June 23, 2017
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Artist History

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1968 Artists

  • The Original Tuxedo Jazz Band
  • Cannonball Adderley
  • Count Basie
  • Gary Burton
  • Dizzy Gillespie
  • Dizzy Gillespie Quintet
  • Earl "Fatha" Hines
  • Skip James
  • Ramsey Lewis
  • Herbie Mann Quintet
  • Thelonius Monk Quartet
  • Wes Montgomery
  • Archie Shepp Quintet
  • Nina Simone Trio
  • Willie Smith
  • Jimmie Smith
  • Dionne Warwick
  • Muddy Waters and his Blues Band

1969 Artists

  • United House of Prayer Choir
  • Young-Holt Unlimited
  • Booker T & the MGs
  • George Benson Quartet
  • Dave Brubeck Trio with Gerry Mulligan
  • Ray Charles
  • Miles Davis
  • Gary Davis
  • Duke Ellington Orchestra
  • Herbie Hancock
  • Roland Kirk Sextet
  • Nina Simone and Quartet
  • Sly and the Family Stone
  • Marian Williams
  • Sun Ra and Solar Arkestra
  • Cannonball Adderley

1970 Artists

  • Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt
  • Kenny Burrell
  • Miles Davis
  • Roberta Flack
  • Eddie Harris
  • Herbie Mann
  • Les McCann
  • Mongo Santamaria
  • Jimmy Smith
  • Sarah Vaughan

1971 Artists

  • Cannonball Adderley
  • Dave Brubeck
  • Billy Eckstine
  • Roberta Flack
  • Errol Garner
  • B. B. King
  • Rahsaan Roland Kirk
  • Hubert Laws
  • Herbie Mann
  • Jerry Mulligan
  • Buddy Rich
  • Leon Thomas
  • Dizzy Gillespie

1972 Artists

  • Art Blakey
  • Dave Brubeck Trio
  • Kenny Burrell
  • Ray Charles
  • Paul Desmond
  • Dizzy Gillespie
  • Roy Haynes
  • Illinois Jacquet
  • B. B. King
  • Herbie Mann
  • Al McKibbon
  • Thelonious Monk
  • Gerry Mulligan
  • Joe Newman
  • Nina Simone
  • Zoot Sims
  • Jimmy Smith
  • Sonny Stitt
  • Clark Terry
  • The Giants of Jazz
  • Kai Winding
  • Cannonball Adderley

1973 Artists

  • Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
  • Donny Hathaway
  • Freddie Hubbard
  • B. B. King
  • Rahsaan Roland Kirk
  • Charles Mingus
  • The Staple Singers
  • War
  • Jimmy Witherspoon
  • Stevie Wonder

1974 Artists

  • Donald Byrd
  • Aretha Franklin
  • Stan Getz
  • Elvin Jones
  • B.B. King
  • Gladys Knight & the Pips
  • The Crusaders
  • The Spinners
  • Sarah Vaughan

1975 Artists

  • Bobby Bland
  • Donald Byrd & the Blackbirds
  • Bobby Humphrey
  • B.B. King
  • Ramsey Lewis
  • Herbie Mann
  • Jack McDuff
  • New Birth
  • Staples Singers
  • The Isley Brothers
  • The Stylistics
  • Stanley Turrentine
  • McCoy Tyner

1976 Artists

  • Count Basie & Orchestra
  • Archie Bell & the Drells
  • Brecker Brothers
  • Sons of Champlin
  • George Duke
  • Marvin Gaye
  • Bill Cobham/George Duke Band
  • Dizzy Gillespie
  • Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes
  • Theodore Pendergrass
  • The Crusaders
  • Joe Williams
  • Nancy Wilson

1977 Artists

  • Roy Ayers
  • Gato Barberie
  • Natalie Cole
  • Thad Jones-Mel Lewis
  • Gladys Knight & the Pips
  • Chuck Mangione
  • Lou Rawls
  • Tavares
  • Stanley Turrentine
  • Jimmie Walker

