Jazz Musicians in History

Events in Music

  • 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)

Birthdays in Music

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  • 1868-12-25 Eugenie Besserer, American actress (Jazz Singer), born in Watertown, New York (d. 1934)
  • 1877-09-06 Buddy Bolden, African-American jazz musician, 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)
  • 1885-05-11 Joe "King" Oliver, American jazz musician (d. 1938)
  • 1886-04-17 Otto Lederer, Austrian actor (The Jazz Singer), born in Prague, Austria-Hungary (d. 1965)
  • 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)
  • 1890-02-27 Freddie Keppard, American jazz musician (d. 1933)
  • 1893-03-18 Jean Goldkette, Greek-born jazz musician (d. 1962)
  • 1898-01-07 Al Bowlly, British jazz singer (d. 1941)
  • 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

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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
  • 1904-08-21 [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

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1905-08-02 Myrna Loy, American actress (Jazz Singer, Thin Man, Vanity Fair), born in Helena, Montana (d. 1993)

Actress Myrna Loy
Actress
Myrna Loy
  • 1906-04-13 Bud Freeman, American jazz musician and tenor saxophonist (Eel), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1991)

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1907-05-22 Laurence Olivier, English actor (Rebecca, Hamlet, Jazz Singer), born in Dorking, Surrey (d. 1989)

  • 1907-10-14 "Red" McKenzie, jazz singer (played comb-with-tissue-paper) [or 1899]
  • 1908-10-09 Lee Wiley, American jazz singer (Night in Manhattan), born in Fort Gibson, Oklahoma (d. 1975)
  • 1908-10-19 Patrick Cairns "Spike" Hughes, British jazz musician/composer (Elegy)

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1910-01-23 Django Reinhardt, Belgium born Romani-French jazz guitarist and composer considered the most significant European Jazz musician, born in Liberchies, Pont-à-Celles, Belgium (d. 1953)

Jazz Guitarist Django Reinhardt
Jazz Guitarist
Django Reinhardt
  • 1911-12-15 Stan Kenton, [Newcomb], Wichita Ks, jazz musician (Music 55)
  • 1914-07-08 Billy Eckstine, jazz singer (Tenderly, A Fool in Love), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1914-12-13 George "Tiger" Haynes, American jazz musician (The Three Flames) and actor (In the Heat of the Night, The Wiz), born in Frederiksted, St. Croix (d. 1994)

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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
  • 1916-01-04 Slim Gaillard [Bulee], Edinburgh, Scotland, American Jazz singer/songwriter (d. 1991)
  • 1916-07-10 Dick Cary, jazz Musician

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1917-04-25 Ella Fitzgerald, American jazz singer (Is it live or Memorex), born in Newport News, Virginia (d. 1996)

