Jazz Music in History (Part 2)

Events in Music


Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 1,623

  • 1903-08-15 Joe Garland, American big band jazz saxophonist, arranger, and composer (In the Mood; Serenade To A Savage), born in Norfolk, Virginia (d. 1977)
  • 1903-08-24 Claude Hopkins, American jazz stride pianist, arranger, bandleader, and musical director (Josephine Baker), born in Alexandria, Virginia (d. 1984)
  • 1903-10-23 Milford Dolliole, American pioneer jazz drummer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1994)
  • 1903-12-28 Earl "Fatha" Hines, American jazz pianist and bandleader (Deep Forest), born in Duquesne, Pennsylvania (d. 1983)
  • 1903-12-29 Clyde McCoy, American jazz trumpeter ("Sugar Blues"; the wah-wah sound), bandleader and co-founder of "Down Beat" magazine, born in Ashland, Kentucky (d. 1990)
  • 1904-01-12 "Mississippi" Fred McDowell, American blues singer and guitarist, born in Rossville, Tennessee (d. 1972)
  • 1904-01-21 Robert "Juice" Wilson, American jazz violinist, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1972)
  • 1904-02-29 Jimmy Dorsey, American big band jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, composer, and bandleader (Green Eyes; Tangerine; Pennies From Heaven), born in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania (d. 1957)

Glenn MillerGlenn Miller (1904-1944)

1904-03-01 American bandleader and jazz composer (Glenn Miller Orchestra - "In The Mood"; "Moonlight Srenade"; "String Of Pearls"), born in Clarinda, Iowa

  • 1904-03-14 Voltaire "Volly" De Faut; American jazz reed player (New Orleans Rhythm Kings; Jean Goldkette), born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 1973)
  • 1904-03-27 Hal Kemp American jazz alto saxophonist, clarinetist, arranger and sweet jazz bandleader, born in Marion, Alabama (d. 1940)
  • 1904-04-09 Joseph "Sharkey" Bonano, American Dixieland jazz trumpeter and singer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1972)

Fats WallerFats Waller (1904-1943)

1904-05-21 American jazz organist, piano player, singer and composer ("Ain't Misbehavin'"; "Honeysuckle Rose"; "Hot Chocolate"), born in NYC, New York [1]

