Today in Jazz History

Sub-Topics: Jazz Musicians

Events in Music

Events 1 - 16 of 16

1916-10-27 - 1st published reference to "jazz" appears (Variety)
1917-02-26 - 1st jazz records recorded - "Dixie Jazz Band One Step," and "Livery Stable Blues" by Original Dixieland Jass Band for the Victor Talking Machine Company
1917-03-07 - 1st jazz record record released on a 78 by Original Dixieland Jass Band for the Victor Talking Machine Company ("Dixie Jazz Band One Step," one side "Livery Stable Blues" other)
1917-05-30 - Jazz standard "Dark Town Strutters Ball" by Original Dixieland Jass Band first recorded
1927-10-06 - "Jazz Singer," 1st movie with a sound track, premieres (NYC)
1931-03-03 - Cab Calloway records "Minnie Moocher" (Jazz's 1st million seller)
1938-01-16 - 1st jazz concert was held at Carnegie Hall (Benny Goodman)
1938-09-20 - Dmitri Shostakovitch's Suite for jazz orchestra, premieres
1941-05-13 - Willy Lewis' US jazz band performs in Switzerland
1944-01-18 - The Metropolitan Opera House in New York City hosts a jazz concert for the first time. The performers were Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Artie Shaw, Roy Eldridge and Jack Teagarden.
1950-03-27 - Jazz pianist, Erroll Garner's solo concert (Cleve OH)
Jazz Pianist Erroll GarnerJazz Pianist Erroll Garner
1957-01-28 - "Tonight! America After Dark" premieres, with Jack Lescoulie & Al (Jazzbo) Collins on NBC (between Steve Allen & Jack Paar)
1957-11-22 - Miles Davis Quintet debuts a jazz concert at Carnegie Hall in NY
1969-07-03 - 78,000 attend Newport Jazz Festival, Newport, RI
1975-03-19 - "Dr Jazz" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 5 performances
1975-03-22 - "Dr Jazz" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 5 performances

