Concert Vault
  1. Jazz: Johnny Griffin at the Village Vanguard Jazz Johnny Griffin at the Village Vanguard Village Vanguard Jun 25, 1981 Jazz: Johnny Griffin at the Village Vanguard Village Vanguard | Jun 25, 1981

    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.

  2. Jazz: An Earl Hines Memorial Playlist Jazz An Earl Hines Memorial Playlist Jazz: An Earl Hines Memorial Playlist An Earl Hines Memorial Playlist

    The great pianist, who died on this day in 1983, performs "Sweet Lorraine," "Stardust," "Memories of You" and a West Side Story medley.

  3. Jazz: Charles Mingus Premieres a Masterwork Jazz Charles Mingus Premieres a Masterwork New Orleans Apr 1, 1977 Jazz: Charles Mingus Premieres a Masterwork New Orleans | Apr 1, 1977

    The prolific bassist-composer, who was born on this day in 1922, performs his "Cumbia & Jazz Fusion" in this '77 set from New Orleans.

  4. Jazz: Video: Nicholas Payton at Newport Jazz Video: Nicholas Payton at Newport Newport Jazz Festival Aug 15, 1997 Jazz: Video: Nicholas Payton at Newport Newport Jazz Festival | Aug 15, 1997 watch video

    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.

  5. Jazz: Lionel Hampton's Jumpin' Jams Jazz Lionel Hampton's Jumpin' Jams Philharmonic Hall Jul 5, 1972 Jazz: Lionel Hampton's Jumpin' Jams Philharmonic Hall | Jul 5, 1972

    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.

  6. Jazz: Remembering 'The Viking' Jazz Remembering 'The Viking' Great American Music Hall Mar 14, 1981 Jazz: Remembering 'The Viking' Great American Music Hall | Mar 14, 1981

    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.

  7. Jazz: All Hail the Saxophone Colossus Jazz All Hail the Saxophone Colossus Tramps Apr 12, 1997 Jazz: All Hail the Saxophone Colossus Tramps | Apr 12, 1997

    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.

  8. Jazz: Mahavishnu Orchestra's Thunderous Fusion Jazz Mahavishnu Orchestra's Thunderous Fusion Civic Auditorium Grand Rapids Aug 11, 1973 Jazz: Mahavishnu Orchestra's Thunderous Fusion Civic Auditorium Grand Rapids | Aug 11, 1973

    Keyboardist-composer Jan Hammer, who turns 68 today, exchanges fiery licks with John McLaughlin on his "Sister Andrea" in this '73 set.

  9. Jazz: Herbie Mann Quintet at Newport Jazz Herbie Mann Quintet at Newport Newport Jazz Festival New York Jul 8, 1972 Jazz: Herbie Mann Quintet at Newport Newport Jazz Festival New York | Jul 8, 1972

    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.

  10. Jazz: Jimmy Smith's Super Jam Jazz Jimmy Smith's Super Jam Yankee Stadium Jul 7, 1972 Jazz: Jimmy Smith's Super Jam Yankee Stadium | Jul 7, 1972

    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.

  11. Jazz: Manhattan Transfer's Hip Harmonies Jazz Manhattan Transfer's Hip Harmonies South Shore Music Circus Jul 31, 1983 Jazz: Manhattan Transfer's Hip Harmonies South Shore Music Circus | Jul 31, 1983

    The vocalese group, appearing this week at the Blue Note in New York, performs "Four Brothers," "Route 66" and "Birdland" in a 1983 set.

  12. Jazz: The Intimacy of Bill Evans Jazz The Intimacy of Bill Evans Great American Music Hall Mar 12, 1975 Jazz: The Intimacy of Bill Evans Great American Music Hall | Mar 12, 1975

    The great pianist performs "Time Remembered," "My Romance" and "My Foolish Heart" in this 1975 set from the Great American Music Hall.

  13. Jazz: Video: Kamasi Washington at Paste Studio Jazz Video: Kamasi Washington at Paste Studio Room 17 Jan 19, 2016 Jazz: Video: Kamasi Washington at Paste Studio Room 17 | Jan 19, 2016

    New tenor sax sensation performs "Malcolm's Theme" and "The Next Step" from his breakout album The Epic with a stripped-down quartet.

  14. Jazz: Happy Birthday, Herbie Hancock! Jazz Happy Birthday, Herbie Hancock! Jazz: Happy Birthday, Herbie Hancock! Herbie Hancock Playlist

    The pianist-composer and musical chameleon turns 76 today. Hear him perform solo, in duets with Chick Corea and with the Headhunters.

