The prolific songwriter and key contributor to the Great American Songbook was born on this day in 1888. Hear his tunes interpreted.
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.
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.
The dynamic Brazilian artist, who turns 69 today, showcases her piano chops and scatting prowess in this 1975 set from Avery Fisher Hall.
The pianist-composer turns 72 today. Hear him explore a full range of expression on the keyboard in this purely improvised set from 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.
The guitar great, who died on this day in 2004, joins partner Herb Ellis on swinging renditions of "Broadway" and "Seven Come Eleven."
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.
The great bassist, who turns 80 today, provides a formidable low-end presence on tunes like "Footprints" and "So What" at '67 Newport.
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.
The avant garde pioneer and innovative bandleader performs his classics "Astro Black" and "Space Is The Place" at Carnegie Hall, 1973.
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.
Mike Clark, Paul Jackson, Bill Summers and Blackbyrd McKnight play "God Made Me Funky" and "Daffy's Dance" in this 1975 set from Winterland.
The prolific composer-bandleader, born on this day in 1899, presides over his orchestra on "Up Jump," "Swamp Goo," "Satin Doll" and others.
The great bassist, who died on this day in 2005, plays "Watergate Blues" with the Heath Brothers and "Summertime" with MJQ.
Drummer Connie Kay, born on this day in 1927, shows chamber-like delicacy on "The Golden Striker" and swings on "Bags' Groove."
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.
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."
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."
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.
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.
The bassist-composer leads his potent large ensemble on "Monterey Suite," "Last Minute Man" and other tunes from Overtime in 2005.
The great bassist and prolific composer, who was born on this day in 1922, performs "Fables of Faubus" and "Goodbye Porkpie Hat" in 1973.
The revered trombonist-arranger celebrates his 85th birthday today. Hear him with the Maynard Ferguson Orchestra at the Newport '59.
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."
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.