Folk & Bluegrass
Modern Jazz Quartet's Elegant Swing
Avery Fisher Hall | Nov 25, 1974
The classy quartet performs "Bags' Groove," "Django," "Skating in Central Park" and others in this two-hour set from 1974.
Medeski Martin & Wood at Newport, '05
Newport Jazz Festival | Aug 13, 2005
The intrepid trio performs a savvy mash-up of Mingus' "Nostalgia in Times Square" and Sun Ra's "Angel Race" in this concert video.
Sonny Stitt's Smoking Bebop
The great saxophonist unleashes his potent chops with the all-star Giants of Jazz in 1972 and with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers in 1973.
Sylvia Syms Charms Carnegie Hall, '75
Jul 4, 1975
Sinatra called her "the world's greatest saloon singer." Hear her sing "More Than You Know" and other Great American Songbook gems.
Thelonious Monk Quartet in '75
Jul 3, 1975
This July concert at Avery Fisher Hall was the only public appearance of the amazing pianist in 1975.
Video: Herbie Hancock at Newport, '08
Aug 10, 2008
The keyboardist-composer, whose memoir
comes out today, leads an all-star band on "Actual Proof" and "Chameleon."
Video: Harry Connick, Jr. at Newport '04
Oct 12, 2004
The popular singer-actor and New Orleans native showcases his piano chops in this set of instrumental tunes from his album
Video: McCoy Tyner Meets Michael Brecker
Aug 15, 1998
The jazz piano giant performs material from his
album with the Trane-inspired tenor saxophonist at '98 Newport.
Benny Goodman's Grand Reunion
Jun 29, 1973
The clarinet great joined colleagues Teddy Wilson, Lionel Hampton and Gene Krupa in rekindling their Swing era magic at the 1973 Newport Jazz Fest.
Go, 'Live From Paris'
Jun 12, 1976
Go, the short-lived supergroup featuring Stevie Winwood, Al Di Meola and Stomu Yamashta, get far-out in this classic concert recorded in Paris in '76.
Video: Chris Botti at Newport '06
Aug 13, 2006
The trumpeter leads his dynamic group through a set of romantic tunes including "Embraceable You" and "A Thousand Kisses Deep."
Herbie Mann's Funky Flute
Jul 8, 1972
The world music pioneer plays "Memphis Underground" with guitarist Sonny Sharrock and saxophonist David "Fathead" Newman in this 1972 concert.
Al Hirt at Inaugural New Orleans Jazz Fest
Apr 25, 1970
The trumpet star showcases his dazzling chops on Jelly Roll Morton's "Royal Garden Blues" and "Old Folks at Home" in this 1970 set.
Good Vibes at Newport
Jul 2, 1967
Vibraphonists Bobby Hutchinson, Gary Burton, Red Norvo, Lionel Hampton, and Milt Jackson showcase their chops in a 1967 workshop.
Video: George Benson's Big Boss Band
Aug 19, 1990
The guitarist-singer performs "Without a Song," "Skylark" and "On Green Dolphin Street" with the Count Basie Orchestra at Newport '90.
Woody Herman & His Third Herd
Jul 15, 1955
The clarinetist and big band leader premieres "Men From Mars" with the third edition of his Thundering Herd at the 1955 Newport Jazz Festival.
Jack "Big T" Teagarden at Newport '59
Jul 5, 1959
The trombonist-singer performs signature tunes "Stars Fell on Alabama" and "Rockin' Chair" (with Don Goldie imitating Satchmo).
Video: David Sanborn at '98 Newport
Aug 16, 1998
The alto sax star performs "Benny" and "Full House" from
and "Spooky" from
Songs from the Night Before
Charlie Hunter's Pound for Pound in Cali
May 23, 1998
The 8-string guitarist jazzes up Bob Marley's "Them Belly Full (But We Hungry)" and The Supremes' "You Keep Me Hanging On" in a '98 set.
Video: Harry Connick, Jr. Radiates the 88s
The popular actor and vocalist stretches out on piano in this set of instrumentals from his
album at 2004 Newport.
Give the Drummer Some!
Hear great solos by such iconic drummers as Papa Jo Jones, Buddy Rich, Max Roach, Art Blakey, Elvin Jones, Gene Krupa and Billy Cobham.
Navigating 'Giant Steps'
Several artists, from Joe Pass to Jaco Pastorius, make their way through John Coltrane's proving ground of chord changes in this playlist.
Uncut: Stan Getz's 4th of July Jazz
Jul 4, 1974
The tenor sax great performs Chick Corea's "La Fiesta" and Jobim's "Desfinado" with Albert Dailey, Chin Suzuki and Billy Hart in this 1975 concert.
Uncut: Bill Evans' 4th of July Set
Jul 4, 1974
The great pianist performs "Turn Out the Stars," "T.T.T. (Twelve Tone Tune)" and "Nardis" with his highly interactive trio in this 1974 concert.
Then & Now: Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Now celebrating its 50th year, New Orleans' own Preservation Hall Jazz Band kicks it live both then (New Orleans, '70), and now (Rock Island, IL '09).
Al Jarreau's Vocal Gymnastics
Jun 24, 1977
The versatile jazz singer performs at the Great American Music Hall in the wake of his 1977 Grammy-winning album,
We Got By
Uncut: Sonny Rollins at Tramps, '97
Apr 12, 1997
The revered tenor sax titan performs "Biji," "H.S.," "Prisoner of Love" and two calypsos, "St. Thomas" and "Duke of Iron," with his quintet.
