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For many of us, when it is played live is the best way to hear jazz. The unbridled spontaneity of brilliant musicians at the very top of the game, improvising and spurring each other on to greater creative heights. It was what Norman Granz, the man behind the Jazz At The Philharmonic concert series believed. He loved hearing ‘jazz in the moment’, and his concert series, collected on some of the world’s best live jazz albums, allowed so many to hear jazz for the first time outside of smokey clubs and in concert halls.

The JATP concerts were regularly recorded and they are well represented here, none finer than the 1946 concerts featuring Charlie Parker and Lester Young, the old school and the new school. Then there’s Gene Krupa & Buddy Rich at JATP in 1952 sharing the mother of all drum battles.

But it’s also jazz played in the setting of an intimate club that is wonderful. Whether it be at The Village Vanguard, Mr Kelly’s, or The Lighthouse, The Five spot or Birdland.

We’ve picked the 50 best live jazz albums, and while they are not in any particular order, we have featured what we think are the ten greatest examples of jazz played live, records that should be in everyone’s collection.

The Art Blakey Quintet: The Complete Live Recordings at Birdland: A Night At Birdland (1954)
Grant Green Live at the Lighthouse (1972)
Benny Goodman Live at Carnegie Hall (1938)
Stanley Turrentine Up At Minton’s (1961)
Jazz at the Oberlin – Dave Brubeck (1953)
Live at the Five Spot – Eric Dolphy (1961)
Mingus in Antibes (1960)
Miles and Quincy Live at Montreux – Miles Davis and Quincy Jones (1991)
Travels – Pat Metheny (1983)
Stan Getz at the Shrine (1954)
Satchmo at Symphony Hall – Louis Armstrong (1947)
Jazz at Hollywood Bowl – Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Oscar Peterson, Art Tatum (1956)
At the Sands – Frank Sinatra & Count Basie (1966)
Benny Carter Live and Well in Japan (1977)
At the Golden Circle, Stockholm volume 1 & 2 – Ornette Coleman (1965)
John Coltrane Live at Birdland (1963)
Birdland – Miles Davis (1951)
Round About Midnight at the Cafe Bohemia – Kenny Dorham (1956)
Stephane Grappelli at Tivoli Gardens (1979)
Billie Holiday at Carnegie Hall (1956)
A Night in Paris – Diana Krall (2001)
The Drum Battle: Gene Krupa & Buddy Rich at JATP (1952)
Shelly Manne at the Black Hawk (1960)
John McLaughlin Live in Paris (1998)
The Complete Last Concert – The MJQ (1974)
Gerry Mulligan Live at the Village Vanguard (1960)
Oscar Peterson at the Concertgebouw (1957)
Groovin’ at Smalls’ Paradise – Jimmy Smith (1957)
Weather Report Live in Tokyo (1972)
Mary Lou Williams at Rick’s Cafe Americain (1979)
Bird & Pres at JATP (1946)
Bill Laurence Live at Union Chapel (2016)
Sylva – Snarky Puppy (2015)
John Coltrane & Thelonious Monk live at Carnegie Hall (1957)
Cecil Taylor at Cafe Montmartre (1962)
But Not For Me – Live at the Pershing – Ahmad Jamal (1958)
Anita O’Day At Mr Kelly’s (1958)
Nina Simone in Concert (1964)
Dinah Jams – Dinah Washington with Clifford Brown (1954)
Dave Grusin Presents GRP All Star Big Band (1993)
Bill Evans The Complete at the Village Vanguard (1961)
John Coltrane at The Village Vanguard (1961)
Miles Davis & Thelonious Monk Live at Newport (1958/1963)
Jazz at Massey Hall – The Quintet (Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Charles Mingus, Bud Powell and Max Roach) (1953)
oncert By The Sea – Erroll Garner (1955)
Wynton Kelly Trio and Wes Montgomery at The Half Note (1965)
Duke Ellington at Newport (1956)
Sonny Rollins at the Village Vanguard (1957)
Ella in Berlin – Mack The Knife (1960)
The Koln Concert – Keith Jarrett (1975)

Sonny Rollins

Ella in Berlin – Mack The Knife



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  1. Sten

    February 27, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    Fina grejer!

