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  1. Jazz: Ran Blake's Keyboard Abstractions Jazz Ran Blake's Keyboard Abstractions Great American Music Hall Jun 30, 1986 Jazz: Ran Blake's Keyboard Abstractions Great American Music Hall | Jun 30, 1986

    The pianist, composer and educator, who turns 82 today, extrapolates on the blues and Great American Songbook in this 1986 solo set.

  2. Jazz: Maynard Ferguson at Newport, 1960 Jazz Maynard Ferguson at Newport, 1960 Newport Jazz Festival Jun 30, 1960 Jazz: Maynard Ferguson at Newport, 1960 Newport Jazz Festival | Jun 30, 1960

    The trumpeter showcases mondo chops on his "Three Little Foxes," a swinging "Ol' Man River" and Slide Hampton's "The Mark of Jazz."

  3. Jazz: Oscar Peterson Meets 'The Viking' Jazz Oscar Peterson Meets 'The Viking' Great American Music Hall Mar 14, 1981 Jazz: Oscar Peterson Meets 'The Viking' Great American Music Hall | Mar 14, 1981

    The great Danish bassist Niels-Henning Orsted Pederson, who died on this day in 2005, anchors the formidable, swinging trio in this '81 set.

  4. Jazz: Gretsch Greats in Central Park Jazz Gretsch Greats in Central Park Central Park Jul 7, 1973 Jazz: Gretsch Greats in Central Park Central Park | Jul 7, 1973

    Drummers Elvin Jones, Mel Lewis, Freddie Waits and Papa Jo Jones showcase their chops and individual styles in this jam from 1973.

  5. Jazz: Remembering Henry "Red" Allen Jazz Remembering Henry "Red" Allen Newport Jazz Festival Jul 2, 1966 Jazz: Remembering Henry "Red" Allen Newport Jazz Festival | Jul 2, 1966 watch video

    The New Orleans trumpeter, who died on this day in 1967, is featured on "Summertime" in this Trumpet and Guitar Workshop from 1966.

  6. Jazz: Buster Williams Meets Mary Lou Williams Jazz Buster Williams Meets Mary Lou Williams Carnegie Hall Jun 28, 1978 Jazz: Buster Williams Meets Mary Lou Williams Carnegie Hall | Jun 28, 1978

    The great bassist, who turns 75 today, joins the pianist-composer on Cole Porter's "I Love You" and John Stubblefield's "Baby Man" in 1978.

  7. Jazz: Herbie Mann's Funky Flute Jazz Herbie Mann's Funky Flute Bottom Line Jan 21, 1978 Jazz: Herbie Mann's Funky Flute Bottom Line | Jan 21, 1978

    The flutist, who was born on this day in 1930, plays his "Memphis Underground" and Dickey Betts' "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed" in 1978.

  8. Jazz: Video: Stephane Wrembel at Paste Studios Jazz Video: Stephane Wrembel at Paste Studios Paste Studios Apr 13, 2017 Jazz: Video: Stephane Wrembel at Paste Studios Paste Studios | Apr 13, 2017 watch video

    The guitarist conjures up jazz icon Django Reinhardt on the musette style waltz "Valse de Bamboula" and on Django's "Minor Blues."

  9. Jazz: Tal Farlow Poppin' and Burnin' Jazz Tal Farlow Poppin' and Burnin' Newport Jazz Festival Jul 6, 1968 Jazz: Tal Farlow Poppin' and Burnin' Newport Jazz Festival | Jul 6, 1968

    The great guitarist burns his way through "Fascinating Rhythm," swings "Summertime" and romps through Horace Silver's "Preacher" in 1968.

  10. Jazz: A Celebration of Bud Freeman Jazz A Celebration of Bud Freeman Carnegie Hall Jun 15, 1974 Jazz: A Celebration of Bud Freeman Carnegie Hall | Jun 15, 1974

    The Swing era tenor saxophonist was born on this day in 1906. Hear him with Buddy Rich, Vic Dickenson, Dick Hyman and others in a '74 set.

  11. Jazz: The 'Freedom Now Suite' at Newport Jazz The 'Freedom Now Suite' at Newport Newport Jazz Festival Jul 4, 1964 Jazz: The 'Freedom Now Suite' at Newport Newport Jazz Festival | Jul 4, 1964

    Abbey Lincoln imbues Max Roach's civil rights manifesto with an incredible sense of drama on "Triptych: Prayer, Protest, Peace" in 1964.

  12. Jazz: Video: Herbie Hancock Trio at Newport Jazz Video: Herbie Hancock Trio at Newport Newport Jazz Festival Aug 14, 1988 Jazz: Video: Herbie Hancock Trio at Newport Newport Jazz Festival | Aug 14, 1988 watch video

    The great pianist-composer, who turns 77 today, plays "Footprints" and "Oleo" with bassist Buster Williams and drummer Al Foster in 1988.

