Jazz Music in History

Events in Music

  • 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 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 Shelton Brooks recorded by the Original Dixieland Jazz Band
  • 1927-10-06 "The Jazz Singer", directed by Alan Crosland, starring Al Jolson and May McAvoy, released, 1st film with a soundtrack (Honorary Academy Award 1928)
  • 1931-03-03 Cab Calloway records "Minnie Moocher" (Jazz's 1st million seller)
  • 1938-01-16 1st jazz concert held at Carnegie Hall (Benny Goodman)

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1938-09-20 Dmitri Shostakovich's Suite for jazz orchestra, premieres

  • 1941-05-13 Willy Lewis' US jazz band performs in Switzerland

Music concertMusic Concert

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.

Jazz Musician Louis Armstrong
Jazz Musician
Louis Armstrong

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1945-11-26 Charlie "Bird" Parker leads recording session for the Savoy label marketed as the "greatest Jazz session ever" with Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis

Jazz Saxophonist and Composer Charlie
Jazz Saxophonist and Composer
Charlie "Bird" Parker
Jazz Musician Miles Davis
Jazz Musician
Miles Davis

Music concertMusic Concert

1950-03-27 Jazz pianist, Erroll Garner's solo concert (Cleveland, Ohio)

Jazz Pianist Erroll Garner
Jazz Pianist
Erroll Garner
  • 1957-01-28 "Tonight! America After Dark" premieres, with Jack Lescoulie & Al (Jazzbo) Collins on NBC (between Steve Allen & Jack Paar)

Music concertMusic Concert

1957-11-22 Miles Davis Quintet debuts a jazz concert at Carnegie Hall in NY

Jazz Musician Miles Davis
Jazz Musician
Miles Davis

Music releaseAlbum Release

1958-06-24 Nina Simone releases her debut jazz album "Little Girl Blue"

Singer and Civil Rights Activist Nina Simone
Singer and Civil Rights Activist
Nina Simone
  • 1969-07-03 78,000 attend Newport Jazz Festival, Newport, Rhode Island
  • 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

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1980-05-23 33rd Cannes Film Festival: "All That Jazz" directed by Bob Fosse and "Kagemusha" directed by Akira Kurosawa jointly awarded the Palme d'Or

Film Director and Screenwriter Akira Kurosawa
Film Director and Screenwriter
Akira Kurosawa

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2007-06-08 Jazz legend Oscar Peterson is forced to cancel his appearance at the Carnegie Hall all-star performance (held in his honour), owing to illness

Jazz Musician Oscar Peterson
Jazz Musician
Oscar Peterson

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2015-04-17 Jazz composer and musician John Coltrane is awarded a posthumous Special Citation by the Pulitzer Prize board

Jazz Musician John Coltrane
Jazz Musician
John Coltrane

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 435

  • 1877-09-06 Charles "Buddy" Bolden, African-American jazz cornetist, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1931)
  • 1879-10-03 Warner Oland, Swedish actor (The Jazz Singer, Charlie Chan), born in Nyby, Västerbottens län, Sweden (d. 1938)
  • 1884-03-17 Alcide Nunez, American jazz clarinetist (d. 1934)
  • 1884-08-03 Louis Gruenberg, Russian-American composer (Daniel Jazz), born in Brest-Litovsk, Russia (now Belarus) (d. 1964)
  • 1886-05-26 Al Jolson [Asa Yoelson], American-Lithuanian jazz singer and silent actor (Mamie, Swanee), born in Seredžius, Kovno Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1950)
  • 1887-01-29 Albert Conti, Austrian actor (Jazz Heaven, Doomed Battalion), born in Trieste, Austria-Hungary (d. 1967)
  • 1887-09-03 Frank Christian, American jazz trumpeter, born in Bywater, New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1973)
  • 1887-09-19 Lovie [Cora] Austin, American jazz pianist (Down Hearted Blues), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee (d. 1972)
  • 1888-06-03 Tom Brown, American dixieland jazz trombonist, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1958)
  • 1888-08-16 Armand J. Piron, American jazz violinist and composer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1943)
  • 1889-04-11 Nick LaRocca, American jazz coronetist and composer (Tiger Rag), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1961)
  • 1890-03-28 Paul Whiteman "The King of Jazz", American orchestra leader (Paul Whiteman's TV Teen Club), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1967)
  • 1890-10-20 Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton, jazz pianist/composer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1891-05-22 Eddie Edwards, American jazz trombonist (d. 1963)
  • 1892-04-12 Johnny Dodds, American early jazz clarinetist, born in Waveland, Mississippi (d. 1940)
  • 1893-09-13 Larry Shields, American jazz clarinetist (Original Dixieland Jazz Band), born in New Orleans (d. 1953)
  • 1894-01-16 Irving Mills, American jazz music publisher (d. 1985)
  • 1895-04-20 Emile Christian, American jazz trombonist, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1973)
  • 1897-05-14 Sidney Bechet, American 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
  • 1899-10-14 Red McKenzie, American jazz singer (played comb-with-tissue-paper), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1948)
  • 1900-06-15 Paul J Mares, American jazz trumpetist/composer (Farewell blues)
  • 1900-12-29 Willie Humphrey, jazz Clarinetist