1978 Artists

  • Ashford & Simpson
  • Brick
  • George Duke & the Duke Ellington Orchestra
  • Al Jarreau
  • B.B. King
  • Gladys Knight & the Pips
  • Yusef Lateef
  • LTD
  • Noel Pointer
  • Flora Purim with Airto
  • Grover Washington, Jr.
  • Locksmith

1979 Artists

  • 24th Street Band
  • Ashford & Simpson
  • George Benson
  • Peabo Bryson
  • Chic
  • A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald
  • Ella Fitzgerald
  • Dexter Gordon
  • Spyro Gyra
  • Etta James
  • Joe Jones
  • Ronnie Laws
  • Ramsey Lewis
  • The Crusaders
  • Grover Washington, Jr.

1980 Artists

  • Bobby “Blue” Bland
  • Angela Bofill
  • Chic
  • Lou Donaldson
  • Herbie Hancock
  • Phyllis Hyman
  • Kool and the Gang
  • Ronnie Laws
  • Peaches & Herb
  • Sam and Dave
  • The Brothers Johnson
  • Dionne Warwick

1981 Artists

  • Jerry Butler
  • Hank Crawford
  • Spyro Gyra
  • Herbie Hancock Quartet
  • B.B. King
  • Gerry Mulligan
  • Smokey Robinson
  • The Crusaders
  • The O’Jays
  • Mel Torme
  • McCoy Tyner
  • Nancy Wilson

1982 Artists

  • Count Basie
  • George Benson
  • Frankie Beverly & Maze
  • Angela Bofill
  • Heath Brothers
  • Ron Carter
  • Betty Carter
  • George Duke
  • Herbie Hancock
  • Dr. John with Hank Crawford
  • Joe Henderson
  • Millie Jackson
  • Hubert Laws
  • Herbie Mann
  • Wynton Marsalis
  • Bobby McFerrin
  • Carmen McRae
  • Dave “Fathead” Newman
  • Oscar Peterson
  • Pieces of a Dream
  • Jean-Luc Ponty
  • Patrice Rushen
  • Woody Shaw
  • Sarah Vaughan
  • Junior Walker & the All-Stars
  • Tony Williams

1983 Artists

  • James Brown
  • Ron Carter
  • Dazz Band
  • Roberta Flack
  • Herbie Hancock & VSOP II
  • Eddie Harris Quartet
  • Phyllis Hyman
  • Etta Jones
  • Kool & the Gang
  • Wynton Marsalis
  • Branford Marsalis
  • Houston Person
  • Lou Rawls
  • The O’Jays
  • Luther Vandross
  • Rudy West & The Keys
  • Tony Williams

1984 Artists

  • Bob James
  • Al Jarreau
  • B.B. King
  • Gladys Knight & the Pips
  • Patti LaBelle
  • Tania Marie
  • Les McCann
  • Pieces of a Dream
  • Pointer Sisters
  • David Sanborn
  • Shirley Scott
  • Jae Sinnett
  • Stanley Turrentine

1985 Artists

  • Roy Ayres
  • Andrae Crouch
  • Jeff Lorber
  • Fusion
  • Spyro Gyra
  • Patti LaBelle
  • Jimmy McGriff
  • Melba Moore
  • Jeffrey Osborne
  • Nina Simone
  • The Clark Sisters
  • The Commodores
  • The Manhattans
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan

1986 Artists

  • Anita Baker
  • Natalie Cole
  • The Four Tops
  • George Howard
  • B.B. King
  • Midnight Star
  • Stephanie Mills
  • O.T.B.
  • Rene and Angela
  • Starpoint
  • The Dells
  • The Temptations

1987 Artists

  • Larry Carlton
  • Ray Charles
  • Roberta Flack
  • Stan Getz
  • Phyllis Hyman
  • Freddie Jackson
  • Stanley Jordan
  • Gladys Knight & the Pips
  • Wynton Marsalis
  • Neville Brothers
  • The Crusaders
  • Grover Washington, Jr.

