Folk & Bluegrass
Red Norvo at Newport '67
Newport Jazz Festival | Jul 3, 1967
The pioneering jazz vibraphonist, who was born 107 years ago today, plays "Rosetta" and "Sweet Georgia Brown" with the Billy Taylor Trio.
Billy Harper's Inspired Tenor Flights
The Coltrane-influenced saxophonist stretches with the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis and Gil Evans orchestras and Randy Weston's African Rhythms.
New Release: Woody Herman at '55 Newport
Jul 15, 1955
The Swing era clarinetist and big band leader recreates "Four Brothers" and others with his Thundering Herd in this vintage 1955 recording.
Salsa de Berkeley's Scintillating Grooves
Sep 26, 1974
The Bay Area Latin jazz band performs infectious, clave-fueled jams like "Samba de Brazil," "Brute Force" and "Puerto Rico" in this 1974 set.
Miles Meets Monk at Newport, '55
Jul 17, 1955
Jazz immortals Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk lead an all-star ensemble on "Hackensack," "'Round Midnight" and "Now's The Time."
Video: An All-Star Salute to Satchmo
Aug 17, 1990
Wynton Marsalis hosts this 1990 tribute to the great Louis Armstrong featuring guest trumpeters Doc Cheatham, Jon Faddis and Ruby Braff.
Mahavishnu Orchestra in Berkeley
Nov 9, 1972
Uncredited for their work on Davis' album
, John McLaughlin and Billy Cobham went on to create one of the greatest fusion groups ever.
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: Joshua Redman's Elastic Band
Aug 14, 2005
The rising star saxophonist performs groove-oriented material from his
album at the 2005 Newport Jazz Festival.
George Benson Meets Bags
Jul 3, 1975
The guitarist unleashes potent chops alongside vibist Milt Jackson on Trane's "Impressions" and Duke's "Take the A Train" in this swinging 1975 set.
John Handy Quintet at Newport, '67
Jul 1, 1967
The saxophonist premieres his epic suite "Tears Of Ole Miss (Anatomy of a Riot)," which features 21-year-old guitar sensation Pat Martino.
Michael Brecker's Titanic Tenor
In this playlist the late saxophonist performs with Horace Silver, the Brecker Brothers and leads his own band.
Wynton Marsalis & Friends at the Apollo
Jun 2, 2003
The trumpet great explores different shades of the blues with guests B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Ray Charles and Willie Nelson in this '03 set.
Betty Carter Trio With Strings
Mar 22, 1982
The great jazz singer performs lush renditions of "Everything I Have Is Yours" and "Cocktails for Two" with a full string section in this '82 set.
Oregon at Amazingrace, '76
Oct 8, 1976
Guitarist Ralph Towner and tabla-sitar player Colin Wolcott lead the pioneering jazz-folk-world music group on their anthemic "Icarus."
Horace Silver With the Brecker Brothers
Jul 3, 1973
The great hard bop pianist-composer plays his classic "Song for My Father" with saxophonist Michael and trumpeter Randy in this '73 set.
The Intimacy of Bill Evans
Mar 12, 1975
The great pianist performs "Time Remembered," "My Romance" and "My Foolish Heart" in this 1975 set from the Great American Music Hall.
Bill Evans' Introspective Muse
Mar 12, 1975
The influential pianist, who introduced a crystalline, Erik Satie-inspired approach to jazz piano trios, plays the Great American Music Hall in '75.
Video: The Crusaders at Newport '87
Aug 15, 1987
Charter members and fellow Texans Joe Sample and Wilton Felder lead the crossover group on their hits "Chain Reaction" and "Street Life."
Wynton Marsalis at the Apollo, '03
Jun 2, 2003
The trumpeter traces the blues from Jelly Roll Morton and W.C. Handy to Armstrong, Duke, Bird, Ornette, B.B. King and Ray Charles.
Billy Cobham Celebrates 'Spectrum 40'
The ferocious fusion drummer revisits his 1973 solo debut on a tour that kicked off this week at B.B. King's nightclub in NYC. Hear a Cobham playlist from 1978.
The Jazz Crusaders Bring the Funk
Jul 4, 1974
The soulful jazz-funk pioneers finish up their week-long engagement at NYC's Blue Note tonight and tomorrow. Hear them in concert 40 years ago.
Sun Ra Arkestra at Carnegie Hall, '73
Jul 6, 1973
The celestial keyboardist-composer and avant garde pioneer leads his sprawling 24-piece ensemble on "Space Is the Place" and "Astro Black."
Tom Scott at the Bottom Line
Nov 3, 1978
The funky "Jazz Man" is joined by members of the Yellowjackets along with surprise guests Jaco Pastorius and Richard Tee in this 1978 concert.
Woody Herman Orchestra at Newport
Jul 5, 1968
The clarinetist-bandleader covers everything from Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller hits to Herbie Hancock and Stevie Wonder tunes in this '68 set.
