A remarkable array of significant artists has played with the Harvard Jazz Band: Benny Carter, Roy Haynes, Joe Lovano, Dena DeRose, Fred Ho, Cassandra Wilson, Jeff "Tain" Watts, Angélique Kidjo and many more. Over the years, the Jazz Band has focused on history, styles, and the literature of Duke Ellington and Charles Mingus and complete retrospective concerts of the music of such artists as Charlie Parker, Gerry
The Office for the Arts maintains a recording archive (search for "Jazz Office for the Arts") of visiting artists in jazz, which is available to students and scholars through the Morse Music and Media Collection, Lamont Library. "The Tom Everett Collection of Jazz Manuscripts," at the Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library, houses works commissioned by the Harvard Jazz Bands. It is named for the long-time Harvard Bands Director and founder of Jazz at Harvard.