  13. Jazz: Video: Jelly's Last Jam Jazz Video: Jelly's Last Jam New York City Jul 6, 1992 Jazz: Video: Jelly's Last Jam New York City | Jul 6, 1992 watch video

    Tap dancers Gregory Hines and a young Savion Glover go toe-to-toe in a scene from the hit musical based on the life of Jelly Roll Morton.

  14. Jazz: Sharkey Bonano Hits The High Note Jazz Sharkey Bonano Hits The High Note Beauregard Square Apr 23, 1970 Jazz: Sharkey Bonano Hits The High Note Beauregard Square | Apr 23, 1970

    The New Orleans trumpeter leads the Kings of Dixieland on "That's a Plenty," "Tiger Rag," "Basin Street Blues" and others in this 1970 set.

  15. Jazz: Mose Allison at Newport, 1959 Jazz Mose Allison at Newport, 1959 Newport Jazz Festival Jul 3, 1964 Jazz: Mose Allison at Newport, 1959 Newport Jazz Festival | Jul 3, 1964

    The late idiosyncratic pianist-singer plays "You Won't Let Me Go" and "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" with Slam Stewart and Papa Jo Jones.

  16. Jazz: Dakota Staton In Memoriam Jazz Dakota Staton In Memoriam Newport Jazz Festival Jul 2, 1960 Jazz: Dakota Staton In Memoriam Newport Jazz Festival | Jul 2, 1960

    The versatile vocalist, who died on this day in 2007, swings "Broadway" and "Cherokee" and sings her R&B hit "The Late, Late Show" in 1960.

  17. Jazz: Carmen McRae at Newport, 1965 Jazz Carmen McRae at Newport, 1965 Newport Jazz Festival Jul 2, 1965 Jazz: Carmen McRae at Newport, 1965 Newport Jazz Festival | Jul 2, 1965

    The great singer, born on this day in 1922, interprets Monk's "'Round Midnight" and the Billie Holiday staple "What a Little Moonlight Can Do."

  18. Jazz: Get Ready for Freddie Jazz Get Ready for Freddie Great American Music Hall Aug 11, 1979 Jazz: Get Ready for Freddie Great American Music Hall | Aug 11, 1979

    Trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, who was born on this day in 1938, stretches out on a 25-minute version of his classic "Red Clay" in 1979.

  19. Jazz: Happy Birthday, Randy Weston! Jazz Happy Birthday, Randy Weston! Central Park Jul 7, 1973 Jazz: Happy Birthday, Randy Weston! Central Park | Jul 7, 1973

    The composer and world music pioneer turns 91 today, Hear him lead his 18-piece African Rhythms band in this '73 set from NYC's Central Park.

  20. Jazz: Don't Mess With Stanley Turrentine Jazz Don't Mess With Stanley Turrentine Carnegie Hall Jul 2, 1975 Jazz: Don't Mess With Stanley Turrentine Carnegie Hall | Jul 2, 1975

    The tenor saxophonist with the thick, rippling tone and earthy delivery was born on this day in 1934. Hear him get down on "Sugar."

  21. Jazz: Hugh Masekela's African Adventure, 1974 Jazz Hugh Masekela's African Adventure, 1974 Record Plant Feb 24, 1974 Jazz: Hugh Masekela's African Adventure, 1974 Record Plant | Feb 24, 1974

    The pioneering South African trumpeter and anti-apartheid activist turns 78 today. Hear him with the Ghanaian band Hedzoleh Soundz.

  22. Jazz: Lee Morgan with the Jazz Messengers Jazz Lee Morgan with the Jazz Messengers Newport Jazz Festival Jul 4, 1959 Jazz: Lee Morgan with the Jazz Messengers Newport Jazz Festival | Jul 4, 1959

    The late trumpeter is the subject of a compelling new documentary, I Called Him Morgan, about his tragic death in 1972. Hear him in 1959.

  23. Jazz: Rahsaan Roland Kirk's Bright Moments Jazz Rahsaan Roland Kirk's Bright Moments Newport Jazz Festival Jul 4, 1969 Jazz: Rahsaan Roland Kirk's Bright Moments Newport Jazz Festival | Jul 4, 1969

    The multi-reed virtuoso plays his "Volunteered Slavery" and interprets Burt Bacharach's "I Say a Little Prayer" at the 1969 Newport Jazz Festival.

  24. Jazz: Buddy Rich at Newport, 1967 Jazz Buddy Rich at Newport, 1967 Newport Jazz Festival Jul 1, 1967 Jazz: Buddy Rich at Newport, 1967 Newport Jazz Festival | Jul 1, 1967

    The great drummer, who died on this day in 1987, leads his big band on the Beatles' "Norwegian Wood" and an epic "West Side Story" medley.

