Jazz Musicians in History

Events in Music


Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018-04-16 Kendrick Lamar is the first rapper and non classical or jazz musician to win the Pulitzer Prize for music with his album "Damn"

Singer-songwriter, Music Producer Kendrick Lamar
Singer-songwriter, Music Producer
Kendrick Lamar

Birthdays in Music

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  • 1877-09-06 Charles "Buddy" Bolden, African-American jazz cornetist, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1931)
  • 1885-05-11 [Joe] King Oliver, American jazz musician (Dippermouth Blues), born in Aben, Louisiana (birth date disputed - could be Dec. 19) (d. 1938)
  • 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, French jazz pianist & bandleader, born in Valenciennes, France (d. 1962)
  • 1898-01-07 Al Bowlly, British jazz singer (d. 1941)
  • 1898-05-28 Andy Kirk, American jazz musician (I Won't Tell a Soul (I Love You)), born in Newport, Kentucky (d. 1992)
  • 1899-10-14 Red McKenzie, American jazz singer (played comb-with-tissue-paper), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1948)
  • 1900-05-28 Tommy Ladnier, American jazz musician, born in Mandeville, Louisiana (d. 1939)
  • 1900-07-29 Don Redman, American jazz musician and orchestra leader (Sugar Hill Times), born in Piedmont, West Virginia (d. 1964)
  • 1902-01-23 Benny Waters, American jazz saxophonist & clarinetist, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1998)
  • 1903-03-10 Leon Bismarck "Bix" Beiderbecke, , American jazz cornetist, considered one of the most influential jazz soloists of the 1920s, born in Davenport, Iowa (d. 1931)
  • 1903-06-12 Emmett Hardy, American jazz musician, born in Gretna, Louisiana (d. 1925)
  • 1904-01-12 Mississippi Fred McDowell, American jazz artist, born in Rossville, Tennessee (d. 1972)
  • 1904-04-09 Sharkey Bonano, American jazz musician, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1972)

Person of interestFats Waller

1904-05-21 Fats Waller [Thomas Wright], American jazz singer and composer (Ain't Misbehavin', Hot Chocolate), 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)
  • 1904-11-21 Coleman Hawkins, American jazz musician who virtually created tenor saxophone for jazz, born in St. Joseph, Missouri (d. 1969)
  • 1906-03-27 Pee Wee Russell, American jazz musician, born in Maplewood, Missouri (d. 1969)
  • 1906-04-13 Bud Freeman, American jazz musician and tenor saxophonist (Eel), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1991)
  • 1906-12-07 George James, American jazz saxophonist, born in Boggs, Oklahoma (d. 1995)
  • 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)
  • 1907-12-03 Connee Boswell, American jazz singer (The Boswell Sisters; Pete Kelly's Blues), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1976)
  • 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)
  • 1909-08-27 Lester Young, American jazz saxophonist, born in Woodville, Mississippi (d. 1959)

Person of interestDjango Reinhardt

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
  • 1911-06-22 Guus Jansen, Dutch jazz organist, pianist, composer (Net als Toen), born in Heiloo, the Netherlands (d. 1990)
  • 1911-12-15 Stan Kenton, American musician, jazz pianist, arranger and bandleader (Artistry In Rhythm), born in Wichita, Kansas (d. 1979)
  • 1912-02-16 Machito [Francisco "Frank" Grillo], Latin jazz musician and creator of Cubop and salsa music (Afro-Cubans), born in Havana, Cuba - NB: birth date and location disputed (d. 1984)
  • 1912-10-21 Carlos Don Byas, US jazz saxophonist
  • 1913-02-22 "Buddy" Tate, American jazz saxophonist, born in Sherman, Texas (d. 2001)
  • 1913-08-23 Bob Crosby, American jazz singer and bandleader (Bob-Cats), born in Spokane, Washington (d. 1993)
  • 1914-07-08 Billy Eckstine, American jazz singer (Tenderly, A Fool in Love), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1993)
  • 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)
  • 1915-01-31 Bobby Hackett, American jazz cornetist and orchestra leader (Air time '57), born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 1976)