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 280

1868-12-25 - Eugenie Besserer, Watertown NY, actress (Jazz Singer)
1873-11-16 - William Christopher Handy, Alabama, jazz star (St Louis Blues) (d. 1958)
1880-10-03 - Warner Oland, Umea Sweden, actor (Jazz Singer, Charlie Chan)
1884-03-17 - Alcide Nunez, American jazz clarinetist (d. 1934)
1884-08-03 - Louis Gruenberg, near Brest Litovsk Poland, composer (Daniel Jazz)
1886-04-17 - Otto Lederer, Czechoslovakia, actor (Jazz Singer)
1886-05-26 - Al Jolson, [Asa Yoelson], jazz singer/silent actor (Mamie, Swanee)
1887-01-29 - Albert Conti, Trieste Austria, actor (Jazz Heaven, Doomed Battalion)
1887-09-19 - Lovie Austin, American jazz pianist (d. 1972)
1889-04-11 - Nick LaRocca, US jazz coronetist/composer (Tiger Rag) (d. 1961)
1890-10-20 - Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton, New Orleans, jazz pianist/composer
1891-05-22 - Eddie Edwards, American jazz trombonist (d. 1963)
1892-04-12 - Johnny Dodds, early jazz clarinettist
1894-01-16 - Irving Mills, American jazz music publisher (d. 1985)
1895-12-19 - Maurice Roelants, Belgian author (Jazz Player)
1897-05-14 - Sidney Bechet, US, jazz clarinetist/saxophonist/band leader
1898-01-07 - Al Bowlly, British jazz singer (d. 1941)
1898-05-14 - Zutty Singleton, US jazz drummer
1898-12-24 - Baby Dodds, American jazz drummer (d. 1959)
1899-01-28 - Zilner T Randolph, jazz trumpeter/arranger
1900-06-15 - Paul J Mares, US, jazz trumpetist/composer (Farewell blues)
1900-12-29 - Willie Humphrey, jazz Clarinetist
Jazz Musician Louis ArmstrongJazz Musician Louis Armstrong (1901-08-04)
1901-08-04 - Louis Armstrong, New Orleans Louisiana, jazz trumpeter (Hello Dolly), (d. 1971)
1902-10-25 - Eddie Lang, American jazz guitarist (d. 1933)
1903-01-06 - Stanley Smith, KC MO, actor (Honey, King of Jazz, Soup to Nuts)
1903-10-23 - Milford Dolliole, pioneer jazz drummer
1903-12-29 - Clyde McCoy, jazz trumpeter/bandleader
1904-01-12 - Mississippi Fred McDowell, jazz artist
1904-05-21 - Fats Waller, [Thomas Wright], jazz singer/composer (Ain't Misbehavin')
1904-06-11 - Clarence "Pinetop" Smith, jazz pianist/singer (Boogie Woogie Piano)
1904-11-16 - Eddie Condon, Goodland Ind, jazz guitarist (Eddie Condon's Floor Show)
1904-11-21 - Coleman Hawkins, virtually created tenor saxophone for jazz
1905-04-19 - Tommy Benford, jazz drummer
1905-07-17 - Norman Waterhouse Lees, jazz fan
1905-08-02 - Myrna Loy, Helena Mont, actress (Jazz Singer, Thin Man, Vanity Fair), (d. 1993)
1905-12-28 - Earl "Fatha" Hines, Duquesne Pa, jazz pianist (Deep Forest)
1906-04-13 - Budd [Lawrence] Freeman, US jazz saxophonist (Eel)
Actress Myrna LoyActress Myrna Loy (1905-08-02)
1907-03-15 - Jimmy McPartland, jazz trumpeteer/actor (Magic Horn)
1907-05-22 - Laurence Olivier, England, actor (Rebecca, Hamlet, Jazz Singer)
1907-08-05 - Ernestine "Tiny" Davis, jazz vocalist/trumpeter
1907-10-14 - "Red" McKenzie, jazz singer (played comb-with-tissue-paper) [or 1899]
1907-11-03 - Joe Turner, US jazz pianist
1907-12-25 - Cab[ell] Calloway, Rochester, bandleader (Minnie the Moocha, Jazzball)
1908-01-26 - Stephane Grappelli, French jazz/violinist
1908-03-31 - Red Norvo, American jazz vibraphonist (d. 1999)
1908-04-29 - Philippe Brun, jazz trumpeter
1908-10-09 - Lee Wiley, American jazz singer (d. 1975)
1909-01-13 - Danny Barker, jazz guitarist
1909-08-27 - Lester W "Pres" Young, US jazz saxophonist
1909-10-17 - Crozy [William] Cole, US jazz drummer
1910-01-23 - Django Reinhardt, Belgium, Gypsy jazz guitarist
1910-02-22 - Al Sears, jazz performer