Jazz Musician Ella Fitzgerald
Jazz Musician
Ella Fitzgerald
  • 1917-11-07 Howard Rumsey, American jazz musician (Lighthouse Cafe), born in Brawley, California (d. 2015)
  • 1917-12-02 Sylvia Syms, American jazz singer (Hello Dolly, Dream Girl, Them There Eyes), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1992)
  • 1918-12-12 Joe Williams [Joseph Goreed], Cordele, Georgia, American jazz singer (Everyday I have the Blues)
  • 1919-10-18 Anita O'Day (born Anita Belle Colton), jazz singer , born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1920-01-17 George Handy [George Joseph Hendleman], American jazz musician (Handyland, U.S.A.), born in NYC, New York (d. 1997)
  • 1920-04-08 Carmen McRae (Clark), US jazz singer/pianist (Dream of Life)
  • 1920-05-11 Beryl Bryden, jazz singer
  • 1920-08-01 Maria Cole, American jazz singer and wife of Nat King Cole, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2012)
  • 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 and composer, born in Brussels (d. 2016)
  • 1922-05-18 Kai Winding, Danish-American Jazz musician and trombonist (Georgia On My Mind), born in Aarhus, Denmark (d. 1983)
  • 1923-09-25 Sam Rivers, American jazz musician (exponent of free jazz), born in El Reno, Oklahoma (d. 2011)
  • 1924-04-28 Blossom Dearie, American jazz singer and pianist, born in NYC, New York
  • 1924-06-16 Lucky [Eli] Thompson, American jazz musician (Cuban Fire!), born in Columbia, South Carolina (d. 2005)
  • 1924-12-21 Rita Reys, [Maria Reijs], Dutch jazz singer, (d. 2013)
  • 1925-08-12 Earl Coleman, American jazz singer, born in Port Huron, Michigan (d. 1995)
  • 1925-11-20 June [Shirley L] Christy, American jazz singer (Tampico)
  • 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
  • 1926-08-14 Buddy Greco, jazz singer (Away We Go, Broadway Open House), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2017)
  • 1926-08-22 Bob Flannigan, jazz singer (The Four Freshmen), born in Greencastle, Indiana (d. 2011)
  • 1927-01-28 Ronnie Scott, jazz musician/club-owner
  • 1927-10-23 Sonny [William] Criss, American jazz musician (bebop, Jazz USA), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1977)
  • 1927-11-11 Mose Allison, jazz artist (Black Country Suite), born in Tippo, Mississippi (d. 2016)
  • 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
  • 1928-11-25 Etta Jones, American jazz singer (Don't Go to Strangers), born in Aiken, South Carolina (d. 2001)
  • 1929-01-02 Art Prysock, jazz musician
  • 1929-03-26 Maurice Simon, jazz musician
  • 1930-03-13 Blue [Richard Allen] Mitchell, American jazz musician (Riverside, Blue Note), born in Miami, Florida (d. 1979)
  • 1930-03-19 Bill Henderson, American jazz singer (Torpedo-Dreams), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2016)
  • 1930-05-22 Kenny Ball, English jazz musician, born in Ilford, Essex (d. 2013)
  • 1930-06-03 Dakota Staton, American jazz singer, born in Pittsburgh (d. 2007)
  • 1930-06-04 Morgana King, jazz singer/actress (The Godfather)
  • 1930-07-25 Annie Ross, British jazz singer
  • 1931-05-02 Richard "Groove" Holmes, American jazz musician (Misty), born in Camden, New Jersey (d. 1991)
  • 1931-05-17 Dewey Redman, jazz musician
  • 1931-11-25 Nat Adderley, American jazz musician (Work Song), born in Tampa, Florida (d. 2000)
  • 1932-06-21 Ocie Lee "OC" Smith, US jazz singer (Little Green Apples) d. 2001
  • 1932-11-28 Ethel L Ennis, US orchestra leader/jazz singer (Once Again)
  • 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
  • 1935-02-18 Bosko Petrovic, Croatian jazz musician, founder of the Zagreb Jazz Quartet, born in Bjelovar (d. 2011)
  • 1935-05-27 Ramsey Lewis, Chic, pop jazz artist (Hang on Sloopy)
  • 1937-01-29 Bobby Scott, jazz singer
  • 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
  • 1940-03-12 Al Jarreau, American jazz singer (Moonlighting), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 2017)
  • 1940-09-10 Roy Ayers, LA, disco jazz artist (Fever, You Send Me)
  • 1941-02-05 Rick Laird, jazz musician (Gerry Niewood & Timepiece)
  • 1941-10-07 Larry Young [Khalid Yasin], American jazz musician (Unity), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1978)
  • 1941-10-28 Glenn Moore, American jazz musician, born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1941-12-12 Tim Hauser, American jazz singer (Manhattan Transfer-Tuxedo Junction), born in Troy, New York, (d. 2014)
  • 1942-02-12 Lionel Grigson, British jazz musician, born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire (d. 1994)
  • 1943-06-26 Georgie Fame [Clive Powell], English R&B and jazz singer and keyboard player (Get Away, Ballad of Bonnie & Clyde), born in Lancashire, England
  • 1943-12-12 Grover Washington Jr., US jazz saxophonist (Mr Magic), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1999)
  • 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
  • 1946-01-04 Susannah McCorkle, American jazz singer (d. 2001)

Weddings in Music


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

Jazz Musician Louis Armstrong
Jazz Musician
Louis Armstrong

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

Jazz Musician Billie Holiday
Jazz Musician
Billie Holiday

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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

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
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Nat King Cole

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

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 Buddy Bolden, African-American jazz musician, dies
  • 1933-03-04 Willie Walker, US jazz singer and guitarist (Dupree Blues), dies at 36
  • 1938-08-06 Warner Oland, Swedish actor (The Jazz Singer, Charlie Chan), dies at 58
  • 1948-02-07 "Red" McKenzie, blues-jazz singer (played comb-with-tissue-paper), dies
  • 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)

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1953-05-16 Django Reinhardt, Belgium born Romani-French jazz guitarist and composer considered the most significant European Jazz musician, dies at 43

