Contrary to myth, the avant garde pioneer did not come from Saturn but instead was born on this day in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1914.
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.
The collegiate classic jazz band from the '50s plays "That's A Plenty" and "South Rampart Street Parade" in this reunion concert from 1982.
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.
The avant garde pianist-composer premieres pieces from Unit Structures with a quintet featuring saxophonist Jimmy Lyons.
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.
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.
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.
The powerhouse drummer turns 72 today. Hear him leading own band and fueling the Mahavishnu Orchestra and Bobby and The Midnites.
The incendiary scat singer, born on this day in 1929, turns in fiery renditions of "Please Do Something" and "Sounds (Moving On)" in 1978.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The irreverent pianist-composer-arranger turns 80 today. Hear her tentet perform "Spangled Banner Minor and Other Patriotic Songs."
The late drummer, born on this day in 1929, plays with Gerry Mulligan, performs solo and co-leads the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra.
The legendary trumpeter, bebop and world music pioneer performs his Afro-Cuban classic "Manteca" and the jivey "Ooh Shoo Be Doo Be."
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.
The brilliant pianist-composer, who turns 71 today, performs an uninterrupted flow of purely improvised music in this 1973 concert.
The suave, swinging singer asks the musical question "When Do the Bells Ring for Me?" in this 1992 set from the Prince Edward Theatre.
The Danish-born trombonist, who died on this day in 1983, joins Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Stitt, Thelonious Monk and Art Blakey at '72 Newport.
Barney Kessel, who died on this day in 2004, joins six-string partner Herb Ellis on "Makin' Whoopee" and "Meet the Flintstones" in 1975.
The trumpeter-composer-bandleader, who was born on this day in 1928, performs "Primal Scream," "Chameleon" and "Airegin" in 1976.
The popular British pianist-singer interprets Jimi Hendrix's "Wind Cries Mary" and plays the title track of his third album, Twentysomething.
The Canadian piano great showcases his fabled chops on "Mack the Knife," Dizzy Gillespie's "Con Alma" and his own "Blues Etude."
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.
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.
Belgian harmonica ace "Toots" Thielemans turns 94 today. Hear him lead a quartet and play with Jaco Pastorius' Word of Mouth big band.
The nylon string acoustic guitar virtuoso travels from bossa novas to jazz standards to classical numbers in this eclectic set from 1977
The versatile drummer, born on this day in 1940, plays with organist Rhoda Scott, trumpeter Clark Terry, guitarist Kenny Burrell and solo.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.