Jazz immortals Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk lead an all-star ensemble on "Hackensack," "'Round Midnight" and "Now's The Time."
Bassist Rick Laird, who turns 75 today, premieres his tune "Steppings Tones" with the fusion juggernaut in this set from OSU in 1973.
The saxophonist premieres his epic suite "Tears Of Ole Miss (Anatomy of a Riot)," which features 21-year-old guitar sensation Pat Martino.
The tenor sax great, who was born on this day in 1927, delivers his golden tones on Jobim's "Desafinado" and Chick Corea's "La Fiesta."
The tenor sax star brings his stellar quintet to George Wein's annual bash to play "Shut Your Mouth" and other tunes from his Momentum.
The great trumpeter known as "Little Jazz" was born on this day in 1911. Hear him play his signature song "Let Me Off Uptown" in 1977.
The tenor sax great performs his ode to Thelonious, "A Monk's Dream," in this swinging set from the hallowed Greenwich Village nightclub.
The legendary vibraphonist turns 75 today. Hear him at at Vibes Workshop and with the John Handy Quartet at Newport '67.
The French violinist, who was born on this day in 1908, plays "Tea for Two," "Sweet Georgia Brown" and "Lady Be Good" in this 1976 set.
The hard bop legend, who turns 87 today, delivers the hip spoken word intro to "Killer Joe" in this swinging set from the 1960 Newport Jazzfest.
The vibraphonist-educator turns 73 today. Hear him with Stan Getz at Newport '64 and leading his own groundbreaking quartet in 1967.
The father of bebop trombone, born on this day in 1924, stretches on Trane's "Impressions" and re-imagine "When The Saints Go Marchin' In."
The Puerto Rican trombonist and Duke Ellington sideman was born on this day in 1900. Hear his most famous tune, "Caravan," in this playlist.
The classy singer-songwriter died on this day in 2002. Hear her perform "Fly Me To The Moon" and "Them There Eyes" in this '84 set.
The soulful saxophonist died on this day in 2009. Hear his robust tenor tone with Ray Charles and Herbie Mann in this two-hour playlist.
The legendary pianist who brought a new sensibility to jazz performs gentle versions of "You Don't Know What Love Is" and "B Minor Waltz."
The classy singer, who was born on this day in 1932, performs "Every Time We Say Goodbye" and "You'd Be So Easy To Love' in this '78 set.
The drumming great, who turns 73 today, fuels a swinging set at Tramps including Rollins staples "Biji," "St. Thomas" and "Duke of Iron."
The former Benny Goodman drummer, born on this day in 1909, leads on his own group on"Stompin' at the Savoy" and others at Newport '59.
The bassist and Jaco Pastorius disciple turns 64 today. Hear him with the Pat Metheny Group and playing duos with guitarist Alex DeGrassi.
The guitar virtuoso, who was born on this day in 1929, performs solo on "Darn That Dream" and burns with his trio on "Secret Love."
The saxophonist-composer, who died on this day in 2007, performs tunes from Two Blocks From The Edge with his powerhouse quartet.
The late keyboardist, who was born on this day in 1946, plays "King Kong" with Frank Zappa in 1970 and leads his own band in 1977.
The cornetist (and father of rapper Nas) turns 75 today. Hear him with Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers in this 1974 set from Carnegie Hall.
The great drummer-composer, who would've turned 92 today, joins wife-singer Abbey Lincoln in performing We Insist! Freedom Now Suite.
The New York pianist, who died on this day in 1985, pays tribute to piano legends Fats Waller and Art Tatum in this 1974 Carnegie Hall set.
The legendary trumpeter and bebop pioneer, who died on this day in 1993, plays his classics "A Night in Tunisia" and "Kush" at Newport '60.
The Canadian-born pianist and free jazz pioneer passed away on January 3rd at age 83. Hear his trio at Newport '65 and in a '76 set.
The bassist-composer, who died on this day in 1979, performs his epic "Fables of Faubus," his "Blues for a Saw" and Bird's "Billie's Bounce."
The tenor saxophonist joins McCoy Tyner, Roy Haynes, Christian McBride and Michael Brecker in this 2004 tribute to John Coltrane.
The guitar avatar turns 74 today. Hear him unleash his fabled chops with the fusion juggernaut Mahavishnu Orchestra in this 1973 set.
The late, great vibraphonist was born on this day in 1923. Hear him with the Modern Jazz Quartet and with George Benson in this playlist.
The venerable drummer leads The Jazz Messengers with Young Lions Wynton Marsalis (20) and brother Branford (21) in this swinging set.
The incendiary trumpeter, who died on this day in 2008, stretches on his classic "Red Clay" in this '79 set from Great American Music Hall.
The New Orleans clarinetist, who was born on this day in 1900, joins the Preservation Hall Jazz Band in this 1968 set from the Fillmore West.
The great pianist, who was born on this day in 1903, performs a medley of "My Ship," "Laura" and "Tea for Two" in this solo set from Nice.
The perennial poll-winning guitarist, who turns 64 today, performs tunes from What We Do in this concert video from '93 Newport.
The tenor sax titan interprets the romantic ballad "Prisoner of Love" and blows with abandon on "Biji" and the calypso flavored "Duke of Iron."
The multi-reed player performs Burt Bacharach's "I Say a Little Prayer" and his own politically-charged anthem "Volunteered Slavery" in '71.
The late flamenco guitar master, born on this day in 1947, performs with the Guitar Trio (Al Di Meola, John McLaughlin) in this 1980 video.
The trumpeter leads the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra on swinging renditions of "Let It Snow," "Jingle Bells" and others in this '89 set.
The great singer delivers a sultry, super-bluesy rendition of "Sweet Georgia Brown" and a haunting rendition of Monk's "'Round Midnight."
The trumpeter-composer-bandleader, who died on this day in 1978, fronts a 20-piece band on odd-metered tunes from Electric Bath.
The guitar great, who turns 71 today, plays duets with Ralph Towner and is featured with John Klemmer, Jack DeJohnette and Gato Barbieri.
The great stride pianist and quintessential entertainer died on this day in 1943. Hear several artists perform his popular songs in this playlist
The composer-arranger, born on this day in 1911, leads his 22-piece big band on classics like "Artistry in Rhythm" and "Intermission Riff."
The Queen of the Blues, who died on this day in 1963, is backed by the Max Roach Trio in this swinging set from the '55 Newport Jazz Festival.
The late, great trumpeter, who was born on this day in 1920, performs Miles Davis' "Walkin'" and Juan Tizol's "Perdido" with an all-star group.