1988 Artists

  • Gerald Albright
  • George Benson
  • Miles Davis
  • Miki Howard
  • Al Jarreau
  • Kenny G
  • B. B. King
  • Dianne Reeves
  • Jae Sinnett
  • Super Jazz Band
  • Dionne Warwick

1989 Artists

  • Larry Carlton
  • Ray Charles
  • Hank Crawford
  • Lou Donaldson
  • Spyro Gyra
  • Jimmy McGriff
  • David (Fathead) Newman
  • Arthur Prysock
  • Dianne Reeves
  • David Sanborn
  • Diane Schuur & the Count Basie Orchestra
  • Take Six
  • The O’Jays
  • Sarah Vaughan
  • Grover Washington, Jr.
  • Be Be & Ce Ce Winans

1990 Artists

  • New York Voices
  • Patti Austin
  • Regina Belle
  • George Benson
  • Roberta Flack
  • Dizzy Gillespie UN Orchestra
  • GRP All-Stars
  • Hiroshima
  • Marlon Jordan
  • Patti LaBelle
  • Pieces of a Dream
  • Lee Ritenour
  • The Four Tops
  • McCoy Tyner

1991 Artists

  • Regina Belle
  • Frankie Beverly & Maze
  • Ruth Brown
  • George Duke
  • Al Green
  • Gladys Knight
  • Mighty Clouds of Joy
  • Najee
  • Neville Brothers
  • Jeffrey Osborne
  • Plunky & Oneness
  • Diane Reeves
  • David Sanborn
  • Dionne Warwick

1992 Artists

  • Gerald Albright
  • Count Basie Orchestra
  • Frankie Beverly with Maze
  • Ray Charles
  • Ella Fitzgerald
  • Aretha Franklin
  • Manhattan Transfer
  • O’Jays & Whispers
  • Grover Washington, Jr.

1993 Artists

  • Regina Belle
  • Peabo Bryson
  • Jazz Explosion Super Band
  • Kenny G
  • Patti LaBelle
  • Stephanie Mills
  • Smokey Robinson & The Yellowjackets

1994 Artists

  • Gerald Albright
  • Count Basie Orchestra
  • George Duke & The Jazz Explosion
  • Four Tops
  • Lalah Hathaway
  • B.B. King
  • Earl Klugh
  • Gladys Knight
  • Patti LaBelle
  • Ramsey Lewis
  • Little Richard
  • Connie Parker Trio

1995 Artists

  • Cleo Lane & John Dankworth
  • Gerald Albright
  • Patti Austin
  • Anita Baker
  • George Benson
  • Frankie Beverly & Maze
  • Ray Charles
  • Earth, Wind & Fire
  • Duke Ellington Orchestra
  • Al Jarreau
  • Jazz Explosion
  • Gladys Knight
  • Stanley Turrentine
  • Grover Washington, Jr.

1996 Artists

  • Jonathan Butler
  • Joe De Francesco
  • Rachelle Ferrell
  • Herbie Hancock
  • Isaac Hayes
  • Isley Brothers
  • Millie Jackson
  • Ahmad Jamal
  • Chaka Khan
  • Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes
  • Chick Corea’s Salute to Bud Powell
  • David Sanborn
  • Luther Vandross
  • Grover Washington, Jr.
  • Barry White

1997 Artists

  • Regina Belle
  • George Benson
  • Frankie Beverly & Maze
  • Peabo Bryson
  • Robert Cray and the Memphis Horns
  • Tower of Power
  • Will Downing
  • Kirk Franklin & the Family
  • Kenny G
  • B.B. King
  • Gladys Knight
  • Patti LaBelle
  • Pieces of a Dream
  • Dianne Reeves
  • Solo

1998 Artists

  • Mary J. Blige
  • Fourplay
  • Aretha Franklin
  • Boney James
  • Jazz Crusaders All-Stars
  • LSG
  • Brian McKnight
  • The Whispers
  • Grover Washington, Jr.