Person of interestLouis Armstrong

1901-08-04 Louis Armstrong, American jazz trumpeter and singer (Hello Dolly), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1971)

Jazz Musician Louis Armstrong
Jazz Musician
Louis Armstrong
  • 1902-01-23 Benjamin "Benny" Waters, American jazz saxophonist and clarinetist, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1998)
  • 1902-10-25 Eddie Lang, American jazz guitarist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1933)
  • 1903-01-06 Stanley Smith, American actor (Honey, King of Jazz, Soup to Nuts), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1974)
  • 1903-03-10 Leon Bismarck "Bix" Beiderbecke, Davenport, Iowa, American jazz cornetist, considered one of the most influential jazz soloists of the 1920s
  • 1903-10-23 Milford Dolliole, pioneer jazz drummer
  • 1903-12-28 Earl "Fatha" Hines, American jazz pianist and bandleader (Deep Forest), born in Duquesne, Pennsylvania (d. 1983)
  • 1903-12-29 Clyde McCoy, American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, born in Ashland, Kentucky (d. 1990)
  • 1904-01-12 Mississippi Fred McDowell, American jazz artist

Person of interestGlenn Miller

1904-03-01 Glenn Miller, American bandleader and jazz composer (Glenn Miller Orchestra-In the Mood), born in Clarinda, Iowa (d. 1944)

Big Band Leader and Jazz Composer Glenn Miller
Big Band Leader and Jazz Composer
Glenn Miller

Person of interestFats Waller

1904-05-21 Fats Waller [Thomas Wright], American jazz singer and composer (Ain't Misbehavin'), born in NYC, New York (d. 1943)

