On This Day

Jazz Music in History (Part 10)

Events in Music


Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 901 - 1,000 of 1,500

  • 1939-02-22 George Haslam, British avant-garde jazz baritone saxophonist, and tárogató player, born in Preston, Lancashire, England
  • 1939-02-23 Esteban "Steve" Jordan, American conjunto, Tejano, rock and jazz accordion player, born in Elsa, Texas (d. 2010)
  • 1939-04-04 Hugh Masekela, South African trumpeter, anti-apartheid activist (I Am Not Afraid), described as the "father of South African jazz", born in Witbank, South Africa (d. 2018)
  • 1939-04-12 Peter Giger, Swiss progressive rock and jazz percussionist and bandleader (Dzyan), born in Zurich, Switzerland
  • 1939-05-19 (Cornelius) "Sonny" Fortune, American jazz saxophonist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2018)
  • 1939-05-22 Árni Egilsson, Icelandic classical and jazz bassist and composer, born in Reykjavík, Iceland
  • 1939-05-23 Marvin Stamm, American jazz and session trumpeter, and flugelhorn player (Stan Kenton; Woody Herman; Thad Jones/Mel Lewis; Paul McCartney - "Uncle Albert"), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1939-06-08 William "Bill" Watrous, American jazz trombonist, born in Middletown, Connecticut (d. 2018)
  • 1939-06-08 Laurence Cook, American jazz drummer, percussionist, and avant garde composer, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1939-06-11 Bernard Purdie, American jazz and session drummer, born in Elkton, Maryland
  • 1939-10-28 Andy Bey, American jazz singer and pianist (Horace Silver; Gary Bartz), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1939-10-31 John Guerin, American session and touring jazz-rock drummer and percussionist (Frank Zappa; L.A. Express; Joni Mitchell: Linda Ronstadt), born in Hawaii (d. 2004)
  • 1939-11-05 Fionna Duncan, Scottish jazz vocalist (Clyde Valley Stompers), born in Garelochhead, Scotland
  • 1939-11-10 Andrew Cyrille, American avant-garde jazz drummer (Walt Dickerson; Cecil Taylor), bandleader (Trio 3), and composer, born in Brooklyn, New York City
  • 1939-11-13 Idris Muhammad [Leo Morris], American jazz drummer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2014)
  • 1939-11-26 Art Themen, British jazz saxophonist and orthopedic surgeon, born in Manchester, England
  • 1939-12-25 Bob James, American smooth jazz keyboardist and composer ("Angela"; "Tappen Zee"), born in Marshall, Missouri
  • 1940-01-12 Ronald Shannon Jackson, American avant-garde jazz and funk drummer, and composer (Cecil Taylor; Last Exit; Decoding Society), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2013)
  • 1940-01-18 Pat Britt, American jazz saxophonist, flute player, and producer, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1940-03-12 Al Jarreau, American jazz singer ("Breaking Away"; "We're In This Love Together"; "Moonlighting"), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 2017)
  • 1940-03-23 Luis Gasca, American jazz trumpeter and flugelhorn player, born in Houston, Texas

Herbie Hancock

1940-04-12 Herbie Hancock, American jazz and funk pianist, and composer ("I Thought it Was You"; "Rockit"; "Watermelon Man"), born in Chicago, Illinois