  • 1904-05-31 Otto "Toby" Hardwicke, American jazz alto saxophone player (The Washingtonians, 1923-28; Duke Ellington Orchestra, 1932-46 - "Sophisticated Lady"; "In A Sentimental Mood"), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1970)
  • 1904-05-31 Stan Brenders, Belgian jazz pianist and bandleader, born in Brussels (d. 1969)
  • 1904-06-11 Clarence "Pinetop" Smith, American jazz pianist and singer (Boogie Woogie Piano), born in Troy, Alabama (d. 1929)
  • 1904-07-04 Seger Ellis, American jazz pianist, pop vocalist, songwriter, and bandleader, born in Houston, Texas (d. 1995) [1]
  • 1904-07-08 Bill Challis, American jazz arranger and pianist, born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
  • 1904-07-10 Ivie Anderson, American swing jazz singer (Duke Ellington Orchestra, 1931-42), born in Bossier, Louisiana (d. 1949) [some sources give birth year as 1905, and birthplace as Gilroy, California] [1]
  • 1904-08-11 Jess Stacy, jazz pianist, born in Bird's Point, Missouri (d. 1995)
  • 1904-08-21 (William) "Count" Basie, jazz pianist, organist, and bandleader ("One O'Clock Jump"; "April In Paris"), born in Red Bank, New Jersey (d. 1984)
  • 1904-08-24 (Henry) "Buster" Smith, American jazz alto saxophonist, arranger, and bandleader (Blue Devils; Count Basie), born in Alfdorf, Texas (d. 1991)
  • 1904-11-16 Eddie Condon, American jazz guitarist (Eddie Condon's Floor Show), born in Goodland, Indiana (d. 1973)
  • 1904-11-21 Coleman Hawkins, American jazz musician who virtually created tenor saxophone for jazz, born in St. Joseph, Missouri (d. 1969)
  • 1905-01-13 Percy Humphrey, American jazz trumpet player and bandleader, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1995)
  • 1905-02-10 (William) "Chick" Webb, American jazz drummer and big band leader (introduced Ella Fitzgerald), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1939)
  • 1905-03-15 Bertha "Chippie" Hill, American blues and vaudeville singer (King Oliver's Jazz Band), born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 1950)
  • 1905-04-19 Tommy Benford, American jazz drummer, born in Charleston, West Virginia (d. 1994)
  • 1905-05-04 Mátyás Seiber, Hungarian-British classical and jazz composer (Scherzando), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1960)
  • 1905-05-08 (Ernest) "Red" Nichols, American jazz cornetist, composer and jazz bandleader (His Five Pennies - "Ida, Sweet as Apple Cider"; "Bugler's Lament"), born in Ogden, Utah (d. 1965)
  • 1905-05-18 Dick McPartland, American jazz guitarist, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1957)
  • 1905-06-13 Aldophus "Doc" Cheatham, American jazz trumpeter, born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 1997)
  • 1905-06-26 Teddy Grace [Stella Crowson], American jazz and blues singer, born in Arcadia, Louisiana (d. 1992) [1]
  • 1905-08-20 (Weldon Leo) "Jack" Teagarden, American jazz trombonist (Paul Whiteman, 1933-38; Louis Armstrong's All-Stars, 1946-51), singer ("Basin Street Blues"), and bandleader, born in Vernon, Texas (d. 1964)
  • 1905-12-29 Lawrence "Snub" Mosley, American jazz trombonist (Alphonso Trent Orchestra; Louis Armstrong), bandleader, and promoter of the slide saxophone ("The Man With The Funny Little Horn"), born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 1981) [1]
  • 1906-03-03 Albany "Barney" Bigard, Creole-American jazz clarinetist (Duke Ellington Orchestra, 1927-42 - "Mood Indigo"), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1980)
  • 1906-03-13 Frank Teschemacher, American jazz clarinetist and alto-saxophonist, born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1932)
  • 1906-03-24 Klavdiya Shulzhenko, Soviet jazz and pop singer ("Let's Smoke"), born in Kharkiv, Russian Empire (now Ukraine) (d. 1984)
  • 1906-03-27 Charles "Pee Wee" Russell, American jazz clarinet and saxophone player, born in Maplewood, Missouri (d. 1969)
  • 1906-04-03 Walter "Fats" Pichon American jazz pianist, singer, and big bandleader, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1967)
  • 1906-04-10 Joseph "Fud" Livingston, American jazz clarinetist, arranger, and composer ("Im Thru With Love"), born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 1957) [1]
  • 1906-04-18 (Eurreal) "Little Brother" Montgomery, American jazz, boogie-woogie and blues pianist, singer, and composer ("Vicksburg Blues"; "Crescent City Blues"), born in Kentwood, Louisiana (d. 1985)
  • 1906-07-09 Joe Darensbourg, Cajun-American dixieland-style jazz clarinetist (Jelly Roll Morton; Louis Armstrong), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana (d. 1985)
  • 1906-08-06 Vic Dickenson, American jazz trombonist, born in Xenia, Ohio (d. 1984)
  • 1906-08-10 Robert De Kers [Keersmaeker], Belgian jazz trumpeter and bandleaders, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1987)
  • 1906-08-15 Harry Goodman, American jazz bassist, and sometimes tuba player, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1997)
  • 1906-08-19 Eddie Durham, American pioneering jazz electric guitarist, trombonist (Count Basie; Jimmie Luceford), composer ("Topsy"; "I Don't Want to Set the World on Fire"), and bandleader (All-Star Girl Orchestra), born in San Marcos, Texas (d. 1987)
  • 1906-10-10 Leo Mathisen, Danish jazz pianist, composer, arranger, singer and bandleader, known as "The Lion" (Take It Easy; To Be Or Not To Be), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1969)
  • 1906-11-07 (Ernest) "Red" Ingle, American jazz and novelty saxophonist, songwriter, arranger and vocalist (Ted Weems; Spike Jones and His City Slickers; The Natural Seven), born in Toledo, Ohio (d. 1965)
  • 1906-12-07 George James, American jazz saxophonist, born in Boggs, Oklahoma (d. 1995)
  • 1906-12-11 Jack Purvis, American jazz trumpet player and composer, born in Kokomo, Indiana (d. 1962)
  • 1906-12-14 Alexander Tsfasman, Soviet Russian jazz pianist, composer, and arranger, in Alexandrovsk, Russian Empire (now Zaporizhya, Ukraine) (d. 1971)
  • 1907-01-31 Benny Morton, American jazz trombonist (Teddy Wilson Sextet), born in New York City (d. 1985)
  • 1907-01-31 Emanuel Sayles, American jazz banjo player (Preservation Hall Jazz Band), born in Donaldsonville, Louisiana (d. 1986)
  • 1907-02-07 Raymond “Coco” Colignon, Belgian jazz pianist, organist, and bandleader, born in Liège, Belgium (d. 1987)
  • 1907-02-13 Catalina "Katy" de la Cruz, Filipino jazz and torch song singer, born in Bustos, Bulacan, Philippine Islands (d. 2004)
  • 1907-02-16 Eugen Malmstén, Finnish jazz trumpeter, singer, band leader, and songwriter, born in Helsinki, Finland (d. 1993)
  • 1907-02-17 Alec Wilder, American classical, jazz, and pop music composer (The Churkendoose), and musicologist (American Popular Song: The Great Innovators, 1900-1950), born in Rochester, New York (d. 1980)

