1. Oscar Peterson Trio at Newport, 1964 Jazz: Oscar Peterson Trio at Newport, 1964 Newport Jazz Festival Jul 4, 1964 The great pianist, born on this day in 1925, swings "Fly Me To The Moon" and the jazz waltz "Someday My Prince Will Come" with Ray Brown and Ed Thigpen.
  2. A Salute to Les Paul Jazz: A Salute to Les Paul Iridium Jun 9, 2003 The guitarist-inventor died on this day in 2009. Hear him play at his 88th birthday bash at Iridium, joined by fellow guitarists Al Di Meola and Larry Carlton.
  3. Pat Metheny Pushes the Envelope Jazz: Pat Metheny Pushes the Envelope Mesa Centennial Hall Jul 26, 1982 The adventurous guitarist experiments with guitar synth on "Off Ramp," revisits his classic "Phase Dance" and covers Ornette Coleman's "Broadway Blues" in 1982.
  4. Pat Martino's Singular Lines Jazz: Pat Martino's Singular Lines Central Park Jun 30, 1973 The guitar great performs tunes from his album East! with his Philly-based trio of bassist Tyrone Brown and drummer Sherman Ferguson in a '73 Central Park set.
  5. Horace Silver in Central Park Jazz: Horace Silver in Central Park Wollman Memorial Skating Rink Jul 3, 1973 The hard bop pianist-composer is joined by the Brecker Brothers, Will Lee and Alvin Queen on "Song for My Father" and "Liberated Brother" in this 1973 set.
  6. A Jack DeJohnette Playlist Jazz: A Jack DeJohnette Playlist 14 songs 2:52:59 The great drummer-composer turns 75 today. Hear him with Miles Davis' electric ensemble in 1970, with Freddie Hubbard in 1974 and leading his own band in 1975.
  7. Regina Carter at Newport, 1998 Jazz: Regina Carter at Newport, 1998 Newport Jazz Festival Aug 15, 1998 The Detroit violinist, who turns 51 today, plays Eddie Harris' "Listen Here" and pays tribute to jazz violin pioneer Stephane Grappelli on "Oh, Lady Be Good."
  8. Remembering George Duke Jazz: Remembering George Duke 12 songs 2:14:40 The keyboardist-composer-singer died on this day in 2013. Hear him with the Mothers of Invention and leading his own group on tunes from his Reach For It.
  9. Louis Armstrong Thrills Newport Jazz: Louis Armstrong Thrills Newport Newport Jazz Festival Jul 1, 1960 Satchmo was born on this day in 1901. Hear him sing his theme song "Sleepy Time Down South" and cover Fats Domino's "Blueberry Hill" in this 1960 set.
  10. Tony Bennett at Newport, 2002 Jazz: Tony Bennett at Newport, 2002 Newport Jazz Festival Aug 10, 2002 The classy interpreter of the Great American Songbook celebrates his 91st birthday today. Hear him sing "I Got Rhythm," "Caravan" and "Steppin' Out With My Baby."
  11. Jean-Luc Ponty's Masterpiece Jazz: Jean-Luc Ponty's Masterpiece Tower Theater Oct 21, 1978 The French violinist-composer performs tunes from his Enigmatic Ocean, along with his popular bluegrass-influenced "New Country" in this '78 set from Philly.
  12. Kenny Burrell at the Apollo, 1973 Jazz: Kenny Burrell at the Apollo, 1973 Apollo Theatre Jul 3, 1973 The guitar great, who turns 86 today, leads his quartet on the Billie Holiday classic "God Bless the Child" and a soulful rendition of Nat Adderley's "Work Song."
  13. Remembering Idris Muhammad Jazz: Remembering Idris Muhammad 13 songs 1:47:23 The New Orleans-born drummer, who died on this day in 2014, grooves "Heads" with Bob James in '79 and swings "Straight No Chaser" with George Benson in '69.
  14. An Illinois Jacquet Playlist Jazz: An Illinois Jacquet Playlist Newport Jazz Festival Jul 3, 1967 The tenorman leads an organ trio on "Lester Leaps In," plays his signature "Flying Home" with Lionel Hampton and rocks "Jumpin' Jacquet" with Cab Calloway.