Person of interestBillie Holiday

1915-04-07 Billie Holiday [Eleanora Fagan], American jazz singer (Lady Sings the Blues), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1959)

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, American jazz musician, born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1994)

Person of interestElla Fitzgerald

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
  • 1917-05-25 Jimmy Hamilton, American jazz saxophonist, born in Dillon, South Carolina (d. 1994)
  • 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], American jazz singer (Everyday I have the Blues), born in Cordele, Georgia (d. 1999)
  • 1918-12-24 Dave Bartholomew, American jazz artist & songwriter (Blueberry Hill), born in Edgard, Louisiana (d. 2019)
  • 1919-10-18 Anita O'Day (born Anita Belle Colton), American jazz singer, born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2006)
  • 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, British jazz/blues singer and washboard player, born in Norwich, Norfolk (d. 1998)
  • 1920-08-29 Charlie "Bird" Parker, American jazz saxophonist, born in Kansas City, Kansas (d. 1955)
  • 1920-10-09 Yusef Lateef, American jazz saxophonist and flautist, born in Chattanooga, Tennessee (d. 2013)
  • 1920-12-25 Jerome Richardson, American jazz musician, born in Oakland, California (d. 2000)
  • 1921-04-26 James "Jimmy" Giuffre, American jazz musician, composer, and arranger, born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2008)
  • 1921-05-23 Humphrey Lyttelton, British jazz musician, actor and broadcaster (It's Great to Be Young), born in Eton, Buckinghamshire (d. 2008)
  • 1922-02-27 Jackie Kelso [John Joseph Kelson Jr], American jazz saxophonist and session musician, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2012)
  • 1922-03-02 Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis [Edward F. Davis], American jazz saxophonist (Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland Big Band), born in Culver City, California (d. 1986)
  • 1922-04-29 Toots [Jean-Baptiste] Thielemans, Belgian-American jazz musician and composer, born in Brussels (d. 2016)
  • 1922-05-05 Monica Lewis, American jazz singer and film actress (Box Office, Affair with a Stranger), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2015)
  • 1922-05-18 Kai Winding, Danish-American Jazz musician and trombonist (Georgia On My Mind), born in Aarhus, Denmark (d. 1983)
  • 1922-06-17 Jerry Fielding, American jazz musician and composer (Lively Ones, Hogan's Heroes), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1980)
  • 1922-08-01 Maria Cole [née Hawkins], American jazz singer and wife of Nat King Cole, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2012)
  • 1922-10-31 Illinois Jacquet, American jazz saxophonist, born in Broussard, Louisiana (d. 2004)
  • 1923-09-25 Sam Rivers, American jazz musician (exponent of free jazz), born in El Reno, Oklahoma (d. 2011)
  • 1924-01-01 Arthur Prysock, American jazz and R&B singer (I Didn't Sleep a Wink Last Night), born in was born in Spartanburg, South Carolina (d. 1997) (or Jan 2, 1929)
  • 1924-02-02 Sonny Stitt [Edward Hammond Boatner Jr], American jazz saxophonist (Blows the Blues), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1982)
  • 1924-04-28 Blossom Dearie, American jazz singer and pianist, born in East Durnham, New York (d. 2009)
  • 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, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 2013)
  • 1925-03-25 James Moody, American jazz saxophonist/flutist/orchestra leader
  • 1925-07-16 Cal Tjader, American Latin jazz musician, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1982)
  • 1925-08-12 Earl Coleman, American jazz singer, born in Port Huron, Michigan (d. 1995)
  • 1925-10-29 John Haley "Zoot" Sims, American jazz saxophonist, born in Inglewood, California (d. 1985)
  • 1925-10-30 Teo Macero [Attilio Joseph Macero], American jazz saxophonist, composer and record producer (Miles Davis), born in Glens Falls, New York (d. 2008)
  • 1925-11-20 June Christy, American jazz singer (Tampico), born in Springfield, Illinois (d. 1990)
  • 1925-12-08 Jimmy Smith, American jazz musician and organist (Walk on the Wild Side), born in Norristown, Pennsylvania (d. 2005)
  • 1926-03-04 Don Rendell, English jazz musician and arranger, born in Plymouth, Devon (d. 2015)