Mildred BaileyMildred Bailey (1907-1951)

1907-02-27 American jazz singer known as "The Queen of Swing" ("Rockin' Chair"; "Please Be Kind"; "Darn That Dream"), born in Tekoa, Washington

  • 1907-03-28 Herb Hall, American jazz clarinetist and saxophonist (d. 1996)
  • 1907-06-18 Benny Payne, American jazz pianist (Cab Calloway; Billy Daniels Show), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1986)
  • 1907-07-14 (Henry) "Rubberlegs" Williams, American vaudeville dancer, and blues and jazz singer, born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1962)
  • 1907-07-22 Perry Botkin, American jazz and session guitarist, banjo player, composer, and musical director (Bing Crosby), born in Springfield, Ohio (d. 1973)
  • 1907-07-25 (Cornelius) "Johnny" Hodges, American jazz alto saxophonist (Duke Ellington Orchestra), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1970)
  • 1907-08-08 (Bennett) "Benny" Carter, American Grammy Award-winning jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, trumpeter, arranger, composer ("Harlem Renaissance Suite"), and bandleader, born in NYC, New York (d. 2003)
  • 1907-09-30 Harry Bluestone, British-American jazz and session violinist, bandleader, and music publisher, born in London, England (d. 1992)
  • 1907-11-03 Joe Turner, American jazz pianist, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1990)
  • 1907-11-26 "Kansas City" Frank [Melrose], American jazz and blues pianist, born in Sumner, Illinois (d. 1941)
  • 1907-11-26 Henry "Hot Lips" Levine, British-American dixieland jazz trumpeter and bandleader, born in London England (d. 1989)
  • 1907-12-03 Connee Boswell, American jazz singer (The Boswell Sisters; Pete Kelly's Blues), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1976)

Cab CallowayCab Calloway (1907-1994)

1907-12-25 American singer, bandleader ("Minnie the Moocher"; "The Jumpin' Jive"), writer, radio host, and actor (The Blues Brothers), born in Rochester, New York