  2. ace

    February 27, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    Seems like my favourite live jazz album didn’t make the cut. Recorded Live at the Monterey Jazz Festival by John Handy.

  3. Gary Deane

    February 27, 2017 at 5:41 pm

  4. joe waye

    February 27, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    My favorite live album is The Velvet Touch by Lenny Breau …live at Shelly`s manhole

  5. Tony Hollis

    February 27, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    Any list that doesn’t include Ellington’s Newport concert,, where Paul Desmond set them on fire, and in the process rescued big band jazz, doesn’t begin to pass muster.

    • Richard Havers

      February 27, 2017 at 9:04 pm

      And this one does pass muster…

    • Brian Bacchus

      August 25, 2017 at 12:49 pm

      You mean Paul Gonsalves.

    • Fabien Caron

      February 18, 2018 at 4:47 pm

      You mean Paul GONSALVES…

    • Tony Archbold

      February 18, 2018 at 10:45 pm

      I think you mean Paul Gonsalves!

    • Cary

      February 19, 2018 at 4:28 am

      you mean Paul Gonsalves

    • John McGing

      February 26, 2018 at 12:09 am

      It is in the list and it was Paul Gonsalves not Paul Desmond…………

    • Mike Burke

      February 28, 2018 at 6:04 pm

      Paul Desmond? I don’t think so…try Paul Gonzalves….

    • Stratopastor

      April 2, 2018 at 2:15 pm

      that would be Paul Gonslaves.

      • Stratopastor

        April 2, 2018 at 2:16 pm

        Gonsalves. Duh. Plus, sorry I didn’t see all the other corrections first

    • Roy Bissell

      February 2, 2019 at 3:35 am

      ‘Paul Gonsalves’ no ?

    • Jim Little

      April 24, 2019 at 7:04 am

      Think you meant Paul Gonsalves, not Desmond . . . that is a great concert.

    • Dave Hazelbury

      November 11, 2019 at 12:36 pm


    • Tony Hollis

      February 27, 2020 at 8:19 am

      After seventy years of listening to jazz, I can’t believe I wrote that. I first heard the concert on VOA while I was serving in Singapore in 1956, bought the album and have listened to it thousands of times since. It had everything, particularly when the band came back in to drive it all home.
      I also regularly listen to Brubeck and Pau Desmond, although nothing every beats Diminuendo and Crescendo for atmosphere and the Gonsalves marathon.

  6. Bill Gordy

    February 27, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    Leaving out PHIL WOODS LIVE AT SHOWBOAT is a huge mistake. Check the articles from that period and those alone will give proof how lauded it was.

  7. Rick W

    February 27, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    I can’t believe Lee Morgan’s epic 1970 Blue Note album “Live at the Lighthouse”, nor McCoy Tyner’s powerhouse “Enlightenment”, made the list.

  8. Fran

    February 27, 2017 at 8:47 pm

    I miss Clifford Brown & max roach live at basin street an in concert in Carnegie hall

  9. Fridrik

    February 27, 2017 at 10:11 pm

    I have ten of these

  10. Fábio

    February 27, 2017 at 10:12 pm


  11. Bruce Snyder

    February 27, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    Who came up with Miles and Quincy at Montreaux and missed umpteen, far superior live Miles albums? No Friday and Saturday at the Blackhawk, Live at Carnegie Hall, Jazz at the Plaza, all the Plugged Nickle recordings, the Fillmore sets, multi generational Newport recordings?!

  12. John Veylupek

    February 27, 2017 at 10:50 pm

    You should at least spell Kenny Dorham’s name correctly.

  13. Ian

    February 27, 2017 at 10:59 pm

    Has to be the 1964 Miles Davis concert that gave us My Funny Valentine, Stella By Starlight etc. It’s the reason I play jazz trumpet.

