Concert Vault
  1. Jazz: Sun Ra Arkestra at Carnegie Hall, '73 Jazz Sun Ra Arkestra at Carnegie Hall, '73 Carnegie Hall Jul 6, 1973 Jazz: Sun Ra Arkestra at Carnegie Hall, '73 Carnegie Hall | Jul 6, 1973

    Contrary to myth, the avant garde pioneer did not come from Saturn but instead was born on this day in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1914.

  2. Jazz: A Salute to Fats Waller Jazz A Salute to Fats Waller Jazz: A Salute to Fats Waller Fats Waller Tribute

    The stride piano master and beloved jivester was born on this day in 1904. Hear Earl Hines, Helen Humes and others play his popular tunes.

  3. Jazz: NEW: Spring Street Stompers in Boston Jazz NEW: Spring Street Stompers in Boston Great Hall Feb 5, 1982 Jazz: NEW: Spring Street Stompers in Boston Great Hall | Feb 5, 1982

    The collegiate classic jazz band from the '50s plays "That's A Plenty" and "South Rampart Street Parade" in this reunion concert from 1982.

  4. Jazz: NEW: Terry Garthwaite at the Jazz Workshop Jazz NEW: Terry Garthwaite at the Jazz Workshop Jazz Workshop Nov 25, 1975 Jazz: NEW: Terry Garthwaite at the Jazz Workshop Jazz Workshop | Nov 25, 1975

    The former frontwoman for Bay Area hippie band Joy of Cooking gets jazzy on her "Changing Colors" and Illinois Jacquet's "Robin Nest" in '75.

  5. Jazz: Cecil Taylor at Newport, '65 Jazz Cecil Taylor at Newport, '65 Newport Jazz Festival Jul 2, 1965 Jazz: Cecil Taylor at Newport, '65 Newport Jazz Festival | Jul 2, 1965

    The avant garde pianist-composer premieres pieces from Unit Structures with a quintet featuring saxophonist Jimmy Lyons.

  6. Jazz: Tom Scott at the Bottom LIne Jazz Tom Scott at the Bottom LIne Bottom Line Nov 2, 1978 Jazz: Tom Scott at the Bottom LIne Bottom Line | Nov 2, 1978

    The L.A. saxophonist, who turns 68 today, plays Carole King's "Jazz Man" and tunes from his New York Connection in this 1978 set.

  7. Jazz: The Incomparable Elvin Jones in Concert Jazz The Incomparable Elvin Jones in Concert Avery Fisher Hall Jul 4, 1974 Jazz: The Incomparable Elvin Jones in Concert Avery Fisher Hall | Jul 4, 1974

    The great drummer, who died on this day in 2004, leads his quintet on "Someone's Rocking My Jazz Boat" and "Three Card Molly" in 1974.

  8. Jazz: Remembering Dewey Redman Jazz Remembering Dewey Redman Jazz: Remembering Dewey Redman A Dewey Redman Birthday Playlist

    The free jazz saxophonist, born on this day in 1931, plays with the Keith Jarrett Quartet in 1975 and leads his own quintet at '74 Newport.

  9. Jazz: A Billy Cobham Birthday Playlist Jazz A Billy Cobham Birthday Playlist Jazz: A Billy Cobham Birthday Playlist A Billy Cobham Birthday Playlist

    The powerhouse drummer turns 72 today. Hear him leading own band and fueling the Mahavishnu Orchestra and Bobby and The Midnites.

  10. Jazz: The Irrepressible Swing of Betty Carter Jazz The Irrepressible Swing of Betty Carter Avery Fisher Hall Jun 25, 1978 Jazz: The Irrepressible Swing of Betty Carter Avery Fisher Hall | Jun 25, 1978

    The incendiary scat singer, born on this day in 1929, turns in fiery renditions of "Please Do Something" and "Sounds (Moving On)" in 1978.

  11. Jazz: A Gil Evans Birthday Salute Jazz A Gil Evans Birthday Salute Philharmonic Hall Jun 30, 1973 Jazz: A Gil Evans Birthday Salute Philharmonic Hall | Jun 30, 1973

    The late composer-arranger, who was born in Toronto on this day in 1912, conducts his big band in this '73 set from Philharmonic Hall.

  12. Jazz: Chet Baker In Memoriam Jazz Chet Baker In Memoriam Great American Music Hall Sep 9, 1982 Jazz: Chet Baker In Memoriam Great American Music Hall | Sep 9, 1982

    The great trumpeter-singer died on this day in 1988 when he fell out a window from his hotel room in Amsterdam. Hear him in this 1982 set.

