1. Stephane Grappelli's Silky Strings Jazz: Stephane Grappelli's Silky Strings Great American Music Hall Mar 20, 1976 The jazz violin pioneer performs romantic nuggets like "Walking My Baby Back Home," "Satin Doll," and a Gershwin medley in this 1976 set.
  2. Jaco Pastorius in Big Band Mode Jazz: Jaco Pastorius in Big Band Mode Avery Fisher Hall Jun 27, 1982 The late, great bassist-composer leads his Word of Mouth on "Three Views of a Secret" and "Liberty City" in 1982.
  3. Dizzy Dealin' at Newport Jazz: Dizzy Dealin' at Newport Newport Jazz Festival Jul 1, 1960 The beloved trumpeter dazzles with his quintet at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1960, the same year he won the Down Beat Critics’ Poll for excellence on his instrument.
  4. A Salute to Buddy Rich Jazz: A Salute to Buddy Rich Carnegie Hall Jun 29, 1975 Hear the 'World's Greatest Drummer' lead his swinging 16-piece big band on a Tommy medley in this 1975 set.
  5. Dizzy Gillespie at the Fillmore East Jazz: Dizzy Gillespie at the Fillmore East Fillmore East Apr 18, 1970 The bebop pioneer serenades the hippies with his funky "Matrix," his classic "Kush" and an ode to Martin Luther King ("Brother K") in 1970.
  6. Charles Mingus on the Cote d'Azur Jazz: Charles Mingus on the Cote d'Azur Grande Parade du Jazz Jul 13, 1977 The formidable bassist-composer introduces his "Three or Four Shades of Blues" and "Cumbia & Jazz Fusion" in this '77 set from Nice, France.
  7. Wes Montgomery at Newport, 1967 Jazz: Wes Montgomery at Newport, 1967 Newport Jazz Festival Jul 3, 1967 The legendary guitarist, born on this day in 1923, burns on "Naptown Blues" and showcases his signature octave playing on "Tequila."
  8. Remembering Lester Bowie Jazz: Remembering Lester Bowie Great American Music Hall Feb 26, 1976 The late trumpeter and avant garde icon, who was born on this day in 1941, joins his Art Ensemble of Chicago colleagues in this 1976 set.
  9. Larry Young's Fiery Fusion Jazz: Larry Young's Fiery Fusion Carnegie Hall Jun 30, 1975 The adventurous organist, who was born on this day in 1940, performs "New York Electric Street Music" and others with his band Fuel in 1975.
  10. Ed Blackwell Quartet in New Orleans, '77 Jazz: Ed Blackwell Quartet in New Orleans, '77 New Orleans Apr 1, 1977 The longtime Ornette Coleman drummer, who died on this day in 1992, leads his own group on "Lush Life" and "Mozart" in hometown NOLA.
  11. A Gem from Nelson Riddle & Linda Ronstadt Jazz: A Gem from Nelson Riddle & Linda Ronstadt Sands Casino Jul 19, 1984 The famed orchestrator, who died on this day in 1985, provides a lush backdrop for the singer on standards from their album What's New?
  12. J.J. Johnson at Newport '64 Jazz: J.J. Johnson at Newport '64 Newport Jazz Festival Jul 4, 1964 The bebop trombonist puts a hip spin on "When the Saints Go Marchin' In" and burns through Trane's modal "Impressions" with his quartet.
  13. A Dynamic Duo in Concert Jazz: A Dynamic Duo in Concert Masonic Auditorium Mar 8, 1978 The two most influential pianists of their generation, Heribe Hancock and Chick Corea, play intimate duets in this '78 set from San Francisco.
  14. Art Farmer Swinging at Newport, '60 Jazz: Art Farmer Swinging at Newport, '60 Newport Jazz Festival Jun 30, 1960 The trumpeter-composer, who died on this day in 1999, fronts the Jazztet with saxophonist Benny Golson on "Killer Joe" and "Bean Bag."
  1. A Salute to Buddy Rich Jazz: A Salute to Buddy Rich Newport Jazz Festival New York Jun 29, 1978 The legendary drummer, born on this day in 1917, delivers a tour de force performance on an 18-minute "Channel One Suite" in this '78 set.
  2. Remembering Phil Woods Jazz: Remembering Phil Woods Great American Music Hall Jun 4, 1976 The alto sax great and NEA Jazz Master died on this day in 2015. Hear him team with tenor great Al Cohn on "Shaw Nuff" and "Wee Dot" in '76.
  3. An All-Star Salute to Bud Powell Jazz: An All-Star Salute to Bud Powell Newport Jazz Festival Aug 16, 1996 Chick Corea, Kenny Garrett, Wallace Roney, Christian McBride and Roy Haynes pay tribute to the great bebop pianist born on this day in 1924.
  4. Swing, Betty, Swing! Jazz: Swing, Betty, Swing! Nice Jazz Festival Jul 1, 1974 Scat singer supreme Betty Carter, who died on this day in 1998, is in full flight on "Swing Brother Swing" from this 1974 Jazz Workshop set.
  5. A Salute to 'West Side Story' Jazz: A Salute to 'West Side Story' Nice Jazz Festival Jul 1, 1974 Earl "Fatha" Hines plays a medley of tunes from the Leonard Bernstein-Stephen Sondheim musical, which premiered on this day in 1957.
  6. Horacee Anrold's Tribe at the Apollo, '73 Jazz: Horacee Anrold's Tribe at the Apollo, '73 Apollo Theatre Jul 2, 1973 The drummer-composer, who turns 79 today, leads a stellar sextet of Joe Farrell, Steve Khan, Don Alias, George Mraz and Don Friedman.
  7. The Exalted Sound of John Coltrane Jazz: The Exalted Sound of John Coltrane Newport Jazz Festival Jul 2, 1966 The legendary saxophonist and spiritually searching composer would've turned 90 today. Hear him in full flight at the '66 Newport Jazz Festival.
  8. Remembering Jaco Pastorius Jazz: Remembering Jaco Pastorius Avery Fisher Hall Jun 27, 1982 The man who revolutionized the electric bass died on this day in 1987. Hear him lead his incredible Word of Mouth big band in this 1982 set.
  9. A Salute to Sir John Dankworth Jazz: A Salute to Sir John Dankworth Newport Jazz Festival Jul 3, 1959 The British saxophonist-composer and big band leader was born on this day in 1927. Hear him in his first U.S. appearance at Newport '59.
  10. Chris Connor on the Cool Side Jazz: Chris Connor on the Cool Side Great American Music Hall Oct 22, 1976 The classy singer interprets Cole Porter's "I've Got You Under My Skin," Sonny Rollins' "St. Thomas" and Billy Strayhorn's "Lush Life" in 1976.
  11. Brother Jack McDuff's Organ-ic Jam Jazz: Brother Jack McDuff's Organ-ic Jam Carnegie Hall Jun 30, 1975 The soulful Hammond B-3 player was born on this day in 1928. Hear him lead his septet on "Killer Joe" and Heatin' System" in a '75 set.
  12. Hooray for Bobby Short! Jazz: Hooray for Bobby Short! Carlyle Feb 15, 1982 The classy cabaret singer, born on this day in 1924, celebrates the Great American Songbook at his old stomping grounds, Cafe Carlyle.
  13. Happy Birthday, Jon Hendricks! Jazz: Happy Birthday, Jon Hendricks! Newport Jazz Festival Jul 2, 1960 Vocalese pioneer, lyricist and NEA Jazz Master Jon Hendricks turns 95 today. Hear him with Lambert, Hendricks & Ross at Newport in 1960.