Jazz Musician and Songwriter Fats Waller
Jazz Musician and Songwriter
Fats Waller
  • 1904-06-11 Clarence "Pinetop" Smith, American jazz pianist and singer (Boogie Woogie Piano), born in Troy, Alabama (d. 1929)
  • 1904-07-04 Seger Pillot Ellis, American jazz pianist and vocalist, born in Houston, Texas (d. 1995)
  • 1904-08-11 Jess Stacy, jazz pianist, born in Bird's Point, Missouri (d. 1995)
  • 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
  • 1905-01-13 Percy Humphrey, American jazz trumpet player and bandleader, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1995)
  • 1905-04-19 Tommy Benford, jazz drummer
  • 1905-06-13 Aldophus "Doc" Cheatham, American jazz trumpeter, born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 1997)
  • 1905-07-17 Norman Waterhouse Lees, jazz fan
  • 1906-04-10 Fud Livingston, American jazz clarinetist and composer, born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 1957)
  • 1907-02-27 Mildred Bailey [Rinker], American jazz singer known as "The Queen of Swing" (Rockin' Chair, Please Be Kind), born in Teoka, Washington (d. 1951)
  • 1907-03-28 Herb Hall, American jazz clarinetist and saxophonist (d. 1996)
  • 1907-08-05 Ernestine "Tiny" Davis, jazz vocalist/trumpeter
  • 1907-11-03 Joe Turner, US jazz pianist
  • 1907-12-25 Cab[ell] Calloway, bandleader (Minnie the Moocha, Jazzball), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1908-01-26 Stéphane Grappelli, French jazz violinist who founded the Quintette du Hot Club de France, born in Paris, France (d. 1997)
  • 1908-02-04 Emmanuel "Manny" Klein, American jazz trumpeter, born in NYC, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1908-03-31 Red Norvo, American jazz vibraphonist known as "Mr. Swing" (Congo Blues, Knockin' on Wood), born in Beardstown, Illinois (d. 1999)
  • 1908-04-20 Lionel Hampton, American jazz vibraphone player and actor, born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 2002)
  • 1908-04-29 Philippe Brun, jazz trumpeter
  • 1908-07-10 Cootie Williams, American jazz trumpeter, born in Mobile, Alabama (d. 1985)
  • 1908-09-07 Max Kaminsky, American jazz trumpeter and bandleader (Max Kaminsky Orchestra), born in Brockton, Massachusetts (d. 1994)
  • 1908-10-09 Lee Wiley, American jazz singer (Night in Manhattan), born in Fort Gibson, Oklahoma (d. 1975)
  • 1909-01-13 Danny Barker, jazz guitarist
  • 1909-01-15 Gene Krupa, American jazz and big band drummer (Benny Goodman, Sing Sing Sing), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1973)
  • 1909-08-27 Lester Young, American jazz saxophonist, born in Woodville, Mississippi (d. 1959)
  • 1909-10-17 Crozy [William] Cole, US jazz drummer
  • 1909-12-08 Cleo Brown, jazz pianist, born in Meridian, Mississippi (d. 1995)
  • 1910-02-22 Al Sears, jazz performer
  • 1910-05-08 Mary Lou Williams, US jazz pianist/composer (Zodiac Suite)
  • 1910-05-23 Artie Shaw [Arthur Arshawsky], American bandleader, jazz clarinetist and actor (Begin the Beguine), born in NYC, New York (d. 2004)
  • 1910-06-18 Ray McKinley, American orchestra leader and jazz drummer (Glenn Miller Time), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 1995)
  • 1910-06-23 Milt Hinton, American jazz bassist (d. 2000)
  • 1910-10-10 Milt Larkin, American jazz trumpeter and band leader, born in Navasota, Texas (d. 1996)
  • 1910-10-13 Art Tatum [Arthur Tatum Jr], American jazz pianist and composer, born in Toledo, Ohio (d. 1956)
  • 1910-12-17 Sy Oliver, American jazz arranger and bandleader (d. 1988)
  • 1911-01-30 Roy Eldridge, American jazz trumpet player (Gene Krupa, Artie Shaw), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1989)
  • 1911-05-03 John Rhea "Yank" Lawson, American jazz trumpeter (Dogtown Blues, Stormy Weather), born in Trenton, Missouri (d. 1995)
  • 1911-05-13 Maxine Sullivan [Marietta Williams], American jazz vocalist and performer (Going Places), born in Homestead, Pennsylvania (d. 1987)
  • 1911-06-22 Guus Jansen, Dutch jazz organist, pianist, composer (Net als Toen), born in Heiloo, the Netherlands (d. 1990)
  • 1911-10-07 Jo Jones, American jazz drummer, born in Chicago, Illinois (1985)
  • 1911-11-12 Buck Clayton, American jazz trumpet player (d. 1991)
  • 1912-05-12 Marshall Royal, jazz sax/clarinet
  • 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
  • 1913-04-25 Earl Bostic, American jazz alto saxophonist (Flamingo, Temptation), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 1965)
  • 1913-05-16 Woody Herman, jazz clarinetist/bandleader/composer (Thundering Herds)
  • 1913-08-07 George Van Eps, American seven-string jazz guitarist, born in Plainfield, New Jersey (d. 1998)
  • 1913-08-23 Bob Crosby, American jazz singer and bandleader (Bob-Cats), born in Spokane, Washington (d. 1993)
  • 1913-09-15 Roger "Ram" Ramirez, jazz pianist/composer
  • 1914-01-09 Kenny [Klook] Clarke, jazz/drummer, composer (Epistrop), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1914-04-30 Sid Weiss, jazz bassist, born in Schenectady, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1914-07-08 Billy Eckstine, jazz singer (Tenderly, A Fool in Love), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1914-09-13 Leonard Feather, British jazz critic and musician, born in London (d. 1994)
  • 1914-11-01 William "Sabby" Lewis, jazz pianist/arranger
  • 1914-12-29 Billy [Dorothy] Tipton, American jazz pianist/saxophonist/bandleader, born in Oklahoma City. Oklahoma (d. 1989)
  • 1915-01-31 Bobby Hackett, American jazz cornetist and orchestra leader (Air time '57), born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 1976)
  • 1915-03-29 George Chisholm, Scottish jazz trombonist, born in Glasgow (d. 1997)

