“Take Five” from the Album TIME OUT by the Dave Brubeck Quartet

This is the best known piece from jazz pianist and composer’s platinum album TIME OUT with saxophonist Paul Desmond (who wrote “take five”), bassist Eugene Wright, and drummer Joe Morello.


Charles Mingus–“Fables of Faubus” from the album MINGUS AH UM

This song was written in direct response to the 1957 incident in Little Rock in which the Governor of Arkansas, Orval Faubus, called in the National Guard in an attempt to prevent African American teenagers from attending a (previously) all white high school. This first recording was instrumental because Columbia Records insisted that the vocal track be left off. It was later re-released as the “Original Fables of Faubus” under another label.

The World of Jazz Trumpet by Scotty Barnhart

Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker– “A Night in Tunisia” Live at Carnegie Hall

Jazz Musicians Dizzy Gillespie (trumpeter and band leader) and Charlie Parker (saxophonist) made their Carnegie Hall debut together in 1947. This song is an excerpt from that concert, in which Ella Fitzgerald also performed.

“History of the Hall 1947” and “Live from Carnegie Hall: Diz ‘N Bird—Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker” blog post

Charlie Parker–Bird/The Savoy Recordings

The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz describes saxophonist Charlie Parker as “one of the most influential improvising soloists in jazz.” This album, titled after Parker’s nickname “bird” or “yardbird,” is the product of several recording sessions throughout the 1940s and includes performances by Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie.

Biography of Charlie Parker, PBS.com
Scott Yanow’s review of Bird/The Savoy Recordings, Allmusic.com