Jazz Musicians in History (Part 2)

Events in Music


Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 273

  • 1927-10-13 Lee Konitz, American jazz saxophonist (Birth of the Cool), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2020)
  • 1927-10-23 William "Sonny" Criss, American bebop jazz saxophonist (Jazz U.S.A.), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1977)
  • 1927-11-11 Mose Allison, American jazz and blues piano player, singer, and composer ("Everybody's Cryin' Mercy"; "Your Mind Is on Vacation"), born in Tippo, Mississippi (d. 2016)
  • 1927-12-23 Pinocchio James, American jazz singer (Lionel Hampton Revue), born in Macon, Georgia
  • 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, British jazz double bassist, born in Middlesex, England
  • 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, American jazz musician, born in Houston, Texas (d. 2019)
  • 1929-06-11 Lennie Niehaus, American jazz saxophonist and film composer (Clint Eastwood films), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2020)
  • 1929-09-09 Claude Nougaro, French jazz singer and songwriter, born in Toulouse, France (d. 2004)
  • 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 (Richard Allen) "Blue" Mitchell, American jazz trumpeter (Horace Silver Quintet; Riverside; Blue Note), born in Miami, Florida (d. 1979)
  • 1930-03-19 Bill Henderson, American jazz singer ("Señor Blues"), and actor (Dreams - "Torpedo"), 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 ("Where Flamingos Fly"; "Sex Is A Misdemeanor") , born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2007)
  • 1930-06-04 Morgana King [Messina], American jazz singer ("Dindi"; "It's A Quiet Thing"), and actress (The Godfather; The Godfather Part II), born in Pleasantville, New York (d. 2018)
  • 1930-07-07 Hank Mobley, US jazz saxophonist
  • 1930-07-25 Annie Ross, British-American jazz singer (Lambert, Hendricks & Ross - "Twisted") and actress, born in London (d. 2020)
  • 1930-09-07 Sonny Rollins, American jazz saxophonist (Blue Room), born in NYC, New York
  • 1930-10-08 (Park Frederick) "Pepper" Adams, American jazz saxophonist (Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Big Band), born in Highland Park, Michigan
  • 1931-03-30 Harold Burrage, American blues and jazz singer, and pianist (Hi Yo Silver), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1931-05-02 Richard "Groove" Holmes, American jazz organist ("Misty"), born in Camden, New Jersey (d. 1991)
  • 1931-05-07 Teresa Brewer, American pop and jazz singer ("Put Another Nickel In"), born in Toledo, Ohio (d. 2007)
  • 1931-05-17 [Walter] Dewey Redman, American jazz saxophonist, born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2006)
  • 1931-07-21 Plas Johnson, American jazz musician (The Pink Panther Theme), born in Donaldsonville, Louisiana
  • 1931-10-15 (Lionel) Frederick "Freddy" Cole, American jazz singer and pianist, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2020) [1]
  • 1931-11-02 Phil Woods, American jazz saxophonist and composer (Steely Dan's "Doctor Wu"; Billy Joel's "Just The Way You Are"), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 2015)
  • 1931-11-25 Nat Adderley, American jazz musician (Work Song), born in Tampa, Florida (d. 2000)
  • 1931-12-31 Gil Mellé, American jazz saxophonist and composer, born in New York City (d. 2004)
  • 1932-01-31 [Anna] Ottilie Patterson, Irish blues and jazz singer (Chris Barber Jazz Band), born in Comber, Northern Ireland (d. 2011)
  • 1932-02-24 Michel Legrand, French composer and jazz musician (Summer of '42, Windmills of Your Mind), born in Paris, France (d. 2019)
  • 1932-04-17 Arthur "Art" Ellefson, Canadian jazz saxophonist, born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
  • 1932-06-21 O. C Smith, American jazz singer (Little Green Apples), born in Mansfield, Louisiana (d. 2001)
  • 1932-11-28 Ethel Ennis, American jazz singer (If Women Ruled The World), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2019)
  • 1932-11-28 Gato Barbieri, Latin jazz musician (Last Tango in Paris), born in Rosario, Argentina (d. 2016)
  • 1932-12-09 Jessie Hill, American jazz musician (Ooh Poo Pah Doo), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1996)
  • 1933-04-21 Ian Carr, Scottish jazz musician (Nucleus), born in Dumfries, Scotland (d. 2009)
  • 1933-08-25 Wayne Shorter, American jazz saxophonist and composer (Weather Report), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1934-04-05 Stanley Turrentine, American jazz saxophonist (Wonderland), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2000)
  • 1934-11-14 Ellis Marsalis, American jazz pianist & teacher, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2020)
  • 1935-02-18 Bosko Petrovic, Croatian jazz musician, founder of the Zagreb Jazz Quartet, born in Bjelovar (d. 2011)
  • 1935-04-09 Reuben Wilson, American jazz organist ("Got to Get Your Own"), born in Mounds, Oklahoma
  • 1935-04-23 Vernice "Bunky" Green, American jazz saxophonist (Healing The Pain), and educator, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1935-05-05 Edward "Kidd" Jordan, American jazz saxophonist and music educator, born in Crowley, New Orleans
  • 1935-05-27 Ramsey Lewis, American Grammy Award winning jazz-pop pianist ("The In Crowd", "Wade in the Water"), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1935-09-03 Dorothy Masuka, Zimbabwe-born South African jazz singer and activist, born in Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia (d. 2019)