Person of interestBillie Holiday

1915-04-07 Billie Holiday, [Eleanora Fagan], jazz singer (Lady Sings the Blues), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Jazz Musician Billie Holiday
Jazz Musician
Billie Holiday
  • 1915-06-09 Les Paul, American jazz, country and blues guitarist, songwriter and inventor (solid-body electric guitar), born in Waukesha, Wisconsin (d. 2009)
  • 1915-09-16 Cy Walter, American jazz pianist (Three's Company), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1968)
  • 1915-12-05 Carl Donnell "Kansas" Fields, American jazz drummer, born in Chapman, Kansas (d. 1995)

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

1918-07-02 Jazz orchestra band leader Duke Ellington (19) weds high school sweetheart Edna Thompson

Jazz Musician and Composer Duke Ellington
Jazz Musician and Composer
Duke Ellington

HeartWedding of Interest

1948-03-28 Musician Nat King Cole (29) weds jazz singer Maria Hawkins (25) at Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, New York

Musician Nat King Cole
Musician
Nat King Cole

HeartWedding of Interest

1964-08-04 Jazz saxophonist and composer John Coltrane (35) weds Alice Macleod

Jazz Musician John Coltrane
Jazz Musician
John Coltrane

HeartWedding of Interest

1968-10-17 Jazz trumpeter Quincy Jones Jr (35) weds actress Ulla Andersson (22)

Composer & Singer Quincy Jones Jr
Composer & Singer
Quincy Jones Jr

HeartWedding of Interest

1981-11-26 Legendary jazz trumpeter Miles Davis (55) weds "Sounder" actress Cicely Tyson (47) at the home of actor Bill Cosby

Jazz Musician Miles Davis
Jazz Musician
Miles Davis
  • 2010-01-09 Food writer and former fashion model Sophie Dahl (32) weds British jazz singer Jamie Cullum (30) in Hampshire, England

Deaths in Music

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  • 1929-03-15 Clarence "Pinetop" Smith, American jazz pianist and singer (Boogie Woogie Piano), dies of a gunshot wound in a dance-hall fight 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 and guitarist (Dupree Blues), dies at 36
  • 1933-03-26 Eddie Lang, American jazz guitarist, dies at 30
  • 1938-08-06 Warner Oland, Swedish actor (The Jazz Singer, Charlie Chan), dies at 58
  • 1939-06-16 Chick Webb, American jazz drummer and big band leader (b. 1905)
  • 1940-08-08 Johnny Dodds, American early jazz clarinetist, dies at 48
  • 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, dies at 54

Person of interestFats Waller

1943-12-15 Thomas W "Fats" Waller, jazz pianist (Hot Chocolate), dies at 39 in KC Missouri

Jazz Musician and Songwriter Fats Waller
Jazz Musician and Songwriter
Fats Waller

Person of interestGlenn Miller

1944-12-15 Glenn Miller, American bandleader and jazz composer (Glenn Miller Orchestra-In the Mood), dies in a suspected plane crash at 40

