Jazz Musicians in History

Birthdays in Music

  • 1885-05-11 Joe "King" Oliver, American jazz musician (d. 1938)
  • 1890-02-27 Freddie Keppard, American jazz musician (d. 1933)
  • 1893-03-18 Jean Goldkette, Greek-born jazz musician (d. 1962)
  • 1898-05-28 Andy Kirk, jazz musician
  • 1900-07-29 Don Redman, American jazz musician and orchestra leader (Sugar Hill Times), born in Piedmont, West Virginia (d. 1964)
  • 1904-01-12 Mississippi Fred McDowell, jazz artist
  • 1904-08-21 [William] Count Basie, jazz musician and band leader ( "One O'Clock Jump"), born in Red Bank, New Jersey (d. 1984)
  • 1905-06-13 Doc Cheatham, jazz musician
  • 1908-10-19 Patrick Cairns "Spike" Hughes, British jazz musician/composer (Elegy)
  • 1910-12-15 John H. Hammond, American rock/jazz musician (I Can Tell, So Many Roads), born in NYC, New York
  • 1911-12-15 Stan Kenton, [Newcomb], Wichita Ks, jazz musician (Music 55)
  • 1916-02-16 William Ballard Doggett, jazz musician
  • 1916-07-10 Dick Cary, jazz Musician
  • 1917-11-07 Howard Rumsey, American jazz musician (Lighthouse Cafe), born in Brawley, California (d. 2015)
  • 1920-12-24 Dave Bartholomew, jazz artist/songwriter (Blueberry Hill), born in Edgard, Louisiana
  • 1921-04-26 Jimmy Giuffre, jazz musician
  • 1921-05-23 Humphrey Lyttelton, jazz musician/actor (It's Great to Be Young)
  • 1922-04-29 Toots [Jean-Baptiste] Thielemans, Belgian-American jazz musician/composer, born in Brussels (d. 2016)
  • 1922-05-18 Kai Winding, Danish-born Jazz musician (d. 1983)
  • 1926-03-04 Don Rendell, English jazz musician and arranger, born in Plymouth, Devon (d. 2015)

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1926-05-26 Miles Davis, American jazz musician, trumpeter and composer, born in Alton, Illinois (d. 1991)

Jazz Musician Miles Davis
Jazz Musician
Miles Davis
  • 1927-01-28 Ronnie Scott, jazz musician/club-owner
  • 1927-11-11 Mose Allison, Tippo Mississippi, jazz artist (Black Country Suite)
  • 1928-06-20 Eric Dolphy, jazz musician, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1964)
  • 1928-07-17 Vince Guaraldi, American jazz musician and composer (peanuts TV specials), born in San Francisco (d. 1976)
  • 1928-07-20 Peter Ind, jazz musician
  • 1928-09-15 Julian E "Cannonball" Adderley, US jazz hard bop musician (Black Messiah), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1929-01-02 Art Prysock, jazz musician
  • 1929-03-26 Maurice Simon, jazz musician
  • 1930-05-22 Kenny Ball, English jazz musician, born in Ilford, Essex (d. 2013)
  • 1931-05-17 Dewey Redman, jazz musician
  • 1932-11-28 Gato Barbieri, Latin jazz musician (Last Tango in Paris), born in Rosario, Argentina (d. 2016)
  • 1932-12-09 Jessie "Ooh Poo Pah Doo" Hill, jazz musician
  • 1933-08-25 Wayne Shorter, American jazz musician (Weather Report), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1934-04-07 Victor Feldman, jazz musician (drums and piano), born in London UK (d. 1987)
  • 1934-11-14 Ellis Marsalis, jazz musician
  • 1935-05-27 Ramsey Lewis, Chic, pop jazz artist (Hang on Sloopy)
  • 1937-08-27 Alice Coltrane, jazz musician
  • 1938-12-28 Richard Sudhalter, British(?) writer/jazz musician
  • 1939-12-25 Bob James, American smooth jazz musician, born in Marshall, Missouri
  • 1940-09-10 Roy Ayers, LA, disco jazz artist (Fever, You Send Me)
  • 1941-02-05 Rick Laird, jazz musician (Gerry Niewood & Timepiece)
  • 1941-10-28 Glenn Moore, American jazz musician, born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1943-12-12 Grover Washington Jr, jazz artist (Mr Magic)
  • 1944-05-16 Billy Cobham, Panama, jazz artist (Same Ole Love)
  • 1944-07-24 Barbara Thompson, jazz musician/composer/bandleader
  • 1944-08-30 John Surman, jazz musician
  • 1945-05-08 Keith Jarrett, jazz musician/film composer (Nachtfahrer)
  • 1945-06-04 Anthony Braxton, jazz musician
  • 1945-12-12 Tony Williams, jazz musician
  • 1946-03-28 Richard Sussman, American jazz musician and composer
  • 1947-04-28 Steve Khan, jazz musician (Christmas Waltz), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1947-09-23 Don Grolnick, jazz musician
  • 1950-08-25 Charles Fambrough, American jazz musician
  • 1952-01-11 Lee Ritenour, jazz musician, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1957-11-04 Najee [Jerome Najee Rasheed], American jazz musician, born in New York City
  • 1960-10-02 Django Bates, jazz musician
  • 1962-10-12 Chris Botti, American jazz musician
  • 1963-06-09 Gilad Atzmon, Israeli jazz musician and author
  • 1965-07-28 Delfeayo Marsalis, American jazz musician
  • 1967-04-27 Tommy Smith, Scottish jazz musician
  • 1969-10-01 Ori Kaplan, Israeli jazz musician
  • 1974-07-17 Laura Macdonald, Scottish jazz musician
  • 1978-11-19 Matt Dusk, Canadian jazz musician / vocalist