1910-05-08 - Mary Lou Williams, US jazz pianist/composer (Zodiac Suite)
1910-06-23 - Milt Hinton, American jazz bassist (d. 2000)
1910-10-13 - Art[hur] Tatum, US jazz pianist/composer
1910-12-17 - Sy Oliver, American jazz arranger and bandleader (d. 1988)
1911-01-30 - Roy Eldridge, Pitts, Pennsylvania, American jazz trumpeter (Gene Krupa, Artie Shaw)
1911-06-22 - Guus Jansen, jazz pianist (Net als Toen)
1911-11-12 - Buck Clayton, American jazz trumpet player (d. 1991)
1912-05-12 - Marshall Royal, jazz sax/clarinet
1912-06-12 - Eddie Williams, blues/Jazz Bassist
1912-10-03 - Gabriel Julian, original pianist of Bobby Byrne Orchestra, arranger for Glenn Miller and founder Alabama Cavaliers Jazz Ens
1912-10-21 - Carlos Don Byas, US jazz saxophonist
1912-11-24 - Theodore "Teddy" Wilson, US jazz pianist/arranger
1913-05-16 - Woody Herman, jazz clarinetist/bandleader/composer (Thundering Herds)
1913-08-20 - Conrad Hermann Hubertius Maria Apollinaris Josten, jazz guitarist
1913-09-15 - Roger "Ram" Ramirez, jazz pianist/composer
1914-01-09 - Kenny [Klook] Clarke, Pittsburgh, jazz/drummer, composer (Epistrop)
1914-07-08 - Billy Eckstine, Pittsburgh PA, jazz singer (Tenderly, A Fool in Love)
1914-09-13 - Leonard Geoffrey Feather, jazz critic/musician
1914-11-01 - William "Sabby" Lewis, jazz pianist/arranger
1915-03-29 - George Chisholm, Scottish jazz trombonist
Jazz Musician Billie HolidayJazz Musician Billie Holiday (1915-04-07)
1915-04-07 - Billie Holiday, [Eleanora Fagan], Philadelphia Pennsylvania, jazz singer (Lady Sings the Blues)
1916-01-04 - Slim Gaillard [Bulee], Edinburgh, Scotland, American Jazz singer/songwriter (d. 1991)
1916-05-04 - Maurice "Moe" Purtill, jazz drummer
1916-07-07 - Tiny Grimes, Newport News Virginia, Jazz guitarist
1916-07-29 - Charlie Christian, American jazz guitarist (d. 1942)
1916-11-07 - Joe Bushkin, NYC, jazz pianist (A Couple of Joes)
1916-11-18 - James L Lyons, jazz promoter
1917-03-23 - Johnny Guarnieri, NYC, jazz pianist (Morey Amsterdam Show)
1917-04-25 - Ella Fitzgerald, Newport News VA, jazz singer (Is it live or Memorex)
1917-09-30 - Buddy Rich, New York, American jazz drummer and band leader (Buddy Rich Band-Away We Go), (d. 1987)
1917-10-10 - Thelonious Monk, Rocky Mount North Carolina, American jazz pianist and composer
1917-10-21 - Dizzy Gillespie, [John B], jazz trumpeter, a creator of modern jazz
1917-12-02 - Sylvia Syms, American jazz singer (Hello Dolly, Dream Girl, Them There Eyes). Died 1992.
1918-03-20 - Marian McPartland, jazz pianist (Bill Mayer, Jimmy McPartland), (d. 2013)
1918-04-27 - Kirby Stone, NYC, jazz combo leader (Baubles Bangles & Beads)
Jazz Drummer/Band Leader Buddy RichJazz Drummer/Band Leader Buddy Rich (1917-09-30)
1918-07-30 - Joe Daley, jazz tenor/clarinet/flute player
1918-08-19 - James George "Jimmy" Rowles, jazz pianist
1918-12-12 - Joe Williams [Joseph Goreed], Cordele, Georgia, American jazz singer (Everyday I have the Blues)
1919-10-11 - Art Blakey, Pitts PA, drummer (Billy Eckstine Band, Jazz Messengers)
1919-10-18 - Anita O'Day (born Anita Belle Colton), Chicago, jazz singer
1920-04-08 - Carmen McRae (Clark), US jazz singer/pianist (Dream of Life)
1920-04-09 - Art Van Damme, Norway Mich, jazz accordionist (Chicago Jazz)
1920-05-11 - Beryl Bryden, jazz singer
1920-06-05 - Kurt Edelhagen, West German jazz pianist (Klimbim)
1920-08-13 - Charlie Alfred Galbraith, jazz trombonist
1920-08-29 - Charlie "Bird" Parker, US jazz saxophonist
1920-12-06 - Dave Brubeck, Concord CA, jazz pianist/composer (Gates of Justice), (d. 2012)
1920-12-24 - Dave Bartholomew, La, jazz artist/songwriter (Blueberry Hill)