Jazz Guitarist Django Reinhardt
Jazz Guitarist
Django Reinhardt

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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 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
  • 1965-09-03 Otto Lederer, Austrian actor (The Jazz Singer), dies at 79
  • 1969-05-19 Coleman Hawkins, US jazz musician/composer, dies
  • 1972-07-03 Mississippi Fred McDowell, jazz artist, dies at 68
  • 1975-04-13 Larry Parks, actor (Jazz Singer), dies at 60
  • 1975-12-11 Lee Wiley, American jazz singer (Night in Manhattan), dies at 67
  • 1975-12-17 Noble Sissle, jazz musician, dies at 86
  • 1977-11-19 Sonny [William] Criss, American jazz musician (bebop, Jazz USA), commits suicide at 50
  • 1978-03-30 Larry Young [Khalid Yasin], American jazz musician (Unity), dies at 37 in unclear circumstances
  • 1979-05-21 Blue [Richard Allen] Mitchell, American jazz musician (Riverside, Blue Note), dies of cancer at 79
  • 1983-05-06 Kai Winding, Danish-American Jazz musician and trombonist (Georgia On My Mind), dies of a brain tumor at 60
  • 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
  • 1987-09-21 Jaco Pastorius, American jazz musician and bass guitarist (Weather Report), dies at 35
  • 1989-05-10 Woody Shaw, American jazz musician (b. 1944)
  • 1990-04-03 Sarah Vaughan, American jazz singer, dies of lung cancer at 66
  • 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
  • 1991-05-15 Bud Freeman, American jazz musician and tenor saxophonist (Eel), dies of cancer at 84
  • 1991-06-29 Richard "Groove" Holmes, American jazz musician (Misty), dies of cancer at 60
  • 1992-05-10 Sylvia Syms [Blagman], American jazz singer (Hello Dolly, Flower Drum Song), dies of a heart attack at 74
  • 1993-03-08 Billy Eckstine, jazz singer (Fools Rush In), dies at 78 of stroke
  • 1993-07-11 Mario Bauza, Cubans/US jazz musician, dies at 82
  • 1993-11-07 Adelaide Hall, US jazz singer (Cotton Club), dies at 92

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1993-12-14 Myrna Loy, [Williams], US actress (Jazz Singer), dies at 88

Actress Myrna Loy
Actress
Myrna Loy
  • 1994-02-22 "Papa" John Creach, US jazz musician (Papa Blues), dies at 76
  • 1994-04-06 Dick Cary, jazz musician, dies at 77
  • 1994-06-14 Lionel Grigson, British jazz musician, dies at 52
  • 1994-11-10 Carmen McRae [Clark], US jazz singer/pianist, dies at about 73
  • 1995-06-30 Phyllis Hyman, R&B/Jazz singer (Prime of My Life), suicides at 45
  • 1995-07-12 Earl Coleman, American jazz singer, dies at 69
  • 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
  • 1997-01-08 George Handy [George Joseph Hendleman], American jazz musician (Handyland, U.S.A.), dies at 76
  • 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
  • 2000-01-02 Nat Adderley, American jazz musician (Work Song), dies from diabetes complications at 68
  • 2001-10-16 Etta Jones, American jazz singer (Don't Go to Strangers), dies of cancer at 72
  • 2002-11-21 Hadda Brooks, American jazz singer, pianist, and composer (b. 1916)
  • 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)
  • 2005-02-20 Pam Bricker, American jazz singer and Thievery Corporation vocalist (b. 1954)
  • 2005-07-30 Lucky [Eli] Thompson, American jazz musician (Cuban Fire!), dies at 81
  • 2007-01-12 Alice Coltrane, American jazz musician (b. 1937)
  • 2007-04-10 Dakota Staton, American jazz singer, dies at 76
  • 2007-10-17 Teresa Brewer, American pop and jazz singer (b. 1931)
  • 2008-04-25 Humphrey Lyttelton, Jazz musician and broadcaster, (b. 1921)
  • 2008-12-05 Anca Parghel, Romanian jazz singer and composer (b. 1957)
  • 2008-12-19 Kenny Cox, American jazz musician (b. 1940)
  • 2009-01-20 David Newman, American jazz musician, nicknamed "Fathead" (b. 1933)
  • 2009-02-07 Blossom Dearie, American jazz singer and pianist, dies of natural causes at 84
  • 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)
  • 2011-01-10 Bosko Petrovic, Croatian jazz musician, founder of the Zagreb Jazz Quartet, dies at 75
  • 2011-03-19 Kym Bonython, Australian radio broadcaster, jazz musician, speedway promoter (b. 1920)
  • 2011-05-15 Bob Flannigan, American jazz singer (The Four Freshmen), dies at 84
  • 2011-12-26 Sam Rivers, American jazz musician (exponent of free jazz), dies of pneumonia at 88
  • 2013-03-07 Kevin Ball, English Jazz musician, dies from pneumonia at 82
  • 2013-03-07 Kenny Ball, English jazz musician, dies at 82
  • 2013-07-28 Rita Reys, [Maria Reijs], Dutch jazz singer, dies from a intracranial hemorrhage at 88
  • 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
  • 2014-10-16 Tim Hauser, American jazz singer, dies from cardiac arrest at 72
  • 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
  • 2016-08-22 Toots [Jean-Baptiste] Thielemans, Belgian-American jazz musician and composer, dies at 94
  • 2016-11-15 Mose Allison, American jazz artist (Black Country Suite), dies at 89
  • 2017-01-10 Buddy Greco, American jazz singer (Away We Go, Broadway Open House), dies at 90
  • 2017-02-12 Al Jarreau, American jazz singer (Moonlighting), dies at 76