Oscar Brown Jr. at Newport, 1964
Jul 5, 1964
The singer-songwriter and social activist performs "Forty Acres and a Mule," Miles Davis' "All Blues" and the anti-war song "Muffled Dreams."
New Release: Erroll Garner at Storyville, '52
Jul 3, 1952
The singular piano stylist charms the audience at George Wein's intimate Boston club, two years before the start of the Newport Jazz Festival.
Carmen McRae at Newport, '65
Jul 2, 1965
The influential vocalist delivers an earthy rendition of "Sweet Georgia Brown" and swings Rodgers & Hart's "I Wish I Were in Love Again."
Video: Elvin Jones Jazz Machine
Aug 18, 1990
The legendary, thunderous drummer leads his hard-swinging quintet through four extended jams at the 1990 Newport Jazz Festival.
Langston Hughes Hosts Blues Bash
Jul 3, 1960
Poet-playwright-social activist Langston Hughes presides over this all-star blues showcase at the 1960 Newport Jazz Festival.
Dewey Redman at Newport '74
Jun 29, 1974
The saxophonist and Ornette Coleman sideman leads a quintet featuring violinist Leroy Jenkins on tunes from
The Ear of the Behearer
Stan Getz and His Many Friends
Jul 2, 1975
Stan Getz performs with a whole host of talented guests during this eclectic Gala performance in 1975.
Anita O'Day's Scatacular Set
Jul 3, 1969
The phenomenal scat singer, considered by many to be the only white singer on par with Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan, swings out at '69 Newport.
All Hail the Queen!
Jul 16, 1955
Popular singer Dinah Washington, dubbed "Queen of the Blues" in her heyday during the 1950s, is backed by the Max Roach Trio at '55 Newport.
Uncut: The Genius of Joe Pass
Jan 26, 1980
The guitar great plays gorgeous, unaccompanied versions of "Misty," "'Round Midnight," "Georgia on My Mind" and "As Time Goes By" in 1980.
George Benson Meets Milt Jackson
Jul 3, 1975
The guitar great joins the legendary vibraphonist on John Coltrane's "Impressions" and Johnny Mandel's "The Shadow of Your Smile" in '75.
Uncut: Charles Lloyd in Concert, '74
Nov 24, 1974
The great saxophonist-flutist plays a transcendent set, culminating with his 1967 "Forest Flower," at the Great American Music Hall.
Johnny Guarnieri at Carnegie Hall
Jun 30, 1974
The formidable stride pianist, a onetime member of Artie Shaw's Gramercy Five, pays tribute to Fats Waller and Art Tatum in this '74 set.
Larry Coryell & the Eleventh House
Jul 6, 1974
The fusion guitar hero launches his powerhouse jazz-rock ensemble on his "Ism-Ejercicio" and Alphonse Mouzon's "The Funky Waltz" in 1974.
Charles Lloyd in Central Park
Jun 29, 1973
The shamanistic tenor saxophonist-composer leads a new group, featuring future P-Funk guitarist Blackbyrd McKnight, in this 1973 concert.
Uncut: Woody Herman's Herd at Roseland
Jul 2, 1973
The big bandleader performs Chick Corea's "La Fiesta" along with old favorites like "Four Brothers" and "Caldonia" in this '73 set.
Shirley Scott Swings Carnegie Hall
Jul 1, 1974
The Queen of the B-3 organ leads a dynamic two-tenor band featuring Harold Vick and George Coleman with drummer Billy Hart in a '74 set.
Four Brubecks, One Stage
Jul 2, 1975
Dave Brubeck performs with his 3 sons Chris, Darius, and Dan in 1975. Check out the funky Rhodes holding down 'Take Five.'
'Getz/Gilberto' 50th Anniversary
Jul 3, 1964
Back in 1964, Stan Getz introduced Astrud Gilberto and "The Girl From Ipanema" to Stateside jazz fans. Hear them at '64 Newport.
Cleo Laine Lights Up Carnegie Hall
Jul 3, 1975
The British singer unleashes her husky contralto and scat abandon in this 1975 concert, backed by her husband John Dankworth's all-star orchestra.
Video: Herbie Hancock at Newport
Aug 10, 2008
The great pianist-composer leads an all-star quintet on classic material like "Actual Proof," "Cantaloupe Island" and "Chameleon" in 2008.
Charles Lloyd at Great American Music Hall
Nov 24, 1974
The tenor saxophonist stretches on Thelonious Monk's "Well You Needn't" and performs his lyrical "Forest Flower" in this '74 quartet set.
Wes Montgomery at Newport
Jul 3, 1967
This week in 1960, the revolutionary guitarist completed his breakthrough album,
The Incredible Guitar of Wes Montgomery.
Hear him in 1967.
Miles Runs the Voodoo Down
Mar 7, 1970
The legendary trumpeter-composer leads his pioneering fusion band on material from his landmark
at the Fillmore East in '70.
Gil Evans Orchestra in Orbit
Jun 30, 1973
The pianist-composer-arranger leads his 15-piece aggregation on "Blues in Orbit," "Zee Zee" and other tunes from
in this '73 set.
Video: The Best of Newport, 2006
Aug 10, 2003
The 62nd edition of the jazzfest concludes today in Rhode Island. See Eddie Palmieri, Pat Metheny and Terence Blanchard at the 52nd edition.
Jay McShann at '73 Newport
The Kansas City pianist fronts a quartet featuring special guest Claude Williams on violin on "Smooth Sailin'" and "Confessin' the Blues."
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