Charlie Parker - Led the charge for Bop.
Charlie Parker All Stars - Live At Birdland - December 23, 1950 - WJZ Radio - Gordon Skene Sound Collection -
Charlie Parker - legend, immortal, prime suspect, icon - all those superlatives to describe probably one of the most influential alto s
Ben Webster - one of The Big Three (Photo: Getty Images)
Ben Webster Quartet - live in Copenhagen - January 10, 1965 - DRK-Radio - Gordon Skene Sound Collection -
Ben Webster to chill out on a hot Summer Sunday - Recorded at Radio House by DRK in Copenhagen on January 10, 1965. Joi
Henry Threadgill - High Priest of the Musical mashup.
Henry Threadgill's Very Very Circus - live at Salle Le Ges˘Festival International de Jazz de Montreal, Quebec - July 9, 1995 - Radio Canada International
Henry Threadgill's Very Very Circus in concert this week. Henry Threadgill - alt
Artie Shaw - one of the innovators in the Big Band era.
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Artie Shaw and his band, live from The Blue Room at the Hotel Lincoln in New York, broadcast by CBS on December 6, 1938.
Mixing things up a bit this week - heading in
McCoy Tyner - cornerstone of John Coltrane's groundbreaking 1960s Quartet.
McCoy Tyner Quintet - In concert - Berliner Jazztage, Philharmonie Hall, November 1, 1974 - RBB Berlin Radio -
McCoy Tyner Quintet this weekend - recorded during Berliner Jazztage at Philharmonie Hall in Berlin on
Thelonious Monk - Genius of Modern Music. Word.
Thelonious Monk Quartet - Live At Maison de l'ORTF, Paris - March 20, 1966 - Radio France -
The legendary Thelonious Monk and his quartet, featuring Charlie Rouse on tenor sax, Larry Gales on bass and Ben Riley on drums, recorded live a
Bill Evans - inventive interpretation and huge influence continue to this day.
Bill Evans Trio (Marc Johnson, bass - Joe LaBarbera, drums) - Casale Monferrato, Italy - November 30, 1979
The legendary Bill Evans Trio this weekend. With Marc Johnson, Bass and Joe LaBarbera, drums - rec
Ira Sullivan and Red Rodney - Post-Bop collaboration for the ages.
Red Rodney-Ira Sullivan Quintet - Live At The Montreal Jazz Festival - July 3, 1984 - Gordon Skene Sound Collection -
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Post-Bop collaboration fr
Duke Ellington on Dumont TV - The artist who was everywhere - even on early Television.
Duke Ellington and his Famous Orchestra - Cavalcade Of Bands - Dumont TV - July 18, 1950 - Jim Stephenson Collection -
Duke Ellington in what is most probably a drop-dead rarity - if not in performa
Sonny Stitt - Sonny everywhere - and with a hundred albums to prove it.
Sonny Stitt Quartet - live at Umbria Jazz Festival - July 30, 1974 - RAI - Gordon Skene Sound Collection -
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Sonny Stitt in concert this week - an all-too-short set from the Umbria Jazz Festival, r
Jimmy Giuffre - Pioneer in free improvisation - purveyor of freeing things up. (photo: Getty Images)
Jimmy Giuffre Trio - Live at Teatro Adriano, Rome - June 19, 1959 - RAI
Jimmy Giuffre Trio this weekend. With Jim Hall, guitar and Buddy Clark, bass - recorded by RAI on June 19, 19
Carla Bley - Steve Swallow - the all-around partnership.
Carla Bley - Steve Swallow - with the HR Big Band - October 24, 1999 - Frankfurt Radio -
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Carla Bley and Steve Swallow along with the HR Big Band live at the German Jazz Festival in Frankfur
McCoy Tyner - The story is over, the song goes on forever.
McCoy Tyner - in solo Concert - Jazz à la Villette, Paris - September 7, 2005 - Radio France Musique -
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McCoy Tyner in solo concert - recorded during Jazz à la Villette in Paris on September 7, 2005 and broadcas
Harry James - Conflicted between sweet and swing.
Harry James and his Orchestra - July 20, 1945 - Armed Forces Radio Service - Gordon Skene Sound Collection -
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Harry James during one of his many appearances at camps and hospit
Jimmy Smith - High Priest of The B-3
Jimmy Smith Quartet - Live At Amphithéåtre de l'Institut Catholique - Angers, France - February 13, 1979 - Radio France -
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The legendary Jimmy Smith this weekend - just wha
Lyle Mays - founding member of The Pat Metheny Group. Merger of ideas.
Lyle Mays Trio - Live at E.J.'s - Atlanta Georgia - August 22, 1981 - Gordon Skene Sound Collection -
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More sad news this month. Hearing of t
Gerry Mulligan - Pivotal figure in The Cool School of Jazz. (photo: Franca Mulligan)
Gerry Mulligan - Big Band - Live At The North Sea Jazz Festival, The Hague - July 16, 1982 - VPRO
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Gerry Mulligan this weekend. With big band, recorded at th
The Electrifying Eddie Harris.
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Eddie Harris - Live at 4 Queen's Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas - February 4, 1985
The Electrifying Eddie Harris this weekend, live at 4 Queen's Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on February 4, 1985 an
Clifford Brown - A story of promise closed - a catalog of what-if's opened.
Clifford Brown - Max Roach Quintet - Live at The Continental Restaurant - WNOR-AM Broadcast - June 18, 1956 - Gordon Skene Sound Collection -
The legendary Clifford Brown this weekend. In what very well may hav
Message from Dexter.
Dexter Gordon - Live in Paris - September 25, 1977 - Espace Cardin, Paris - Gordon Skene Sound Collection -
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Dexter Gordon Quartet this weekend, with Al Haig on piano, Pierre Michelot on bass and
Illinois Jacquet - one of the first Jazz saxophonists to make forays into the Jump Blues/Rock n' Roll camp.
Illinois Jacquet Quintet - Live at The Bombay Jazz Festival, Mumbai India - March 27, 1994 - Festival Soundboard - Gordon Skene Sound Collection -
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Modern Jazz Quartet - MJQ - Whatever you called them, they were the pinnacle of eloquence and essential to the Jazz experience. (Photo: Gjon Mili)
Modern Jazz Quartet with Charles Mingus - Live At The Nice Jazz Festival, France - 1972 - ORTF, France -
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Rahsaan Roland Kirk - A particularly inventive tornado.
Rahsaan Roland Kirk - Live in Copenhagen - Club Montmartre - October 24, 1963 - Gordon Skene Sound Collection -
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The inimitable Rahsaan Roland Kirk this week. Live in Copenh
Jimmy McGriff - insisted he was more a Blues Musician than a Jazz artist. But . . .
Jimmy McGriff with Hank Crawford - live at The Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco - July 29, 1994 - Gordon Skene Sound Collection-
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