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.
The heavyweight champ of the Hammond B-3 organ wails on "The Sermon" and "Sonnymoon for Two" at '64 Newport.
One of the most acclaimed jazz singers on the scene today interprets John Coltrane's "Resolution" and Wayne Shorter's "Night Deamer" in '01.
In this concert video, the master drummer plays four solo pieces before being joined by Cecil Bridgewater, Odean Pope and Tyrone Brown.
Sonny Rollins is arguably the greatest saxophonist alive. Be sure to listen to him and his great quintet at Philharmonic Hall in '73.
The remarkable ragtime piano master performs ebullient ditties like "Troublesome Ivories," "Chevy Chase" and "Charleston Rag" at age 94.
The old school trumpeter leads his Original Memphis Five on "Tin Roof Blues," "Black and Blue" and "That's A Plenty" at '59 Newport.
In honor of his appearance at SFJAZZ Center's historic opening night, we're releasing this '89 set from the charismatic Latin jazz bandleader.
The most prolific composer in the history of jazz is featured in a playlist of his finest moments from the Vault.
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.
The harmonica ace, guitarist and world-class whistler plays his signature "Bluesette" and "The Days of Wine and Roses" in 1981.
This concert, recorded a year before his death, marks the last time John Coltrane graced the stage at the Newport Jazz Festival.
The High Priest of Bop is joined by saxophonist Charlie Rouse, bassist Sam Jones and drummer Arthur Taylor at the 1959 Newport Jazz Festival
Billy Taylor blends his classical background with his command of jazz vocabulary in this loving tribute to his one-time mentor.
The saxophonist-composer-bandleader performs with Pat Martino and Bobby Hutcherson at Newport '67 and with his vocal group Class in '89.
The pianist plays his jazz waltz "Very Early" and a tender interpretation of "My Foolish Heart" with Eddie Gomez and Elliot Zigmund in 1975.
The saxophonist-arranger, born July 20, 1922, plays "Corner Pocket" and "April in Paris" with the the Cadillac of big bands in '73.
"Fatha" and friends surely kept the audience on their toes with this short and sweet set from 1967.
The two major forces in jazz engage in a free-flowing two-piano improvisation in this gala Carnegie Hall concert from 1978.
The brilliant French pianist, nicknamed "Le Most" for his prodigious Tatum-esque keyboard skills, performs a stunning solo set.
The venerable drummer leads The Jazz Messengers with Young Lions Wynton Marsalis (20) and brother Branford (21) in this swinging set.
The tenor saxophonist-composer and bandleader wails with intensity and abandon at this fiery 1975 Great American Music Hall concert.
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.
One of the greatest champions of the drums, the former Benny Goodman sideman fronts a swinging quartet at the 1959 Newport Jazz Festival.
The ebullient vibist is joined by Dexter Gordon, Teddy Wilson, Gene Krupa, Roy Eldridge and others in this spirited 1972 Newport Jazz Festival set.
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.
The Hungarian guitarist performs mesmerizing pieces from his CTI albums Mizrab and Macho in this Great American Music Hall concert.
The Swing era clarinetist and big band leader recreates "Four Brothers" and others with his Thundering Herd in this vintage 1955 recording.
The pianist-composer and contemporary jazz pioneer performs his hits "Wade in the Water" and "Sun Goddess" in concerts from '75 and '80.
Mellow out this evening with some of chillest jazz sounds from the Vault by Bill Evans, Pat Metheny, Stan Getz, Dave Brubeck and more.
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."
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.
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.
See the late, great tenor saxophonist lead his potent quartet on new material from his Impulse! album Two Blocks From the Edge.
The Belgian-born harmonica ace performs his "Bluesette" along with Miles Davis' "All Blues" and "Days of Wine and Roses" in a 1981 set.
Brothers Jimmy, Percy and Tootie join pianist Stanley Cowell for this invigorating straight ahead set from the Great American Music Hall.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The enigmatic singer-songwriter-poet delivers his distinctive growl on tunes from his jazziest album, Small Change, in this set from Boston.
The Afro-Cuban percussionist leads his dynamic ensemble in this smoking set of churning, clave-fueled Latin jazz from Oakland in 1990.
The jump blues 'n' jive star (aka Mr. Entertainment) performs his hit "Caldonia," "Hard Head" and others in this 1973 Carnegie Hall concert.
Hear the legendary composer perform with his swinging quartet at Newport Jazz Festival in 1964.
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.
The jazz piano giant performs material from his Infinity album with the Trane-inspired tenor saxophonist at '98 Newport.
The legendary trumpeter, bebop and world music pioneer performs his Afro-Cuban classic "Manteca" and the jivey "Ooh Shoo Be Doo Be."
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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