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WordPress has come a long way since 2003. What started as a few lines of code and a mission to build a better web has become a prevalent web platform and thriving community.

Read about the project’s journey through its first ten years in Milestones: The Story of WordPress – with a follow-up covering the latest decade available in May 2023. Just in time for the project’s 20th anniversary.

Jazzers and release dates

WordPress core developers share a love of jazz music, and all our major releases are named in honour of jazz musicians we personally admire. Here’s a list of releases and the musicians they were named after:

VersionMusicianDate
6.6Tommy Dorsey16 July 2024
6.5Regina Carter2 April 2024
6.4Shirley Horn7 November 2023
6.3Lionel Hampton8 August 2023
6.2Eric Dolphy29 March 2023
6.1Mikhail Alperin1 November 2022
6.0Arturo O’Farrill24 May 2022
5.9Joséphine Baker25 January 2022
5.8Art Tatum20 July 2021
5.7Esperanza Spalding9 March 2021
5.6Nina Simone8 December 2020
5.5Billy Eckstine11 August 2020
5.4Nat Adderley31 March 2020
5.3Rahsaan Roland Kirk12 November 2019
5.2Jaco Pastorius7 May 2019
5.1Betty Carter21 February 2019
5.0Bebo Valdés6 December 2018
4.9Billy Tipton15 November 2017
4.8Bill Evans8 June 2017
4.7Sarah Vaughan6 December 2016
4.6Pepper Adams16 August 2016
4.5Coleman Hawkins12 April 2016
4.4Clifford Brown8 December 2015
4.3Billie Holiday18 August 2015
4.2Bud Powell23 April 2015
4.1Dinah Washington18 December 2014
4.0Benny Goodman4 September 2014
3.9Jimmy Smith16 April 2014
3.8Charlie Parker12 December 2013
3.7Count Basie24 October 2013
3.6Oscar Peterson1 August 2013
3.5Elvin Jones11 December 2012
3.4Grant Green13 June 2012
3.3Sonny Stitt12 December 2011
3.2George Gershwin4 July 2011
3.1Django Reinhardt23 February 2011
3.0Thelonious Monk17 June 2010
2.9Carmen McRae18 December 2009
2.8Chet Baker11 June 2009
2.7John Coltrane10 December 2008
2.6McCoy Tyner15 July 2008
2.5Michael Brecker29 March 2008
2.3Dexter Gordon24 September 2007
2.2Stan Getz16 May 2007
2.1Ella Fitzgerald22 January 2007
2.0Duke Ellington31 December 2005
1.5Billy Strayhorn17 February 2005
1.2Charles Mingus22 May 2004
1.0Miles Davis3 January 2004
.70No musician chosen.27 May 2003