Concert Vault
  1. Jazz: Carla Bley at Amazingrace, 1978 Jazz Carla Bley at Amazingrace, 1978 Amazingrace Mar 23, 1978 Jazz: Carla Bley at Amazingrace, 1978 Amazingrace | Mar 23, 1978

    The pianist-composer-arranger turns 81 today. Hear her 10-piece ensemble play "Wrong Key Donkey," "Ida Lupino" and "Drinking Music."

  2. Jazz: A Salue to Irving Berlin Jazz A Salue to Irving Berlin Jazz: A Salue to Irving Berlin Irving Berlin Playlist

    The prolific songwriter and key contributor to the Great American Songbook was born on this day in 1888. Hear his tunes interpreted.

  3. Jazz: Remembering Mel Lewis Jazz Remembering Mel Lewis Great American Music Hall Feb 8, 1975 Jazz: Remembering Mel Lewis Great American Music Hall | Feb 8, 1975

    The great drummer, who was born on this day in 1929, swings the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra on "Once Around" and others in 1975.

  4. Jazz: John Scofield Trio at Newport Jazz John Scofield Trio at Newport Newport Jazz Festival Aug 14, 1993 Jazz: John Scofield Trio at Newport Newport Jazz Festival | Aug 14, 1993 watch video

    The guitar great performs tunes from his Blue Note debut, Meant to Be, with bassist Dennis Irwin and drummer Bill Stewart in this 1993 set.

  5. Jazz: Tania Maria's Stateside Debut Jazz Tania Maria's Stateside Debut Avery Fisher Hall Jul 5, 1975 Jazz: Tania Maria's Stateside Debut Avery Fisher Hall | Jul 5, 1975

    The dynamic Brazilian artist, who turns 69 today, showcases her piano chops and scatting prowess in this 1975 set from Avery Fisher Hall.

  6. Jazz: Keith Jarrett's In-The-Moment Masterpiece Jazz Keith Jarrett's In-The-Moment Masterpiece Philharmonic Hall Jun 30, 1973 Jazz: Keith Jarrett's In-The-Moment Masterpiece Philharmonic Hall | Jun 30, 1973

    The pianist-composer turns 72 today. Hear him explore a full range of expression on the keyboard in this purely improvised set from 1973.

  7. Jazz: Mary Lou Williams at Philharmonic Hall Jazz Mary Lou Williams at Philharmonic Hall Philharmonic Hall Jun 30, 1973 Jazz: Mary Lou Williams at Philharmonic Hall Philharmonic Hall | Jun 30, 1973

    The pianist-composer, who was born on this day in 1910, performs her tunes "Medi, No. 1" and "Blues for Timme" with her trio in this 1973 set.

  8. Jazz: Remembering Barney Kessel Jazz Remembering Barney Kessel Great American Music Hall Jun 28, 1975 Jazz: Remembering Barney Kessel Great American Music Hall | Jun 28, 1975

    The guitar great, who died on this day in 2004, joins partner Herb Ellis on swinging renditions of "Broadway" and "Seven Come Eleven."

  9. Jazz: A Shout Out to Stanley Cowell Jazz A Shout Out to Stanley Cowell Jazz: A Shout Out to Stanley Cowell Stanley Cowell Playlist

    The great pianist turns 76 today. Hear him with the Heath Brothers, the Max Roach Quintet and leading his own band in this birthday playlist.

  10. Jazz: Ron Carter With the Miles Davis Quintet Jazz Ron Carter With the Miles Davis Quintet Newport Jazz Festival Jul 2, 1967 Jazz: Ron Carter With the Miles Davis Quintet Newport Jazz Festival | Jul 2, 1967

    The great bassist, who turns 80 today, provides a formidable low-end presence on tunes like "Footprints" and "So What" at '67 Newport.

  11. Jazz: A Salute to John Lewis Jazz A Salute to John Lewis Jazz: A Salute to John Lewis A John Lewis Playlist

    The pianist-composer and musical director of the Modern Jazz Quartet was born on this day in 1920. Hear him perform solo and with the MJQ.

  12. Jazz: Sun Ra Travels the Spaceways Jazz Sun Ra Travels the Spaceways Carnegie Hall Jul 6, 1973 Jazz: Sun Ra Travels the Spaceways Carnegie Hall | Jul 6, 1973

    The avant garde pioneer and innovative bandleader performs his classics "Astro Black" and "Space Is The Place" at Carnegie Hall, 1973.

  13. Jazz: Video: Shirley Horn at Newport, 1992 Jazz Video: Shirley Horn at Newport, 1992 Newport Jazz Festival Aug 15, 1992 Jazz: Video: Shirley Horn at Newport, 1992 Newport Jazz Festival | Aug 15, 1992 watch video

    The pianist-singer, who was born on this day in 1934, performs "Fooling' Myself" and "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying" in the rain.