  14. Terry

    February 27, 2017 at 11:35 pm

    I like these type of musical lists. They are all subjective of course, but that’s what makes them interesting. I made my own list of the “standards” and put them on my own made up web site, which is for information only, nothing commercial. Log on to “terrylovesmusic.weebly.com”.

  15. Ed Potts

    February 28, 2017 at 12:23 am

    One of my favs is, Chet Baker Live From Tokyo! Also,Sinatra at the Sands With Count Basie! Pure joy!

  16. Dom Echevarria

    February 28, 2017 at 12:50 am

    My Funny Valentine.Miles Davis At Lincoln Center 1964..Dizzy At The French Riviera..Cal Tjader Monterrey Concerts..+ Many Others..The Above List is Just a Popularity Contest..You Got To Be Kidding Me.

  17. Boyd Knosp

    February 28, 2017 at 1:53 am

    An Electrifying Evening with Dizzy Gillespie – has arguably one of the greatest piano solos with a combo ever.
    Al Jareau, Look to the Rainbow (live in Europe)
    Rahsaan Roland Kirk (Bright Moments)
    Montreux ’77 (Ella Fitzgerald album)
    Getz Au Go Go (Stan Getz)
    Pat Martino/Live!
    Keith Jarrett – I always liked Bremen/Lausanne better than Koln, also thought Nude Ants was a great live album.

    • Brian Bacchus

      August 25, 2017 at 12:50 pm

      Rahsaan’s Bright Moments one of the great live albums of all time!

  18. Dori

    February 28, 2017 at 2:44 am

    Where is The Jazz Crusaders – “Live at the Lighthouse ’66” ???????

  19. Sal Altobello

    February 28, 2017 at 2:47 am

    Gimme a break! The best live LP ain’t on this damn list as so many better albums PERIOD! Cannonball Adderley ‘s Nippon Soul (live in Tokyo) 1963 riverside or Cannonball Adderley Quintet in San Francisco (live @ The Jazz Workshop) 1959 riverside…… an’ so on take yer pick ?!

  20. J.D. Momx

    February 28, 2017 at 6:12 am

    Mingus – Antibes ‘ 60?
    Wes Montgomery – Live at Tsubo
    Tony Bennet – Live at Sahara (Las Vegas)
    Miles Davis – At Newport
    Don Ellis – Live in Monterrey
    Dizzy Gillespie & Charlie Christian – Line (1947)

  21. Eulipian

    February 28, 2017 at 8:44 am

    Mingus-Live at Carnegie Hall
    Rahsaan Roland Kirk-Bright Moments
    Pat Martino-Live at Yoshi’s

  22. Eulipian

    February 28, 2017 at 8:44 am

    Mingus-Live at Carnegie Hall
    Rahsaan Roland Kirk-Bright Moments
    Pat Martino-Live at Yoshi’s

  23. Bert Brandsma

    February 28, 2017 at 11:50 am

    How sensational Ellington at Newport might have been, Live At Fargo should be regarded higher. The band was at the peak of its power. Hodges, Webster, Carney, Bigard, Hardwick in the reeds. The only period the band played in tune. And with the legendary Jimmie Blanton on bass.

    • Michael Squires

      February 20, 2018 at 7:43 am

      I’d have to agree that I’d prefer to have the Fargo record(s) but I’d also have to think twice about not choosing the 1943 live recording of “Black, Brown, and Beige”. The ’56 record is available in relatively modern stereo while the other two are not as well recorded. There is also a live 1940 recording before Cootie left at a college – Colgate(?) – that I heard years ago on the Conover’s show/Voice of America that has a Ben Webster take on “Body and Soul”.

  24. Jim Leitch

    February 28, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    Some fine sides, many of which I will now have to listen to (again, in some case). But what about Friday Night in San Francisco by Al di Meola, Paco de Lucia and John McLaughlin?

  25. Alex Krislov

    February 28, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    No CTI “California Concert?” Seems like a major omission.

  26. Brian Bacchus

    March 1, 2017 at 11:51 am

    What no Cannonball or Rahsaan Roland Kirk Bright Moments?!?!