  15. Jazz: Video: Trumpeters Salute Satchmo Jazz Video: Trumpeters Salute Satchmo Newport Casino Aug 17, 1990 Jazz: Video: Trumpeters Salute Satchmo Newport Casino | Aug 17, 1990 watch video

    Wynton Marsalis, Doc Cheatham, Jon Faddis and Ruby Braff pay tribute to the greatest in this 1990 concert from the Newport Casino.

  16. Jazz: Carmen McRae Serenades Central Park Jazz Carmen McRae Serenades Central Park Central Park Jul 6, 1973 Jazz: Carmen McRae Serenades Central Park Central Park | Jul 6, 1973

    The jazz diva, who was born on this day in 1922, sings "Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most" and "Inside a Silent Tear" in this '73 set.

  17. Jazz: Lady Day In Memoriam Jazz Lady Day In Memoriam Jazz: Lady Day In Memoriam Billie Holiday Tribute playlist

    Billie Holiday, born on this day 101 years ago, is feted by Carmen McRae, Peggy Lee, Sarah Vaughan and Betty Carter in this playlist.

  18. Jazz: A Birthday Salute to Randy Weston Jazz A Birthday Salute to Randy Weston Central Park Jul 7, 1973 Jazz: A Birthday Salute to Randy Weston Central Park | Jul 7, 1973

    The great pianist-composer turns 90 today. Hear him perform "Hi-Fly" and "African Cookbook" with his African Rhythms big band in 1973.

  19. Jazz: Dorothy Donegan's Piano Pyrotechnics Jazz Dorothy Donegan's Piano Pyrotechnics Newport Jazz Festival Aug 21, 1995 Jazz: Dorothy Donegan's Piano Pyrotechnics Newport Jazz Festival | Aug 21, 1995 watch video

    The wild woman of the keys burns through a medley of "Rhapsody in Blue," "The Man I Love" and "Flight of the Bumblebee" in this 1995 video

  20. Jazz: Carla Bley at Amazingrace Jazz Carla Bley at Amazingrace Amazingrace Jul 4, 1978 Jazz: Carla Bley at Amazingrace Amazingrace | Jul 4, 1978

    The pianist-composer brings her 10-piece band into the Evanston performance space for "Drinking Music" and "A New Hymn" in 1978.

  21. Jazz: Hugh Masekela's Afro-Beat Connection Jazz Hugh Masekela's Afro-Beat Connection Record Plant Feb 24, 1974 Jazz: Hugh Masekela's Afro-Beat Connection Record Plant | Feb 24, 1974

    The South African trumpeter-composer, who turns 77 today, joins the percussion-heavy Ghanian ensemble Hedzoleh Soundz in this '74 set.

  22. Jazz: R.I.P. Gato Barbieri Jazz R.I.P. Gato Barbieri Avery Fisher Hall Jul 2, 1975 Jazz: R.I.P. Gato Barbieri Avery Fisher Hall | Jul 2, 1975

    The great Argentine tenor saxophonist passed away over the weekend at age 83. Hear him blowing with passionate intensity in this '75 set.

  23. Jazz: A Salute to Buddy Rich Jazz A Salute to Buddy Rich Carnegie Hall Jun 29, 1975 Jazz: A Salute to Buddy Rich Carnegie Hall | Jun 29, 1975

    The 'World's Greatest Drummer' died on this day in 1987. Hear him lead his swinging 16-piece big band on a Tommy medley in this 1975 set.

  24. Jazz: A Scott Joplin Memorial Jazz A Scott Joplin Memorial Jazz: A Scott Joplin Memorial Scott Joplin Playlist

    The 'King of Ragtime Writers' died on this day in 1971. Hear his "Elite Syncopations," "Maple Leaf Rag" and "The Entertainer" in this playlist.

  25. Jazz: Red Norvo's Good Vibes Jazz Red Norvo's Good Vibes Newport Jazz Festival Jul 3, 1967 Jazz: Red Norvo's Good Vibes Newport Jazz Festival | Jul 3, 1967

    The jazz vibraphone pioneer, who was born on this day in 1908, swings "Rosetta" and "Sweet Georgia Brown" at the '67 Newport Jazz Festival.

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  1. Jazz: Count Basie Orchestra in the Pocket Jazz Count Basie Orchestra in the Pocket Carnegie Hall Jul 3, 1973 Jazz: Count Basie Orchestra in the Pocket Carnegie Hall | Jul 3, 1973

    Rhythm guitarist Freddie Green, born on this day in 1911, fuels the band on "Corner Pocket" and "Lil' Darlin'" in this '73 Carnegie Hall set.