  • 1908-01-07 (Henry) "Red" Allen, American jazz trumpeter, born in Algiers, Louisiana (d. 1967)
  • 1908-01-22 Melle Weersma, Dutch jazz arranger and composer ("Penny Serenade"), born in Harlingen, Netherlands (d. 1988)
  • 1908-01-26 Stéphane Grappelli, French jazz violinist (Quintette du Hot Club de France), born in Paris, France (d. 1997)
  • 1908-01-28 Paul Misraki [Misrachi], French jazz pianist, songwriter, and film score composer (Jean Renoir), born in Constantinople, Ottoman Empire (d. 1998)
  • 1908-02-04 (Emmanuel) "Mannie" Klein, American swing jazz and session trumpeter (Frank Trumbauer; NBC Orchestra), born in New York City (d. 1994)
  • 1908-02-20 Seymour Österwall, Swedish jazz tenor saxophonist, bandleader and composer, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1981)
  • 1908-02-22 Claude "Fiddler" Williams, American jazz violinist and guitarist (Twelve Clouds of Joy; Count Basie), born in Muskogee, Oklahoma (d. 2004)
  • 1908-03-07 Nat Gonella, British big band jazz trumpeter, mellophonist, singer, and bandleader (The Georgians; Oh, Monah), born in Islington, London, England (d. 1998)
  • 1908-03-31 Red Norvo [Kenneth Norville], American jazz vibraphonist known as "Mr. Swing" ("Congo Blues"; "Knockin' On Wood"), born in Beardstown, Illinois (d. 1999)
  • 1908-04-16 Ray Ventura, French jazz pianist and big band leader ("Tout va très bien, Madame la Marquise"), born in Paris, France (d. 1979)
  • 1908-04-20 Lionel Hampton, American jazz vibraphone player, pianist, drummer, and actor, born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 2002)
  • 1908-04-29 Philippe Brun, French jazz trumpeter, born in Paris (d. 1994)
  • 1908-05-31 Gene Gifford American jazz banjoist, guitarist, and arranger (Jean Goldkette; Casa Loma Orchestra), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1970)
  • 1908-06-13 Clarence Hutchenrider, American jazz clarinetist (Casa Loma Orchestra), born in Waco, Texas (d. 1991)
  • 1908-06-26 Jimmy McLin, American jazz banjo player, and guitarist (James P. Johnson; Willie "The Lion" Smith; The Ink Spots), born in Brooksville, Florida (d. 1983)
  • 1908-08-19 (Lyle) "Spud" Murphy [Miko Stefanovic], Serbian-American jazz multi-instrumentalist, arranger (Benny Goodman; Casa Loma Orchestra), bandleader, composer (Columbia Pictures), and educator (Equal Interval System), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2005)
  • 1908-08-19 Al Morgan, American jazz double-bassist (Cab Calloway; Fats Waller; Louis Jordan), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1974)
  • 1908-08-30 Willie Bryant, American jazz singer, band leader, and disc jockey (Sugar Hill Times), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1964)
  • 1908-09-07 Max Kaminsky, American jazz trumpeter and bandleader (Max Kaminsky Orchestra), born in Brockton, Massachusetts (d. 1994)
  • 1908-09-13 (Leon) "Chu" Berry, American swing jazz tenor saxophonist (Fletcher Henderson; Cab Calloway), born in Wheeling, West Virginia (d. 1941)
  • 1908-10-09 Lee Wiley, American jazz singer, and lyricist (Night in Manhattan; "Anytime, Anyday, Anywhere"), born in Fort Gibson, Oklahoma (d. 1975)
  • 1908-10-15 Herman "Ivory" Chittison, American jazz pianist (Harlem Rhythm Makers), born in Flemingsburg, Kentucky (d. 1967) [1]
  • 1908-10-19 Patrick Cairns "Spike" Hughes, British jazz double bassist and composer (Elegy), born in London (d. 1987)
  • 1908-11-02 (Roland) "Bunny" Berigan, American session and big band jazz trumpeter (Paul Whiteman; Benny Goodman - "King Porter Stomp"; Tommy Dorsey - "Marie"), vocalist, and bandleader ("I Can't Get Started"), born in Hilbert, Wisconsin (d. 1942)
  • 1908-12-24 Cladys "Jabbo" Smith, American jazz trumpet pioneer, born in Pembroke, Georgia (d. 1991)
  • 1908-12-31 John Kirby [Kirk], American jazz double-bassist and tuba player (Benny Goodman; "Undecided"), born in Winchester, Virginia (d. 1952)
  • 1909-01-13 Danny Barker, jazz guitarist
  • 1909-01-15 Gene Krupa, American jazz and big band drummer (Benny Goodman, "Sing, Sing, Sing"), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1973)
  • 1909-01-17 Karen Jønsson (née Pedersen), Danish jazz singer, pianist, songwriter, composer, and actress, born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1942)