1999 Artists

  • Gerald Alston/w Manhattans
  • Average White Band
  • George Benson
  • George Duke/Sounds of Soul
  • Kevin Eubanks
  • Faith Evans
  • Rachelle Ferrell/Sounds of Soul
  • Boney James
  • Chaka Khan
  • Patti LaBelle
  • Kenny Lattimore/Sounds of Soul
  • Blue Lovett /w Manhattans
  • Ohio Players
  • Grover Washington, Jr.

2000 Artists

  • Roy Ayers
  • Erykah Badu
  • Regina Belle
  • Kirk Franklin & Nu Nation
  • Roy Hargrove Quintet
  • Gladys Knight
  • Ellis Marsalis Quartet
  • Jeffrey Osborne
  • Sinbad
  • The O’Jays
  • Stanley Turrentine
  • Kirk Whalum

2001 Artists

  • George Benson
  • Frankie Beverly w/ Maze
  • Norman Brown
  • Brian Culbertson
  • Miki Howard
  • Boney James
  • Dave Koz
  • Brian McKnight
  • Stephanie Mills
  • Najee
  • Connie Parker
  • Jill Scott
  • The Temptations
  • The Whispers

2002 Artists

  • The Stylistics
  • The Chi-Lites
  • Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes
  • Dave Koz
  • Norman Brown
  • Brian Culbertson
  • James Ingram
  • Patti LaBelle
  • Oleta Adams
  • Fourplay
  • Stephanie Mills
  • O’Jays
  • Maze featuring Frankie Beverly
  • Teena Marie
  • The Gap Band

2003 Artists

  • Anita Baker
  • Earth, Wind & Fire
  • India.Arie
  • Gladys Knight
  • Maze featuring Frankie Beverly
  • George Benson
  • Michael McDonald
  • The Isley Brothers featuring Ronald Isley
  • The Crusaders featuring special guest Randy Crawford
  • Rick Braun
  • Kirk Whalum
  • Norman Brown
  • David Sanborn
  • The Jeff Golub Band
  • The Dramatics
  • Ray, Goodman & Brown
  • The Manhattans
  • The Harold Blanchard Trio

2004 Artists

  • Gladys Knight
  • Patti LaBelle
  • Stephanie Mills
  • The Gap Band
  • Dave Koz and Friends featuring Rick Braun
  • Jonathan Butler and Wayman Tisdale
  • Gerald Levert
  • The East Coast All-Stars featuring Chuck Loeb
  • Alex Bugnon
  • Bill Evans
  • Will Lee and Omar Hakim
  • Dells
  • Chilites
  • The Intruders
  • Kool and the Gang
  • Kem
  • Floetry

2005 Artists

  • Hot Summer Nights featuring Al Jarreau
  • Boney James & Yolanda Adams
  • Al Green
  • Maze featuring Frankie Beverly
  • Ruben Studdard
  • Guitars & Saxes featuring Mindi Abair
  • Warren Hill
  • Jeff Golub & Wayman Tisdale
  • Angie Stone
  • Earl Klugh
  • Ashford & Simpson
  • Jazz Attack featuring Rick Braun
  • Jonathan Butler
  • Richard Elliot & Peter White
  • Chris Botti

2006 Artists

  • Maze featuring Frankie Beverly
  • B.B. King
  • Toni Braxton
  • The Original Superstars Of Jazz Fusion featuring Roy Ayers
  • Jean Carne
  • Wayne Henderson
  • Bobbi Humphrey
  • Ronnie Laws
  • Jon Lucien & Lonnie Liston Smith
  • Charlie Wilson
  • Will Downing
  • Kem
  • Boney James
  • Groovin’ For Grover featuring Kirk Whalum
  • Gerald Albright & Jeff Lorber
  • Kindred: The Family Soul