Big Band Leader and Jazz Composer Glenn Miller
Big Band Leader and Jazz Composer
Glenn Miller
  • 1948-02-07 Red McKenzie, American jazz singer (played comb-with-tissue-paper), dies at 48
  • 1949-08-18 Paul J Mares, US jazz trumpetist/composer (Tin Roof Blues), dies at 49
  • 1950-07-06 Theodore "Fats" Navarro, American jazz trumpet player, dies from poor health following long-term heroin addiction, tuberculosis, and a weight problem, at 26
  • 1950-10-23 Al Jolson [Asa Yoelson], American-Lithuanian jazz singer and silent actor (Mamie, Swanee), dies at 64
  • 1951-12-12 Mildred Bailey, American jazz singer (b. 1907)
  • 1953-11-21 Larry Shields, American jazz clarinetist (Original Dixieland Jazz Band), dies at 60
  • 1955-03-12 Charlie "Bird" Parker, US jazz saxophonist, dies at 34 in NYC
  • 1955-11-17 James P. Johnson, American jazz composer and pianist (Charleston), dies at 64
  • 1956-06-26 Clifford Brown, US jazz trumpeter (Joyspring, Jordu), dies at 25
  • 1956-11-05 Art Tatum [Arthur Tatum Jr], American jazz pianist and composer, dies from complications of uremia at 47
  • 1957-03-25 Fud Livingston, American jazz clarinetist and composer, dies at 50
  • 1958-03-25 Tom Brown, American dixieland jazz trombonist, dies at 69
  • 1959-02-14 Baby Dodds, American jazz drummer (b. 1898)
  • 1959-05-14 Sidney Bechet, US jazz clarinetist/saxophonist/bandleader, dies at 62

Person of interestBillie Holiday

1959-07-17 Billie Holiday, jazz singer, dies at Metropolitan Hospital in New York of cirrhosis of the liver at 44

Jazz Musician Billie Holiday
Jazz Musician
Billie Holiday
  • 1961-02-22 Nick LaRocca, American jazz coronetist and composer (Tiger Rag), dies at 71
  • 1964-01-15 Weldon John "Jack" Teagarden, US jazz trombonist/singer, dies at 58
  • 1964-06-10 Louis Gruenberg, Russian-American composer (Daniel Jazz), dies at 79
  • 1965-10-28 Earl Bostic, American jazz alto saxophonist (Flamingo, Temptation), dies at 52
  • 1966-08-01 Earl Rudolph "Bud" Powell, American jazz pianist and composer, dies at 41
  • 1967-01-18 Albert Conti, Austrian actor (Jazz Heaven, Doomed Battalion), dies at 79
  • 1967-04-17 Red Allen, American jazz trumpeter (b. 1908)

Person of interestJohn Coltrane

1967-07-17 John Coltrane, American jazz saxophonist/composer (Blue Train), dies of cancer at 40

Jazz Musician John Coltrane
Jazz Musician
John Coltrane
  • 1967-12-29 Paul Whiteman "The King of Jazz", American orchestra leader (Fabulous Dorseys), dies at 77
  • 1968-06-15 John "Wes" Montgomery, American musician and composer, considered one of the world's greatest jazz guitarists, dies of a heart attack at 45
  • 1968-08-18 Cy Walter, American jazz pianist (Three's Company), dies of cancer at 52
  • 1970-12-24 Gideon Nxumalo, South African jazz composer and pianist, dies at 41
  • 1971-04-12 Wynton Kelly, American jazz pianist (b. 1931)

Person of interestLouis Armstrong

1971-07-06 Louis Armstrong, American jazz trumpeter and singer (Hello Dolly), dies of a heart attack at 69

Jazz Musician Louis Armstrong
Jazz Musician
Louis Armstrong
  • 1971-07-08 Charlie Shavers, American jazz trumpet player, dies at 50
  • 1972-07-03 Mississippi Fred McDowell, jazz artist, dies at 68
  • 1972-07-08 Lovie [Cora] Austin, American jazz pianist (Down Hearted Blues), dies at 84
  • 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
  • 1973-10-16 Gene Krupa, US jazz and swing drummer (Sing Sing Sing), dies at 64
  • 1973-11-27 Frank Christian, American jazz trumpeter, dies at 86
  • 1973-12-03 Emile Christian, American jazz trombonist, dies at 78
  • 1974-04-13 Stanley Smith, American actor (Honey, King of Jazz, Soup to Nuts), dies at 71
  • 1974-08-06 Gene Ammons, American jazz saxophonist (b. 1925)
  • 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 (Night in Manhattan), dies at 67
  • 1976-02-06 Vince Guaraldi, jazz pianist and composer (Peanuts TV specials), dies at 43
  • 1976-06-07 Bobby Hackett, American jazz cornetist and orchestra leader (Air time '57), dies at 61