  • 1936-04-03 Scott LaFaro, American jazz bassist (Bill Evans Trio), born in Irvington, New Jersey (d. 1961)
  • 1936-04-03 Jimmy McGriff, American jazz Hammond organist, born in Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2008)
  • 1936-04-28 John Tchicai, Danish jazz saxophonist and composer (New York Art Quartet), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 2012)
  • 1936-05-12 Klaus Doldinger, German jazz saxophonist (Passport) and composer for film, born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1936-06-22 Hermeto Pascoal, Brazilian jazz musician and composer, born in Lagoa da Canoa, Alagoas, Brazil
  • 1936-07-22 Don Patterson, American jazz organist (Hip Cake Walk; Holiday Soul), born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 1988)
  • 1936-09-21 James "Sunny" Murray, American jazz musician and drummer, born in Idabel, Oklahoma (d. 2017)
  • 1937-01-29 Bobby Scott, American composer, arranger and jazz singer ("He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother"), born in Mt Pleasant, New York (d. 1990)
  • 1937-04-24 Joe Henderson, American jazz saxophonist, born in Lima, Ohio (d. 2001)
  • 1937-08-27 Alice Coltrane [née McLeod], American jazz harp, piano, and organ player (Journey in Satchidananda), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2007)
  • 1937-12-16 Joe Farrell, American jazz saxophonist, born in Chicago Heights, Illinois, (d. 1986)
  • 1938-06-29 Edmund Falkiner, jazz saxophinist and probation officer (d. 1997)
  • 1938-12-28 Dick Sudhalter, American jazz trumpeter, and writer, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2008)
  • 1939-05-19 (Cornelius) "Sonny" Fortune, American jazz saxophonist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2018)
  • 1939-12-25 Bob James, American smooth jazz musician, born in Marshall, Missouri
  • 1940-03-12 Al Jarreau, American jazz singer ("Breaking Away"; "We're In This Love Together"; "Moonlighting"), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 2017)
  • 1940-07-05 Arthur Blythe, American jazz saxophonist, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2017)
  • 1940-09-10 Roy Ayers, American disco jazz artist (Fever, You Send Me), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1940-10-13 Pharoah Sanders, American jazz saxophonist, born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1940-11-29 Charles "Chuck" Mangione, American jazz flugel horn and trumpet player (Feels So Good), born in Rochester, New York
  • 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 Glen Moore, American jazz bassist and composer, born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1941-12-12 Tim Hauser, American jazz singer (Manhattan Transfer-Tuxedo Junction), born in Troy, New York, (d. 2014)
  • 1941-12-25 Ronnie Cuber, American jazz saxophonist, born in NYC, New York
  • 1942-02-12 Lionel Grigson, British jazz pianist, and horn player, born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire (d. 1994)
  • 1942-03-06 Flora Purim, Brazilian jazz singer (Return To Forever; Airto), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1942-09-14 Oliver Lake, American jazz saxophonist and composer, born in Marianna, Arkansas
  • 1942-10-20 Joe Bourne, American jazz singer (Upbeat and Sweet), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 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., American jazz saxophonist (Mr Magic), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1999)
  • 1944-07-24 Barbara Thompson, British jazz saxophonist and composer, born in Oxford, England
  • 1944-08-30 John Surman, English jazz musician, born in Tavistock, Devon, England
  • 1944-09-18 Michael Franks, American jazz singer and songwriter, born in La Jolla, California
  • 1945-02-13 Keith Nichols, English jazz musician, born in Essex, England
  • 1945-05-08 Keith Jarrett, American jazz and classical pianist and composer (The Köln Concert), born in Allentown, Pennsylvania
  • 1945-06-04 Anthony Braxton, American jazz musician and composer, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1945-07-30 David Sanborn, American jazz saxophonist (David Letterman Show), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1946-01-04 Susannah McCorkle, American jazz singer, born in Berkeley, California (d. 2001)
  • 1946-03-28 Richard Sussman, American jazz musician and composer
  • 1946-05-01 Jerry Weiss, American jazz musician (Blood, Sweat & Tears), born in NYC, New York
  • 1946-06-16 Tom Harrell. American jazz musician (Time's Mirror), born in Urbana, Illinois
  • 1947-01-21 Michel Jonasz, French pop and jazz singer-songwriter, and composer, born in Drancy, France
  • 1947-02-10 Butch Morris, American jazz cornetist and composer
  • 1947-04-28 Steve Khan [Cahn], American jazz guitarist (Christmas Waltz), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1947-06-16 Tom "Bones" Malone, American jazz musician, arranger, and producer (SNL; Blues Brothers), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1947-09-23 Don Grolnick, American jazz pianist, composer and session musician (Brecker Brothers; Linda Ronstadt; James Taylor), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1947-11-28 Maria Farantouri, Greek folk and jazz singer, born in Athens
  • 1948-04-28 Dorothée Berryman, Canadian stage and screen actress (The Decline of the American Empire), and jazz singer, born in Quebec City, Quebec