  14. Jazz: The Headhunters (Sans Herbie Hancock) Jazz The Headhunters (Sans Herbie Hancock) Winterland May 9, 1975 Jazz: The Headhunters (Sans Herbie Hancock) Winterland | May 9, 1975 watch video

    Mike Clark, Paul Jackson, Bill Summers and Blackbyrd McKnight play "God Made Me Funky" and "Daffy's Dance" in this 1975 set from Winterland.

  15. Jazz: Duke Ellington at Newport, 1968 Jazz Duke Ellington at Newport, 1968 Newport Jazz Festival Jul 5, 1968 Jazz: Duke Ellington at Newport, 1968 Newport Jazz Festival | Jul 5, 1968

    The prolific composer-bandleader, born on this day in 1899, presides over his orchestra on "Up Jump," "Swamp Goo," "Satin Doll" and others.

  16. Jazz: Remembering Percy Heath Jazz Remembering Percy Heath Jazz: Remembering Percy Heath A Percy Heath Playlist

    The great bassist, who died on this day in 2005, plays "Watergate Blues" with the Heath Brothers and "Summertime" with MJQ.

  17. Jazz: Modern Jazz Quartet at Newport, 1965 Jazz Modern Jazz Quartet at Newport, 1965 Newport Jazz Festival Jul 1, 1965 Jazz: Modern Jazz Quartet at Newport, 1965 Newport Jazz Festival | Jul 1, 1965

    Drummer Connie Kay, born on this day in 1927, shows chamber-like delicacy on "The Golden Striker" and swings on "Bags' Groove."

  18. Jazz: Al Hirt Hits The High Note Jazz Al Hirt Hits The High Note Municipal Auditorium New Orleans Apr 25, 1970 Jazz: Al Hirt Hits The High Note Municipal Auditorium New Orleans | Apr 25, 1970

    The New Orleans trumpeter, who died on this day in 1999, flaunts peerless chops on "Royal Garden Blues" and "Danny Boy" in a 1970 set.

  19. Jazz: Long Live the Count Jazz Long Live the Count Jazz: Long Live the Count Count Basie Playlist

    Count Basie died on this day in 1984. Hear the great pianist lead his orchestra on "Splanky," "April in Paris" and "Jumpin' at the Woodside."

  20. Jazz: An Ella Fitzgerald Milestone Jazz An Ella Fitzgerald Milestone Jazz: An Ella Fitzgerald Milestone Ella Fitzgerald playlist

    Today marks the centennial of the First Lady of Song. Hear her sing "Satin Doll' and "One Note Samba" and scat on "How High the Moon."

  21. Jazz: Joe Henderson's Tenor Flights Jazz Joe Henderson's Tenor Flights Great American Music Hall Dec 19, 1975 Jazz: Joe Henderson's Tenor Flights Great American Music Hall | Dec 19, 1975

    The great saxophonist, who was born on this day in 1937, stretches heroically on his "Recorda Me" and "Power to the People" in a 1975 set.

  22. Jazz: Al Hibbler In Memoriam Jazz Al Hibbler In Memoriam Philharmonic Hall Jul 3, 1973 Jazz: Al Hibbler In Memoriam Philharmonic Hall | Jul 3, 1973

    The great singer, who died on this day in 2001, performs Ellington's "Do Nothing 'Til You Hear From Me" with Rahsaan Roland Kirk in 1973.

  23. Jazz: Video: Dave Holland Big Band at Newport Jazz Video: Dave Holland Big Band at Newport JVC Jazz Festival Aug 15, 2005 Jazz: Video: Dave Holland Big Band at Newport JVC Jazz Festival | Aug 15, 2005 watch video

    The bassist-composer leads his potent large ensemble on "Monterey Suite," "Last Minute Man" and other tunes from Overtime in 2005.

  24. Jazz: Charles Mingus at the Apollo Theatre Jazz Charles Mingus at the Apollo Theatre Apollo Theatre Jul 3, 1973 Jazz: Charles Mingus at the Apollo Theatre Apollo Theatre | Jul 3, 1973

    The great bassist and prolific composer, who was born on this day in 1922, performs "Fables of Faubus" and "Goodbye Porkpie Hat" in 1973.

  25. Jazz: Happy Birthday, Slide Hampton! Jazz Happy Birthday, Slide Hampton! Newport Jazz Festival Jul 3, 1959 Jazz: Happy Birthday, Slide Hampton! Newport Jazz Festival | Jul 3, 1959

    The revered trombonist-arranger celebrates his 85th birthday today. Hear him with the Maynard Ferguson Orchestra at the Newport '59.

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  1. Jazz: Lionel Hampton at Carnegie Hall, 1975 Jazz Lionel Hampton at Carnegie Hall, 1975 Carnegie Hall Jul 4, 1975 Jazz: Lionel Hampton at Carnegie Hall, 1975 Carnegie Hall | Jul 4, 1975

    Swing era vibes star Lionel Hampton, who was born on this day in 1908, plays Horace Silver's "Psychedelic Sally" and his signature "Flying Home."

  2. 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.

  3. 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."

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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."

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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."

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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."

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

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