2007 Artists

  • Patti LaBelle
  • Jill Scott
  • Maze featuring Frankie Beverly
  • George Benson
  • David Sanborn
  • Tower of Power
  • Norman Brown’s Summer Storm featuring Peabo Bryson
  • Jeff Lorber & Marion Meadows
  • The Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band featuring Slide Hampton
  • Roberta Gambarini
  • James Moody
  • Jimmy Heath
  • Roy Hargrove
  • Claudio Roditi and Antonio Hart
  • Stephanie Mills
  • Ramsey Lewis Trio

2008 Artists

  • Gladys Knight
  • Jill Scott
  • Maze featuring Frankie Beverly
  • Boney James & Jonathan Butler
  • Raheem DeVaughn
  • Chrisette Michele
  • Kenny G
  • KEM
  • Joss Stone
  • Dave Koz & Friends featuring Peabo Bryson

2009 Artists

  • Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds
  • The O’Jays
  • Patti LaBelle
  • George Benson
  • Ledisi
  • Jazz Attack featuring Jonathan Butler
  • Richard Elliot and Rick Braun
  • Michael McDonald
  • Fantasia
  • Forte Jazz Band featuring Brian Pinner
  • Robin Thicke
  • Chuck Brown
  • Keiko Matsui

2010 Artists

  • Gladys Knight
  • Charlie Wilson
  • Maze featuring Frankie Beverly
  • Keith Sweat
  • Dave Koz & Jonathan Butler with special guest Sheila E.
  • Melanie Fiona
  • Teena Marie
  • Joe
  • Down to the Bone
  • En Vogue
  • SAX for STAX featuring Gerald Albright & Kirk Whalum
  • The Fuzz Band

2011 Artists

  • Anthony Hamilton
  • Charlie Wilson
  • Maze featuring Frankie Beverly
  • Chaka Khan
  • Boyz II Men
  • Boney James
  • KEM
  • Chrisette Michele
  • Soul of Summer featuring Jonathan Butler
  • Eric Darius & Maysa
  • Stephanie Mills
  • David Sanborn
  • George Duke & Marcus Miller
  • Laura Izibor

2012 Artists

  • Charlie Wilson
  • Natalie Cole
  • Norman Brown & Gerald Albright
  • Alex Boyd
  • Kenny G
  • Monica
  • Ledisi
  • Will Downing
  • Jill Scott
  • KEM
  • Dave Koz & BeBee Winans
  • RaJazz

2013 Artists

  • Gladys Knight
  • The O'Jay's
  • KEM
  • Leela James
  • Bobby Brown
  • Ralph Tresvant
  • Johnny Gill
  • Fantasia
  • George Benson
  • Forte Jazz Band feat. Brian Pinner
  • Jill Scott
  • TGT
  • Bob James & David Sanborn feat. Steve Gadd and James Genus
  • Karla Crump

2014 Artists

  • Charlie Wilson
  • Jaheim
  • Jonathan Butler, Norman Brown and Alex Bugnon
  • Jackie Scott & The Housewreckers w/ special guest William ‘Mobetta’ Ledbetter
  • The O’Jays
  • Chaka Khan
  • Morris Day & The Time
  • Spyro Gyra
  • Toni Braxton
  • Babyface
  • Dave Koz, Mindi Abair, Gerald Albright and Richard Elliott
  • The Now & Then Trio + One

2015 Artists

  • Jill Scott  
  • Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
  • Eric Benet
  • Avery*Sunshine
  • Jennifer Hudson
  • KEM
  • The Whispers
  • Myra Smith
  • Frankie Beverly & Maze
  • Fantasia
  • BWB feat. Norman Brown, Kirk Whalum and Rick Braun
  • The Unifics

2016 Artists

  • Gladys Knight
  • Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
  • Michael McDonald
  • Leela Jame
  • Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds
  • New Edition
  • Judith Hill
  • Forte Jazz Band featuring Brian Pinner
  • Charlie Wilson
  • Stephanie Mills
  • Boney James
  • Joselyn Best