  • 1940-04-29 George Adams, American jazz and R&B tenor saxophonist and flautist (Charles Mingus; Gil Evans; McCoy Tyner; Adams/Pullen Quartet), born in Covington, Georgia (d. 1992)
  • 1940-05-09 Dick Morrissey, British jazz saxophonist, born in Horley, Surrey, England (d. 2000)
  • 1940-05-28 Hans Dulfer, Dutch funk and jazz-fusion tenor saxophonist, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 1940-06-10 John William Stevens, jazz drummer
  • 1940-06-17 Chuck Rainey, American jazz and session bassist (Steely Dan, Quincy Jones; Aretha Franklin; Mose Allison), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1940-07-05 Arthur Blythe, American jazz saxophonist, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2017)
  • 1940-08-26 Nik Turner, British jazz-rock fusion saxophonist, flute player, singer, and composer (Hawkwind), born in Oxford, England
  • 1940-08-27 Warren Harding "Sonny" Sharrock, American jazz guitarist (Last Exit), born on Ossining, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1940-08-29 Bennie Maupin, American jazz saxophonist, flute player, and bass clarinetist (Herbie Hancock; Miles Davis; Lee Morgan), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1940-08-31 Wilton Felder, American jazz-fusion saxophonist and bassist (The Crusaders), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2015)
  • 1940-09-02 Mick Pyne, British touring and session jazz pianist (Tubby Hayes; Georgie Fame: Charlie Watts), born in Thornton Dale, North Yorkshire, England (d. 1995)
  • 1940-09-10 Roy Ayers, American disco jazz artist ("Fever"; "You Send Me"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1940-09-10 Dave Burrell, American jazz pianist (Archie Shepp; Marion Brown; Pharoah Sanders), born in Middleton, Ohio
  • 1940-09-26 Gary Bartz, American jazz, jazz-fusion, and funk saxophonist, born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1940-10-13 (Farrell) "Pharoah" Sanders, American jazz saxophonist (John Coltrane groups), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1940-12-06 Jay Leonhart, American session and touring jazz and pop double bassist and songwriter (The Bass Lesson), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1940-12-20 Larry Willis, American jazz pianist & composer, born in NYC, New York
  • 1940-12-28 Lonnie Liston Smith, American jazz piano and keyboard player (Cosmic Echoes; Magic Lady), born in Richmond, Virginia,
  • 1940-12-30 Jerry Granelli, American-Canadian jazz drummer (Vince Guaraldi Trio; Mose Allison), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2021)
  • 1941-01-27 Bobby Hutcherson, American jazz vibraphone and marimba player ("Little B's Poem"; SFJAZZ Collective), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2016)
  • 1941-02-04 Mike Deasy, American rock and jazz session guitarist (Beach Boys; Monkees; Randy Newman), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1941-02-11 Sérgio Mendes, Brazilian jazz, bossa nova, and pop pianist, composer, and band leader (Brazil '66/'77/'88), born in Niterói, Brazil
  • 1941-03-06 Peter Brötzmann, German free jazz saxophonist and clarinet player, born in Remscheid, Germany
  • 1941-04-09 Al Gafa, American jazz and session guitarist (Dizzy Gillespie; Susannah McCorkle), born in New York City
  • 1941-04-21 [Alfred] "Pee Wee" Ellis, American jazz, funk, and rock saxophonist, arranger (James Brown; Van Morrison; Gotham; Maceo Parker), and songwriter ("The chicken; "Cold Sweat"), born in Bradenton, Florida (d. 2021)
  • 1941-05-03 Frank Collett [Taglieri], American jazz pianist and bandleader, born in Brooklyn, NYC (d. 2016)
  • 1941-05-05 Stanley Cowell American jazz pianist (Heath Brothers), record label co-founder (Strata-East), and educator, born in Toledo, Ohio (d. 2020)
  • 1941-05-24 Charles Earland, American jazz Hammond organist, and bandleader, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1999)

Charlie Watts

1941-06-02 Charlie Watts, British rock and jazz drummer (Rolling Stones), born in London, England (d. 2021)