  2. Jazz: Video: Miles Runs the Voodoo Down Jazz Video: Miles Runs the Voodoo Down Tanglewood Aug 18, 1970 Jazz: Video: Miles Runs the Voodoo Down Tanglewood | Aug 18, 1970 watch video

    On this day in 1970, Miles Davis released Bitches Brew. See him perform the title track and others from that groundbreaking opus.

  3. Jazz: Happy Birthday, Astrud Gilberto! Jazz Happy Birthday, Astrud Gilberto! Newport Jazz Festival Jul 3, 1964 Jazz: Happy Birthday, Astrud Gilberto! Newport Jazz Festival | Jul 3, 1964

    The iconic bossa nova singer, who turns 76 today, performs "The Girl From Ipanema" with Stan Getz at the '64 Newport Jazz Festival.

  4. Jazz: The Elegant Swing of the MJQ Jazz The Elegant Swing of the MJQ Newport Jazz Festival Jul 3, 1959 Jazz: The Elegant Swing of the MJQ Newport Jazz Festival | Jul 3, 1959

    Pianist-composer John Lewis, who died on this day in 2001, leads the Modern Jazz Quartet on his "Django" and others at Newport '59.

  5. Jazz: Thad-Mel Orchestra Swings Saratoga Jazz Thad-Mel Orchestra Swings Saratoga Newport Jazz Festival Saratoga Jul 2, 1978 Jazz: Thad-Mel Orchestra Swings Saratoga Newport Jazz Festival Saratoga | Jul 2, 1978

    Trumpeter-composer Thad Jones, born on this day in 1923, co-leads the dynamic big band on "Little Pixie" and "Don't Git Sassy" in a '78 set.

  6. Jazz: Sarah Vaughan at Newport Jazz Sarah Vaughan at Newport Newport Jazz Festival New York Jul 3, 1976 Jazz: Sarah Vaughan at Newport Newport Jazz Festival New York | Jul 3, 1976

    The Divine One, who was born on this day in 1924, delivers sublime versions of "Fly Me to the Moon," "Wave" and "Misty" in this 1976 set.

  7. Jazz: Pee Wee Russell Plays Newport Jazz Pee Wee Russell Plays Newport Jazz: Pee Wee Russell Plays Newport Pee Wee Russell Playlist

    The idiosyncratic clarinetist, born on this day in 1906, sits in with Thelonious Monk in 1963 and joins the Newport All-Stars in 1960.

  8. Jazz: Cecil Taylor at Newport, 1965 Jazz Cecil Taylor at Newport, 1965 Newport Jazz Festival Jul 2, 1965 Jazz: Cecil Taylor at Newport, 1965 Newport Jazz Festival | Jul 2, 1965

    The jazz master and avant garde pioneer, who is still performing at age 87, premieres material from his groundbreaking album, Unit Structures.

  9. Jazz: NEW: Noel Pointer at the Jazz Workshop Jazz NEW: Noel Pointer at the Jazz Workshop Jazz Workshop Feb 18, 1978 Jazz: NEW: Noel Pointer at the Jazz Workshop Jazz Workshop | Feb 18, 1978

    The Brooklyn-based violinist performs funk-jazz versions of "Fiddler on the Roof" and "Living for the City" from his Phantazia in this 1978 set.

  10. Jazz: Johnny Guarnieri Salutes Fats & Tatum Jazz Johnny Guarnieri Salutes Fats & Tatum Carnegie Hall Jun 30, 1974 Jazz: Johnny Guarnieri Salutes Fats & Tatum Carnegie Hall | Jun 30, 1974

    The stride and swing pianist, born on this day in 1917, plays Fats Waller's "Alligator Crawl" and pays a tribute to Art Tatum on "Tiger Rag."

  11. Jazz: George Benson in Burn Mode Jazz George Benson in Burn Mode Carnegie Hall Jul 3, 1975 Jazz: George Benson in Burn Mode Carnegie Hall | Jul 3, 1975

    The guitar great, who turns 73 today, flaunts his fiery chops on Trane's "Impressions" and Duke's "Take the A Train" in this 1975 concert.

  12. Jazz: Remembering Bobby Short Jazz Remembering Bobby Short Carlyle Feb 15, 1982 Jazz: Remembering Bobby Short Carlyle | Feb 15, 1982

    The quintessential New York cabaret singer, who died on this day in 2005, takes on the Great American Songbook at the Cafe Carlyle in '82.

