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Listen Ella Fitzgerald: 'Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie'

August 1, 2001 – With her distinctive voice, Fitzgerald could carry ballads, swinging solos and scat-style music.

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Listen Ella Fitzgerald: 'Wishes You a Swinging Christmas'

August 1, 2001 – "The First Lady of Song" recorded some of her best performances on this album of holiday classics.

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Listen Red Garland: 'A Garland of Red'

August 1, 2001 – While working in Miles Davis' first classic quintet, Garland made exemplary recordings in a trio.

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Listen Stan Getz: 'Getz/Gilberto'

August 1, 2001 – Bossa nova swept the United States in the 1960s, and Getz was at the forefront of the movement.

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Listen Stan Getz: 'People Time'

August 1, 2001 – Before his death, the tenor saxophonist recorded a series of duets with pianist Kenny Barron.

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Listen Dizzy Gillespie: 'The Complete RCA Victor Recordings'

August 1, 2001 – The album highlights Dizzy's playfulness and includes great compositions like "A Night in Tunisia."

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Listen Dizzy Gillespie: 'Roy and Diz'

August 1, 2001 – Two rivals, Dizzy Gillespie and Roy Eldridge, came together to record an album of dueling trumpets.

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Listen Benny Goodman: 'Ken Burns' Jazz Series: Benny Goodman'

August 1, 2001 – The legendary clarinetist Benny Goodman has over eighty albums to his name.

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Listen Dexter Gordon: 'Settin' the Pace'

August 1, 2001 – Gordon was a pro by teenage years, having played with Lionel Hampton's band and Nat "King" Cole.

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Listen Jim Hall and Bill Evans: 'Undercurrent'

August 1, 2001 – Guitarist Hall's career spanned five decades. In 1963, he joined Bill Evans to record a duo session.

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Listen Lionel Hampton: 'Essential Masters of Jazz: Lionel Hampton'

August 1, 2001 – The first person to record a solo on the vibraphone, Lionel Hampton was a master balladeer.

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Listen Herbie Hancock: 'Maiden Voyage'

August 1, 2001 – In 1965, Herbie Hancock recorded an album intended to capture the spirit and mood of the ocean.

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Listen Coleman Hawkins: 'A Retrospective 1929-1963'

August 1, 2001 – According to jazz critic Murray Horwitz, Coleman Hawkins "virtually invented the tenor saxophone."

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Listen Fletcher Henderson: 'Ken Burns Jazz: Fletcher Henderson'

August 1, 2001 – Henderson and saxophonist Redman invented a mechanism for ensemble playing, fueling the swing craze.

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Listen Woody Herman: 'The Thundering Herds 1945-1947'

August 1, 2001 – This box set contains many Herman's popular tunes, including his first hit, "Woodchopper's Ball."

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