Weddings in Music


Divorces in Music


Deaths in Music

Deaths 101 - 200 of 1,006

  • 1965-03-08 Tadd Dameron, American jazz pianist, composer ("If You Could See Me Now"; "Lady Bird"), arranger (Count Basie, Jimmie Lunceford, Dizzy Gillespie, Billy Eckstine) and band leader, dies of cancer at 48
  • 1965-03-19 Lavere "Buster" Harding, Canadian-American jazz pianist, composer and arranger (Count Basie; Dizzy Gillespie; Billie Holiday), dies at 53
  • 1965-06-28 Red Nichols, American jazz cornettist, composer and jazz bandleader, dies at 60
  • 1965-07-04 Valdemar Eiberg, Danish jazz pioneer, saxophonist, and band leader ("I've Got a Cross-Eyed Papa"), dies at 72
  • 1965-09-06 (Ernest) "Red" Ingle, American jazz and novelty saxophonist, songwriter, arranger and vocalist (Ted Weems; Spike Jones and His City Slickers; The Natural Seven), dies of an internal hemorrhage at 58
  • 1965-10-28 Earl Bostic, American jazz alto saxophonist ("Flamingo"; "Temptation"), dies at 52
  • 1966-08-01 Earl Rudolph "Bud" Powell, American jazz pianist and composer, dies at 41
  • 1967-02-11 Edmond Hall, American jazz clarinetist (Red Allen; Teddy Wilson), bandleader (Café Society Band), and composer (Profoundly Blue), dies at 65
  • 1967-02-25 Walter "Fats" Pichon American jazz pianist, singer, and big bandleader, dies at 60
  • 1967-03-08 Herman "Ivory" Chittison, American jazz pianist (Harlem Rhythm Makers), dies at 58
  • 1967-04-17 Henry "Red" Allen, American jazz trumpeter, dies of pancreatic cancer at 59
  • 1967-05-08 LaVerne Andrews, American pop and swing jazz singer (The Andrews Sisters - "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy"; "Rum and Coca-Cola"), dies of cancer at 55
  • 1967-05-19 Elmo Hope, American bebop jazz pianist, composer, and arranger, dies of heart failure at 43
  • 1967-05-23 Carl-Henrik Norin Swedish jazz saxophonist, and composer ("Mississippi Mood"), dies at 47

John ColtraneJohn Coltrane (1926-1967)

1967-07-17 American jazz saxophonist & composer ("Blue Train"; "My Favorite Things"; "A Love Supreme"), dies of liver cancer at 40