  13. Jazz: Video: Diana Krall, the Queen of Cool Jazz Video: Diana Krall, the Queen of Cool Newport Jazz Festival Aug 15, 1999 Jazz: Video: Diana Krall, the Queen of Cool Newport Jazz Festival | Aug 15, 1999 watch video

    The pianist-singer swings in typically smoldering fashion on "I Love Being Here With You," "Peel Me a Grape" and "Route 66" at '99 Newport.

  14. Jazz: Woody Shaw with the Jazz Messengers Jazz Woody Shaw with the Jazz Messengers Newport Jazz Festival Jul 5, 1969 Jazz: Woody Shaw with the Jazz Messengers Newport Jazz Festival | Jul 5, 1969

    The late trumpeter, who died on this day in 1989, stretches out with this edition of Art Blakey's band at the 1969 Newport Jazz Festival.

  15. Jazz: The Carla Bley Band at Amazingrace, '78 Jazz The Carla Bley Band at Amazingrace, '78 Amazingrace Jul 4, 1978 Jazz: The Carla Bley Band at Amazingrace, '78 Amazingrace | Jul 4, 1978

    The irreverent pianist-composer-arranger turns 80 today. Hear her tentet perform "Spangled Banner Minor and Other Patriotic Songs."

  16. Jazz: A Mel Lewis Memorial Playlist Jazz A Mel Lewis Memorial Playlist Jazz: A Mel Lewis Memorial Playlist Mel Lewis Playlist

    The late drummer, born on this day in 1929, plays with Gerry Mulligan, performs solo and co-leads the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra.

  17. Jazz: Dizzy Gillespie at Newport, 1959 Jazz Dizzy Gillespie at Newport, 1959 Newport Jazz Festival Jul 3, 1959 Jazz: Dizzy Gillespie at Newport, 1959 Newport Jazz Festival | Jul 3, 1959

    The legendary trumpeter, bebop and world music pioneer performs his Afro-Cuban classic "Manteca" and the jivey "Ooh Shoo Be Doo Be."

  18. Jazz: Mary Lou Williams at Carnegie Hall Jazz Mary Lou Williams at Carnegie Hall Carnegie Hall Jun 28, 1978 Jazz: Mary Lou Williams at Carnegie Hall Carnegie Hall | Jun 28, 1978

    The pianist-composer, who was born on this day in 1910, performs Cole Porter's "I Love You" and her own dazzling "Medi II" in this '78 set.

  19. Jazz: Keith Jarrett Solo at Philharmonic Hall Jazz Keith Jarrett Solo at Philharmonic Hall Philharmonic Hall Jun 30, 1973 Jazz: Keith Jarrett Solo at Philharmonic Hall Philharmonic Hall | Jun 30, 1973

    The brilliant pianist-composer, who turns 71 today, performs an uninterrupted flow of purely improvised music in this 1973 concert.

  20. Jazz: Tony Bennett Charms London Jazz Tony Bennett Charms London Prince Edward Theatre Sep 6, 1991 Jazz: Tony Bennett Charms London Prince Edward Theatre | Sep 6, 1991 watch video

    The suave, swinging singer asks the musical question "When Do the Bells Ring for Me?" in this 1992 set from the Prince Edward Theatre.

  21. Jazz: Remembering Kai Winding Jazz Remembering Kai Winding Newport Jazz Festival New York Jul 8, 1972 Jazz: Remembering Kai Winding Newport Jazz Festival New York | Jul 8, 1972

    The Danish-born trombonist, who died on this day in 1983, joins Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Stitt, Thelonious Monk and Art Blakey at '72 Newport.

  22. Jazz: Great Guitars in San Francisco Jazz Great Guitars in San Francisco Great American Music Hall Jun 28, 1975 Jazz: Great Guitars in San Francisco Great American Music Hall | Jun 28, 1975

    Barney Kessel, who died on this day in 2004, joins six-string partner Herb Ellis on "Makin' Whoopee" and "Meet the Flintstones" in 1975.

  23. Jazz: Maynard Ferguson Hits the High Note Jazz Maynard Ferguson Hits the High Note City Center Jul 1, 1976 Jazz: Maynard Ferguson Hits the High Note City Center | Jul 1, 1976

    The trumpeter-composer-bandleader, who was born on this day in 1928, performs "Primal Scream," "Chameleon" and "Airegin" in 1976.

  24. Jazz: Video: Jamie Cullum at Newport, 2004 Jazz Video: Jamie Cullum at Newport, 2004 Newport Jazz Festival Aug 10, 2004 Jazz: Video: Jamie Cullum at Newport, 2004 Newport Jazz Festival | Aug 10, 2004 watch video

    The popular British pianist-singer interprets Jimi Hendrix's "Wind Cries Mary" and plays the title track of his third album, Twentysomething.