Weddings in Music


Divorces in Music


Deaths in Music

  • 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 [née McLeod], American jazz harp, piano, and organ player (Journey in Satchidananda) dies of respiratory failure at 69
  • 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 ("Where Flamingos Fly"; "Sex Is A Misdemeanor"), 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
  • 2008-04-25 Humphrey Lyttelton, British jazz trumpeter and bandleader ("Bad Penny Blues"), and broadcaster (BBC2 - Best Of Jazz, 1967-2007; BBC4 - I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue, 1972-2008), dies at 86
  • 2008-07-25 Johnny Griffin III, American jazz saxophonist (A Blowin' Session), dies of a heart attack at 80
  • 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 "Fathead" Newman, American jazz saxophonist (Ray Charles - "The Right Time"), dies of pancreatic cancer at 75
  • 2009-02-07 Blossom Dearie, American jazz singer and pianist, dies of natural causes at 84
  • 2009-02-25 Ian Carr, Scottish jazz musician (Nucleus), dies after suffering Alzheimer's disease at 75
  • 2009-06-03 Sam Butera, American big band and R&B saxophonist, songwriter, and singer (Louis Prima and the Witnesses), dies of pneumonia at 81
  • 2010-02-06 John Dankworth, English jazz musician and composer, dies at 82
  • 2010-07-14 Gene Ludwig, American jazz organist (b. 1937)
  • 2010-10-18 Marion Brown, American jazz musician (b. 1931)
  • 2010-12-09 James Moody, American jazz musician (b. 1925)
  • 2010-12-19 Trudy Pitts, American jazz organist, pianist, and vocalist (b. 1932)
  • 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
  • 2011-06-20 [Anna] Ottilie Patterson, Irish blues and jazz singer (Chris Barber Jazz Band), dies at 79
  • 2011-12-26 Sam Rivers, American jazz musician (exponent of free jazz), dies of pneumonia at 88
  • 2012-03-06 Lucia Mannucci, Italian jazz singer (Quartetto Cetra, 1947-88), dies at 91
  • 2012-04-28 Jackie Kelso [John Joseph Kelson Jr], American jazz saxophonist & session musician, dies at 90
  • 2012-10-07 John Tchicai, Danish jazz saxophonist and composer (New York Art Quartet), dies at 76
  • 2012-10-18 David Spencer Ware, American free jazz saxophonist, dies at 62
  • 2013-03-07 Kenny Ball, English jazz musician, dies of pneumonia at 82
  • 2013-07-28 Rita Reys [Maria Reijs], Dutch jazz singer, dies from a intracranial hemorrhage at 88
  • 2013-10-30 Frank Wess, American jazz musician, dies from a heart attack at 91
  • 2013-12-23 Yusef Lateef, American jazz saxophonist and flautist, dies at 93
  • 2014-02-11 Alice Babs [Nilson], Swedish jazz singer (The Swe-Danes; Duke Ellington's Sacred Concerts), and actress (Swing It, Teacher!), dies of Alzheimer's disease complications at 90
  • 2014-10-16 Tim Hauser, American jazz singer, dies from cardiac arrest at 72

