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.
The late, great jazz singer scats her way through "Four Brothers" and swings "Let's Fall in Love" in her set from the '69 Newport Jazz Festival.
Barney Kessel joins Great Guitars partner Herb Ellis on "Crazy Rhythm," "Broadway" and Charlie Christian's "Seven Come Eleven" in this '75 set.
The trumpeter, who turns 47 today, embraces ballads like "Nature Boy," "You Go To My Head" and "Never Let Me Go" in this 2001 Newport set.
The Great American Songbook composer, who died on this day in 1964, is celebrated by Ella Fitzgerald, Carmen McRae, Betty Carter and others.
Bassist Reid Anderson, who turns 46 today, joins pianist Ethan Iverson and drummer Dave King on his "Giant" and other tunes from Prog.
The maestro leads his group on "C Jam Blues," "Rockin' in Rhythm" and showcases Swedish vocalist Alice Babs on the scat romp "Spacemen."
The alto sax great turns 89 today. Hear him elicit some audience participation on "There Will Never Be Another You" at Newport '65.
The late, great bassist with the huge tone and unerring low-end pulse was born on this day in 1926. Hear him with the Oscar Peterson Trio.
The trumpeter, who turns 54 today, delivers tasty interpretations of Miles Davis' "Flamenco Sketches" and Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah."
The great drummer and bandleader was born on this day in 1919. Hear him lead various editions of the Jazz Messengers from 1959 to 1981.
The late trumpeter and avant garde icon, who was born on this day in 1941, joins his Art Ensemble of Chicago colleagues in this 1976 set.
The prolific composer and idiosyncratic pianist, born on this day in 1917, plays "Blue Monk," "Rhythm-a-ning" and "'Round Midnight."
The Gershwin musical opened on Broadway on this day in 1935. Hear covers of those classic show tunes by Teddy Wilson, MJO and more.
The adventurous organist, who was born on this day in 1940, performs "New York Electric Street Music" and others with his band Fuel in 1975.
The longtime Ornette Coleman drummer, who died on this day in 1992, leads his own group on "Lush Life" and "Mozart" in hometown NOLA.
The famed orchestrator, who died on this day in 1985, provides a lush backdrop for the singer on standards from their album What's New?
The bebop trombonist puts a hip spin on "When the Saints Go Marchin' In" and burns through Trane's modal "Impressions" with his quartet.
Mellow out this evening with some of chillest jazz sounds from the Vault by Bill Evans, Pat Metheny, Stan Getz, Dave Brubeck and more.
The two most influential pianists of their generation, Heribe Hancock and Chick Corea, play intimate duets in this '78 set from San Francisco.
The trumpeter-composer, who died on this day in 1999, fronts the Jazztet with saxophonist Benny Golson on "Killer Joe" and "Bean Bag."
The electric bass guitar pioneer and prolific composer turns 76 today. Hear him with Gary Burton, Stan Getz, George Russell and Paul Bley.
The pianist-impresario and founder of the Newport Jazz Festival turns 91 today. Hear him talking and playing in this five-hour playlist.
The legendary drummer, born on this day in 1917, delivers a tour de force performance on an 18-minute "Channel One Suite" in this '78 set.
The French violin virtuoso, who turns 74 today, performs with his fusion juggernaut in 1978 and with Rite of Strings at Newport '95.
The alto sax great and NEA Jazz Master died on this day in 2015. Hear him team with tenor great Al Cohn on "Shaw Nuff" and "Wee Dot" in '76.
The legendary trumpeter-composer-bandleader died on this day in 1991. Hear a three-hour playlist spanning four decades of his genius.
The potent tenor saxophonist was born on this day in 1932. Hear him performing with the Sun Ra Arkesta and the George Russell Sextet.
Chick Corea, Kenny Garrett, Wallace Roney, Christian McBride and Roy Haynes pay tribute to the great bebop pianist born on this day in 1924.
Scat singer supreme Betty Carter, who died on this day in 1998, is in full flight on "Swing Brother Swing" from this 1974 Jazz Workshop set.
Earl "Fatha" Hines plays a medley of tunes from the Leonard Bernstein-Stephen Sondheim musical, which premiered on this day in 1957.
The drummer-composer, who turns 79 today, leads a stellar sextet of Joe Farrell, Steve Khan, Don Alias, George Mraz and Don Friedman.
The legendary saxophonist and spiritually searching composer would've turned 90 today. Hear him in full flight at the '66 Newport Jazz Festival.
A prolific songwriter and key contributor to the Great American Songbook, Berlin died on this day in 1989 at age 101. Hear a playlist.
Saxman Bobby Watson joins Tom Harrell, Lew Tabackin, Jon Faddis, Carl Allen, Ray Drummond and Mulgrew Miller in this scorching set from '92.
The ebullient bassist-scat singer, born on this day in 1914, performs with Mose Allison, Rosetta Tharpe, Oscar Brown Jr., and Ben Webster.
The man who revolutionized the electric bass died on this day in 1987. Hear him lead his incredible Word of Mouth big band in this 1982 set.
The synth wiz-composer and Weather Report co-founder plays "Patriots" and "Carnavalito" with his powerhouse fusion band in '97.
The British saxophonist-composer and big band leader was born on this day in 1927. Hear him in his first U.S. appearance at Newport '59.
The classy singer interprets Cole Porter's "I've Got You Under My Skin," Sonny Rollins' "St. Thomas" and Billy Strayhorn's "Lush Life" in 1976.
The soulful Hammond B-3 player was born on this day in 1928. Hear him lead his septet on "Killer Joe" and Heatin' System" in a '75 set.
The classy cabaret singer, born on this day in 1924, celebrates the Great American Songbook at his old stomping grounds, Cafe Carlyle.
Vocalese pioneer, lyricist and NEA Jazz Master Jon Hendricks turns 95 today. Hear him with Lambert, Hendricks & Ross at Newport in 1960.
The musician, actor, American Idol judge and talk show host croons "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" and "I Could Write a Book" in 1990.
The great singer, who was born on this day in 1925, joins the bari sax ace on "Get Happy," "Memories of You" and "On the Swing Shift" in '78.