  27. Doug

    March 2, 2017 at 12:55 am

    What? No “Dave Brubeck Quartet at Carnegie Hall’?

  28. Ray Schroff

    March 6, 2017 at 1:04 am

    John Handy Quintet Live at Monterey 1965 and Miles’ Plugged Nickel dates from Dec. 1965 should be at the top of the list. The playing on both is exceptional and the ambiance of the settings enhances the music.

  29. jeff sarrow

    March 12, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    Omission of Ellington at Newport 1956 invalidates the list. ( Tony Hollis…it was Paul Gonsalves) Miles best live albums are My Funny Valentine/ Four and More (Lincoln Center 1964) and the underrated Friday and Saturday Night Live. Also, Brubeck at Carnegie Hall

  30. Stanton

    May 8, 2017 at 1:48 am

    Cannonball Adderley in San Francisco recorded at the Jazz Workshop in 1959.

  31. Edward Wunsch

    May 22, 2017 at 2:25 am

    Bechet at Brussels World Fair 1959

  32. Kenyada

    June 29, 2017 at 11:53 am

    Herbie Mann Live at The Village Gate

  33. Brian

    June 29, 2017 at 11:56 am

    Its mainly all American artists and bands here. Or American bands and artists performing in other countries.. What about British jazz bands that at times were better than American ones. Ted Heath, Jack Parnell, Ronnie Scott, just to name three. It is always about the U.S who did have great bands and artists, but were not the be all and end all of jazz. But then even today the U.S deos not know too much about what happens outside their own country in anyway, so nothing has changed really.

  34. Andy

    June 29, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    …. and what about the Oscar Peterson Big 6 Live at Montreux

  35. Andy

    June 29, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    We’re All Together Again (For the First Time) by Dave Brubeck. None Better.


  36. Steve Bregor-Rudnick

    June 29, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    I strongly agree about missing Rahsaan, Brown and Roach, John Handy, Al Jarreau, Lee Morgan, and Miles (esp. Carnegie Hall and Plugged Nickel), and
    I would add:
    Jazz Crusaders – The Festivals Album
    Carmen McCrae – Great American Music Hall
    Errol Garner – Concerts By the Sea
    Nina Simone – Town Hall
    Ella Fitzgerald – Carnegie Hall
    Sarah Vaughn – Japan

  37. Jonathan Kuny

    June 29, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    What! No Miles Davis “My funny valentine”. Philharmonic Hall of Lincoln Center on February 12, 1964. Greatest live performance I have ever heard.

  38. ed

    June 29, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    Larry Coryell, European Impressions, 1978 (one side live)

  39. Bruce Snyder

    June 29, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    Diana Krakl, Bill Laurence, Snarky Puppy, but not one of the umpteen, absolutely great Art Pepper live recordings??!!

    • Allen mitchell

      February 17, 2018 at 11:27 pm

      I agree any of those great live Art Pepper recordings with George Cables where he played his heart out should be on the list.

  40. Walter Whitlock

    June 29, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    A little Chick?

  41. Dori

    June 30, 2017 at 2:15 am

    The Jazz Crusaders -Live at the Lighthouse ’66

  42. KPC

    June 30, 2017 at 5:52 am

    Can’t believe no one mentioned the Les McCann / Eddie Harris classic “Swiss Movement”

  43. Kyle Koerner

    July 1, 2017 at 3:54 am

    MF Horn 4&5
    Buddy Rich at Ronnie Scott’s
    Chuck Mangione at Hollywood Bowl

    • Hiram

      August 26, 2017 at 12:04 am

      MF Horn 4 and 5

  44. John C. Mikkesenl

    July 1, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    Miles Davis -Kind of Blue
    Gerry Mulligan – My Funny Valentine
    Keith Jarrett – The Köln Concert
    Jan Johansson – Jazz på Svenska (Jazz in Swedish)

  45. Alan

    August 25, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    Peggy Lee at Basin Street East! Why such a lack of female jazzers on here.

  46. John Stevenson

    August 25, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    Three of my favorite LIVE ALBUMS are Live at the Pershing and Live at the Penhouse by Ahmad Jamal. Concert by the Sea-Errol Garner.