  • 1941-06-04 George Jinda, Hungarian-American smooth jazz and world music percussionist (Special EFX), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 2002)
  • 1941-06-07 (Cecil) Hotep Idris Galeta, South African jazz pianist, composer, and educator, born in Crawford, Cape Town, South Africa (d. 2010)
  • 1941-07-15 Geoffrey Burgon, British jazz trumpeter, and film, television and concert composer (City Adventures), born in Hampshire, England (d. 2010)
  • 1941-07-19 Phil Upchurch, American jazz, blues, and session guitarist ("You Can't Sit Down"), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1941-08-05 Airto Moreira, Brazilian jazz drummer and percussionist (Quarteto Novo, Miles Davis, Return to Forever), born in Itaiópolis, Brazil
  • 1941-08-07 Howard Johnson, American jazz baritone saxophonist and tuba player (SNL band), born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • 1941-08-19 Milford Graves, American avant-garde and free jazz drummer, percussionist (New York Art Quartet), and educator (Bennington College, Vermont, 1973-2012), born in Jamaica, Queens, New York (d. 2021) [1]
  • 1941-08-21 Tom Coster, American rock and jazz keyboard player (Santana), born in Detroit Michigan
  • 1941-09-03 Billy Hawks [Hawkes], American R&B and jazz Hammond B3 organist, born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1941-09-14 Alberto Naranjo, Venezuelan jazz drummer, composer and arranger, born in Caracas, Venezuela (d. 2020)
  • 1941-10-11 Lester Bowie, American jazz trumpeter, born in Frederick, Maryland (d. 1999)
  • 1941-10-28 Glen Moore, American jazz bassist and composer, born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1941-11-22 Ron McClure, American jazz-rock bassist (Blood, Sweat & Tears), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1941-12-12 Tim Hauser, American jazz singer (Manhattan Transfer - "Boy From New York City"), born in Troy, New York, (d. 2014)
  • 1941-12-25 Ronnie Cuber, American jazz saxophonist, born in NYC, New York
  • 1942-01-04 John McLaughlin, British jazz-rock fusion guitarist (Mahavishnu Orchestra), born in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England
  • 1942-01-31 Gerald Chanberlain, American jazz trombonist (Woody Herman's Thundering Herd), born in Refugio, Texas (d. 2007)
  • 1942-02-26 Yōsuke Yamashita, Japanese jazz pianist, and composer of jazz, film scores, and classical works, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1942-03-06 Charles Tolliver, American jazz trumpeter (Impact), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1942-03-06 Flora Purim, Brazilian jazz singer (Return To Forever; Airto), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1942-03-19 Jeff Neighbour, American rock bassist (Joy of Cooking)
  • 1942-05-13 Jim Douglas, Scottish jazz guitarist, born in Gifford, East Lothian
  • 1942-06-25 Joe Chambers, American jazz drummer, vibraphonist, and composer, born in Chester, Pennsylvania
  • 1942-07-03 "Dr." Lonnie Smith, American jazz Hammond B3 organist (George Benson Quartet; Lou Donaldson), born in Lackawanna, New York (d. 2021) [1]
  • 1942-08-09 Jack DeJohnette, American Jazz drummer (Skyline), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1942-09-02 Barbara Donald, American jazz trumpeter and bandleader, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 2013)
  • 1942-09-06 Dave Bargeron, American jazz-rock trombonist and tuba player (Blood, Sweat & Tears), born in NYC, New York
  • 1942-09-14 Oliver Lake, American jazz saxophonist and composer, born in Marianna, Arkansas
  • 1942-09-23 Jeremy Steig, American jazz flutist ("Howlin' for Judy"; "Wayfaring Stranger"), born in Manhattan, New York City (d. 2016)
  • 1942-09-25 John Taylor, British jazz pianist, born in Manchester, England
  • 1942-09-29 Jean-Luc Ponty, French jazz-fusion electric violinist (Frank Zappa; Mahavishnu Orchestra; Cosmic Messenger; Tchokola), born in Avranches, France
  • 1942-10-20 Joe Bourne, American jazz singer ("Upbeat and Sweet"), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 1942-10-25 Terumasa Hino, Japanese jazz, avant-garde, and jazz-fusion trumpeter, cornetist and flügelhorn player, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1942-10-27 Philip Catherine, Belgian jazz guitarist (Chet Baker; Stephane Grappelli; Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen; Jean-Luc Ponty), born in London, England
  • 1942-12-19 Cornell Dupree, American jazz and R&B session guitarist (Atlantic Records - Aretha Franklin), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2011)
  • 1942-12-28 Allan Schwartzberg, American pop, jazz, rock, and funk session and touring drummer (Mountain, James Browwn, Gloria Gaynor, Peter Gabriel, Yoko Ono, Brecker Brothers), and bandleader (Geraldo Rivera's Goodnight America), born in New York City
  • 1943-01-18 Al Foster, American jazz drummer (Miles Davis, 1973-89; Sonny Rollins, McCoy Tyner), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1943-01-23 Gary Burton, American jazz vibraphonist, composer, and educator, born in Anderson, Indiana
  • 1943-02-11 Alan Rubin, American jazz and session trumpeter and flugelhorn player (SNL; Blues Brothers) known as "Mr Fabulous", born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2011)
  • 1943-02-21 Duncan Swift, British jazz stride pianist, born in Rotherham, Yorkshire, England (d. 1997)
  • 1943-03-22 George Benson, American jazz and blues singer and guitarist (Breezin'), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1943-04-02 Larry Coryell, American jazz guitarist (11th House), born in Galveston, Texas (d. 2017)
  • 1943-05-03 Gregory Bowen, Welsh big band jazz and session trumpet player (James Bond films), born in Llangennech, South Wales
  • 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
  • 1943-07-04 Conny Bauer, German free-jazz trombonist, born in Halle, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany
  • 1943-08-29 Dick Halligan, American jazz multi-instrumentalist, composer and arranger (Blood, Sweat & Tears, 1967-72 - "Variations On A Theme By Erik Satie"), born in Troy, New York (d. 2022)
  • 1943-09-10 Garrett List, American classical and jazz composer and trombonist (Julliard Ensemble), born on Phoenix, Arizona (d. 2019)
  • 1943-11-24 Richard Tee, American jazz and session pianist and arranger (Paul Simon - "Slip' Slidin' Away"; Peter Gabriel -"In Your Eyes"; Grover Washington, Jr - "Just The Two Of Us"), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1993)
  • 1943-12-12 Grover Washington Jr., American jazz saxophonist (Mr Magic), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1999)