  25. Jazz: Oscar Peterson Solo at Carnegie Hall, '72 Jazz Oscar Peterson Solo at Carnegie Hall, '72 Carnegie Hall Jul 6, 1972 Jazz: Oscar Peterson Solo at Carnegie Hall, '72 Carnegie Hall | Jul 6, 1972

    The Canadian piano great showcases his fabled chops on "Mack the Knife," Dizzy Gillespie's "Con Alma" and his own "Blues Etude."

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  1. Jazz: Shirley Horn Seduces Newport Jazz Shirley Horn Seduces Newport Newport Jazz Festival Aug 15, 1992 Jazz: Shirley Horn Seduces Newport Newport Jazz Festival | Aug 15, 1992 watch video

    Miles Davis' favorite singer, who was born on this day in 1934, performs "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying" and "Soothe Me" in '92.

  2. Jazz: In Praise of Duke Ellington Jazz In Praise of Duke Ellington Malmo Stadium Dec 11, 1973 Jazz: In Praise of Duke Ellington Malmo Stadium | Dec 11, 1973

    Jazz's greatest composer was born on this day in 1899. Hear him with his orchestra in Sweden five months before he passed on May 24,1974.

  3. Jazz: Happy Birthday, Toots! Jazz Happy Birthday, Toots! Jazz: Happy Birthday, Toots! Toots Thielemans Playlist

    Belgian harmonica ace "Toots" Thielemans turns 94 today. Hear him lead a quartet and play with Jaco Pastorius' Word of Mouth big band.

  4. Jazz: Charlie Byrd's Masterful Touch Jazz Charlie Byrd's Masterful Touch Great American Music Hall Mar 19, 1977 Jazz: Charlie Byrd's Masterful Touch Great American Music Hall | Mar 19, 1977

    The nylon string acoustic guitar virtuoso travels from bossa novas to jazz standards to classical numbers in this eclectic set from 1977

  5. Jazz: A Freddie Waits Birthday Playlist Jazz A Freddie Waits Birthday Playlist Jazz: A Freddie Waits Birthday Playlist Freddie Waits Playlist

    The versatile drummer, born on this day in 1940, plays with organist Rhoda Scott, trumpeter Clark Terry, guitarist Kenny Burrell and solo.

  6. Jazz: Remembering Trumpeter Al Hirt Jazz Remembering Trumpeter Al Hirt Municipal Auditorium New Orleans Apr 25, 1970 Jazz: Remembering Trumpeter Al Hirt Municipal Auditorium New Orleans | Apr 25, 1970

    The New Orleans icon died on this day in 1999. Hear him romp through "Royal Garden Blues" with his band featuring pianist Ellis Marsalis in '70.

  7. Jazz: Count Basie Classics at Carnegie Hall, '73 Jazz Count Basie Classics at Carnegie Hall, '73 Carnegie Hall Jul 3, 1973 Jazz: Count Basie Classics at Carnegie Hall, '73 Carnegie Hall | Jul 3, 1973

    The Kid from Red Bank, who died on this day in 1984, leads the Cadillac of big bands on "Lil' Darlin'," "April in Paris" and "One O'Clock Jump."

  8. Jazz: Ella Fitzgerald at George Wein's Storyville Jazz Ella Fitzgerald at George Wein's Storyville Storyville Boston Feb 7, 1953 Jazz: Ella Fitzgerald at George Wein's Storyville Storyville Boston | Feb 7, 1953

    The First Lady of Song, born on this day in 1917, sings "Why Don't You Do Right?" and scats "Mean To Me" with Hank Jones and Jo Jones in '53.

  9. Jazz: Joe Henderson's Tenor Intensity Jazz Joe Henderson's Tenor Intensity Great American Music Hall Dec 19, 1975 Jazz: Joe Henderson's Tenor Intensity Great American Music Hall | Dec 19, 1975

    The late saxophonist-composer, who was born on this day in 1937, stretches on his "Recorda Me" and "Power to the People" in this '75 set.

  10. Jazz: Johnny Griffin at the Village Vanguard Jazz Johnny Griffin at the Village Vanguard Village Vanguard Jun 25, 1981 Jazz: Johnny Griffin at the Village Vanguard Village Vanguard | Jun 25, 1981

    The great tenor sax burner, aka "Little Giant," showcases his stellar chops on his tunes "A Monk's Dream" and "Blues for Leslie" in a '81 set.

  11. Jazz: An Earl Hines Memorial Playlist Jazz An Earl Hines Memorial Playlist Jazz: An Earl Hines Memorial Playlist An Earl Hines Memorial Playlist

    The great pianist, who died on this day in 1983, performs "Sweet Lorraine," "Stardust," "Memories of You" and a West Side Story medley.

