Jazz Trumpeters in History

Birthdays in Music

  • 1887-09-03 Frank Christian, American jazz trumpeter, born in Bywater, New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1973)
  • 1890-12-30 Charles Cyril "Charlie" Creath, American jazz trumpeter, saxophonist, accordionist, and bandleader, born in Ironton, Missouri (d. 1951)
  • 1899-01-28 Zilner T Randolph, jazz trumpeter/arranger
  • 1900-02-13 Joseph "Wingy" Manone American jazz trumpeter, composer, singer, and bandleader ("Tar Paper Stomp"; "Downright Disgusted Blues"), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1982)
  • 1900-03-24 Algeria Junius "June" Clark, American jazz trumpeter and cornetist, born in Long Branch, New Jersey (d. 1963)
  • 1900-05-28 Tommy Ladnier, American jazz trumpeter (Lovie Austin; King Oliver; New Orleans Feetwarmers; Noble Sissle; Sidney Bechet), born in Mandeville, Louisiana (d. 1939)
  • 1900-06-15 Paul J. Mares, American jazz trumpeter and composer ("Farewell Blues"), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1949)

Person of interestLouis Armstrong

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

Jazz Musician Louis Armstrong
Jazz Musician
Louis Armstrong
  • 1903-12-29 Clyde McCoy, American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, born in Ashland, Kentucky (d. 1990)
  • 1904-04-09 Joseph "Sharkey" Bonano, American Dixieland jazz trumpeter and singer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1972)
  • 1905-06-13 Aldophus "Doc" Cheatham, American jazz trumpeter, born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 1997)
  • 1908-01-07 [Henry] "Red" Allen, American jazz trumpeter, born in Algiers, Louisiana (d. 1967)
  • 1908-02-04 Emmanuel "Manny" Klein, American jazz trumpeter, born in NYC, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1908-04-29 Philippe Brun, French jazz trumpeter, born in Paris (d. 1994)
  • 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)
  • 1909-01-22 Irving "Mouse" Randolph, American swing jazz trumpeter (Cab Calloway Orchestra), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1997)
  • 1909-04-08 George Dixon, American jazz trumpeter, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1994)
  • 1909-10-04 Noel Chiboust, French jazz trumpeter and saxophonist, born in Thorigny-sur-Marne, France (d. 1994)
  • 1910-02-09 Herbert "Peanuts" Holland, American swing jazz trumpeter, born in Norfolk, Virginia (d. 1979)
  • 1910-10-10 Milt Larkin, American jazz trumpeter and band leader, born in Navasota, Texas (d. 1996)
  • 1911-05-03 John Rhea "Yank" Lawson, American jazz trumpeter ("Dogtown Blues"; "Stormy Weather"), born in Trenton, Missouri (d. 1995)
  • 1911-07-20 William Dillard, American jazz trumpeter and Broadway singer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1995) [1]
  • 1914-12-03 Edward "Corky" Cornelius, American jazz trumpeter (Benny Goodman; Gene Krupa), born in Cicero, Indiana (d. 1943)
  • 1917-10-21 John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie, American jazz trumpeter, a creator of bebop & modern jazz (A Night In Tunisia), born in Cheraw, South Carolina (d. 1993)
