Benny Carter at Montreaux 1977 with On Green Dolphin Street
Cannonball Adderley playing Work Song
John Coltrane playing My Favorite Things
Johnny Hodges playing Isfahan
Sonny Rollins and his composition St. Thomas
Charlie Parker with Dizzy Gillespie on Hot House
Lester "Pres" Young
Paul Desmond plays his most famous composition Take Five with the Dave Brubeck Quartet
Gerry Mulligan with the Dave Brubeck Quartet
Jimmy Dorsey has been often overlooked, but was an influential alto sax player. This is from the Honeymooner's Christmas Special in 1954, with Tommy Dorsey after they reunited. They perform "Marie", which was a hit for Tommy Dorsey, but here, Jimmy's solo is the highlight.
Ben Webster was known for his lush tone, heard to advantage on many ballads. Here, he swings on Cottontail.
Harry Carney uses circular breathing to tasty effect on this version of Sophisticated Lady.
Sonny Stitt with J.J. Johnson in a tribute to Charlie Parker
James Carter, who is a friend of mine and the only modern player featured. He embraces the tradition while exploring new territory. In this video, he plays a modified Conn Chu Berry tenor.