Person of interestMiles Davis

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
  • 1926-07-02 Billy Usselton, American big band jazz saxophonist (Les Brown and His Band of Renown), born in New Castle, Pennsylvania (d. 1994)
  • 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)
  • 1926-09-17 Eugene [Brother Jack] McDuff, American jazz organist (George Benson, Brother Jack), born in Champaign, Illinois (d. 2001)

Person of interestJohn Coltrane

1926-09-23 John Coltrane, jazz saxophonist and composer (Blue Train), born in Hamlet, North Carolina (d. 1967)

Jazz Musician John Coltrane
Jazz Musician
John Coltrane
  • 1926-10-25 Jimmy Heath "Little Bird", American jazz saxophonist and composer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2020)
  • 1927-01-28 Ronnie Scott, jazz musician/club-owner
  • 1927-09-20 John Dankworth, English jazz musician and composer, born in Woodford, Essex, England (d. 2010)
  • 1927-10-13 Lee Konitz, American jazz saxophonist (Birth of the Cool), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2020)
  • 1927-10-23 Sonny [William] Criss, American jazz musician (bebop, Jazz USA), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1977)
  • 1927-11-11 Mose Allison, American jazz artist (Black Country Suite), born in Tippo, Mississippi (d. 2016)
  • 1928-04-24 Johnny Griffin III, American jazz saxophonist (A Blowin' Session), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2008)
  • 1928-06-20 Eric Dolphy, jazz musician, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1964)
  • 1928-07-17 Vince Guaraldi, American jazz pianist and composer (Peanuts TV specials), born in San Francisco (d. 1976)
  • 1928-07-20 Peter Ind, jazz musician
  • 1928-09-15 Julian "Cannonball" Adderley, American jazz alto saxophonist and bandleader of the 1950-60s hard bop era (The Black Messiah), born in Tampa, Florida (d. 1975)
  • 1928-11-25 Etta Jones, American jazz singer (Don't Go to Strangers), born in Aiken, South Carolina (d. 2001)
  • 1928-12-25 Harry Klein, English jazz saxophonist, born in London, United Kingdom (d. 2010)
  • 1929-03-26 Maurice Simon, jazz musician
  • 1929-06-11 Lennie Niehaus, American jazz saxophonist and film composer (Clint Eastwood films), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2020)
  • 1929-10-11 Curtis Amy, American jazz musician (Way Down), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2002)

Person of interestOrnette Coleman

1930-03-09 Ornette Coleman, American jazz saxophonist and composer (Downbeat Musician of Year 1966), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2015)

Jazz Composer Ornette Coleman
Jazz Composer
Ornette Coleman
  • 1930-03-13 Blue [Richard Allen] Mitchell, American jazz musician (Riverside, Blue Note), born in Miami, Florida (d. 1979)

Weddings in Music


LoveWedding of Interest

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

Jazz Musician Louis Armstrong
Jazz Musician
Louis Armstrong

LoveWedding of Interest

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

Jazz Musician Billie Holiday
Jazz Musician
Billie Holiday

LoveWedding of Interest

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

Jazz Musician Ella Fitzgerald
Jazz Musician
Ella Fitzgerald

LoveWedding 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

LoveWedding of Interest

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

Jazz Musician John Coltrane
Jazz Musician
John Coltrane

LoveWedding 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

  • 1925-06-16 Emmett Hardy, American jazz musician, dies at 22
  • 1931-08-06 Leon Bismarck "Bix" Beiderbecke, American cornetist, one of the most influential jazz soloists of the 1920s (In Mist), dies at 29
  • 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
  • 1939-06-04 Tommy Ladnier, American jazz musician, dies at 39

Person of interestFats Waller

1943-12-15 Fats Waller [Thomas Wright], American jazz singer and composer (Ain't Misbehavin', Hot Chocolate), dies at 39

Jazz Musician and Songwriter Fats Waller
Jazz Musician and Songwriter
Fats Waller
  • 1948-02-07 Red McKenzie, American jazz singer (played comb-with-tissue-paper), dies at 48
  • 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)