  • 1918-03-06 Howard McGhee, American be-bop jazz trumpeter, born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 1987)
  • 1918-09-04 Gerald Wilson, American jazz trumpeter, arranger and orchestra leader (Redd Foxx), born in Shelby, Mississippi (d. 2014)
  • 1919-02-03 (Eugene) "Snooky" Young, American jazz trumpeter who mastered the plunger mute, born in Dayton, Ohio (d. 2011)
  • 1919-03-15 Randy Brooks, American jazz trumpeter and bandleader ("Harlem Nocturne') (d. 1967)
  • 1920-12-14 Clark Terry, American jazz trumpeter, born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 2015)
  • 1921-05-06 Freddy Randall, English jazz trumpeter, born in London (d. 1999)
  • 1921-05-23 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), born in Eton, Buckinghamshire (d. 2008)
  • 1922-11-07 Al Hirt, jazz trumpeter (Greatest Horn in the World), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1999)
  • 1923-01-26 Talib Dawud [Alfonso Rainey], Antiguan-American jazz trumpeter (Dizzy Gillespie Big Band), born in Antigua (d. 1999)
  • 1923-06-15 Melvin Moore, American jazz trumpeter, and singer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1989)
  • 1924-04-14 Shorty Rogers [Milton Rajonsky], American jazz trumpeter and composer, born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts (d. 1994)
  • 1924-08-30 Kenny Dorham [McKinley], American jazz trumpeter, born in Fairfield, Texas (d. 1972)
  • 1925-03-14 (George) "Sonny" Cohn, American jazz trumpeter (Red Saunders, 1945-60; Duke Ellington, 1960-84), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2006)
  • 1925-08-13 Benny Bailey, American jazz trumpeter, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2005)
  • 1926-07-03 Johnny Coles, American jazz trumpeter (Little Johnny C), born in Trenton, New Jersey (d. 1997)
  • 1927-09-27 Red Rodney [Robert Chudnick], American jazz trumpeter (Charlie Parker Quintet), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1994)
  • 1928-04-04 Alfredo "Chocolate" Armenteros, Cuban jazz trumpeter (Orchestra Harlow; Eddie Palmieri), born in Santa Clara, Cuba (d. 2016)
  • 1928-05-04 Maynard Ferguson, Canadian jazz trumpeter (Roulette), born in Verdun, Quebec (d. 2006)
  • 1930-03-13 (Richard Allen) "Blue" Mitchell, American jazz trumpeter (Horace Silver Quintet; Riverside; Blue Note), born in Miami, Florida (d. 1979)
  • 1930-03-18 Pat Halcox, British jazz trumpeter (Chris Barber Jazz Band, 1954-2008), born in Chelsea, London (d. 2013)
  • 1930-10-30 Clifford Brown, American jazz trumpeter and composer (Joyspring, Jordu), born in Wilmington, Delaware (d. 1956)
  • 1931-03-27 Burt Collins, American jazz trumpeter, born in NYC, New York (d. 2007)
  • 1931-11-30 Jack Sheldon, American jazz trumpeter, singer, and actor (Run Buddy Run, Merv Griffin), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1932-07-16 John Chilton, English jazz trumpeter (Feetwarmers), born in London (d. 2016)
  • 1932-09-11 Ian Hamer, British jazz trumpeter and session musician (Beatles - "Got To Get You Into My Life"; Top of the Pops studio band), born in Liverpool, England (d. 2006)
  • 1932-12-09 Donald Byrd, American jazz trumpeter (Black Byrd), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2013)