  47. David

    August 25, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    Forest Flower and Love-In–Charles Lloyd Quartet.

  48. Hiram

    August 26, 2017 at 12:04 am

    MF Horn 4 and 5

  49. Joseph Jones

    August 28, 2017 at 4:04 pm

    Art Pepper live at the Village Vanguard 1977 should be on this list

  50. Joseph Jones

    August 28, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    Dexter Gordon live at the Village Vanguard with Woody Shaw 1976

  51. Anjali

    December 27, 2017 at 10:27 am

    Well composed articles like yours renews my faith in today’s writers. You’ve written information I can ultimately agree with as well as make use of.

  52. Arild Rio-Erichsen

    February 18, 2018 at 4:14 pm

    Sonny Rollins With NHØP and Dawson !!

  53. Blaise Pascal

    February 18, 2018 at 4:30 pm

    Looks like live jazz died a long time ago

  54. Lawrence Collins

    February 18, 2018 at 4:49 pm

    Suggest Louis at Town Hall is superior to Symphony Hall/Mingus at Monterey better than Antibes/Getz and JJ at Opera House better than Shrine

  55. Steve Miller

    February 18, 2018 at 5:34 pm

    …Jim Hall’s Concierto with Desmond, Hanna, Carter, Baker, Gadd, ….HUH !!

    • paul Luciano

      February 25, 2018 at 10:38 pm

      great album. Not live, but so what.

  56. Clemens Zahn

    February 18, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    Hard to believe that Sarah”Live at Mr. Kelly’s” did not made it on the list, but Diana Krall…and don’t forget “The Audience with Betty Carter”

  57. rl1856

    February 18, 2018 at 5:47 pm

    Art Blakey and Jazz Messengers- Ugetsu
    Dizzy Gillespie- An Electrifying Evening
    Miles Dave- My Funny Valentine and Four and More
    Miles Davis- At the Blackhawk

  58. Mike Vawdrey

    February 18, 2018 at 6:10 pm

    For Mingus has to be Mingus At Monterey for the stunning Meditations – currently part of the Mosaic box

  59. Richard Cutler

    February 18, 2018 at 6:33 pm

    No “Darkness on the Delta” from “Monk: Quartet and Big Band in Concert”? No “I Remember Clifford” from the MJQ European Concert, No “Kush” from “An Electrifying Evening with Dizzy Gillespie”? And I agree, “Mingus at Monterrey,” with its classic versions of “Orange Was the Color of Her Dress” and “Meditations” is Mingus live masterpiece.

  60. Mark Gabrish Conlan

    February 18, 2018 at 7:25 pm

    “Dinah Jams” with Dinah Washington and Clifford Brown was a great album, but it wasn’t live! Neither was “Max Roach and Clifford Brown at Basin Street,” mentioned in a previous comment. My adds:
    Ellington at Carnegie Hall, January 1943 — indispensable for the first and only complete recording by Duke of his symphonic masterpiece “Black, Brown and Beige.” Also, though Jimmie Blanton and Ivie Anderson were gone, most of the members of his greatest band were still there.
    Diz and Bird: Never liked the 1953 Massey Hall album much, but their 1947 Carnegie Hall performance and 1951’s “A Night at Birdland” are indispensable.
    Brubeck: The 1970 Berlin Philharmonie record with Mulligan is his greatest live album. Also the early “College at the Pacific, volume 2” on Fantasy.
    The Jerry Newman recordings from 1941 at Minton’s and Monroe’s, with Charlie Christian blazing away at his absolute peak.
    The 1938 and 1939 “Spirituals to Swing” concerts.
    Carmen McRae’s “Live at Sugar Hill,” “Woman Talk” and “The Great American Songbook.”
    Billie Holiday’s live concert from 1946 and the 1951 Storyville recordings (especially the three songs with Stan Getz sitting in).
    Mary Lou Wiliams’ solo set from Montreux in 1978 (her last recording).
    John Coltrane at Newport, 1963 (containing his best version of “My Favorite Things”).
    Count Basie at Newport, 1957 (reunion with some of his old band members, including a surprisingly Coltrane-ish Lester Young).