  12. Jazz: Charles Mingus Premieres a Masterwork Jazz Charles Mingus Premieres a Masterwork New Orleans Apr 1, 1977 Jazz: Charles Mingus Premieres a Masterwork New Orleans | Apr 1, 1977

    The prolific bassist-composer, who was born on this day in 1922, performs his "Cumbia & Jazz Fusion" in this '77 set from New Orleans.

  13. Jazz: Video: Nicholas Payton at Newport Jazz Video: Nicholas Payton at Newport Newport Jazz Festival Aug 15, 1997 Jazz: Video: Nicholas Payton at Newport Newport Jazz Festival | Aug 15, 1997 watch video

    The New Orleans trumpeter leads his quintet on Cedar Walton's classic "Bolivia" and his new arrangement of "Little Liza Jane" in this '97 set.

  14. Jazz: Lionel Hampton's Jumpin' Jams Jazz Lionel Hampton's Jumpin' Jams Philharmonic Hall Jul 5, 1972 Jazz: Lionel Hampton's Jumpin' Jams Philharmonic Hall | Jul 5, 1972

    The energetic vibraphonist, born on this day in 1908, leads his band on "I Got Rhythm," "How High The Moon" and "Sing Sing Sing" in 1972.

  15. Jazz: Remembering 'The Viking' Jazz Remembering 'The Viking' Great American Music Hall Mar 14, 1981 Jazz: Remembering 'The Viking' Great American Music Hall | Mar 14, 1981

    Danish bassist Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen, who died on this day in 2005, grooves and swings with the Oscar Peterson Trio in this '81 set.

  16. Jazz: All Hail the Saxophone Colossus Jazz All Hail the Saxophone Colossus Tramps Apr 12, 1997 Jazz: All Hail the Saxophone Colossus Tramps | Apr 12, 1997

    Sonny Rollins, who just released the live Hold the Stage at age 85, plays "Prisoner of Love," "St. Thomas" and "Biji" in this '97 Tramps set.

  17. Jazz: Mahavishnu Orchestra's Thunderous Fusion Jazz Mahavishnu Orchestra's Thunderous Fusion Civic Auditorium Grand Rapids Aug 11, 1973 Jazz: Mahavishnu Orchestra's Thunderous Fusion Civic Auditorium Grand Rapids | Aug 11, 1973

    Keyboardist-composer Jan Hammer, who turns 68 today, exchanges fiery licks with John McLaughlin on his "Sister Andrea" in this '73 set.

  18. Jazz: Herbie Mann Quintet at Newport Jazz Herbie Mann Quintet at Newport Newport Jazz Festival New York Jul 8, 1972 Jazz: Herbie Mann Quintet at Newport Newport Jazz Festival New York | Jul 8, 1972

    The late flutist, born on this day in 1930, leads his group featuring guitarist Sonny Sharrock on his hit "Memphis Underground" in a '72 set.

  19. Jazz: Jimmy Smith's Super Jam Jazz Jimmy Smith's Super Jam Yankee Stadium Jul 7, 1972 Jazz: Jimmy Smith's Super Jam Yankee Stadium | Jul 7, 1972

    The Hammond B-3 organ king leads Clark Terry, Kenny Burrell, Illinois Jacquet, Zoot Sims, Roy Haynes and B.B. King at Yankee Stadium in '72.

  20. Jazz: Manhattan Transfer's Hip Harmonies Jazz Manhattan Transfer's Hip Harmonies South Shore Music Circus Jul 31, 1983 Jazz: Manhattan Transfer's Hip Harmonies South Shore Music Circus | Jul 31, 1983

    The vocalese group, appearing this week at the Blue Note in New York, performs "Four Brothers," "Route 66" and "Birdland" in a 1983 set.

  21. Jazz: The Intimacy of Bill Evans Jazz The Intimacy of Bill Evans Great American Music Hall Mar 12, 1975 Jazz: The Intimacy of Bill Evans Great American Music Hall | Mar 12, 1975

    The great pianist performs "Time Remembered," "My Romance" and "My Foolish Heart" in this 1975 set from the Great American Music Hall.

  22. Jazz: Video: Kamasi Washington at Paste Studio Jazz Video: Kamasi Washington at Paste Studio Room 17 Jan 19, 2016 Jazz: Video: Kamasi Washington at Paste Studio Room 17 | Jan 19, 2016

    New tenor sax sensation performs "Malcolm's Theme" and "The Next Step" from his breakout album The Epic with a stripped-down quartet.

  23. Jazz: Happy Birthday, Herbie Hancock! Jazz Happy Birthday, Herbie Hancock! Jazz: Happy Birthday, Herbie Hancock! Herbie Hancock Playlist

    The pianist-composer and musical chameleon turns 76 today. Hear him perform solo, in duets with Chick Corea and with the Headhunters.

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