The Charlie Parker disciple, who played his final concert earlier this month, died on Tuesday at age 83. Hear him with Zoot Sims in '76.
The Flying Frenchman, a fusion music pioneer, turns 73 today. Hear him lead his killer band on tunes from Cosmic Messenger in a '78 set.
The late trumpeter-composer, who died on this day in 1991, is the subject of an upcoming biopic starring Don Cheadle. See him in 1970.
The late pianist, who would've turned 60 today, is featured with the saxophonist-bandleader on Wayne Shorter's "Yes or No" in this '87 set.
The irrepressibly swinging Betty Carter died on this day in 1998. Hear her unique takes on "Just Friends" and "My Favorite Things" in a '79 set.
Trumpet king Dizzy Gillespie turns vocalist on "I'm Goin' Fishin'," "Salt Peanuts," "Ooh Shoo Be Doo Be" and "Oop-Pop-a-Da" in this playlist.
Columbia Records has released an expanded edition of the pianist's classic Concerts by the Sea. Hear his trio in this '53 set from Storyville.
The premier fusion band of '70s performs hard-hitting material from its groundbreaking album Hymn of the Seventh Galaxy in this '73 set.
The Crusaders' trombonist and co-founder, born on this day in 1929, is featured on "Stomp and Buck Dance" and "So Far Away" in this '74 set.
The transcendent saxophonist was born on this day in 1926. Hear him perform with his expansive quintet at the 1966 Newport Jazz Festival.
The tenor saxophonist and elegant guitarist perform intimate duo renditions of Gershwin's "Embraceable You" and "The Man I Love."
The self-described "world's greatest bass player" died on this day in 1987 at age 35. Hear him lead his Word of Mouth big band in 1982.
The pioneering avant garde drummer, who turns 79 today, leads an adventurous group on "Red Cross" and others at Newport '69.
The British bandleader, who was born on this day in 1927 and knighted by the Queen in 2006, makes his U.S. debut at Newport '59.
The popular singer, who turns 71 today, brings a soothing sensibility to his tunes "Rainy Night in Tokyo" and "Your Secret's Safe With Me."
The classy jazz singer, born on this day in 1923, performs "Moonlight in Vermont," "The Lady Is a Tramp" and her hit "Mr. Wonderful" in D.C.
The '40s piano star flaunts her dazzling chops and wild stage presence on a medley ranging from "Caravan" to "Flight of the Bumblebee."
The Hammond organ ace, born on this day in 1926, leads The Heatin' System, featuring a young Joe Lovano, on "Killer Joe" and "Wham!"
The jazz violin pioneer, born on this day in 1903, brings his ebullient sense of swing to "Honeysuckle Rose" and "Undecided" in this '77 set.
The vocalese pioneer, who turns 94 today, unleashes his incredible scat chops with Lambert, Hendricks & Ross at Newport Jazz 1960.
The alto sax burner, who was born on this day in 1928, swings hard on Sam Jones' "Del Sasser" and his brother Nat's classic "Work Song."
The legendary pianist, who passed away on this day in 1980, plays "Turn Out the Stars" and Miles Davis' "Nardis" in this stirring '74 set.
The late trumpeter plays a lush "God Bless the Child," swings an Afro-Cuban "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and scats on "Mumbles."
The genius keyboardist-composer died on this day in 2007. Hear him with Maynard Ferguson, Weather Report and his Zawinul Syndicate.
The popular singer showcases his piano chops on "Take Advantage," "What a Waste" and tunes from his instrumental album Other Hours.
The late, great trumpeter performs the title track from First Light with George Cables, Junior Cook, Reggie Workman and Jack DeJohnette.
The legendary drummer, who was born on this day in 1927, leads his Jazz Machine on "In a Sentimental Mood" and "Doll of the Bride."
Drummer Art Blakey leads a swinging 1975 edition of the band on "Birdlike," "Along Came Betty" and "Ronnie's a Dynamite Lady."
The former longtime bassist for the David Letterman show turns 63 today. Hear him with Horace Silver and the Brecker Brothers in the '70s.
The Saxophone Colossus turns 85 today. Hear him stretch with his band on "St. Thomas," "Biji," "Duke of Iron" and others in this '97 set.
The '40s big band leader and sax star, who died on this day in 1991, fronts the Duke Ellington Orchestra on a medley of his tunes in '68.
The daring singer interprets Herbie Hancock's "Maiden Voyage," Van Morrison's "Moondance" and Wynton Marsalis' "Hesitation" in 1982.
The Samba Jazz pioneer, born on this day in 1917, shows his virtuosity in a '74 set ranging from Bach and Villa-Lobos to his buoyant "Old Rag."
The great hard bop pianist-composer plays his classic "Song for My Father" with saxophonist Michael and trumpeter Randy in this '73 set.
The saxophonist and new age/world music pioneer, who turns 76 today, leads his unique ensemble on tunes from his 1978 landmark.
The enigmatic troubadour plays "Shine On Harvest Moon" and other jazz and blues tunes from his album Champagne Charlie in this '76 set.
The pianist-composer-arranger leads his ensemble on signature tunes like the Latin-tinged "Artistry in Rhythm" and the swinging "Kingfish."
The gifted pianist-harpist, who was born on this day in 1937, joins her husband John in this transcendent performance from Newport '66.
The saxophonist-composer turns 55 today. Hear him with his ace quartet featuring Joey Calderazzo, Eric Revis and Jeff "Tain" Watts.
The late blues shouter (aka Mr. Five By Five) was born on this day in 1901. Hear him sing with the Duke Ellington Orchestra at '59 Newport.
Guitar legend Pat Martino turns 71 today. Hear him as a 23-year-old rising star with John Handy at the 1967 Newport Jazz Festival.
The master saxophonist-composer turns 82 today. See him lead his quartet on music from Beyond the Sound Barrier at Newport 2008.
The trumpet star covers Sonny Rollins' "Oleo," Herbie Hancock's "Chameleon" and "Gonna Fly Now (Theme From Rocky)" in this playlist.
The Count, who was born on this day in 1904, pilots the Cadillac of big bands on "Back to the Apple," "The Deacon" and others at Newport '59.
The trumpeter-composer-arranger, who died on this day in 1986, leads his dynamic big band on "The Little Pixie" and "A Child Is Born" in 1978.
The late pianist-composer, born on this day in 1918, plays his classic "The Peacocks" and is heard with Al Cohn, Zoot Sims and Stan Getz.
The saxophone star leads his modern organ quartet on funky fare like "Shut Your Mouth," "Sweet Nasty" and other tunes from Momentum.
The stride piano ace and raconteur performs "The Theme," "Nagasaki" and "Satin Doll" in this 1968 set from the Hampton Jazz Festival.