  61. Jon King

    February 18, 2018 at 7:32 pm

    Two candidates as well: “Doin’ The Thing,” Horace Silver Quintet. “Nina at Newport, Nina Simone.

  62. Nelson Combs

    February 18, 2018 at 10:08 pm

    Peggy Lee and George Shearing at a DJ convention in Miami.

  63. Nick

    February 18, 2018 at 11:08 pm

    I’d always heard that the Dolphy album wasn’t really live; it was just a few drunk people brought in to be background voices on the recording. Is that not the case?

  64. Nick

    February 18, 2018 at 11:09 pm

    Also, I very much agree on Ugetsu, mentioned above.

  65. Elliot

    February 19, 2018 at 10:55 pm

    Dizzy Gillespie at Newport 57-Fantastic Dizzy loose and swingin -Charli Persip tears it up!!
    Horace Silver Doin the thing at the Village Gate
    Count Basie Complete live at the Crescendo 1958
    Cannonball Adderley in San Francisco Live at the Jazz Workshop 1959
    Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers Olympia Hall Paris 1958 (Bobby Timmons solo on Moanin’ is as soulful as it gets!)
    Did I forget Bill Evans Sunday at the Village Vanguard!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    There is lot’s more>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

  66. ed

    February 20, 2018 at 5:43 pm

    Oliver Nelson, In Berlin, with Leon Thomas

  67. Elliot

    February 21, 2018 at 8:50 pm

    Thelonious Monk plus 2 at the Blackhawk with Harold Land -Joe Gordon-Billy Higgins
    What makes this live recording special is Monk and Billy Higgins have a very close
    communication that makes me wish there had been more recordings with them!

  68. Paul

    February 25, 2018 at 5:37 pm

    Does a live big band release count? Road Show w/ Stan Kenton/ Four Freshmen/ June Christy.

  69. Tom Warren

    February 25, 2018 at 6:28 pm

    I’ve always considered Basie’s “Breakfast Dance and BBQ” as bring one of the best live Jazz albums.The Cpunt doesn’t seem to get much respect on this list …

  70. William

    February 25, 2018 at 8:28 pm

    Joe Henderson quient live at the Lighthouse , Joe Henderson live in Japan

  71. Pettersson Brass

    February 28, 2018 at 5:05 pm

    Missing Cannonball Adderley Quintet in San Francisco.

  72. Jonathan

    February 28, 2018 at 8:16 pm

    Diz and Bird at Town Hall;
    Barry Harris at the Jazz Workshop

  73. John O'Connor

    March 1, 2018 at 11:55 am

    You forgot “European Concert” by the Modern Jazz Quartet

  74. Klondike Thomas

    April 1, 2018 at 1:57 pm

    Stan Getz’s European Trifecta with Kenny Barron right before Stan passed away:

    People Time

  75. Gideon M Belete

    April 1, 2018 at 8:00 pm

    so we are missing Duke Ellington “Hot Summer Dance” recorded in an airport hanger with the mic. on the floor. I love this album version of A train,Tenderly,much much more

  76. Wout Thielemans

    April 2, 2018 at 9:34 am

    Hardest swinging big band live record EVER: Lionel Hampton’s Newport Uproar. The final Flying Home, with Illinois Jacquet stepping in at JUST the right moment, will blast you through the ceiling.

  77. Stratopastor

    April 2, 2018 at 2:17 pm

    No ‘Jazz on a Summer’s Day’?

  78. Axel

    April 4, 2018 at 6:44 pm

    “Anniversary” and “Serenity” @ Café Club Montmartre, Copenhagen, Denmark, July 6, 1987
    Stan Getz Quartet

    Stan Getz : Tenor Sax
    Kenny Barron : Piano
    Rufus Reid : Bass
    Victor Lewis : Drums

    God must have this records on his playlist !