Person of interestErroll Garner

1977-01-02 Erroll Garner, jazz pianist (Misty), dies at 53

Jazz Pianist Erroll Garner
Jazz Pianist
Erroll Garner
  • 1977-05-30 Paul Desmond, American jazz alto saxophonist (Dave Brubeck Quartet - Take Five), dies of lung cancer at 52
  • 1977-12-05 Rahsaan Roland Kirk, American jazz multi-instrumentalist (Bright Moments, The Case of the 3 Sided Dream in Audio Color) dies of a stroke at 42
  • 1978-11-18 Lennie Tristano, American jazz pianist (The New Tristano), dies of a heart attack at 59
  • 1978-11-26 Frank Rosolino, American jazz trombonist (The Frank Rosolino Sextet), kills himself after shooting his sons 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
  • 1979-01-31 Grant Green, American jazz guitarist, dies of a heart attack at 43
  • 1979-08-25 Stan Kenton, jazz band leader (Music 55), dies at 67
  • 1980-09-15 Bill Evans, US jazz pianist, dies of a bleeding ulcer at 51
  • 1982-02-26 Gabor Szabo, Hungarian jazz guitarist (Perfect Circle), dies at 45
  • 1982-08-08 Kurt Edelhagen, West German jazz pianist, dies at 62
  • 1982-10-21 Radka Toneff, Norwegian jazz singer (It Don't Come Easy), dies of a drug overdose at 30
  • 1983-04-22 Earl "Fatha" Hines, American jazz pianist and bandleader (Deep Forest), dies at 79
  • 1983-09-15 Willie Bobo, jazz drummer (Cos), dies at 49
  • 1984-04-23 Red [William] Garland, American jazz pianist (Miles Davis Quintet), dies of a heart attack at 60
  • 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
  • 1985-08-30 [Joseph Rudolph] Philly Joe Jones, American jazz drummer (Miles Davis Quintet), dies of a heart attack at 62
  • 1985-09-03 Jo Jones, American jazz drummer, dies at 73
  • 1985-09-15 Cootie Williams, American jazz trumpeter, dies at 77
  • 1987-04-07 Maxine Sullivan [Marietta Williams], American jazz vocalist and performer (Going Places), dies following a seizure at 75
  • 1987-05-12 Victor Feldman, British jazz pianist and drummer, dies at 53 of a heart attack
  • 1987-05-30 Turk Murphy, jazz trombonist, dies at 71
  • 1987-09-23 Bob Fosse, choreographer (All the Jazz), dies at 62
  • 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
  • 1989-01-21 Billy [Dorothy] Tipton, American jazz pianist/saxophonist/bandleader, dies at 74
  • 1989-02-26 Roy Eldridge, American jazz trumpet player, dies at 78

Person of interestTiny Grimes

1989-03-04 Lloyd "Tiny" Grimes, American jazz and R&B guitarist (Art Tatum), dies of meningitis at 72

Jazz Guitarist Tiny Grimes
Jazz Guitarist
Tiny Grimes
  • 1990-04-25 Dexter Gordon, American jazz tenor saxophonist and actor (Round Midnight, The Other Side of Round Midnight), dies of kidney failure at 67
  • 1990-06-11 Clyde McCoy, American 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, American jazz drummer (Jazz Messengers), dies of cancer at 71
  • 1991-02-26 Slim Gaillard [Bulee], American Jazz singer/songwriter, dies at 75
  • 1991-03-31 John Carter, American jazz clarinetist (Roots & folklore), dies at 61
  • 1991-06-06 Stan Getz [Stanley Gayetski], American jazz tenor saxophonist (Benny Goodman, Jimmy Dorsey), dies of liver cancer at 64
  • 1991-07-08 Lotte Palfi Andor, actress (Lovesick, All the Jazz), dies

Person of interestMiles Davis

1991-09-28 Miles Davis, jazz trumpeter, dies of pneumonia at 65

Jazz Musician Miles Davis
Jazz Musician
Miles Davis
  • 1991-12-08 Buck Clayton, US jazz trumpeter/orchestra leader, dies
  • 1992-01-01 Constantin Poustochkine, jazz critic, dies