The innovative guitarist leads his potent quartet on "Phase Dance," "Bright Size Life," "Unity Village" and "Jaco" in this set from The Loft.
The late singer, who died on this day in 2006, scats a blue streak on "Four Brothers" and soothes on the ballad "Here's That Rainy Day."
The late, great drummer-composer died on this day in 2011. Hear him playing with Mose Allison and the Keith Jarrett Quartet at Newport.
The Argentine saxophonist-composer stretches out with his powerful ensemble on a 16-minute "Latino America" from Hasta Siempre.
The brilliant pianist with the driving left-handed basslines plays Charlie Parker's "Scrapple From the Apple" and "Sweet Lorraine" in this solo set.
The organist and pioneering U.K. fusioneer leads his group on electrifying versions of "Freedom Jazz Dance" and "Compared to What."
Satchmo leads his all-star crew on "Now You Has Jazz," "Mack The Knife," "Sleepy Time Down South" and others in this invigorating set.
The popular pianist-singer, who turns 51 today, performs "I Love Being Here With You," "All Or Nothing At All" and "Route 66" with her quartet.
The Chicago pianist, who was born on this day in 1904, plays Jelly Roll Morton's "Grandpa's Spells" and Fats Waller's "Honeysuckle Rose."
The West Coast bopper, who was born on this day in 1928, is joined by Steely Dan guitarist Denny Dias and bassist Carole Kaye on this '76 set.
A wide variety of artists from Ella Fitzgerald to Linda Ronstadt pay tribute to the composer of "Honeysuckle Rose" and "Ain't Misbehavin'."
The bard from Tippo, Mississippi turns 88 today. Hear him play "That's the Stuff You Got to Watch" and "Your Mind Is on Vacation' in 1977.
The actress-singer (aka Carrie 'Big Boo' Black on Orange Is the New Black) performs hip versions of "All That Jazz" and "Cool."
The great jazz singer died on this day in 1994. Hear her sing "Alfie," "On Green Dolphin Street" and "Stardust" in this 1976 concert.
The pianist and avant garde pioneer, who turns 83 today, performs a set of Carla Bley compositions with Steve Swallow and Barry Altschul.
The cornetist, born on this day in 1901, jams with pals Wingy Manone, Max Kaminsky and Peanuts Hucko on "That's a Plenty" and more.
The trumpeter and free jazz icon died on this day in 1999. Hear him perform "Chinese Song" with the Art Ensemble of Chicago in a '76 set.
The pianist-singer-composer performs her tunes "Danson La Gigue" and "The Moon" from Verse and interprets Duke Ellington's "Caravan."
The Cuban trumpeter, who turns 66 today, premieres his Hot House big band and scats a blue streak on a 23-minute version of "Cherokee."
The Philly hard bop trumpeter and former Mingus sideman died on this day in 2012. Hear him lead a stellar septet at Carnegie Hall in 1976.
The tenor great, who died on this day in '86, is featured with the Clark Terry All-Stars, Lionel Hampton and Three Bad Pennies in this playlist.
The jazz singer and modern vocalese master turns 58 today. See him set lyrics to John Coltrane's "Resolution" from A Love Supreme.
Drummer Billy Martin, who turns 52 today, fuels the infectious grooves of this funky and adventurous organ trio in a set from Fort Adams.
The rising trumpet star, who was born on this day in 1930, performs his hard bop anthem "Daahoud" with Max Roach at '55 Newport.
The swinging tenor saxman, who was born on this day 90 years ago, leads an all-star band on a Duke Ellington medley on this 1977 set.
The clarinetist-bandleader, who died on this day in 1987, performs Chick Corea's "La Fiesta," Louis Jordan's "Caldonia" and "Four Brothers."
British jazz singer Cleo Laine turns 88 today. Hear her sultry, swinging voice with her late husband John Dankworth's big band in this '75 set.
The Belgian guitar virtuoso (aka Young Django), turns 73 today. Hear him with fellow six-stringer Larry Coryell in an acoustic duo setting.
The guitarist-composer performs tunes from '76's Bright Size Life and premieres tunes from '78's Pat Metheny Group in this set from Portland.
The brilliant French pianist, nicknamed "Le Most" for his prodigious Tatum-esque keyboard skills, performs a stunning solo set.
The tenor titan performs potent versions of his signature tunes "Keep Hold of Yourself," "Don't Stop the Carnival" and "Strode Rode" in 1980.
Celebrate the 98th anniversary of the legendary trumpeter by digging his "A Night in Tunisia," "Oop-Pa-A-Da" and "Swing Low Sweet Chariot."
The Queen of Salsa, who would've turned 90 today, performs her signature "Bamboleo" and "Azucar Negra" with Tito Puente in 1990.
The late singer-pianist, who died on this day in 2005, swings "Just In Time" and settles into a soulful "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying."
The clarinetist-saxophonist-flutist, who turns 74 today, leads an all-star group featuring Clark Terry at the 1977 Nice Jazz Festival.
The bassist-singer and multiple Grammy-winner turns 31 today. See her perform a dynamic, unaccompanied rendition of "Midnight Sun."
The Swing era drumming star, who died on this day in 1973, leads a quartet on "Stompin' at the Savoy" at the 1959 Newport Jazz Festival.
The trumpeter, who turns 46 today, plays the beautiful ballad "Never Let Me Go" and gets funky on Grover Washington Jr.'s "Mr. Magic."
Ella Fitzgerald, Betty Carter, Chris Connor and others pay tribute to the erudite, witty and prolific composer who died on this day in 1964.
The plucky piano trio performs their distinctive originals "Mint" and "Dirty Blonde" and covers Vangelis' "(Theme From) Chariots of Fire."
The late bass great, who would've turned 89 today, lays down thick grooves with the Oscar Peterson Trio at the Newport Jazz Festival '59.
The tenor saxophonist, who turns 75 today, joins sax legend John Coltrane in this incendiary set from the 1966 Newport Jazz Festival.
The trumpeter, who turns 53 today, performs Miles Davis' "Flamenco Sketches" and Burt Bacharach's "The Look of Love" with his quintet.
The drummer-bandleader, born on this day in 1919, plays the '59 Newport Jazz Festival with his Jazz Messengers featuring Lee Morgan.
The late, great pianist-composer was born on this day in 1917. Hear him in one of his last public performances in this 1975 concert.
The great vibraphonist, who died on this day in 1999, is featured on John Lewis' "Django" with the Modern Jazz Quartet at '59 Newport.
The flutist-bandleader performs his hit "Memphis Underground" and an instrumental version of the soul anthem "Hold On, I'm Coming" in 1973.
The B-3 organist (aka Khalid Yasin), born on this day in 1940, leads his electrifying fusion band on "New York Electric Street Music" in 1975.