Newport impresario George Wein and record producer John Hammond host an all-star tribute to Billie Holiday, who died on this day in 1959.
The jazz legend, who passed on this day in 1967, is joined by Pharoah Sanders, Alice Coltrane, Jimmy Garrison and Rashied Ali in a searing set.
The irrepressibly hip drummer, a member of Miles Davis' first great quintet, was born on this day in 1923. Hear him swing at Newport '67.
The guitarist showcases his uncanny two-handed tapping technique on Oliver Nelson's "Stolen Moments" and the Beatles' "Eleanor Rigby" in '86.
The rising star saxophonist, then 24, thrills Newport with pianist Brad Mehldau, bassist Christian McBride and drummer Brian Blade in 1993.
The percussionist-bandleader and Bay Area icon, who turns 81 today, leads his 11-piece band on Latin jazz fusion tunes from Mister E in '89.
The alto sax great and prolific composer-arranger, who died on this day in 2003, leads an all-star big band at the '72 Newport Jazz Festival.
The great trumpeter was at the peak of his powers when he guested with Art Blakey's group on "Birdlike" and "A Night in Tunisia" in '76.
The hard bop trumpet sensation, who was born on this day in 1938, was just six days shy of his 21st birthday in this set at '59 Newport.
Billy Eckstine, born on this day in 1914, wraps his alluring baritone voice around "Sophisticated Lady" and "A Song for You" in 1974.
The jump blues pioneer, known in his heyday as "King of the Juke Box," was born on this day in 1908. Hear him in this '73 Cab Calloway revue.
The former Art Tatum sideman, born on this day in 1916, plays two Count Basie gems, "Shiny Stockings" and "Lil' Darlin'," in this '74 set.
The ex-Weather Reporter, who was born on this day in 1932, leads his dynamic Syndicate featuring Gerald Veasley and Scott Henderson.
Jazz legend Louis Armstrong passed away on this day at age 69. Hear him play "Now You Has Jazz" and "Mack the Knife" at '60 Newport.
Hear Carmen McRae, Joe Pass, Lionel Hampton, George Benson, Joshua Redman and a host of other jazz artists interpret Fab Four favorites.
The great baritone balladeer, who was born on this day in 1923, sings "Sophisticated Lady," "September Song" and "Lush Life" in this '75 set.
The piano great turns 86 today. Hear his classic trio play "Poinciana" and "There Is No Greater Love" at the '59 Newport Jazz Festival.
The flutist-bandleader-world music pioneer died on this day in 2003. Hear his pan-global jazz and funk in this playlist spanning 1959-1989.
The free jazz drummer, who was born on this day in 1933, performs a scintillating "Leo" with John Coltrane at the 1966 Newport Jazz Festival.
The great bassist and prolific composer turns 65 today. See him play "Hymn of the Seventh Galaxy," "School Days" and "Lopsy Lu" in 1979.
Keyboardist John Medeski, who turns 51 today, joins bandmates Chris Wood and Billy Martin on "Curtis/Shine It" from End of the World Party.
On this day in 1959 the Broadway musical closed at the Winter Garden after 734 performances. Hear Buddy Rich's take on it at '67 Newport.
The formidable bassist-composer introduces his "Three or Four Shades of Blues" and "Cumbia & Jazz Fusion" in this '77 set from Nice, France.
The 8-string guitarist jazzes up Bob Marley's "Them Belly Full (But We Hungry)" and The Supremes' "You Keep Me Hanging On" in a '98 set.
The composer-arranger-theoricst, born on this day in 1923, leads his band on provocative originals like "The Outer View" and "Stratosphunk."
Hear hot salsa and infectious Afro-Cuban grooves by Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, Ray Barretto, Dizzy Gillespie and others in this playlist.
The great trumpeter was at the peak of his powers in this set which has him stretching on the Stylistics' "People Make the World Go Round."
Carrie "Big Boo" Black from Orange is the New Black swings Sondheim's "The Ballad of Sweeney Todd" and more in this 2002 Newport video.
The virtuosic trumpeter and bebop/world music innovator turns vocalist on "I'm Goin' Fishin'," "Oo-Pa-Pa-Da," "Ooh Shoo Be Doo Be" and others.
The jazz legend performs solo drum pieces "Ghost Dance," "I'm Singing With Drumsticks in My Hand" and "Tribute to Papa Jo Jones" in a '92 set.
The First Lady of Song, who died on this day in 1998, shows her scat prowess on "Stomping at the Savoy" and "How High the Moon" in '78.
The jazz guitar legend, who died on this day in 1968, swings on "Tequila" and "Naptown Blues" at the 1967 Newport Jazz Festival.
Darius Brubeck, who turns 69 today, joins father Dave and brothers Dan and Chris on "Unsquare Dance" and "Blue Rondo a la Turk" in a '75 set.
The innovative guitar-composer introduces new tunes from his stunning debut album, Bright Size Life, in this '77 set from Portland.
The pianist and prolific composer introduces "Blowin' the Blues Away" and "Cookin' at the Continental" at the 1959 Newport Jazz Festival.
The brilliant pianist and prolific composer turns 75 today. Hear him with Booker Ervin, Miles Davis and Return to Forever in this playlist.
The influential pianist performs "Shiny Stockings," "Stardust," "Perdido" and a brilliant medley from "West Side Story" in this 1974 solo set.
Hear Miles Davis, Joe Pass, Buddy Rich, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and the Modern Jazz Quartet interpret Thelonious Monk's classic ballad.
A key contributor to the Great American Songbook, Porter was born on this day in 1891. Hear his popular tunes interpreted in this playlist.
The guitarist-inventor was born on this day in 1915. Hear him joined by guitarists Pat Martino, Lary Carlton and Al Di Meola at his 88th birthday.
The unorthodox piano trio delivers irreverent covers of Burt Bacharach's "This Guy's In Love With You" and "(Theme From)" Chariots of Fire."
The Bix and Pops-inspired trumpeter guests with trombonist Jack Teagarden on "Royal Garden Blues" and "Body And Soul" in this '59 set.
The popular saxophonist, who turns 60 today, premieres his hit single "Songbird" from the multi-platinum Duotones at Newport '87.
The tenor sax great, who died on this day in 1991, leads his quartet on Wayne Shorter's "Lester Left Town" and "Infant Eyes" in this 1978 set.
The visionary composer-saxophonist, who turns 71 today, joins Muhal Richard Abrams, Dave Holland, George Lewis an Barry Altschul in 1976.
The former Charles Mingus trumpeter, born on this day in 1935, straddles hard bop and free jazz with his septet at Carnegie in '76.
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 legendary guitarist delivers burning takes on "The Preacher" and "Fascinating Rhythm" at the 1968 Newport Jazz Festival.