The trumpet star, who died on this day in 2006, leads his orchestra on "Birdland," "St. Thomas" and "Gonna Fly Now (Theme From Rocky)."
The Belgian harmonica ace-guitarist-whistler died today at age 94. Hear him play his "Bluesette" and guest with Jaco Pastorius in 1982.
The Swing era bandleader, born on this day in 1904, drives his Cadillac of big bands through Newport in this swinging set from 1959.
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."
The pianist, composer and consummate accompanist, born on this day in 1918, plays with Al Cohn, Zoot Sims, Gerry Mulligan and Stan Getz.
The bebop pioneer serenades the hippies with his funky "Matrix," his classic "Kush" and an ode to Martin Luther King ("Brother K") in 1970.
The New Orleans-born trumpeter, a rising star at the time of this performance, plays his "Gumbo Nouveau" and Cedar Walton's "Bolivia."
See the rising star guitarist play "Benson's Rider" (his take on "C.C. Rider") in this Trumpet & Guitar Workshop from 50 years ago.
The pioneering Hammond organ player, who died on this day in 1995, peforms "Checkered Hat" and "Cubano Chant" in this 1974 trio set.
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.
The vibraphonist-composer died yesterday at age 75. Hear him in a Vibes Workshop and with the John Handy Quintet at Newport '67.
The prodigious pianist, born on this day in 1925, dazzles on Clifford Brown's "Daahoud" and Dizzy Gillespie's bop anthem "Woody N' You."
The drummer and founding member of The Crusaders turns 78 today. Hear him groove on "Stomp and Buck Dance" the the group in 1974.
The pianist-composer premieres his 16-piece band on swinging renditions of "Lulu's Back in Town" and "Cheek to Cheek" in 1959.
The legendary guitarist-inventor died on this day in 2009. Hear him with a bevy of guest guitarists celebrating his 88th birthday at Iridium.
The guitarist-composer, who turns 62 today, performs "Last Train Home," "Third Wind" and other tunes from Still Life (Talking).
The avant garde pioneers perform tunes from their album Reese and the Smooth Ones in this '76 set from the Great American Music Hall.
The legendary trumpeter and great ballad interpreter plays "I Fall In Love Too Easily" and "Stella By Starlight" in this mellow playlist.
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.
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."
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."
The powerhouse multi-reed player performs his "Volunteered Slavery" and stretches on Burt Bacharach's "I Say a Little Prayer" in this '69 set.
The great singer, born on this day in 1930, performs "Driva' Man" and "Tears for Johannesburg" from Max Roach's Freedom Now Suite.
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.
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.
The French violinist and fusion pioneer performs "Cosmic Messenger," "Enigmatic Ocean" and "New Country" on concerts from the 1970s.
The legendary trumpeter and jazz ambassador Louis Armstrong was born on this day in 1901. Hear him at the 1960 Newport Jazz Festival.
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.
The tough Texas tenorman plays "Caravan," "Milt's Boogie Woogie" and "Lester Leaps In" with Milt Buckner and Alan Dawson at Newport '67.
The pianist-composer-arranger leads his 15-piece aggregation on "Blues in Orbit," "Zee Zee" and other tunes from Svengali in this '73 set.
The pianist-composer-songwriter exercises his wry wit on "Your Mind Is On Vacation (And Your Mouth Is Working Overtime)" in this '77 set.
The 62nd edition of the jazzfest concludes today in Rhode Island. See Eddie Palmieri, Pat Metheny and Terence Blanchard at the 52nd edition.
The jazz guitar great, who turns 85 today, showcases his blues-inflected lines on "Work Song" and "Do What You Gotta Do" in 1973.
Michael Brecker, David Sanborn, Arturo Sandoval, Regina Carter and Diana Krall are featured at this edition of George Wein's jazzfest.
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.
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.
The Grammy-winning vocalist delivers transcendent versions of "Afro Blue," "Summertime" and "Love for Sale" in a '94 set from New Orleans.
The Philly bassist, who turns 61 today, fronts the Zawinul Syndicate on "In The Same Boat" and "Carnavalito" in this video from '90 Newport.
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.
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.
The trumpeter-composer leads his potent sextet on "The Majesty of the Blues" and "Black Codes From the Underground" in this searing set.
The great guitarist, who died on this day in 1998, performs a stunning solo intro to "My Romance" and burns on "Fascinating Rhythm."
The British-born singer, who turns 86 today, joins vocalese partners Jon Hendricks and Dave Lambert on "Doodlin'" and "Ariegin" at Newport '60.
The vibraphonist performs tunes from Wanderlust with his fusion band featuring Bob Mintzer, Warren Bernhardt, Edie Gomez and Omar Hakim.
Janis Siegel blends with Tim Hauser, Cheryl Bentyne and Alan Paul on "Four Brothers," "Twilight Zone," "Birdland" and "Java Jive" in 1983.
One of the most acclaimed jazz singers on the scene today interprets John Coltrane's "Resolution" and Wayne Shorter's "Night Deamer" in '01.
The swinging pianist plays inventive interpretations of John Coltrane's "Giant Steps" and the Dixieland staple "Royal Garden Blues" in 1973.
The saxophonist-arranger, born July 20, 1922, plays "Corner Pocket" and "April in Paris" with the the Cadillac of big bands in '73.