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.
Trumpeter Art Farmer and tenor saxophonist Benny Golson introduce their hard bop classics "Killer Joe" and "Mox Nix" at the annual festival.
The pioneering jazz organist, who died on this day in 1995, joins Norris Turney and Bobby Durham in a swinging set from Carnegie Hall in '74.
The late, legendary pianist, who would've turned 86 today, performs delicate versions of "My Romance" and "My Foolish Heart" in this '75 set.
Drummer Stix Hooper, who turns 77 today, fuels the Houston funk-jazz outfit on "Stomp and Buck Dance" and "Put It Where You Want It" in '74.
Ethan Hawke stars in a new biopic on the late trumpet star, who died tragically in 1988. Hear the real deal in performances from 1955-1982.
The venerable drummer-composer performs with Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard and leads his own group, Cosmic Chicken, in this playlist.
The pianist-composer, born on this day in 1919, performs his signature "Lullaby of Birdland" and joins the singer on "Stardust" at Newport '89.
The peerless guitarist-composer, who turns 61 today, performs "Last Train Home" and other tunes from Still Life (Talking) in this stirring set.
The guitarist-inventor, who died on this day in 2009, is joined by fellow guitar greats Al Di Meola, Pat Martino and Larry Carlton in this '03 set.
The hard bop alto sax burner leads his quintet on "Mercy Mercy Mercy" and "Phase" in this eclectic 1975 set, just one month before he died.
Longtime alto sax/clarinet star of Duke Ellington's orchestra was born on this day in 1908. Hear him wail on "Swamp Goo" at Newport '68.
The bold-toned tenor player and former Mingus sideman unleashes on "Mojo" and "Boo's Blues" in this '67 set from the Newport Jazz Festival.
The multi-instrumentalist-composer, who was born on this day 80 years ago, plays "Volunteered Slavery" at the '69 Newport Jazz Festival.
The godfather of fusion guitar showcases searing six-string work on tunes from Offering and The Real Great Escape with his group Foreplay.
The legendary hot jazz cornetist Bix Beiderbecke died on this day in 1931. Hear him being feted by the George Wein All-Stars at Newport.
The late singer, who would've turned 85 today, sings "Driva' Man" and the dramatic "Protest" with the Max Roach Quartet at Newport '64.
The late, great piano virtuoso is joined by drummer Martin Drew and bassist Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen on a stunning set from 1981.
Jazz's great ambassador for half a century was born on this day in 1901. Hear him perform "Now You Has Jazz" at the '60 Newport festival.
The two classic jazz guitarists burn on "Secret Love" and a swinging take on "Meet The Flintstones" at the Great American Music Hall.
Saxophonist Roscoe Mitchell, who turns 75 today, joins his avant garde colleagues on "Fanfare for the Warriors" and "Chinese Song."
The magnificent singer, who turned 89 this week, charms a London audience with "S'Wonderful" and other standards in this 1991 video.
See an eclectic lineup including Dianne Reeves, Femi Kuti, John Zorn's Masada, Celia Cruz and Fourplay at George Wein's annual clambake.
See Grover Washington Jr., Carmen McRae, the Herbie Hancock Trio and Lionel Hampton's Orchestra at George Wein's annual clambake.
The guitarist, who turns 84 today, plays the Duke Ellington themes "Love You Madly" and "Take the A Train" with his trio in this '77 set.
See Freddie Hubbard, Lee Ritenour, Stevie Ray Vaughan, B.B. King, Spyro Gyra and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band at George Wein's annual clambake.
The alto sax star performs "Benny" and "Full House" from Upfront and "Spooky" from Songs from the Night Before.
New Orleans drummer Vernell Fournier, who was born this week in 1928, showcases his signature groove on "Poinciana" at '59 Newport.
The great New Orleans drummer (aka Leo Morris) died on this day last year. Hear him fuel George Benson's swinging quartet at '69 Newport.
The combined bands of the Puerto Rican salsa king and the Afro-Cuban pioneer perform a searing set at Newport Jazz Latino 1978.
The legendary drummer leads a quintet featuring trumpeter Charles Tolliver, pianist Stanley Cowell and bassist Jymie Merritt at '67 Newport.
The Scottish singer and actress just turned 85. Hear her with vocalese masters Lambert, Hendricks & Ross at the 1960 Newport Jazz Festival.
The vibraphonist-composer and bandleader premieres "Flying Colors," "Bamboot," "Sara's Touch" and other tunes from his album Wanderlust.
The late pianist-educator and Art Tatum protege was born this week in 1921. Hear him stretch on "Stella by Starlight" in this '73 solo set.
Hear the Manhattan Transfer vocalist blend with her fellow singers on jazz gems like "Jeanine," "Birdland" and "Four Brothers" in 1983.
The New Orleans trumpeter, who died this week in 1995, leads the Preservation Hall Jazz Band on "Ice Cream" and other tunes in a '73 set.
The fusion guitar hero unleashes his signature speed licks on tunes from Elegant Gypsy and Casino in this '78 set