  13. Jazz: Jon Lucien at Carnegie Hall, 1975 Jazz Jon Lucien at Carnegie Hall, 1975 Carnegie Hall Jul 3, 1975 Jazz: Jon Lucien at Carnegie Hall, 1975 Carnegie Hall | Jul 3, 1975

    The Virgin Islands native wraps his rich baritone voice around Herbie Hancock's "Maiden Voyage" and Jobim's "Dindi" in this dynamic set.

  14. Jazz: Video: John Santos Machete Ensemble Jazz Video: John Santos Machete Ensemble Oakland Coliseum Stadium Jun 30, 1990 Jazz: Video: John Santos Machete Ensemble Oakland Coliseum Stadium | Jun 30, 1990 watch video

    The Afro-Cuban percussionist leads his dynamic ensemble in this smoking set of churning, clave-fueled Latin jazz from Oakland in 1990.

  15. Jazz: Remembering Tommy Flanagan Jazz Remembering Tommy Flanagan Carnegie Hall Jun 24, 1978 Jazz: Remembering Tommy Flanagan Carnegie Hall | Jun 24, 1978

    The elegant, swinging pianist was born on this day in 1930. Hear his trio play "Body and Soul" and "Blue Bossa" in this '78 Carnegie Hall set.

  16. Jazz: A Salute to Bud Freeman Jazz A Salute to Bud Freeman Carnegie Hall Jun 15, 1974 Jazz: A Salute to Bud Freeman Carnegie Hall | Jun 15, 1974

    The tenor sax legend, who died on this day in 1991, leads an all-star group on "I Got Rhythm," "Dinah" and "That's A Plenty" in a '74 set.

  17. Jazz: Charles Lloyd in San Francisco, '74 Jazz Charles Lloyd in San Francisco, '74 Great American Music Hall Nov 24, 1974 Jazz: Charles Lloyd in San Francisco, '74 Great American Music Hall | Nov 24, 1974

    The tenor saxophonist-flutist, who turns 78 today, plays Trane's "Mr. P.C.," Monk's "Well You Needn't" and his signature "Forest Flower."

  18. Jazz: Ethan Hawke Channels Chet Baker Jazz Ethan Hawke Channels Chet Baker Jazz: Ethan Hawke Channels Chet Baker Chet Baker playlist

    In Born To Be Blue, which premieres this week, the actor takes on the role of the tormented trumpet star. Hear a two-hour Baker playlist

  19. Jazz: Happy Birthday, Roy Haynes! Jazz Happy Birthday, Roy Haynes! Newport Jazz Festival Aug 10, 2004 Jazz: Happy Birthday, Roy Haynes! Newport Jazz Festival | Aug 10, 2004 watch video

    The legendary drummer turns 91 today. See him in a 2004 tribute to John Coltrane with McCoy Tyner, Michael Brecker and Ravi Coltrane.

  20. Jazz: Video: Al Jarreau at Newport Jazz Video: Al Jarreau at Newport Newport Jazz Festival Aug 10, 2004 Jazz: Video: Al Jarreau at Newport Newport Jazz Festival | Aug 10, 2004 watch video

    The singer, who turns 76 today, performs his hit "We're In This Love Together" and a moving version of the Beatles' "She's Leaving Home."

  21. Jazz: Don't Worry, Be Happy, Bobby McFerrin! Jazz Don't Worry, Be Happy, Bobby McFerrin! Jazz: Don't Worry, Be Happy, Bobby McFerrin! A Bobby McFerrin Birthday playlist

    The singular vocalist, who turns 66 today, interprets tunes by the Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Chick Corea and Van Morrison in this playlist.

  22. Jazz: Kurt Elling's Way With Words Jazz Kurt Elling's Way With Words Newport Jazz Festival Aug 12, 2001 Jazz: Kurt Elling's Way With Words Newport Jazz Festival | Aug 12, 2001 watch video

    The vocalese master puts lyrics to John Coltrane's "Resolution" and Wayne Shorter's "Night Dreamer" at the 2001 Newport Jazz Festival.

  23. Jazz: Barney Kessel & Herb Ellis Swingin' in '75 Jazz Barney Kessel & Herb Ellis Swingin' in '75 Great American Music Hall Jun 28, 1975 Jazz: Barney Kessel & Herb Ellis Swingin' in '75 Great American Music Hall | Jun 28, 1975

    The two Charlie Christian disciples burn a blue streak on "Secret Love" and "Meet the Flintstones" in this Great American Music Hall set.

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