Person of interestDjango Reinhardt

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
  • 1955-03-12 Charlie "Bird" Parker, US jazz saxophonist, dies at 34 in NYC
  • 1959-03-15 Lester Young, American jazz musician, dies at 49

Person of interestBillie Holiday

1959-07-17 Billie Holiday [Eleanora Fagan], American jazz singer (Lady Sings the Blues), dies of cirrhosis of the liver at 44

Jazz Musician Billie Holiday
Jazz Musician
Billie Holiday
  • 1961-07-06 Scott LaFaro, American jazz musician, dies at 25
  • 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

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
  • 1969-05-19 Coleman Hawkins, American jazz musician who virtually created tenor saxophone for jazz, dies at 64
  • 1972-03-27 Sharkey Bonano, American jazz musician, dies at 67
  • 1972-07-03 Mississippi Fred McDowell, jazz artist, dies at 68
  • 1972-08-24 Carlos Wesley "Don" Byas, US jazz saxophonist, dies at 59
  • 1974-08-06 Gene Ammons, American jazz saxophonist (b. 1925)
  • 1975-12-11 Lee Wiley, American jazz singer (Night in Manhattan), dies at 67
  • 1975-12-17 Noble Sissle, jazz musician, dies at 86
  • 1976-06-07 Bobby Hackett, American jazz cornetist and orchestra leader (Air time '57), dies at 61
  • 1976-10-10 Connee Boswell, American jazz singer (Pete Kelly's Blue), dies at 68
  • 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
  • 1980-02-17 Jerry Fielding, American jazz musician and composer (Lively Ones, Hogan's Heroes), dies at 57
  • 1982-05-05 Cal Tjader, American Latin jazz musician, dies at 56
  • 1982-07-22 Sonny Stitt [Edward Hammond Boatner Jr], American jazz saxophonist (Blows the Blues), dies of cancer at 58
  • 1982-10-21 Radka Toneff, Norwegian jazz singer (It Don't Come Easy), dies of a drug overdose at 30
  • 1983-05-06 Kai Winding, Danish-American Jazz musician and trombonist (Georgia On My Mind), dies of a brain tumor at 60
  • 1984-04-15 Machito, Latin jazz musician & creator of Cubop and salsa music (Afro-Cubans), dies following a stroke at 76
  • 1984-04-26 William "Count" Basie, American jazz musician & bandleader, dies at 79
  • 1986-01-10 Joe Farrell, American jazz saxophonist, dies at 48
  • 1986-05-30 Hank Mobley, US jazz saxophonist, dies at 55
  • 1986-11-03 Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis [Edward F. Davis], American jazz saxophonist (Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland Big Band), dies of cancer at 65
  • 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
  • 1990-06-21 June Christy, American jazz singer (Tampico), dies at 64
  • 1990-11-05 Bobby Scott, American composer, arranger and jazz singer (He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother), dies of cancer at 53
  • 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 organist (Misty), dies of cancer at 60
  • 1992-01-01 Constantin Poustochkine, Dutch jazz musician & critic, dies at 81
  • 1992-01-17 Charlie Ventura, jazz sax (Bop for the people), dies at 75 of cancer
  • 1992-05-10 Sylvia Syms [Blagman], American jazz singer (Hello Dolly, Flower Drum Song), dies of a heart attack at 74
  • 1992-12-11 Andy Kirk, American jazz musician (I Won't Tell a Soul (I Love You)), dies at 94
  • 1993-03-08 Billy Eckstine, American jazz singer (Tenderly, A Fool in Love), dies at 78 of a stroke
  • 1993-03-09 Bob Crosby, American jazz singer and bandleader (Bob-Cats), dies of cancer at 79
  • 1993-07-11 Mario Bauza, Cubans/US jazz musician, dies at 82
  • 1993-09-28 Fraser MacPherson, Canadian jazz saxophonist (b. 1928)