Person of interestQuincy Jones Jr

1933-03-14 Quincy Jones (Jr.), American jazz trumpeter. composer, arranger, record producer (Michael Jackson; Frank Sinatra; "We Are The World"), and film producer (The Color Purple), born in Chicago, Illinois

Composer & Singer Quincy Jones Jr
Composer & Singer
Quincy Jones Jr
  • 1935-03-31 Herb Alpert, American jazz trumpeter and bandleader (Tijuana Brass - "This Guy's In Love With You"), and record executive (A & M), born in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, California
  • 1935-06-03 Ted Curson, American jazz tumpeter, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)
  • 1936-03-24 Fredrick Kaufman, American jazz trumpeter (Woody Herman), classical composer ( Mother of Exiles; Kaminarimon), and educator (born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1936-04-06 Manfred Schoof, German free jazz trumpeter and composer (Globe United Orchestra), and educator, born in Magdeburg, Germany
  • 1936-04-13 Henryk Majewski, Polish big band jazz trumpeter (Old Timers), born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 2005)
  • 1936-11-18 Don Cherry, American jazz trumpeter (Ornette Coleman), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 1995)
  • 1938-04-07 Freddie Hubbard, jazz trumpeter (Art Blakey), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1938-12-28 Dick Sudhalter, American jazz trumpeter, and writer, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2008)
  • 1941-10-11 Lester Bowie, American jazz trumpeter, born in Frederick, Maryland (d. 1999)
  • 1942-03-06 Charles Tolliver, American jazz trumpeter (Impact), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1944-02-20 Lew Soloff, American jazz trumpeter (Blood, Sweat & Tears), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1946-04-25 Digby Fairweather, British jazz trumpeter, born in Rochford, Essex, England
  • 1949-11-06 Arturo Sandoval, Cuban-American jazz trumpeter and composer, born in Artemisa, Cuba
  • 1950-04-19 Earl Gardner, American jazz trumpeter (Saturday Night Live), born in NYC, New York
  • 1950-12-15 Stjepko Gut, Serbian jazz trumpeter, flügelhorn player, and teacher, born in Ruma, Yugoslavia (now Serbia)
  • 1951-08-08 Laurie Ann Frink, American big band jazz trumpeter and educator, born in Pender, Nebraska (d. 2013) [1]
  • 1952-07-27 Steve Gluzband, American Latin jazz trumpeter, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1953-07-24 Jon Faddis, American jazz trumpeter and educator, born in Oakland, California
  • 1957-12-26 Guy Barker, British jazz trumpeter, composer, and arranger (The Amadeus Project) born in Chiswick, London, England
  • 1960-05-25 Wallace Roney, American post-bop jazz trumpeter, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2020) [1]
  • 1961-10-18 Wynton Marsalis, American jazz and classical trumpeter (9 Grammy Awards; Pulitzer Prize for "Blood on the Fields"; Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1962-03-13 Terence Blanchard, American jazz trumpeter (Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers), film score composer (When The Levees Broke; Harriet), and educator, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1962-12-24 Michael Ray, American jazz trumpeter, born in Trenton, New Jersey
  • 1969-10-16 Roy Hargrove, American jazz trumpeter, born in Waco, Texas (d. 2018)

Weddings in Music


LoveWedding 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

LoveWedding of Interest

1981-11-26 Legendary American jazz trumpeter Miles Davis (55) weds American "Sounder" actress Cicely Tyson (47) at the home of actor Bill Cosby (divorced, 1989)

Jazz Musician Miles Davis
Jazz Musician
Miles Davis

Deaths in Music

  • 1939-06-04 Tommy Ladnier, American jazz trumpeter (Lovie Austin; King Oliver; New Orleans Feetwarmers; Noble Sissle; Sidney Bechet), dies of a heart attack at 39
  • 1943-08-03 Edward "Corky" Cornelius, American jazz trumpeter (Benny Goodman; Gene Krupa), dies of kidney failure at 28
  • 1951-10-23 Charles Cyril "Charlie" Creath, American jazz trumpeter, saxophonist, accordionist, and bandleader, dies at 60
  • 1956-06-26 Clifford Brown, American jazz trumpeter and composer (Joyspring, Jordu), dies at 25
  • 1963-02-23 Algeria Junius "June" Clark, American jazz trumpeter and cornetist, dies at 62
  • 1967-04-17 Henry "Red" Allen, American jazz trumpeter, dies of pancreatic cancer at 59

Person of interestLouis Armstrong

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

Jazz Musician Louis Armstrong
Jazz Musician
Louis Armstrong
  • 1972-12-05 Kenny Dorham [McKinley], American jazz trumpeter, dies at 48
  • 1973-11-27 Frank Christian, American jazz trumpeter, dies at 86
  • 1979-02-07 Herbert "Peanuts" Holland, American swing jazz trumpeter, dies at 68
  • 1982-07-09 Joseph "Wingy" Manone American jazz trumpeter, composer, singer, and bandleader ("Tar Paper Stomp"; "Downright Disgusted Blues"), dies at 82
  • 1985-09-15 Cootie Williams, American jazz trumpeter, dies at 77
  • 1986-08-20 Thad Jones, jazz trumpeter, dies of cancer at 63
  • 1987-07-17 Howard McGhee, American be-bop bebop jazz trumpeter, dies at 69
  • 1988-05-13 Chet Baker, American jazz trumpeter, fell to death from a hotel balcony in Amsterdam at 59
  • 1989-02-26 Melvin Moore, American jazz trumpeter, and singer, dies at 65
  • 1989-05-10 Woody Shaw, American jazz trumpeter (Rosewood), dies from complications after being stuck by a subway train at 44
  • 1990-06-11 Clyde McCoy, American jazz trumpeter (wah wah sound), dies at 86