  1. Freddie Hubbard's Marathon Jam Jazz: Freddie Hubbard's Marathon Jam Great American Music Hall Aug 11, 1979 The great hard bop trumpeter stretches with his quintet on a 25-minute version his biggest hit, "Red Clay," in this '79 set from the Great American Music Hall.
  2. Rahsaan Plays Bacharach Jazz: Rahsaan Plays Bacharach Fillmore East Apr 3, 1971 The multi-reed master Rahsaan Roland Kirk stretches out on an 18-minute version of Burt Bacharach's "I Say a Little Prayer" at the Fillmore East in 1971.
  3. Lambert, Hendricks & Ross Swingin'! Jazz: Lambert, Hendricks & Ross Swingin'! Newport Jazz Festival Jul 2, 1960 Annie Ross, who turns 87 today, joins Jon Hendricks and Dave Lambert on vocalese renditions of tunes by Count Basie and Duke Ellington at 1969 Newport.
  4. Return to Forever at Carnegie Hall Jazz: Return to Forever at Carnegie Hall Carnegie Hall Jul 3, 1974 Hear guitarist Al Di Meola play his first gig with the fusion juggernaut led by Chick Corea and featuring Stanley Clarke and Lenny White in this powerful set in 1974.
  5. Herbie Hancock's Super Trio Jazz: Herbie Hancock's Super Trio Newport Jazz Festival Aug 14, 1988 The great pianist joins bassist Buster Williams and drummer Al Foster on Sonny Rollins' "Oleo" and Wayne Shorter's "Footprints" in this 1988 set from Newport.
  6. Cab Calloway: The Hi De Ho Man Jazz: Cab Calloway: The Hi De Ho Man 7 songs 18:41 The jumpin' jive pioneer and bandleader delivers his theme song "Minnie the Moocher" in 1973, sings "Stormy Weather" and swings "Old Man River" in 1976.
  7. We Love Duke Madly! Jazz: We Love Duke Madly! Municipal Auditorium New Orleans Apr 25, 1970 A 70-year-old Duke Ellington instructs a New Orleans audience on the proper etiquette of finger-snapping during "Satin Doll" in this swinging set from 1970.
  8. A Tribute to John Coltrane Jazz: A Tribute to John Coltrane Newport Jazz Festival Aug 10, 2004 Michael Brecker and Ravi Coltrane join McCoy Tyner, Christian McBride and Roy Haynes to pay tribute to the late great Trane, who died on this day in 1967.
  9. A Salute to Billie Holiday Jazz: A Salute to Billie Holiday 24 songs 2:19:31 Lady Day died on this day in 1959. Hear Ruth Brown, Carmen McRae, Sarah Vaughan, Peggy Lee and Sonny Rollins pay tribute to the great singer in this playlist.
  10. Ella Fitzgerald at Storyville, 1953 Jazz: Ella Fitzgerald at Storyville, 1953 Storyville Boston Feb 7, 1953 The First Lady of Song gets bluesy on "Why Don't You Do Right" and scats effortlessly on "Mean to Me" in this radio broadcast from George Wein's Boston club.
  11. Bill Evans Trio at Newport, 1967 Jazz: Bill Evans Trio at Newport, 1967 Newport Jazz Festival Jul 2, 1967 The pianist-composer shows an impressionistic touch on Miles Davis' "Nardis" and his own engaging waltz "Very Early" with Eddie Gomez and Philly Joe Jones.
  12. Miles Runs the Voodoo Down Jazz: Miles Runs the Voodoo Down Fillmore West Apr 10, 1970 In the trumpeter’s first live recording since 1965, Miles Davis' quintet performs music from the groundbreaking album Bitches Brew just after it was released.
  13. Charlie Haden In Memoriam Jazz: Charlie Haden In Memoriam Avery Fisher Hall Jul 3, 1975 The great bassist-composer died on this day in 2014. Hear him perform "Shades of Jazz," "Rose Petals" and "Southern Smiles" with Keith Jarrett in 1975.