  79. Mike H

    April 4, 2018 at 10:29 pm

    Ella and Duke at the Cote D’Azur

  80. theslider

    April 5, 2018 at 7:08 pm

    I miss:
    – The Kai Winding Septet at Cleveland (1957)
    – The Colorado Jazz Party (feat. Joe Newman, Carl Fontana, Teddy Wilson etc. etc.)
    – Harry Edison: Sweets at the Haig (1953)
    – Zoot Sims: Baden-Baden – June 23, 1958
    – Oscar Pettiford: Germany 1958/1959
    – Quincy Jones: L’Alhambra -Paris (1958)
    – The European All-Stars 1961(in Berlin, feat. Albert Mangelsdorff, Hans Koller, Tete Montoliu etc.)
    – Charlie Barnet: Live at Basin Street East (1966)
    – Highlights in Jazz (feat. Doc Cheatham, George Kelly ety) (1985)
    – The Clarke-Boland Big Band: Live at Ronnie Scott’s (1969)
    – The Hanna-Fontana Band: Live at Concord (1975)
    – The Real Earl Hines (1966)
    – The Red Norvo Combo: The Second Time around (1975)
    – Charlie Ventura: Bop for the people (1949)
    – Alex Welsh: In Concert (1977)
    These are some of my favorites. 🙂

  81. Charles Thompson

    June 23, 2018 at 4:44 am

    I like the list although many of my favs are missing. I believe one of the biggest errors was not including Herbie Hancock’s VSOP album.

  82. Joyce Taylor

    June 23, 2018 at 10:29 am

    Good list! May I suggest Sarah Vaughan swings the Tivoli, includes a rare chance to hear the voice of pianist Kirk Stuart.
    Freddy Cole Live at birdland west.
    Fred Hersch and Nancy King ,Live at Jazz standard
    At Town Hall Junior Mance with Huston Person! (in fact , anything with Huston Person)

  83. Jim Branson

    July 21, 2018 at 12:41 am

    Was in the audience for “Ella Live in Berlin” but have always considered Cannonball Adderley’s Country Preacher as my next favorite.

  84. Gary

    March 3, 2019 at 12:33 am

    Take Five, Dave Brubeck missing? Had to read your list three times.

  85. Billy Smith

    April 30, 2019 at 2:02 am

    I know a lot of those albums on that list, and many of them are no where as good as Dave Brubeck’s “Together Again for the First Time”

  86. Gideon M Belete

    April 30, 2019 at 8:12 am

    Duke Ellington – Hot Summer Dance

    The mic’s were on the floor and the sound is robust. Take the A train improvisation shows Duke’s mood. Jimmy Hamilton was floating… I challenge you to listen to it,

  87. Jim

    July 2, 2019 at 1:21 am

    Don Ellis live at Fillmore
    Maynard Ferguson live at Jimmy’s

  88. Alan

    July 9, 2019 at 2:37 pm

    Dinah Jams does it for me.

  89. Matt

    July 9, 2019 at 6:41 pm

    Brubeck’s Live at Carnegie Hall

  90. Alan Jackson

    February 27, 2020 at 6:17 am

    Such a great list and knowledgeable comments by so many fans of the music. A hundred lists could be generated and they would all be valid. Personally would want Lee Morgan on that list somewhere, probably working with Blakey. Perhaps room for Davis-Coltrane Paris concert 1960 where Wynton Kelly was at his absolute zenith of his career imho. Was at the Blackhawk in 1961 when Miles was a regular, Trane was gone but Hank Mobley held his own. Believe the drummer was Cobb rather than Phillies Joe.

    Enjoyed reading everyone’s critiques, thank you. May you all enjoy the music as much as I have. Take Care

  91. Derek Cunningham

    April 6, 2020 at 10:18 am

    Mingus Live at Carnegie Hall – is explosive with Rahsaan Roland Kirk coming on like a train and blowing everyone else away – extraordinary

  92. David Collins

    June 19, 2020 at 10:02 pm

    Glad to see People Time in the comments at least — the multi-disc complete version is an incredible document. Another one of my favourites is Joe Henderson’s The State of the Tenor, Vols. 1 & 2.

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