The pianist, composer and educator, who turns 82 today, extrapolates on the blues and Great American Songbook in this 1986 solo set.
The trumpeter showcases mondo chops on his "Three Little Foxes," a swinging "Ol' Man River" and Slide Hampton's "The Mark of Jazz."
The great Danish bassist Niels-Henning Orsted Pederson, who died on this day in 2005, anchors the formidable, swinging trio in this '81 set.
Drummers Elvin Jones, Mel Lewis, Freddie Waits and Papa Jo Jones showcase their chops and individual styles in this jam from 1973.
The New Orleans trumpeter, who died on this day in 1967, is featured on "Summertime" in this Trumpet and Guitar Workshop from 1966.
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.
The flutist, who was born on this day in 1930, plays his "Memphis Underground" and Dickey Betts' "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed" in 1978.
The guitarist conjures up jazz icon Django Reinhardt on the musette style waltz "Valse de Bamboula" and on Django's "Minor Blues."
The great guitarist burns his way through "Fascinating Rhythm," swings "Summertime" and romps through Horace Silver's "Preacher" in 1968.
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.
Abbey Lincoln imbues Max Roach's civil rights manifesto with an incredible sense of drama on "Triptych: Prayer, Protest, Peace" in 1964.
The great pianist-composer, who turns 77 today, plays "Footprints" and "Oleo" with bassist Buster Williams and drummer Al Foster in 1988.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
The tenor saxophonist with the thick, rippling tone and earthy delivery was born on this day in 1934. Hear him get down on "Sugar."
The pioneering South African trumpeter and anti-apartheid activist turns 78 today. Hear him with the Ghanaian band Hedzoleh Soundz.
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.
The multi-reed virtuoso plays his "Volunteered Slavery" and interprets Burt Bacharach's "I Say a Little Prayer" at the 1969 Newport Jazz Festival.
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.
The soulful Hammond organist leads his septet (including 22-year-old Joe Lovano on baritone sax) on "Heatin' System" and "Killer Joe."
The pioneering vibraphonist was born on this day in 1908. Hear him play "Rosetta" and "Sweet Georgia Brown" at the '67 Newport Jazz Festival.
On this day in 1970, Miles Davis' groundbreaking Bitches Brew was released. Hear his quintet play tunes from that landmark recording.
Tenor saxophonist Stan Getz joins alluring Brazilian singer Astrud Gilberto, who turns 77 today, on "The Girl From Ipanema."
Pianist-composer and MJQ founder John Lewis, who died on this day in 2001, leads the group on his elegant "Django" and "La Cantatrice."
In this playlist the late saxophonist performs with Horace Silver, the Brecker Brothers and leads his own band.
Trumpeter-composer-arranger Jones, born on this day in 1923, showcases his "Little Pixie," "Jump for Joy" and "The Second Race" in '66.
The late bass great, who was born on this day in 1960, kicks of "Patriots" with drummer Paco Sery in this Zawinul Syndicate set.
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."
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.
The pioneering electric bassist, twho turns 82 today, swings with pianist Hampton Hawes on "The Sermon" and "BD & DS Blues" in '76.
The Saxophone Colossus stretches out on his classics "Strode Rode," the calypso flavored "St. Thomas" and "Don't Stop the Carnival" in New Paltz.
The great guitarist, who turns 74 today, plays Monk's "Straight, No Chaser," Trane's "Impressions" and fronts the Count Basie Orchestra.
The quintessential cabaret singer, who died on this day in 2005, performs Duke's "Day Dream," "Jump for Joy" and others.
Bassist-trombonist Chris Brubeck, who turns 65 today, performs "Take Five" and "Unsquare Dance" with his famous father in this 1975 set.
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."
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.
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.
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.
The Hammond organist, born on this day in 1934, leads a two-tenor outfit featuring saxophonists George Coleman and Harold Vick.
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.
The trumpeter-composer, who turns 55 today, premieres "Fred Brown" and other tunes from his Blue Note album Bounce in this 2003 video.
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.
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.