Deaths in Music

Deaths 1 - 100 of 232

1929-03-15 - Pine-Top Smith, jazz pianist (Boogie Woogie Piano), dies at 24
1931-08-06 - Leon Bismarck "Bix" Beiderbecke, jazz cornetist (In Mist), dies at 29
1932-03-01 - Frank Teschemacher, American jazz clarinetist (b. 1906)
1933-03-04 - Willie Walker, US jazz singer/guitarist (Dupree Blues), dies at 36
1938-08-06 - Warner Oland, actor (Werewolf of London, Jazz Singer), dies at 57
1939-06-16 - Chick Webb, American jazz drummer and big band leader (b. 1905)
1941-07-10 - Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton, pioneer jazz pianist, dies in LA at 56
1943-02-17 - Armand J. Piron, American jazz violinist and composer (b. 1888)
1943-12-15 - Thomas W "Fats" Waller, jazz pianist (Hot Chocolate), dies at 39 in KC Missouri
1944-12-15 - Glenn Miller, US band leader/jazz composer, dies at 40
1944-12-16 - Glenn Miller, US jazz composer/orchestra leader (Danny boy), dies at 40
Jazz Musician and Songwriter Fats WallerJazz Musician and Songwriter Fats Waller (1943-12-15)
1948-02-07 - "Red" McKenzie, blues-jazz singer (played comb-with-tissue-paper), dies
1949-08-18 - Paul J Mares, US jazz trumpetist/composer (Tin Roof Blues), dies at 49
1950-07-06 - Fats Navarro, American jazz trumpet player (b. 1923)
1950-10-23 - Al Jolson, [Asa Yoelson], singer/actor (Jazz Singer), dies at 64
1951-12-12 - Mildred Bailey, American jazz singer (b. 1907)
1953-11-21 - Larry Shields, American jazz clarinetist (b. 1893)
1955-03-12 - Charlie "Bird" Parker, US jazz saxophonist, dies at 34 in NYC
1956-06-26 - Clifford Brown, US jazz trumpeter (Joyspring, Jordu), dies at 25
1956-11-04 - Art[hur] Tatum, US jazz pianist/composer, dies at 46
1959-02-14 - Baby Dodds, American jazz drummer (b. 1898)
1959-05-14 - Sidney Bechet, US jazz clarinetist/saxophonist/bandleader, dies at 62
1959-07-17 - Billie Holiday, jazz singer, dies at Metropolitan Hospital in New York of cirrhosis of the liver at 44
1964-01-15 - Weldon John "Jack" Teagarden, US jazz trombonist/singer, dies at 58
1965-09-03 - Otto Lederer, actor (Jazz Singer), dies at 79
1966-08-01 - Bud Powell, US jazz pianist/composer, dies
Jazz Musician Billie HolidayJazz Musician Billie Holiday (1959-07-17)
1967-01-18 - Albert Conti, actor (Eagle, Jazz Heaven, Topaz), dies at 79
1967-04-17 - Red Allen, American jazz trumpeter (b. 1908)
1967-07-17 - John Coltrane, US jazz sax/composer (Round Midnight), dies at 40
1968-06-15 - Wes Montgomery, jazz guitarist, dies of a heart attack at 48
1971-04-12 - Wynton Kelly, American jazz pianist (b. 1931)
1971-07-06 - Louis Armstrong, American jazz trumpeter and singer, dies at 69
1971-07-08 - Charlie Shavers, American jazz trumpet player (b. 1920)
1972-07-03 - Mississippi Fred McDowell, jazz artist, dies at 68
1972-07-10 - Lovie Austin, American jazz pianist (b. 1887)
1972-08-24 - Carlos Wesley "Don" Byas, US jazz saxophonist, dies at 59
1972-12-05 - Kenny Dorham [McKinley], American jazz trumpeter, dies at 48
1973-01-23 - Kid Ory, American jazz trombonist (b. 1886)
1973-08-04 - Eddie Condon, jazz guitarist (Eddie Condon's Floor Show), dies at 68
1973-11-27 - Frank Christian, American jazz trumpeter (b. 1887)
1974-03-01 - Bobby Timmons, American jazz pianist (b. 1935)
Jazz Musician Louis ArmstrongJazz Musician Louis Armstrong (1971-07-06)
1974-04-13 - Stanley Smith, actor (Honey, King of Jazz, Soup to Nuts), dies at 71
1974-08-06 - Gene Ammons, American jazz saxophonist (b. 1925)
1975-04-13 - Larry Parks, actor (Jazz Singer), dies at 60
1975-07-14 - Zutty Singleton, US jazz drummer, dies at 77
1975-10-28 - Oliver Nelson, American jazz composer and arranger (b. 1932)
1975-12-11 - Lee Wiley, American jazz singer (b. 1908)
1976-02-06 - Vince Guaraldi, jazz pianist (Charlie Brown TV specials), dies at 43
1976-06-07 - Bobby Hackett, jazz cornetist/orchestra leader (Air time '57), dies at 61
