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.
The great pianist, who died on this day in 1983, performs "Sweet Lorraine," "Stardust," "Memories of You" and a West Side Story medley.
The prolific bassist-composer, who was born on this day in 1922, performs his "Cumbia & Jazz Fusion" in this '77 set from New Orleans.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Keyboardist-composer Jan Hammer, who turns 68 today, exchanges fiery licks with John McLaughlin on his "Sister Andrea" in this '73 set.
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.
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.
The vocalese group, appearing this week at the Blue Note in New York, performs "Four Brothers," "Route 66" and "Birdland" in a 1983 set.
The great pianist performs "Time Remembered," "My Romance" and "My Foolish Heart" in this 1975 set from the Great American Music Hall.
New tenor sax sensation performs "Malcolm's Theme" and "The Next Step" from his breakout album The Epic with a stripped-down quartet.
The pianist-composer and musical chameleon turns 76 today. Hear him perform solo, in duets with Chick Corea and with the Headhunters.
Wynton Marsalis, Doc Cheatham, Jon Faddis and Ruby Braff pay tribute to the greatest in this 1990 concert from the Newport Casino.
The jazz diva, who was born on this day in 1922, sings "Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most" and "Inside a Silent Tear" in this '73 set.
Billie Holiday, born on this day 101 years ago, is feted by Carmen McRae, Peggy Lee, Sarah Vaughan and Betty Carter in this playlist.
The great pianist-composer turns 90 today. Hear him perform "Hi-Fly" and "African Cookbook" with his African Rhythms big band in 1973.
The wild woman of the keys burns through a medley of "Rhapsody in Blue," "The Man I Love" and "Flight of the Bumblebee" in this 1995 video
The pianist-composer brings her 10-piece band into the Evanston performance space for "Drinking Music" and "A New Hymn" in 1978.
The South African trumpeter-composer, who turns 77 today, joins the percussion-heavy Ghanian ensemble Hedzoleh Soundz in this '74 set.
The great Argentine tenor saxophonist passed away over the weekend at age 83. Hear him blowing with passionate intensity in this '75 set.
The 'World's Greatest Drummer' died on this day in 1987. Hear him lead his swinging 16-piece big band on a Tommy medley in this 1975 set.
The 'King of Ragtime Writers' died on this day in 1971. Hear his "Elite Syncopations," "Maple Leaf Rag" and "The Entertainer" in this playlist.
The jazz vibraphone pioneer, who was born on this day in 1908, swings "Rosetta" and "Sweet Georgia Brown" at the '67 Newport Jazz Festival.
Rhythm guitarist Freddie Green, born on this day in 1911, fuels the band on "Corner Pocket" and "Lil' Darlin'" in this '73 Carnegie Hall set.
On this day in 1970, Miles Davis released Bitches Brew. See him perform the title track and others from that groundbreaking opus.
The iconic bossa nova singer, who turns 76 today, performs "The Girl From Ipanema" with Stan Getz at the '64 Newport Jazz Festival.
Pianist-composer John Lewis, who died on this day in 2001, leads the Modern Jazz Quartet on his "Django" and others at Newport '59.
Trumpeter-composer Thad Jones, born on this day in 1923, co-leads the dynamic big band on "Little Pixie" and "Don't Git Sassy" in a '78 set.
The Divine One, who was born on this day in 1924, delivers sublime versions of "Fly Me to the Moon," "Wave" and "Misty" in this 1976 set.
The idiosyncratic clarinetist, born on this day in 1906, sits in with Thelonious Monk in 1963 and joins the Newport All-Stars in 1960.
The jazz master and avant garde pioneer, who is still performing at age 87, premieres material from his groundbreaking album, Unit Structures.
The Brooklyn-based violinist performs funk-jazz versions of "Fiddler on the Roof" and "Living for the City" from his Phantazia in this 1978 set.
The stride and swing pianist, born on this day in 1917, plays Fats Waller's "Alligator Crawl" and pays a tribute to Art Tatum on "Tiger Rag."
The guitar great, who turns 73 today, flaunts his fiery chops on Trane's "Impressions" and Duke's "Take the A Train" in this 1975 concert.
The quintessential New York cabaret singer, who died on this day in 2005, takes on the Great American Songbook at the Cafe Carlyle in '82.
The Virgin Islands native wraps his rich baritone voice around Herbie Hancock's "Maiden Voyage" and Jobim's "Dindi" in this dynamic set.
The Afro-Cuban percussionist leads his dynamic ensemble in this smoking set of churning, clave-fueled Latin jazz from Oakland in 1990.
The elegant, swinging pianist was born on this day in 1930. Hear his trio play "Body and Soul" and "Blue Bossa" in this '78 Carnegie Hall set.
The tenor sax legend, who died on this day in 1991, leads an all-star group on "I Got Rhythm," "Dinah" and "That's A Plenty" in a '74 set.
The tenor saxophonist-flutist, who turns 78 today, plays Trane's "Mr. P.C.," Monk's "Well You Needn't" and his signature "Forest Flower."
In Born To Be Blue, which premieres this week, the actor takes on the role of the tormented trumpet star. Hear a two-hour Baker playlist
The legendary drummer turns 91 today. See him in a 2004 tribute to John Coltrane with McCoy Tyner, Michael Brecker and Ravi Coltrane.
The singer, who turns 76 today, performs his hit "We're In This Love Together" and a moving version of the Beatles' "She's Leaving Home."
The singular vocalist, who turns 66 today, interprets tunes by the Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Chick Corea and Van Morrison in this playlist.
The vocalese master puts lyrics to John Coltrane's "Resolution" and Wayne Shorter's "Night Dreamer" at the 2001 Newport Jazz Festival.
The two Charlie Christian disciples burn a blue streak on "Secret Love" and "Meet the Flintstones" in this Great American Music Hall set.