Suggested Jazz Musicians

From the ‘Kind of Blue’ sessions, possibly the finest sessions in the history of jazz. Also the most influential. Features Davis, John Coltrane on tenor sax, Cannonball Adderley on alto sax, Bill Evans on piano, and others:

Miles and Trane again team up to play a Thelonious Monk tune:

Davis with an orchestra arranged by Gil Evans:

Later, electric Miles:

Miles Davis live in Montreal 1985 with Bob Berg- tenor sax, Robert Irving III- synthesizer,
Daryl Jones- bass, John Scofield- guitar, Steve Thornton- Percussion, Vince Wilburn- Drums:


Coltrane plays a beautiful Duke Ellington ballad:

Another gorgeous ballad by Trane:



Cassandra Wilson sings Bob  Marley’s “Redemption Song”:

Cassandra interprets Son House’s old blues song “Death Letter”:

Cassandra interprets Van Morrison’s song “Tupelo Honey”:



Charlie Parker’s jaw-dropping solo begins about 1 min. 17 seconds into the song:

Roy Eldridge (trumpet), Tommy Turk (trombone), Charlie Parker (alto sax), Lester Young & Flip Phillips (tenor sax), Hank Jones (piano), Ray Brown (bass), Buddy Rich (drums). Recorded live at Carnegie Hall, NYC, 17 September 1949:



Bill Frisell and Ry Cooder duet:

Frisell and Greg Leisz (on pedal-steel guitar) interpret Beatles’ tunes:


Classic film featuring tenor sax of Lester Young:


Brazilian jazz sung in English by an immigrant artist:

Here she duets with James Taylor on one of his songs:

Here she duets with Herbie Hancock on Joni Mitchell’s “Amelia”:

Here she discusses poetry and her latest CD “The Book of Longing” in which she sets poems by Leonard Cohen, Emily Dickinson, Edna St. Vincent Millay and Christina Rosetti:


Thelonious  Monk performs his most famous composition:

Another Monk classic:



Cuban pianist Omar Sosa and Italian trumpeter Paolo Fresu perform:

Sosa duets with African harpist:


Mike Mainieri plays vibes:

Beautiful ballad from Mainieri’s solo album “Man Behind Bars”:

Mainieri’s group with Michael Brecker (tenor sax) and Eddie Gomez (bass):

Later version of the band–featuring Bendik Hofseth (t sax), Mike Mainieri (vib,& perc), Rachel Z. Nicolazzo (keyb), James Tunnel (g), Jeff Andrews (elec. bass), Steve Smith (dr)–performs a Jaco Pastorius tune:



Great Jazz/Funk band from the 70s-80s featuring Wayne Shorter (sax) and Joe Zawinul (synth):

Weather Report performs its most famous tune:



Ace jazz guitarist John Scofield covers a Beatles’ tune:

Another standard covered by Scofield:



Superb guitarist John Abercrombie plays a couple of beautiful jazz waltzes:



Danish guitarist Jakob Bro performs his song “Zygaena”:

Bro performs with Bill Frisell, Lee Konitz (alto sax) and others:



2 solo acoustic guitar pieces: