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KUER's Suggested Jazz Music List by Steve Williams

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KUER has been bringing award-winning jazz music to Utah since the 1970s. Each weeknight from 8 to midnight, host Steve Williamsplays classic jazz from Duke Ellington to Miles Davis and beyond as well as interviews with up-and-coming jazz artists. Hosts Mike Anderson and Chuck Waagen keep the mix of jazz coming your way on the weekends.

Building a Jazz Library

Below you will find Steve Williams' lists of jazz music and recommended jazz record companies. Printable Version It's intended to be a listing of artists and recordings deemed essential to a basic jazz library. Some of the recordings are simply a best of recording, so as to introduce a collector to an overall composite of the artist's work, not necessarily the most historic recording. Order doesn't determine importance of one recording over the other.

Miles Davis Kind of Blue Columbia
Dave Brubeck Time Out Columbia
Count Basie April in Paris Verve
Bill Evans Portrait of Jazz Fantasy
Stan Getz/Joao Getz and Giberto Verve
Duke Ellington Blues in Orbit Columbia
Oscar Peterson The Lost Tapes Verve
Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Blues Pablo
Sarah Vaughn The Best of Pablo
Nat King Cole After Midnight Capitol
Stan Kenton Retrosepctive-4 Capitol
Erroll Garner Magician & Gersh. TelArcive
Hi-Lo's Columbia Years Koch
Mose Allison Allison Wonder Atlantic
Louis Armstrong Decca Highlight Decca
Ben Webster Jaz Round Midnight Verve
John Coltrane Gentle Side of... Impulse
Clifford Brown/Max And Max Roach EmArcy
Billie Holiday Billie Songbook Verve
Benny Goodman Slipped Disc 1945 Columbia
George Shearing Best of 1960-69 CapitolCD
Modern Jazz Quartet Dedicated to Connie Atlantic
Gerry Mulligan Concert Jazz Band Verve
Gill Evans/Miles Davis Porgy & Bess Columbia
Lester Young Blue Lester Savoy
Johnny Hartman With Coltrane MCA/Impulse
Nancy Wilson Swingin's Mutual Capitol
Herbie Mann Evolution of Mann Atlantic
Woody Herman Thundering Herds Columbia
Shirley Horn Here's to Life Verve
Lionel Hampton Reunion Newport RCA/BlueBird
Art Blkey Best of Messengers BlueNote
Art Tatum Best of Tatum Pablo
Coleman Hawkins In a Mello Tone Prestige
Ella & Duke Ellington Ella & Duke Verve
Maynard Ferguson Chris Connor 2s Capitol
Keith Jarrett Trio Standards Live ECM
Red Garland Trio Groovy Prestige
Art Pepper No Limit Contemporary
Milt Jackson Reverence & Compass Qwest
Charlie Parker Bird-Origin Recs Verve
Chet Baker Chet Riverside
Dizzy & Bird Jazz at Massey Hall Fantasy
Thelonious Monk Best of BlueNote
Bud Powell Best of BlueNote
Horace Silver Song for Father BlueNote
Wes Montgomery Plays the Blues Verve
Joe Pass Appassionato Pablo
Basie & Williams Swings/Sings Verve
Sonny Rollins Best of BlueNote Capitol
Ella Fitzgerald/Louis Armstrong Verve

Recommended Jazz Record Companies

The best Jazz CDs come from the best jazz labels. Here is a list compiled by Steve Williams.


BlueBird Records


BMG Records

Capital Records




ECM Records





RCA Records


Rhino Records

Riverside (now distributed by Fantasy)


Stinky Boy Records



Town Crier


Warner Brothers