  • 1967-08-12 (William) "Buster" Bailey, American jazz clarinetist (WC Handy; King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band; Fletcher Henderson; Noble Sissle; John Kirby), and band leader, dies of a heart attack at 65
  • 1967-08-24 Amanda Randolph, American jazz and blues piano player and singer; stage, radio, and screen actress (The Laytons; Amos 'n Andy - "Ramona"; Danny Thomas Show - "Louise"), and restaurateur, dies of a stroke at 70
  • 1967-09-25 Hezekiah "Stuff" Smith, American jazz violinist & composer ("It's Wonderful"), dies at 58
  • 1967-12-29 Paul Whiteman "The King of Jazz", American orchestra leader (Gershwin's "Rhapsody In Blue"; Fabulous Dorseys), dies at 77
  • 1968-06-14 Ken Errair, American pop-jazz singer (Four Freshmen, 1953-55 - "Graduation Day"), dies in a chartered plane crash at 42
  • 1968-06-15 (John) "Wes" Montgomery, American influential jazz guitarist and Grammy Award winner, dies of a heart attack at 45
  • 1968-06-26 Ziggy Elman [Harry Finkelman], American big band jazz trumpeter (Benny Goodman - "And The Angels Sing"; Tommy Dorsey), bandleader, and klezmer musician, dies at 54
  • 1968-08-16 (Robert) "Cutty" Cutshall, American jazz trombonist (Benny Goodman Orchestra; Eddie Condon), dies at 66
  • 1968-08-18 Cy Walter, American jazz pianist (Three's Company), dies of cancer at 52
  • 1968-11-09 Jan Johansson, Swedish jazz pianist, dies at 37
  • 1969-01-04 Paul Chambers, American jazz bassist (Miles Davis Quintet, 1955-63; Wynton Kelly Trio, 1963-68), dies of tuberculosis at 33
  • 1969-01-19 Alcide "Slow Drag" Pavageau, American jazz guitarist and double-bassist, dies at 80
  • 1969-02-15 Charles "Pee Wee" Russell, American jazz clarinet and saxophone player, dies at 62
  • 1969-02-17 (Adolphe) Paul Barbarinan American jazz drummer (King Oliver; Red Allen Sextet; Onward Brass Band), dies while playing his snare drum, marching in a Mardi Gras parade at 69
  • 1969-04-23 Krzysztof Komeda, Polish jazz pianist and film composer (Rosemary's Baby), dies of head injuries as the result of a fall at 37
  • 1969-06-01 Stan Brenders, Belgian jazz pianist and bandleader, dies at 65
  • 1969-10-04 Natalino Otto [Natale Codognotto], Italianswing-jazz singer, dies at 56
  • 1969-10-30 George "Pops" Foster, American jazz double bassist, tuba player, and trumpeter (Louis Armstrong; Sidney Bechet; Earl Hines), dies at 77
  • 1969-11-18 Ted Heath, British jazz trombonist, composer, and big bandleader, dies at 67
  • 1969-12-16 Leo Mathisen, Danish jazz pianist, composer, arranger, singer and bandleader, known as "The Lion" (Take It Easy; To Be Or Not To Be), dies at 63
  • 1970-08-05 Otto "Toby" Hardwicke, American jazz alto saxophone player (The Washingtonians, 1923-28; Duke Ellington Orchestra, 1932-46 - "Sophisticated Lady"; "In A Sentimental Mood"), dies at 66
  • 1970-11-12 Gene Gifford American jazz banjoist, guitarist, and arranger (Jean Goldkette; Casa Loma Orchestra), dies at 62
  • 1970-12-14 Elmer Schoebel, American jazz pianist, arranger (New Orleans Rhythm Kings; Isham Jones), and composer ("Farewell Blues"; "Prince Of Wails"), dies at 73
  • 1970-12-24 Gideon Nxumalo, South African jazz pianist, marimba player, and composer (Jazz Fantasia), dies at 41
  • 1971-02-20 Alexander Tsfasman, Soviet Russian jazz pianist, composer, and arranger, dies at 64
  • 1971-03-07 Harold McNair, British-Jamaican calypso and jazz saxophonist and flautist, dies of lung cancer at 39
  • 1971-04-05 Earl "Jock" Caruthers American jazz saxophonist (Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra, 1932-47), dies at 60
  • 1971-04-12 Wynton Kelly, American jazz pianist (Dizzy Gillespie; Miles Davis), dies of epileptic seizure at 39
  • 1971-05-22 Frank Ottersen, Norwegian jazz violinist and saxophonist (Ding, Dong, Dang), dies at 50