Weddings in Music


Divorces in Music


Deaths in Music

Deaths 901 - 919 of 919

  • 2021-07-02 Elliot Lawrence [Broza], American jazz pianist, film score composer (Network), arranger, and orchestra leader (Tony and Emmy Award broadcasts; As The World Turns, 1981-93), dies at 96
  • 2021-07-08 Sam Reed, American jazz and session saxophonist, and musical director (Uptown Theater (Philadelphia); Teddy Pendergrass), dies at 85
  • 2021-07-20 Jerry Granelli, American-Canadian jazz drummer (Vince Guaraldi Trio; Mose Allison), dies at 80

Charlie Watts

2021-08-24 Charlie Watts, British rock and jazz drummer (Rolling Stones), dies at 80

  • 2021-09-03 Ruth Olay, American jazz and cabaret singer, dies at 97
  • 2021-09-07 Phil Schaap, American Grammy Award-winning jazz historian, DJ, author and educator, dies of cancer at 70
  • 2021-09-23 [Alfred] "Pee Wee" Ellis, American jazz, funk, and rock saxophonist, arranger (James Brown; Van Morrison; Maceo Parker), and songwriter ("The Chicken"; "Cold Sweat"), dies of heart failure at 80
  • 2021-09-28 "Dr." Lonnie Smith, American jazz Hammond B3 organist (George Benson Quartet; Lou Donaldson), dies of pulmonary fibrosis at 79 [1]
  • 2021-11-01 Pat Martino [Azzara], American jazz guitarist (DownBeat Guitar Player of the Year, 2004), dies of chronic respiratory disorder at 77
  • 2021-11-08 Margo Guryan, American jazz and pop pianist, songwriter, and singer (“I’m on My Way to Saturday”; "Take a Picture") dies at 84
  • 2021-11-17 Dave Frishberg, American jazz pianist, vocalist, composer, and lyricist ("I'm Just A Bill"), dies at 88
  • 2021-11-18 Slide Hampton [Locksley Wellington Hampton], American jazz trombonist, composer and arranger, dies at 89
  • 2022-01-09 James Mtume [Forman], American Grammy Award-winning jazz and R&B percussionist, songwriter, record producer (Mile Davis, 1971-75; "Juicy Fruit"), social activist, and radio personality, dies at 76
  • 2022-01-10 Khan Jamal [Warren Cheeseboro], American jazz vibraphonist and marimba player (Sounds of Liberation; Creative Art Ensemble), dies of kidney failure at 75 [1]
  • 2022-01-18 Dick Halligan, American Grammy Award-winning jazz multi-instrumentalist, composer and arranger (Blood, Sweat & Tears, 1967-72 - "Variations On A Theme By Erik Satie"), dies at 78
  • 2022-01-20 Elza Soares, Brazilian samba and jazz singer, named one of the Singers of the Millennium by BBC Radio, dies at 91
  • 2022-01-23 (Bobbe) "Beegie" Adair (née Long), American jazz and Nashville-based session pianist, and educator, dies at 84
  • 2022-03-08 Ron Miles, American jazz cornetist, composer, and bandleader, dies Polycythemia vera, a rare blood disorder, at 58
  • 2022-03-10 Jessica Williams, American jazz pianist and composer (In the Key of Monk), dies at 73

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