  25. Jazz: Jack McDuff at Carnegie Hall, 1975 Jazz Jack McDuff at Carnegie Hall, 1975 Carnegie Hall Jun 30, 1975 Jazz: Jack McDuff at Carnegie Hall, 1975 Carnegie Hall | Jun 30, 1975

    The soulful Hammond organist leads his septet (including 22-year-old Joe Lovano on baritone sax) on "Heatin' System" and "Killer Joe."

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  1. Jazz: Remembering Red Norvo Jazz Remembering Red Norvo Newport Jazz Festival Jul 3, 1967 Jazz: Remembering Red Norvo Newport Jazz Festival | Jul 3, 1967

    The pioneering vibraphonist was born on this day in 1908. Hear him play "Rosetta" and "Sweet Georgia Brown" at the '67 Newport Jazz Festival.

  2. Jazz: Miles Runs the Voodoo Down Jazz Miles Runs the Voodoo Down Fillmore West Apr 10, 1970 Jazz: Miles Runs the Voodoo Down Fillmore West | Apr 10, 1970

    On this day in 1970, Miles Davis' groundbreaking Bitches Brew was released. Hear his quintet play tunes from that landmark recording.

  3. Jazz: Getz/Gilberto at Newport, 1964 Jazz Getz/Gilberto at Newport, 1964 Newport Jazz Festival Jul 3, 1964 Jazz: Getz/Gilberto at Newport, 1964 Newport Jazz Festival | Jul 3, 1964

    Tenor saxophonist Stan Getz joins alluring Brazilian singer Astrud Gilberto, who turns 77 today, on "The Girl From Ipanema."

  4. Jazz: The Modern Jazz Quartet at Newport, 1959 Jazz The Modern Jazz Quartet at Newport, 1959 Newport Jazz Festival Jul 3, 1959 Jazz: The Modern Jazz Quartet at Newport, 1959 Newport Jazz Festival | Jul 3, 1959

    Pianist-composer and MJQ founder John Lewis, who died on this day in 2001, leads the group on his elegant "Django" and "La Cantatrice."

  5. Jazz: Michael Brecker's Titanic Tenor Jazz Michael Brecker's Titanic Tenor Jazz: Michael Brecker's Titanic Tenor A Michael Brecker playlist

    In this playlist the late saxophonist performs with Horace Silver, the Brecker Brothers and leads his own band.

  6. Jazz: Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra at Newport Jazz Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra at Newport Newport Jazz Festival Jul 2, 1966 Jazz: Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra at Newport Newport Jazz Festival | Jul 2, 1966

    Trumpeter-composer-arranger Jones, born on this day in 1923, showcases his "Little Pixie," "Jump for Joy" and "The Second Race" in '66.

  7. Jazz: Remembering Victor Bailey Jazz Remembering Victor Bailey Newport Jazz Festival Aug 16, 1997 Jazz: Remembering Victor Bailey Newport Jazz Festival | Aug 16, 1997 watch video

    The late bass great, who was born on this day in 1960, kicks of "Patriots" with drummer Paco Sery in this Zawinul Syndicate set.

  8. Jazz: Sassy Swinging at Newport, 1976 Jazz Sassy Swinging at Newport, 1976 Newport Jazz Festival New York Jul 3, 1976 Jazz: Sassy Swinging at Newport, 1976 Newport Jazz Festival New York | Jul 3, 1976

    Sarah Vaughan, who was born on this day in 1924, sings "There Will Never Be Another You," "A Foggy Day" and "But Not For Me."

  9. Jazz: A Birthday Salute to Lew Tabackin Jazz A Birthday Salute to Lew Tabackin Newport Jazz Festival Aug 16, 1992 Jazz: A Birthday Salute to Lew Tabackin Newport Jazz Festival | Aug 16, 1992 watch video

    The tenor saxophonist, who turns 77 today, performs with the all-star New York Jazz Giants in this video from the 1992 Newport Jazz Festival.

  10. Jazz: A Salute to Carol Kaye Jazz A Salute to Carol Kaye Great American Music Hall Aug 28, 1976 Jazz: A Salute to Carol Kaye Great American Music Hall | Aug 28, 1976

    The pioneering electric bassist, twho turns 82 today, swings with pianist Hampton Hawes on "The Sermon" and "BD & DS Blues" in '76.

  11. Jazz: Sonny Rollins Won't Stop the Carnival, 1976 Jazz Sonny Rollins Won't Stop the Carnival, 1976 New Paltz May 9, 1976 Jazz: Sonny Rollins Won't Stop the Carnival, 1976 New Paltz | May 9, 1976

    The Saxophone Colossus stretches out on his classics "Strode Rode," the calypso flavored "St. Thomas" and "Don't Stop the Carnival" in New Paltz.