Louis ArmstrongLouis Armstrong (1901-1971)

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

  • 1971-07-08 Charlie Shavers, American jazz trumpet player, dies at 50
  • 1971-08-13 King Curtis [Ousley], American Grammy Award-winning R&B, rock, jazz, and session saxophonist bandleader ("Memphis Soul Stew"; Aretha Franklin; John Lennon), murdered during an argument with a vagrant outside of his NYC home at 37
  • 1971-08-27 Lillian "Lil" Hardin Armstrong, American jazz pianist, composer, and bandleader, dies at 73
  • 1971-12-22 Fred Guy, American jazz banjo player and guitarist (Joseph C. Smith's Orchestra; Duke Ellington's Washingtonians), dies at 74
  • 1972-02-19 (Edward) Lee Morgan, American hard-bop jazz trumpeter ("The Sidewinder"), dies after being shot by his wife between sets during a gig at 33 [1]
  • 1972-07-03 "Mississippi" Fred McDowell, American blues singer and guitarist, dies of cancer at 68
  • 1972-07-08 (Cora) "Lovie" Austin, American jazz pianist, and bandleader ("Down Hearted Blues"), dies at 84
  • 1972-08-24 (Carlos) "Don" Byas, American swing and be-bop jazz saxophonist, and bandleader, dies of lung cancer at 59
  • 1972-11-24 Hall Overton, American jazz pianist, and jazz and classical composer (Enchanted Pear Tree), dies from cirrhosis of the liver at 52
  • 1972-12-05 Kenny Dorham [McKinley], American jazz trumpeter, dies at 48
  • 1973-01-02 Joseph Arthurlin "Joe" Harriott, Jamaican-British be-bop and free-form jazz alto saxophonist (Abstract), dies of cancer at 44
  • 1973-01-03 Wilbur De Paris, American swing and Dixieland jazz trombone player, dies at 72
  • 1973-01-23 Edward "Kid" Ory, American New Orleans style jazz trombonist, dies of pneumonia and a heart attack at 86
  • 1973-01-26 Jay C. Higginbotham, American swing jazz trombonist (Luis Russell'; Red Allen;, Benny Carter), dies at 67
  • 1973-04-01 Gus Aiken, American jazz and blues trumpeter (Jenkins Orphanage Band), dies at 70
  • 1973-05-29 Voltaire "Volly" De Faut; American jazz reed player (New Orleans Rhythm Kings; Jean Goldkette), dies at 69
  • 1973-08-04 Eddie Condon, American jazz guitarist (Eddie Condon's Floor Show), dies at 68
  • 1973-08-12 Perry Botkin, American jazz and session guitarist, banjo player, composer, and musical director (Bing Crosby), dies at 66
  • 1973-09-20 Ben Webster, American jazz tenor saxophonist, dies at 64
  • 1973-09-20 Jack Marshall, American jazz and session guitarist, film and television composer, arranger, and record producer (Capitol Records), dies at 51
  • 1973-10-16 Gene Krupa, American jazz and swing drummer ("Sing, Sing, Sing"), dies at 64
  • 1973-11-27 Frank Christian, American jazz trumpeter, dies at 86
  • 1973-12-03 Emile Christian, American jazz trombonist, dies at 78
  • 1974-01-10 Eddie Safranski, American jazz double bassist and orchestra leader (Jonathan Winters Show), dies at 55
  • 1974-02-25 Julian Dash, American swing jazz tenor saxophonist, and composer ("Tuxedo Junction"), dies at 67
  • 1974-04-13 Stanley Smith, American actor and singer (King of Jazz; Soup to Nuts; Good News), dies at 71
  • 1974-04-14 Al Morgan, American jazz double-bassist (Cab Calloway; Fats Waller; Louis Jordan), dies at 65