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 [Wilbur] Buck Clayton, American jazz trumpet player and bandleader, dies at 80
  • 1994-01-15 Philippe Brun, French jazz trumpeter, dies at 85
  • 1994-01-17 Noel Chiboust, French jazz trumpeter and saxophonist, dies at 84
  • 1994-02-02 Zilner T Randolph, jazz Trumpeter/ Arranger, dies at 95
  • 1994-05-27 Red Rodney [Robert Chudnick], American jazz trumpeter (Charlie Parker Quintet), dies from lung cancer at 66
  • 1994-05-31 Emmanuel "Manny" Klein, American jazz trumpeter, dies at 86
  • 1994-08-01 George Dixon, American jazz trumpeter, dies at 85
  • 1994-09-06 Max Kaminsky, American jazz trumpeter and bandleader (Max Kaminsky Orchestra), dies at 85
  • 1994-11-07 Shorty Rogers [Milton Rajonsky], American jazz trumpeter and composer, dies at 70
  • 1995-01-16 William Dillard, American jazz trumpeter and Broadway singer dies from complications of Lupus, at 83 [1]
  • 1995-02-18 John Rhea "Yank" Lawson, American jazz trumpeter (Dogtown Blues, Stormy Weather), dies of a heart attack at 84
  • 1995-10-19 Don Cherry, American jazz trumpeter (Ornette Coleman), dies from liver cancer at 58
  • 1996-08-31 Milt Larkin, American jazz trumpeter and band leader, dies at 85
  • 1997-06-02 Aldophus "Doc" Cheatham, American jazz trumpeter, dies of stroke at 91
  • 1997-12-12 Irving "Mouse" Randolph, American swing jazz trumpeter (Cab Calloway Orchestra), dies at 88
  • 1999-05-18 Freddy Randall, English jazz trumpeter, dies at 78
  • 1999-07-09 Talib Dawud [Alfonso Rainey], Antiguan-American jazz trumpeter (Dizzy Gillespie Big Band), dies at 76
  • 1999-11-08 Lester Bowie, American jazz trumpeter, dies at 58
  • 2005-04-14 Benny Bailey, American jazz trumpeter, dies at 79
  • 2005-06-17 Henryk Majewski, Polish big band jazz trumpeter (Old Timers), dies at 69
  • 2006-08-23 Maynard Ferguson, Canadian jazz trumpeter and bandleader, dies at 78
  • 2006-09-03 Ian Hamer, British jazz trumpeter and session musician (Beatles - "Got To Get You Into My Life"; Top of the Pops studio band), dies at 73
  • 2006-11-07 (George) "Sonny" Cohn, American jazz trumpeter (Red Saunders, 1945-60; Duke Ellington, 1960-84), dies at 81
  • 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
  • 2011-05-11 (Eugene) "Snooky" Young, American jazz trumpeter who mastered the plunger mute, dies at 92
  • 2012-11-04 Ted Curson, American jazz trumpeter, dies from a heart attack at 77
  • 2013-02-04 Donald Byrd, American jazz trumpeter (Black Byrd), dies at 80
  • 2013-07-13 Laurie Ann Frink, American big band jazz trumpeter and educator, dies of cancer at 61 [1]
  • 2014-09-08 Gerald Wilson, American jazz trumpeter and orchestra leader (Redd Foxx), dies at 96
  • 2015-02-21 Clark Terry, American jazz trumpeter, dies at 94
  • 2015-03-08 Lew Soloff, American jazz trumpeter (Blood, Sweat and Tears), dies at 71
  • 2016-01-06 Alfredo "Chocolate" Armenteros, Cuban jazz trumpeter (Orchestra Harlow; Eddie Palmieri), dies of prostate cancer at 79 
  • 2016-02-25 John Chilton, English jazz trumpeter (Feetwarmers), dies at 83
  • 2020-03-31 Wallace Roney, American post-bop jazz trumpeter, dies of Covid-19 complications at 59 [1]

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