1977-01-02 - Erroll Garner, jazz pianist (Misty), dies at 53
1977-05-30 - Paul Desmond, US jazz saxophonist, dies at 52
1978-12-17 - Don Ellis, American jazz band leader (b. 1934)
1979-01-05 - Charles Mingus, US jazz bassist/composer/orchestra leader, dies at 56
1980-09-15 - Bill Evans, US jazz pianist, dies of a bleeding ulcer at 51
1982-02-17 - Thelonious Monk, American jazz pianist and composer, dies at 64
1982-02-26 - Gabor Szabo, Hungarian jazz pianist (Perfect Circle), dies at 45
Jazz Pianist Erroll GarnerJazz Pianist Erroll Garner (1977-01-02)
1982-08-08 - Kurt Edelhagen, West German jazz pianist, dies at 62
1983-04-22 - Earl "Fatha" Hines, US, jazz pianist/conductor, dies
1983-05-06 - Kai Winding, American trombonist and jazz composer (b. 1922)
1983-09-15 - Willie Bobo, jazz drummer (Cos), dies at 49
1984-04-26 - William "Count" Basie, jazz piano great, dies on 80th birthday
1984-08-13 - Clyde Cook, actor (Dawn Patrol, Jazz Heaven), dies in his sleep at 92
1985-01-07 - Johnny Guarnieri, jazz pianist (Morey Amsterdam Show), dies at 67
1986-05-30 - Hank Mobley, US jazz saxophonist, dies at 55
1986-07-31 - Theodore "Teddy" Wilson, US jazz pianist/arranger, dies at 73
1986-08-20 - Thad Jones, jazz trumpeter, dies of cancer at 63
1986-11-03 - Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, jazz saxophonist, dies at 65
1987-05-30 - Turk Murphy, jazz trombonist, dies at 71
1987-07-10 - John Hammond, Jazz reviewer (Melody Maker), dies at 76
1987-09-21 - Jaco Pastorious, jazz bassist and composer (Weather Report) dies at 36
1987-09-23 - Bob Fosse, choreographer (All the Jazz), dies at 62
1987-10-28 - Woody Herman, US jazz clarinetist/composer, dies at 74
1988-03-20 - Gil Evans, Canadian/US jazz composer (Out of the Cool), dies at 75
1988-05-13 - Chet Baker, jazz trumpeter, fell to death out of a hotel window at 59
1988-05-27 - Melvin J "Cy" Oliver, US jazz composer/orchestra leader, dies at 77
1989-02-26 - Roy Eldridge, American jazz trumpet player, dies at 78
Jazz Guitarist Tiny GrimesJazz Guitarist Tiny Grimes (1989-03-04)
1989-03-04 - Tiny Grimes, American jazz and R&B guitarist (b. 1916)
1990-04-03 - Sarah Vaughn, jazz singer, dies of lung cancer at 66
1990-04-25 - Dexter Gordon, Jazz saxophonist, dies of kidney failure at 67
1990-06-11 - Clyde McCoy, jazz trumpeter (wah wah sound), dies at 86
1990-07-23 - Joe Turner, jazz pianist, dies of cardiac arrest at 82
1990-10-16 - Art Blakey, jazz drummer (Jazz Messengers), dies of cancer at 71
1991-02-06 - Danny Thomas, comedian (Jazz Singer), dies of a heart attack at 79
1991-02-26 - Slim Gaillard [Bulee], American Jazz singer/songwriter, dies at 75
1991-03-13 - Jimmy McPartland, US, jazz cornetist, dies
1991-03-15 - Budd [Lawrence] Freeman, US jazz saxophonist (Eel), dies at 84
1991-03-31 - John Carter, US jazz clarinetist (Roots & folklore), dies
1991-05-13 - Jimmy McPartland, jazz cornetist, dies of cancer at 83
1991-05-15 - Bud Freeman, jazz tenor saxophonist, dies of cancer at 84
1991-06-06 - Stan Getz, jazz saxophonist (Girl from Impanima), dies at 64
1991-07-08 - Lotte Palfi Andor, actress (Lovesick, All the Jazz), dies
Jazz Musician Miles DavisJazz Musician Miles Davis (1991-09-28)
1991-09-28 - Miles Davis, jazz trumpeter, dies of pneumonia at 65
1991-12-08 - Buck Clayton, US jazz trumpeter/orchestra leader, dies
1992-01-01 - Constantin Poustochkine, jazz critic, dies
1992-01-17 - Charlie Ventura, jazz sax (Bop for the people), dies at 75 of cancer
1992-03-04 - Mary Osborne, jazz guitarist, dies at 70 of liver cancer
1992-03-08 - Red Callender, US jazz bassist (Unfinished dream), dies at 76
1992-05-10 - Sylvia Sims [Blagman], American jazz singer dies aged 74
1992-06-09 - Clarence Miller, blues/jazz vocalist, dies at 69 of a heart attack
1992-07-04 - Joe Newman, US jazz trumpetist (Count Basie), dies


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