  • 1974-08-06 Gene Ammons, American jazz saxophonist ("The Happy Blues"), dies of bone cancer at 49
  • 1974-08-09 Bill Chase, American jazz-rock trumpet player and bandleader (Chase), dies in a plane crash at 39
  • 1974-08-13 (Harold) "Tina" Brooks, American hard-bop jazz saxophonist, and composer ("True Blue"), dies of liver failure at 42
  • 1974-10-08 Harry Carney, American tenor and baritone jazz saxophonist (Duke Ellington Orchestra, 1927-74), dies at 64
  • 1974-12-08 Hugues Panassié, French jazz critic, record producer, and impresario (Hot Club de France), dies at 62
  • 1975-01-03 René Thomas, Belgian jazz guitarist, dies of a heart attack at 47
  • 1975-02-04 Julian Fuhs, German-American jazz pianist and bandleader (Follies Band), dies at 83
  • 1975-02-05 Åke Persson, Swedish bebop jazz trombonist (Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band, 1963–71), dies at 42
  • 1975-05-12 Joe Mooney, American jazz and pop accordionist, organist, and vocalist, dies at 64
  • 1975-05-17 Arthur Trappier, American jazz drummer (Blanche Calloway: Fats Waller), dies at 64
  • 1975-07-14 [Arthur] Zutty Singleton, American jazz drummer (Louis Armstrong's Hot Five), dies at 77
  • 1975-10-28 Oliver Nelson, American jazz composer and arranger (The Blues and the Abstract Truth), dies at 43
  • 1975-12-09 Frank Signorelli, American swing jazz pianist (Original Dixieland Jazz Band; Joe Venuti's Blue Four), and songwriter (Stairway to the Stars), dies at 74
  • 1975-12-11 Lee Wiley, American jazz singer (Night in Manhattan), dies at 67
  • 1976-02-06 Vince Guaraldi, American jazz pianist and composer ("Cast Your Fate to the Wind"; Peanuts TV specials), dies of a heart attack at 47
  • 1976-06-07 Bobby Hackett, American jazz cornetist, trumpeter (Glenn Miller; Benny Goodman; Jackie Gleason), and orchestra leader (Air Time '57), dies at 61
  • 1976-06-11 Folke Eriksberg [Eriksberger], Swedish jazz and session guitarist and composer, dies at 65
  • 1976-10-03 Herb Flemming [Nicolaiih El-Michelle], American jazz trombonist and vocalist, dies at 77
  • 1976-10-10 Connee Boswell, American jazz singer (Pete Kelly's Blue), dies at 68

Erroll GarnerErroll Garner (1923-1977)

1977-01-02 American jazz pianist (Misty), dies at 53

  • 1977-03-22 Hymie Shertzer, American jazz and session saxophonist (Benny Goodman; NBC's Tonight Show), dies at 67
  • 1977-03-23 Bennie Green, American swing jazz and soul trombonist (Earl Hines), dies at 53
  • 1977-04-27 Joe Garland, American big band jazz saxophonist, arranger, and composer (In the Mood; Serenade To A Savage), dies at 73
  • 1977-05-05 Sam Lanin, American sweet jazz arranger and bandleader (Roseland Orchestra; The Ipana Troubadors), dies at 85
  • 1977-05-30 Paul Desmond, American jazz alto saxophonist (Dave Brubeck Quartet - Take Five), dies of lung cancer at 52
  • 1977-09-05 George Barnes, American swing-jazz and session guitarist, and electric guitar pioneer, dies of a heart attack at 56
  • 1977-09-17 Lou Hooper, Canadian jazz pianist, and educator, dies at 83
  • 1977-10-04 Del Porter, American jazz singer (Foursome - "Walkin' My Baby Back Home"; Spike Jones and His City Slickers - "Der Fuehrer's Face"), dies at 75