Jazz Legends

Sarah Vaughan, singer; Carl Schroeder, piano; John Gianelli, bass; Jimmy Cobb, drums;
The trained pianist and occasional organist, Sarah Vaughan ranks among the Big Four of female jazz singers, alongside Bessie Smith , Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald . Her early formal education on the piano has influenced her vocal technique…
Money Johnson; Harry Carney; Barry Lee Hall; John Coles; Mercer Ellington; Vince Prudente; Art Baron; Chuck Connors; Russell Procope; Harold Minerve; Percy Marion; Paul Gonsalves; Harold Ashby; Joe Benjamin; Quintin White; Anita Moore; Tony Watkins
There was probably no other artist, who was involved creatively in so many stages of the development of Jazz music as Duke Ellington . His sonic individuality originated in his peculiar style of composing and arranging, in which he was interweaving…
Count Basie, piano; Snooky Young, trumpet; Frank Wess, flute; Joe Williams, voice; Joe Newman, trumpet; Eddie Jones, bass; Freddie Green, guitar; Sonny Payne, drums;
This concert recording from 1961 is one of the last recordings with two outstanding musicians from Basie’s band, Joe Williams and Joe Newman , who both departed from the band in 1961 to pursue solo careers. Joe Williams, known for having a deeper and…
Thelonious Monk, piano; Charlie Rouse, sax-tenor; John Ore, double bass; Frankie Dunlop, drums;
Thelonious Monk is famous for his unique improvisational style and made numerous contributions to the standard jazz repertoire, including "Ruby, My Dear", which is part of the "Thelonious Monk Quartet" recording. He is also the second-most-recorded…
John Lewis, piano; Milt Jackson, vibraphone; Percy Heath, bass; Connie Kay, drums;
John Lewis is famous for his interest in classical music and baroque forms led him to compose fugues for the MJQ. Alexander's Fugue is a great example of these compositions included in "Modern Jazz Quartet". Under Lewis's direction, the quartet…