Person of interestOrnette Coleman

2015-06-11 Ornette Coleman, American jazz saxophonist and composer (Free Jazz: A Collective Improvisation), dies of a heart attack at 85

Jazz Composer Ornette Coleman
Jazz Composer
Ornette Coleman
  • 2015-06-12 Monica Lewis, American jazz singer and film actress (Box Office, Affair with a Stranger), dies at 93
  • 2015-07-15 Howard Rumsey, American jazz musician (Lighthouse Cafe), dies at 97
  • 2015-09-29 Phil Woods, American jazz saxophonist and composer (Steely Dan's "Doctor Wu"; Billy Joel's "Just The Way You Are"), dies of emphysema at 83
  • 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 and blues piano player, singer, and composer ("Everybody's Cryin Mercy"; "Your Mind Is on Vacation"), dies at 89
  • 2016-12-25 Alphonse Mouzon, American jazz musician (Weather Report, Tenacious Records), dies from cancer at 68
  • 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
  • 2017-03-27 Arthur Blythe, American jazz saxophonist, dies at 76
  • 2017-12-07 James "Sunny" Murray, American jazz musician and drummer, dies at 81
  • 2018-03-22 Morgana King, American jazz singer and actress (The Godfather, The Godfather Part II), dies of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma at 87
  • 2018-10-25 Sonny Fortune [Cornelius Fortune], American jazz saxophonist, dies at 79
  • 2019-01-26 Michel Legrand, French composer, film arranger and jazz musician (Summer of '42, Windmills of Your Mind), dies at 86
  • 2019-02-17 Ethel Ennis, American jazz singer (If Women Ruled The World), dies of a stroke at 86 [1]
  • 2019-02-23 Dorothy Masuka, Zimbabwe-born South African jazz singer and activist, dies from complications of a stroke at 83
  • 2019-05-30 Leon Redbone [Dickran Gobalian], American blues and jazz musician (Seduced, Theme to Mr. Belvedere), dies at 69
  • 2019-06-23 Dave Bartholomew, American jazz artist & songwriter (Blueberry Hill), dies at 100
  • 2019-08-06 Maurice Simon, American jazz musician, dies at 90
  • 2020-01-19 Jimmy Heath "Little Bird", American jazz saxophonist and composer, dies at 93
  • 2020-04-01 Ellis Marsalis, American jazz musician and prominent teacher, dies of COVID-19 complications at 85
  • 2020-04-15 Lee Konitz, American jazz saxophonist (Birth of the Cool), dies of COVID-19 complications at 92
  • 2020-05-28 Lennie Niehaus, American jazz saxophonist and film composer (Clint Eastwood films), dies at 90
  • 2020-06-27 (Lionel) Frederick "Freddy" Cole, American jazz singer and pianist, dies at 88 [1]
  • 2020-07-21 Annie Ross, British-American jazz singer (Lambert, Hendricks & Ross - "Twisted") and actress, dies from emphysema and heart disease, at 89 [1]

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