Mike Mainieri at Seventh Avenue South, '81
Dec 21, 1981
The vibraphonist performs tunes from
with his fusion band featuring Bob Mintzer, Warren Bernhardt, Edie Gomez and Omar Hakim.
Video: Elvin Jones at Newport '90
Aug 18, 1990
The legendary drummer leads his Jazz Machine, featuring the two-tenor frontline of Sonny Fortune and Pat LaBarbera.
Video: Lea DeLaria Plays It Cool
Aug 11, 2002
The charmismatic, outrageous comedian-actress-singer swings this set of Broadway show tunes at the 2002 Newport Jazz Festival.
The Mastersounds' West Coast Jazz
Jul 3, 1959
The west coast counterpart to the Modern Jazz Quartet, The Mastersounds' cool sound combines the shimmer of vibraphone with piano, bass, and drums.
Video: James Carter Breaking Out in '96
The Young Lion with the Herculean technique displays his astonishing chops on saxes and clarinet in this dynamic set from Newport.
Al Di Meola's Fretboard Flash
May 5, 1978
The fusion guitar hero and former Return to Forever member flaunts his formidable chops in this 1978 concert at the Palladium in New York
Count Basie Records 'Jumpin'' Anthem
May 25, 1974
This week marked the 73rd anniversary of the Count Basie Orchestra's first recording of 'Jumpin' at the Woodside.'
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.
SFJAZZ Center Opening Playlist
As San Francisco opens the doors to its shiny new landmark, hear some of the artists consecrating the stage, including McCoy Tyner and Chick Corea.
Marian McPartland in Central Park, '73
Jul 3, 1973
The late pianist and longtime host of NPR's
performs an eclectic trio set ranging from "Royal Garden Blues" to "Giant Steps."
Clark Terry at Great American Music Hall, '76
Dec 3, 1976
The late trumpeter plays a lush "God Bless the Child," swings an Afro-Cuban "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and scats on "Mumbles."
Bobby Short Crooning at the Carlyle
Feb 15, 1982
The quintessential classy Manhattan cabaret star performs standards like "Too Marvelous For Words," "As Tme Goes By" and others in 1982.
Dizzy Gillespie at the 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.
Before They Were Famous: Spyro Gyra
Sep 9, 1978
This funky show from 1978 is Spyro Gyra at their best, just before they gained mainstream success with their second album,
Paul Winter Consort at the Bottom Line
Jun 28, 1978
The jazz saxophonist and world music pioneer recently performed his 35th annual Winter Solstice concert in NYC. Hear him in a 1978 concert.
Cannonball Adderley Dives Into Fusion
Jul 6, 1975
At the time of this recording in 1975, Adderley had followed his friend Miles into the realm of Jazz Fusion, and the results were impressive.
Junior Mance's Nuanced Touch
Jul 3, 1973
The former sideman to Dizzy Gillespie and Cannonball Adderley puts a soul-jazz spin on pop hits of the day at this 1973 piano trio concert.
Video: George Shearing Meets Mel Torme
Aug 18, 1989
The Brit pianist and the great jazz singer collaborate on a set of tunes from the Great American Songbook at '89 Newport.
Uncut: Howard McGhee's Little Big Band
Jul 2, 1973
The great hard bop trumpeter leads a 13-piece group, featuring guest vocalists Joe Carroll and Ruth Brisbane, at this '73 Apollo show.
Bernard Peiffer at Carnegie Hall, '75
Jul 1, 1975
The brilliant French pianist, nicknamed "Le Most" for his prodigious Tatum-esque keyboard skills, performs a stunning solo set.
Jimmy Smith's Hard Bop Chops
Jul 5, 1964
The heavyweight champ of the Hammond B-3 organ wails on "The Sermon" and "Sonnymoon for Two" at '64 Newport.
Video: Lea DeLaria at Newport, '02
Aug 11, 2002
The actress-singer (aka Carrie 'Big Boo' Black on
Orange Is the New Black
) performs hip versions of "All That Jazz" and "Cool."
Elegance Pianofied Playlist
This playlist of jazz piano greats features complete sets by Oscar Peterson, Ahmad Jamal, Bill Evans and Tommy Flanagan.
Jazz Fusion Playlist
Virtuosic performances, improvised jams, and complex compositions are all on display in this playlist featuring some of the best fusion the Vault has to offer.
Celebrating the Duke
The most prolific composer in the history of jazz is featured in a playlist of his finest moments from the Vault.
Jackie Moms Mabley & Oscar Brown Jr.
Three days after President Lyndon Johnson's signing of the Civil Rights Act, the standup comedian and singer get political at '64 Newport.
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
Hooray for Bobby Short
Feb 15, 1982
The quintessential New Yorker and interpreter of the Great American Songbook performs a typically classy set at the Cafe Carlyle in 1982.
Betty Carter With Strings, 1982
Mar 22, 1982
The great jazz singer swings with her trio, then gets lush with a string section on "Don't Weep for the Lady" and "Cocktails for Two."
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