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

1918-03-19 Jazz musician Louis Armstrong (17) weds Daisy Parker (21)

Jazz Musician Louis Armstrong
Jazz Musician
Louis Armstrong

HeartWedding of Interest

1941-08-25 Jazz musician Billie Holiday (26) weds trombonist Jimmy Monroe

Jazz Musician Billie Holiday
Jazz Musician
Billie Holiday

HeartWedding of Interest

1941-12-26 Jazz musician Ella Fitzgerald (24) weds convicted drug dealer Benny Kornegay

Jazz Musician Ella Fitzgerald
Jazz Musician
Ella Fitzgerald

HeartWedding of Interest

1968-09-30 Jazz musician Miles Davis (42) weds singer Betty Mabry (23)

Jazz Musician Miles Davis
Jazz Musician
Miles Davis
  • 2006-08-26 2004 X-Factor winner Steve Brookstein (37) weds jazz musician Eileen Hunter at King's College Chapel in Aberdeen, Scotland

Divorces in Music


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1923-12-18 Jazz musician Louis Armstrong (22) divorces Daisy Parker after 5 years of marriage

Jazz Musician Louis Armstrong
Jazz Musician
Louis Armstrong

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1953-08-28 Jazz musician Ella Fitzgerald (36) divorces bass player Ray Brown (27) after 6 years of marriage

Jazz Musician Ella Fitzgerald
Jazz Musician
Ella Fitzgerald

Deaths in Music

  • 1931-11-04 Charles Buddy Bolden, US jazz musician, dies
  • 1961-02-22 Nick LaRocca, American jazz musician (b. 1889)
  • 1963-08-23 Glen Gray, American jazz musician and leader of the Casa Loma Orchestra (b. 1900)
  • 1964-06-29 Eric Dolphy, American jazz musician (b. 1928)
  • 1964-11-30 Don Redman, American jazz musician and orchestra leader (Sugar Hill Times), dies at 64
  • 1969-05-19 Coleman Hawkins, US jazz musician/composer, dies
  • 1972-07-03 Mississippi Fred McDowell, jazz artist, dies at 68
  • 1975-12-17 Noble Sissle, jazz musician, dies at 86
  • 1984-04-26 William "Count" Basie, American jazz musician and bandleader, dies at 79
  • 1987-02-02 Patrick "Spike" Hughes, British jazz musician (Cinderella), dies at 78
  • 1989-05-10 Woody Shaw, American jazz musician (b. 1944)
  • 1993-07-11 Mario Bauza, Cubans/US jazz musician, dies at 82
  • 1994-02-22 "Papa" John Creach, US jazz musician (Papa Blues), dies at 76
  • 1994-04-06 Dick Cary, jazz musician, dies at 77
  • 1995-10-19 Don E Cherry, jazz Musician, dies at 58
  • 1996-06-01 Don Grolnick, jazz musician, dies at 48
  • 1996-09-17 Jessie "Ooh Poo Pah Doo" Hill, jazz musician, dies at 63
  • 1996-11-13 William Ballard Doggett, jazz musician, dies at 80
  • 1997-02-23 Tony Williams, jazz musician, dies at 51
  • 1997-06-02 Doc Cheatham, jazz musician, dies of stroke at 91
  • 1997-06-21 Art Prysock, jazz musician, dies at 68
  • 2004-12-26 Sigurd Køhn, Norwegian jazz musician, in 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake (b. 1959)
  • 2005-02-08 Jimmy Smith, American jazz musician (b. 1925)
  • 2007-01-12 Alice Coltrane, American jazz musician (b. 1937)
  • 2008-04-25 Humphrey Lyttelton, Jazz musician and broadcaster, (b. 1921)
  • 2008-12-19 Kenny Cox, American jazz musician (b. 1940)
  • 2009-01-20 David Newman, American jazz musician, nicknamed "Fathead" (b. 1933)
  • 2009-06-03 Sam Butera, American jazz musician (b. 1927)
  • 2010-10-18 Marion Brown, American jazz musician (b. 1931)
  • 2010-12-09 James Moody, American jazz musician (b. 1925)
  • 2011-03-19 Kym Bonython, Australian radio broadcaster, jazz musician, speedway promoter (b. 1920)
  • 2013-03-07 Kevin Ball, English Jazz musician, dies from pneumonia at 82
  • 2013-03-07 Kenny Ball, English jazz musician, dies at 82
  • 2013-08-20 Marian McPartland, English-born American Jazz musician, dies at 95
  • 2013-10-30 Frank Wess, American jazz musician, dies from a heart attack at 91
  • 2015-07-15 Howard Rumsey, American jazz musician (Lighthouse Cafe), dies at 97
  • 2015-10-20 Don Rendell, English jazz musician and arranger, dies at 89
  • 2016-04-02 Gato Barbieri, Argentinian Latin jazz musician (Last Tango in Paris), dies at 83