The trumpeter-composer turns 76 today. Hear him play his biggest hit along with "Hide & Seek" and "Land of Make Believe" in this 1977 set.
The Argentine tenor saxophonist, who died earlier this year, would've turned 84 today. Hear him premiere his "La China Leonicia" suite in '73.
The Baltimore-based singer was born on this day in 1932. Hear her sing "But Beautiful," "Yesterdays" and "I Only Have Eyes For You."
Trumpeter Randy, who turns 71 today, joins brother Michael on tenor sax on "Night Flight" and the fusion anthem "Some Skunk Funk" in '76.
Ralph Towner, Colin Walcott, Paul McCandless, who would later form the band Oregon, join the saxophonist on "Icarus" and others in 1975..
The daredevil singer interprets Herbie Hancock's "Maiden Voyage," Wynton Marsalis' "Hesitation" and Van Morrison's "Moondance" in 1982.
The drummer and member of the classic Bill Evans Trio died on this day in 2011. Hear him with Mose Allison, Keith Jarrett and Gato Barbieri.
The pianist and prolific songwriter was born on his day in 1899. Hear his tunes "Stardust" and "Georgia on My Mind" covered in this playlist.
The tenor sax great, who was born on this day in 1904, performs a magnificent version of "These Foolish Things" with the All-Stars.
The tenor saxophonist stretches on Thelonious Monk's "Well You Needn't" and performs his lyrical "Forest Flower" in this '74 quartet set.
The German bassist-composer premieres tunes from his ECM album Silent Feet with his Colours quartet featuring reedman Charlie Mariano.
The Hi-De-Ho Man died on this day in 1994. Hear him sing "Stormy Weather," "It Ain't Necessarily So" and "Old Man River" in a '77 set.
The R&B star turns in a swinging version of "Yes Sir, That's My Baby" and delivers a dramatic reading of Billie Holiday's "Gloomy Sunday."
The fusion guitar hero launches his powerhouse jazz-rock ensemble on his "Ism-Ejercicio" and Alphonse Mouzon's "The Funky Waltz" in 1974.
The great singer with the distinctive baritone voice fronts the Count Basie Orchestra and the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra in this playlist.
The Canadian-born pianist-singer, who turns 52 today, performs "I'm an Errand Girl for Rhythm" and "I've Got You Under My Skin" in 1998.
The bard of Tippo, Mississippi died today at age 89. Hear him sing "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" at the 1964 Newport Jazz Festival.
Electric violin pioneer Michael White leads the fusion band on tunes from their breakthrough album, Sun & Moon Have Come Together.
The drummer and keyboardist are joined by guitarist John Scofield and bassist Alphonso Johnson on "Red Baron" and other fusion anthems.
The L.A. hard bop pianist, who was born on this day in 1928, plays "The Sermon," "Fly Me To The Moon" and others in a quartet set from 1976.
Hear great solos by such iconic drummers as Papa Jo Jones, Buddy Rich, Max Roach, Art Blakey, Elvin Jones, Gene Krupa and Billy Cobham.
The influential singer died on this day in 1994. Hear her perform several Thelonious Monk tunes in a set from the '88 Newport Jazzfest.
The blues and swing singer performs "Keepin' Out of Mischief Now," "Black and Blue" and others in this all-Fats Waller program from 1975.
The pianist-singer-composer, who turns 61 today, performs tunes from her album Verse and interprets the Beatles' "Norwegian Wood."
The cool jazz vocalist, born on this day in 1927, puts words to Sonny Rollins' "St. Thomas" and sings her signature "All About Ronnie" in '76.
The trumpeter and New Orleans ambassador, born on this day in 1922, plays "Royal Garden Blues" and "Old Folks At Home" in this 1970 set.
The Cuban trumpeter, who turns 67 today, premieres his "Cuban American Medley" and plays a fiery 23-minute "Cherokee" in 1998.
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 Harlem stride pianist, born on this day in 1907, plays James P. Johnson's "Keeping Off The Grass" and Fats Waller's "Jitterbug Waltz."
The bold-toned tenorman and inveterate jammer, who died on this day in 1986, plays with the Clark Terry All-Stars and his Three Bad Pennies.
The most acclaimed singer of his generation turns 49 today. Hear him put lyrics to John Coltrane's "Resolution" and sing "Nature Boy" in 2001.
The San Francisco-based percussionist, who turns 61 today, leads his percolating eight-piece band on a Latin jazz jam in this 1990 set.
Innovative fretless electric bassist Percy Jones fuels the pioneering Brit fusion band, currently out on a reunion tour, in a '78 Bottom Line set.
The Texas tenorman, who was born on this day in 1930, plays "Mojo," "Deep Night" and "Boo's Blues" with a young Chick Corea on piano.
The clarinetist and big band leader died on this day in 1987. Hear them play the classic "Four Brothers" and the contemporary "La Fiesta."
The British singer, who turns 89 today, shifts from show tunes ("Come Back To Me") to blues ("Unlucky Woman") to swing ("Perdido") in 1975.
The virtuoso French pianist, nicknamed "Le Most," showcases his prodigious Tatumesque chops in this stunning solo set from 1975.
The tenor sax great and jazz expatriate returned to the Big Apple from France for this triumphant 1981 set at the hallowed NYC jazz club.
As the leaves begin to fall, celebrate the season with serene, swinging sounds by Bobby Hutcherson, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Pass and others.
The Detroit bebop pianist, a resident of New York City since 1960, plays "Tea for Two" and "Polkadots and Moonbeams" in this '75 solo set.
The authoritative alto saxophonist was born on this day in 1927. Hear him stretch on "Willow Weep for Me" and "Sonnymoon for Two."
The King of Swing's radio theme song "Let's Dance" and other favorites like "Blue Room" and "King Porter Stomp" are revisited here in 1985.
The Queen of Salsa, who was born on this day in 1925, sings her hits "Azucar Negra" and "Bamboleo" with the Mambo King in a 1990 set.
Bebop innovator Dizzy Gillespie, born on this day in 1917, plays his classics "Kush" and "A Night in Tunisia" and premieres "Norm's Norm."
The self-proclaimed "inventor of jazz" was born on this day in 1896. Hear his "King Porter Stomp," "The Pearls" and others in this playlist.
The Divine One floats through the ballad "Easy Living," swings Duke Ellington's "In a Mellow Tone" and stretches out on a scat romp in 1980.
The sax and flute virtuoso, who turns 75 today, leads Clark Terry, John Lewis, George Duvivier and Alan Dawson at the 1977 Nice Jazz Festival.
The trumpeter and jazz ambassador, who turns 55 today, leads his quintet on "Free To Be" and other tunes from The Magic Hour.