  • 1993-11-07 Adelaide Hall, US jazz singer (Cotton Club), dies at 92
  • 1994-02-22 Papa John Creach, American blues violinist (Hot Tuna, Jefferson Airplane), dies of heart failure at 76
  • 1994-04-06 Dick Cary, American jazz musician, dies at 77
  • 1994-06-14 Lionel Grigson, British jazz musician, dies at 52
  • 1994-09-05 Billy Usselton, American big band jazz saxophonist (Les Brown and His Band of Renown), dies at 68
  • 1994-09-20 Jimmy Hamilton, American jazz saxophonist, dies at 77
  • 1994-11-10 Carmen McRae [Clark], US jazz singer/pianist, dies at about 73
  • 1995-01-30 George James, American jazz saxophonist, dies at 88
  • 1995-06-30 Phyllis Hyman, American jazz singer (Prime of My Life), committed suicide at 45
  • 1995-07-12 Earl Coleman, American jazz singer, dies at 69
  • 1995-10-19 Don Cherry, American jazz trumpeter (Ornette Coleman), dies from liver cancer at 58
  • 1996-06-01 Don Grolnick, jazz musician, dies at 48
  • 1996-09-17 Jessie Hill, American jazz musician (Ooh Poo Pah Doo), dies at 63
  • 1997-01-08 George Handy [George Joseph Hendleman], American jazz musician (Handyland, U.S.A.), dies at 76
  • 1997-06-21 Arthur Prysock, American jazz and R&B singer (I Didn't Sleep a Wink Last Night), dies at 68 or 73
  • 1997-09-20 Edmund Falkiner, jazz saxophinist and probation officer, dies at 59
  • 1998-03-20 George Howard, American jazz saxophone musician
  • 1998-08-11 Benjamin "Benny" Waters, American jazz saxophonist and clarinetist, dies at 96
  • 1999-03-29 Joe Williams [Joseph Goreed], American jazz singer (Everyday I have the Blues), dies of natural causes at 80
  • 1999-12-17 Grover Washington Jr., American jazz saxophonist (Mr Magic), dies at 56
  • 2000-01-02 Nat Adderley, American jazz musician (Work Song), dies from diabetes complications at 68
  • 2000-09-12 Stanley Turrentine, American jazz saxophonist (Wonderland), dies at 66
  • 2001-01-23 Eugene [Brother Jack] McDuff, American jazz organist (George Benson, Brother Jack), dies of heart failure at 74
  • 2001-02-10 George Holmes Tate, American jazz saxophonist and clarinetist (b. 1913)
  • 2001-06-30 Joe Henderson, American jazz saxophonist, dies at 64
  • 2001-10-16 Etta Jones, American jazz singer (Don't Go to Strangers), dies of cancer at 72
  • 2001-11-23 O. C Smith, American jazz singer (Little Green Apples), dies at 69
  • 2002-06-05 Curtis Amy, American jazz musician (Way Down), dies at 72
  • 2002-11-21 Hadda Brooks, American jazz singer, pianist, and composer (b. 1916)
  • 2004-07-22 Illinois Jacquet, American jazz saxophonist, dies at 81
  • 2004-12-26 Sigurd Køhn, Norwegian jazz musician, in 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake (b. 1959)
  • 2005-02-08 Jimmy Smith, American jazz musician and organist (Walk on the Wild Side), dies at 79
  • 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
  • 2006-03-31 Jackie McLean, American jazz saxophonist (b. 1931 or 1932)
  • 2006-09-02 [Walter] Dewey Redman, American jazz saxophonist, dies of liver failure at 75
  • 2006-11-23 Anita O'Day, American jazz singer, dies at 87
  • 2007-01-12 Alice Coltrane, American jazz musician (b. 1937)
  • 2007-01-13 Michael Brecker, American jazz saxophonist (Brecker Brothers), dies at 57
  • 2007-02-12 Peggy Gilbert, American jazz saxophonist and bandleader (b. 1905)
  • 2007-04-10 Dakota Staton, American jazz singer, dies at 76
  • 2007-10-17 Teresa Brewer, American pop and jazz singer (Put Another Nickel In), dies at 76
  • 2008-02-19 Teo Macero [Attilio Joseph Macero], American jazz saxophonist, composer and record producer (Miles Davis), dies at 82