Jazz Musicians in History (Part 2)

Events in Music


Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 224

  • 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, American jazz singer 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), born in London
  • 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
  • 1931-05-02 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
  • 1931-11-02 Phil Woods, American Jazz saxophonist and composer, born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 2015)
  • 1931-11-25 Nat Adderley, American jazz musician (Work Song), born in Tampa, Florida (d. 2000)
  • 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, Canada
  • 1932-06-21 O. C Smith, American jazz singer (Little Green Apples), born in Mansfield, Louisiana (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 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 musician (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)
  • 1935-04-23 Bunky Green, American jazz musician, 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 jazz-pop pianist (Hang on Sloopy), 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 musician, born in Irvington, New Jersey (d. 1961)
  • 1936-04-03 Jimmy McGriff, American jazz organist, born in Germantown, Philadelphia (d. 2008)
  • 1936-04-28 John Tchicai, Danish jazz saxophonist and composer, born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 2012)
  • 1936-05-12 Klaus Doldinger, German jazz saxophonist (Passport) and composer for film, born in Berlin
  • 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 musician (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 Richard Sudhalter, British(?) writer/jazz musician
  • 1939-05-19 Sonny Fortune [Cornelius 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 (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, LA, disco jazz artist (Fever, You Send Me)
  • 1940-10-13 Pharoah Sanders, American jazz saxophonist, born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1940-11-29 Chuck [Charles] Mangione, American jazz musician (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 musician, born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire (d. 1994)
  • 1942-09-14 Oliver Lake, American jazz saxophonist and composer, born in Marianna, Arkansas
  • 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, jazz musician/composer/bandleader
  • 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 (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
  • 1947-02-10 Butch Morris, American jazz cornetist and composer
  • 1947-04-28 Steve Khan, jazz musician (Christmas Waltz), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1947-06-16 Tom "Bones" Malone, American jazz musician, arranger, and producer, born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1947-09-23 Don Grolnick, jazz musician
  • 1948-11-21 Alphonse Mouzon, American jazz musician (Weather Report, Tenacious Records), born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 2016)
  • 1949-03-29 Michael Brecker, American jazz saxophonist (Brecker Brothers), born in Cheltenham, Pennsylvania (d. 2007)
  • 1949-08-26 Leon Redbone [Dickran Gobalian], American blues and jazz musician (Seduced, Theme to Mr. Belvedere), born in Nicosia, Cyprus (d. 2019)
  • 1950-07-06 Phyllis Hyman, American jazz singer (Prime of My Life), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1995)
  • 1950-08-25 Charles Fambrough, American jazz musician, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1951-07-17 Lucie Arnaz, American actress (Kim-Here's Lucy, Jazz Singer), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1951-12-01 Jaco Pastorius, American jazz musician and bass guitarist (Weather Report-Word of Mouth), born in Norristown, Pennsylvania (d. 1987)
  • 1951-12-29 Laurel Massé, American jazz singer (Manhattan Transfer-Operator), born in Holland, Michigan
  • 1952-01-11 Lee Ritenour, jazz musician, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1952-05-05 Louis Cortelezzi, American rock and jazz saxophonist (Mink DeVille) and film composer (Pokemon), born in New Galilee, Pennsylvania
  • 1952-06-25 Radka Toneff, Norwegian jazz singer (It Don't Come Easy), born in Oslo, Norway (d. 1982)
  • 1952-07-23 Janis Siegel, American jazz singer (Manhattan Transfer-Tuxedo Junction), born in NYC, New York
  • 1953-12-10 Diane Schuur, American jazz singer (Diane Schuur & the Count Basie Orchestra), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • 1955-02-16 Jeff Clayton, US jazz saxophonist/composer (Groove Shop)
  • 1955-09-13 Joe Morris, American jazz musician, born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1955-11-07 René Marie, American jazz singer (Sound of Red), born in Warrenton, Virginia
  • 1955-12-04 Cassandra Wilson, American jazz singer, born in Jackson, Mississippi
  • 1956-06-05 Kenny G [Gorelick], American jazz saxophonist (Duotones, Breathless), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1956-06-11 Jamaaladeen Tacuma [Rudy McDaniel], American jazz bassist (Ornette Coleman), born in Hempstead, New York
  • 1956-11-07 Denise Jannah [Zeefuik], Suriname-Dutch jazz singer (Farmer's Market), born in Paramaribo, Suriname
  • 1957-11-04 Najee [Jerome Najee Rasheed], American jazz musician, born in NYC, New York
  • 1959-09-30 Basia Trzetrzelevska, Polish jazz singer (Time & Life)
  • 1960-01-16 Richard Elliot, Scottish-born American jazz saxophonist (When a Man Loves a Woman cover), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1960-06-23 Donald Harrison, American jazz saxophonist, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1960-08-26 Branford Marsalis, jazz saxophonist (Bring on the Night, Tonight Show)
  • 1960-10-02 Django Bates, British jazz musician, born in Beckenham, Kent
  • 1962-04-01 Sara Lazarus, American jazz singer (It's All Right With Me), born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • 1962-10-12 Chris Botti, American jazz musician (Impressions), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1962-11-11 James Morrison [Lloyd], Australian jazz musician (Morrison Brothers Big Bad Band), born in Boorowa, New South Wales, Australia
  • 1963-03-27 Dave Koz, American jazz saxophonist, born in Encino, California

Weddings in Music


Divorces in Music


Deaths in Music

  • 2008-04-25 Humphrey Lyttelton, British jazz musician, actor and broadcaster (It's Great to Be Young), 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 Newman, American jazz musician, nicknamed "Fathead" (b. 1933)
  • 2009-02-07 Blossom Dearie, American jazz singer and pianist, dies of natural causes at 84
  • 2009-02-25 Ian Carr, Scottish jazz musician (Nucleus), dies after suffering Alzheimer's disease at 75
  • 2009-06-03 Sam Butera, American jazz musician (b. 1927)
  • 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
  • 2011-12-26 Sam Rivers, American jazz musician (exponent of free jazz), dies of pneumonia at 88
  • 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, 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
  • 2014-10-16 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), dies 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, dies 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 artist (Black Country Suite), 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
  • 2019-02-23 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
  • 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