1. Charles Mingus on the Cote d'Azur Jazz: Charles Mingus on the Cote d'Azur Grande Parade du Jazz Jul 13, 1977 The bassist-composer showcases his lyricism on "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat" and his earthy tendencies on the shuffle "Devil's Blues" in a 1977 set from Nice, France.
  2. Count Basie Orchestra in the Pocket Jazz: Count Basie Orchestra in the Pocket Carnegie Hall Jul 3, 1973 Rhythm guitarist Freddie Green fuels the band on "Corner Pocket" and "Lil' Darlin'" in this '73 Carnegie Hall set.
  3. Cookin' With the Horace Silver Quintet Jazz: Cookin' With the Horace Silver Quintet Newport Jazz Festival Jul 3, 1959 The pianist and prolific composer introduces "Blowin' the Blues Away" and "Cookin' at the Continental" at the 1959 Newport Jazz Festival.
  4. 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 1925, showcases his signature octaves work on The Champs' 1958 mambo hit, "Tequila."
  5. 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 1978 set from San Francisco.
  6. The Singing Sounds of Art Farmer Jazz: The Singing Sounds of Art Farmer Newport Jazz Festival Jun 30, 1960 The trumpeter-composer fronts the Jazztet with saxophonist Benny Golson on "Killer Joe" and "Bean Bag" at Newport Jazz, 1960.
  7. Drumming Powerhouse Buddy Rich Jazz: Drumming Powerhouse Buddy Rich Newport Jazz Festival New York Jun 29, 1978 The legendary drummer delivers a tour de force performance on an 18-minute "Channel One Suite" in this 1978 set.
  8. The Exalted Sound of John Coltrane Jazz: The Exalted Sound of John Coltrane Newport Jazz Festival Jul 2, 1966 Hear the legendary saxophonist and spiritually searching composer in full flight with his quintet at the 1966 Newport Jazz Festival.
  9. Remembering Jaco Pastorius Jazz: Remembering Jaco Pastorius Avery Fisher Hall Jun 27, 1982 The man who revolutionized the electric bass has been gone 30 years. Hear him lead his incredible Word of Mouth big band in this 1982 set.
  10. Happy Birthday, Jon Hendricks! Jazz: Happy Birthday, Jon Hendricks! Newport Jazz Festival Jul 2, 1960 The vocalese master turns 96 today. Hear him scatting a blue streak on "Airegin" and paying tribute to great bassists on "Swingin' 'til the Girls Come Home" in 1964.
  11. Bill Evans Trio at Newport, 1976 Jazz: Bill Evans Trio at Newport, 1976 Newport Jazz Festival New York Jun 25, 1976 The pianist with the impressionist touch died on this day in 1980. Hear him play "Sugar Plum" and "Twelve Tone Tune" with Eddie Gomez and Eliot Sigmund.
  12. Shirley Horn Swings Newport, 1992 Jazz: Shirley Horn Swings Newport, 1992 Newport Jazz Festival Aug 15, 1992 The singer-pianist wraps her smoky contralto voice around standards "Just In Time," "Fooling Myself" and the melancholy "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying."
  13. Mel Torme Scats and Croons Jazz: Mel Torme Scats and Croons Newport Jazz Festival Aug 18, 1989 The jazz singer, who was born on this day in 1925, joins pianist George Shearing on "Just One of Those Things," "The Way You Look Tonight" and "Stardust" in 1989.
  14. Maria Muldaur Gets Jazzy Jazz: Maria Muldaur Gets Jazzy Troubadour Dec 22, 1974 The pop singer turns 74 today. Hear her interpret Ellington's "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)" and "Lover Man (Where Can You Be)" in 1974.
  1. A Joe Zawinul Memorial Playlist Jazz: A Joe Zawinul Memorial Playlist 24 songs 3:43:07 The Austrian keyboardist-composer died on this day in 2007 at age 75. Hear him with the Maynard Ferguson Orchestra, Weather Report and his Zawinul Syndicate
  2. Randy Weston's African Rhythms Jazz: Randy Weston's African Rhythms Central Park Jul 7, 1973 The pianist-composer and griot of jazz leads his 16-piece band on "Tanjah," "Jamaica East," "African Cookbook" and his hit "Hi-Fly" in a '73 Central Park set.
  3. Elvin Jones Channels Trane Jazz: Elvin Jones Channels Trane Carnegie Hall Jun 27, 1976 The great drummer, who was born on this day in 1926, performs John Coltrane's "A Love Supreme Suite" with his quartet in this 1976 set from Carnegie Hall.
  4. The Mighty Burner at Carnegie Hall Jazz: The Mighty Burner at Carnegie Hall Carnegie Hall Jul 1, 1974 Philly Hammond B3 organ ace Charles Earland performs his unique brand of soul-jazz with his quintet on "Van Jay" and "'Cause I Love Her" in this 1974 set.
  5. Happy Birthday, Sonny Rollins! Jazz: Happy Birthday, Sonny Rollins! Tramps Apr 12, 1997 The legendary saxophone colossus turns 87 today. Hear him play his upbeat calypsos "Biji" and "St. Thomas" and stretch on "Duke of Iron" in this 1997 Tramps set.
  6. Remembering Max Kaminsky Jazz: Remembering Max Kaminsky Newport Jazz Festival Jul 2, 1964 The hot jazz trumpeter, who died on this day in 1994, showcases his Armstrong-influenced playing on "Tin Roof Blues" with the Newport Jazz All-Stars in 1964.
  7. A Swinging Salute to Papa Jo Jones Jazz: A Swinging Salute to Papa Jo Jones 22 songs 1:58:01 The longtime Count Basie drummer died on this day in 1985. Hear him supporting Ella Fitzgerald, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Mose Allison and others in this playlist.
  8. Jamie Callum's Triple Threat Set Jazz: Jamie Callum's Triple Threat Set Newport Jazz Festival Aug 10, 2004 The ebullient British singer-songwriter-pianist puts his personal stamp on Jimi Hendrix's "Wind Cries Mary" and "What a Difference a Day Makes" at 2004 Newport.
  9. Paul Winter Consort at Amazingrace Jazz: Paul Winter Consort at Amazingrace Amazingrace May 29, 1975 The saxophonist-composer, who turns 78 today, leads his ensemble on Ralph Towner's "The Silence of a Candle" and other tunes from Icarus in a 1975 set.
  10. Jim Hall & Tal Farlow in Central Park Jazz: Jim Hall & Tal Farlow in Central Park Central Park Jun 30, 1973 The two giants of jazz guitar exchange tasty licks on Sonny Rollins' "St. Thomas," Duke Ellington's "Prelude to a Kiss" and Gershwin's "Summertime" in 1973.
  11. A Bird Birthday Playlist Jazz: A Bird Birthday Playlist 18 songs 2:20:04 Jazz legend Charlie Parker was born on this day in 1920. Hear his bop anthems played by Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, Phil Woods, Wynton Marsalis and others.
  12. Stephane Grappelli's Elegant Swing Jazz: Stephane Grappelli's Elegant Swing Great American Music Hall Apr 24, 1977 The great French violinist has his way with "Crazy Rhythm," "Them There Eyes," "Sweet Georgia Brown" and Django Reinhardt's "Daphne" in this 1977 set.
  13. Branford Marsalis' Giant Steps Jazz: Branford Marsalis' Giant Steps Newport Jazz Festival Aug 26, 1987 The saxophonist, who turns 57 today, plays John Coltrane's proving ground piece and Sonny Rollins' "Oleo" in this set from the 1987 Newport Jazz Festival.