  12. Jazz: A George Benson Birthday Playlist Jazz A George Benson Birthday Playlist Jazz: A George Benson Birthday Playlist A George Benson playlist

    The great guitarist, who turns 74 today, plays Monk's "Straight, No Chaser," Trane's "Impressions" and fronts the Count Basie Orchestra.

  13. Jazz: Bobby Short Sings Ellington, 1974 Jazz Bobby Short Sings Ellington, 1974 Avery Fisher Hall Jul 3, 1974 Jazz: Bobby Short Sings Ellington, 1974 Avery Fisher Hall | Jul 3, 1974

    The quintessential cabaret singer, who died on this day in 2005, performs Duke's "Day Dream," "Jump for Joy" and others.

  14. Jazz: Two Generations of Brubeck at Carnegie Jazz Two Generations of Brubeck at Carnegie Carnegie Hall Jul 2, 1975 Jazz: Two Generations of Brubeck at Carnegie Carnegie Hall | Jul 2, 1975

    Bassist-trombonist Chris Brubeck, who turns 65 today, performs "Take Five" and "Unsquare Dance" with his famous father in this 1975 set.

  15. Jazz: Betty Carter With Strings, 1982 Jazz Betty Carter With Strings, 1982 Bottom Line Mar 22, 1982 Jazz: Betty Carter With Strings, 1982 Bottom Line | Mar 22, 1982

    The great jazz singer swings with her trio, then gets lush with a string section on "Don't Weep for the Lady" and "Cocktails for Two."

  16. Jazz: Tommy Flanagan Trio at Carnegie Hall Jazz Tommy Flanagan Trio at Carnegie Hall Carnegie Hall Jun 24, 1978 Jazz: Tommy Flanagan Trio at Carnegie Hall Carnegie Hall | Jun 24, 1978

    The late, great pianist, who was born on this day in 1930, plays Monk's "Friday the 13th" and Dizzy Gillespie's "Groovin' High" in 1978.

  17. Jazz: Two Eras of the Brecker Brothers Jazz Two Eras of the Brecker Brothers Jazz: Two Eras of the Brecker Brothers A Brecker Brothers Playlist

    Hear Michael and Randy Brecker lead their funk-fusion outfit on "Some Skunk Funk," "Sponge" and others in 1976 and "Song for Barry" in 1993.

  18. Jazz: A Salute to Harry James Jazz A Salute to Harry James Newport Jazz Festival New York Jul 2, 1974 Jazz: A Salute to Harry James Newport Jazz Festival New York | Jul 2, 1974

    The Swing era trumpet star, born on this day in 1916, plays his theme song "Ciribiriban" and "I Had the Craziest Dream" at Newport '74.

  19. Jazz: Shirley Scott at Carnegie Hall, 1974 Jazz Shirley Scott at Carnegie Hall, 1974 Carnegie Hall Jul 1, 1974 Jazz: Shirley Scott at Carnegie Hall, 1974 Carnegie Hall | Jul 1, 1974

    The Hammond organist, born on this day in 1934, leads a two-tenor outfit featuring saxophonists George Coleman and Harold Vick.

  20. Jazz: Happy Birthday, Roy Haynes! Jazz Happy Birthday, Roy Haynes! Jazz: Happy Birthday, Roy Haynes! Roy Haynes Playlist

    The great drummer, who was swinging with his Fountain of Youth Band last week at the Blue Note, turns 92 today. Hear him at Newport '63.

  21. Jazz: Terence Blanchard Bouncin' at Newport Jazz Terence Blanchard Bouncin' at Newport Newport Jazz Festival Aug 9, 2003 Jazz: Terence Blanchard Bouncin' at Newport Newport Jazz Festival | Aug 9, 2003 watch video

    The trumpeter-composer, who turns 55 today, premieres "Fred Brown" and other tunes from his Blue Note album Bounce in this 2003 video.

  22. Jazz: A Charlie Parker Memorial Playlist Jazz A Charlie Parker Memorial Playlist Jazz: A Charlie Parker Memorial Playlist Charlie Parker Memorial Playlist

    The alto sax great died on this day in 1955. Hear his signature tunes played by Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, Phil Woods and Wynton Marsalis.

  23. Jazz: R.I.P. Dave Valentin Jazz R.I.P. Dave Valentin Pier 84 Jul 1, 1981 Jazz: R.I.P. Dave Valentin Pier 84 | Jul 1, 1981 watch video

    Puerto Rican salsa flutist David Valentin died on Wednesday at age 64. See him featured with Tito Puente and Carlos Santana in this '81 video.

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