Cullum at Newport, '04 Newport Jazz Festival Aug 10, 2004 Jazz: Video: Jamie Cullum at Newport, '04 Newport Jazz Festival | Aug 10, 2004 watch video

    The pianist-singer charms the Fort Adams State Park crowd with his "Twentysomething" and a rendition of Jimi Hendrix's "Wind Cries Mary."

  9. 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)."

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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."

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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."

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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."

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

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