Jazz Music in History (Part 2)

Events in Music


Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 435

  • 1916-01-04 Slim Gaillard [Bulee], Edinburgh, Scotland, American Jazz singer/songwriter (d. 1991)
  • 1916-02-16 Bill Doggett [William Ballard Doggett], American jazz and blues musician (Honky Tonk), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1996)
  • 1916-05-04 Maurice "Moe" Purtill, American jazz drummer, born in Huntington, New York (d. 1994)

Person of interestTiny Grimes

1916-07-07 Lloyd "Tiny" Grimes, American jazz and R&B guitarist (Art Tatum), born in Newport News, Virginia (d. 1989)

Jazz Guitarist Tiny Grimes
Jazz Guitarist
Tiny Grimes
  • 1916-07-11 Howard Brubeck, American composer (Dialogues for Jazz Combo and Orchestra), born in Concord, California (d. 1993)
  • 1916-07-27 Elbert Skippy Williams, American jazz tenor saxophonist and musical arranger, born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama (d. 1994)
  • 1916-07-29 Charlie Christian, American jazz guitarist (d. 1942)
  • 1916-11-07 Joe Bushkin, American jazz pianist (A Couple of Joes), born in NYC, New York
  • 1916-11-18 James L Lyons, jazz promoter
  • 1917-03-23 Johnny Guarnieri, American jazz pianist (Morey Amsterdam Show), born in NYC, New York (d. 1985)

Person of interestElla Fitzgerald

1917-04-25 Ella Fitzgerald, American jazz singer (Is it live or Memorex), born in Newport News, Virginia (d. 1996)

Jazz Musician Ella Fitzgerald
Jazz Musician
Ella Fitzgerald

Person of interestBuddy Rich

1917-09-30 Buddy Rich, American jazz drummer and band leader (Buddy Rich Band-Away We Go), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1987)

Jazz Drummer/Band Leader Buddy Rich
Jazz Drummer/Band Leader
Buddy Rich
  • 1917-10-10 Thelonious Monk, American jazz pianist and composer, born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina (d. 1982)
  • 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)
  • 1917-12-02 Sylvia Syms, American jazz singer (Hello Dolly, Dream Girl, Them There Eyes), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1992)
  • 1918-03-20 Marian McPartland, British jazz pianist (Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz), born in Slough, United Kingdom (d. 2013)
  • 1918-04-27 Kirby Stone, American jazz combo leader (Baubles Bangles & Beads), born in NYC, New York
  • 1918-05-05 Erbie Bowser, American blues and jazz pianist, born in Davila, Texas (d. 1995)
  • 1918-07-30 Joe Daley, American jazz tenor, clarinet and flute player, born in Salem, Ohio (d. 1994)
  • 1918-07-31 Hank Jones, American jazz pianist and composer, born in Vicksburg, Mississippi (d. 2010)
  • 1918-08-06 Norman Granz, American record producer (Jazz at the Philharmonic; Verve Records), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2001)
  • 1918-08-19 James George "Jimmy" Rowles, jazz pianist
  • 1918-09-04 Gerald Wilson, American jazz trumpeter and orchestra leader (Redd Foxx), born in Shelby, Mississippi (d. 2014)
  • 1918-10-18 Robert "Bobby" Troup, American jazz pianist and actor (Emergency, Acapulco), born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (d. 1999)
  • 1918-12-12 Joe Williams [Joseph Goreed], Cordele, Georgia, American jazz singer (Everyday I have the Blues)
  • 1919-03-19 Lennie Tristano, American jazz pianist (The New Tristano), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1978)
  • 1919-08-13 George Shearing, British-American blind jazz pianist (Lullaby of Birdland), born in London, England (d. 2011)
  • 1919-10-11 Art Blakey, American drummer (Billy Eckstine Band, Jazz Messengers), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1990)
  • 1919-10-18 Anita O'Day (born Anita Belle Colton), jazz singer , born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1919-12-01 Ike Isaacs, Burnese-born jazz guitarist, born in born in Rangoon, Burma (d. 1996)
  • 1920-02-27 Robert L. "Bob" Talley, American jazz and blues pianist and composer (Blues Alley All Star Band), born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 1995)
  • 1920-04-08 Carmen McRae (Clark), US jazz singer/pianist (Dream of Life)
  • 1920-04-09 Art Van Damme, American jazz accordionist (Chicago Jazz), born in Norway, Michigan (d. 2010)
  • 1920-04-13 Ken Nordine, Cherokee Iowa, American voice-over and recording artist (World Jazz)
  • 1920-05-11 Beryl Bryden, jazz singer
  • 1920-06-05 Kurt Edelhagen, West German jazz pianist (Klimbim)
  • 1920-08-03 Charlie Shavers, American jazz trumpet player, born in NYC, New York (d. 1971)
  • 1920-08-13 Charlie Alfred Galbraith, English jazz trombonist, born in London (d. 1997)
  • 1920-08-25 Leonard Gaskin, American jazz bassist (Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis), born in New York City (d. 2009)
  • 1920-08-29 Charlie "Bird" Parker, American jazz saxophonist, born in Kansas City, Kansas (d. 1955)
  • 1920-10-09 Yusef Lateef, American jazz saxophonist and flautist, born in Chattanooga, Tennessee (d. 2013)
  • 1920-12-06 Dave Brubeck, jazz pianist/composer (Gates of Justice), born in Concord, California (d. 2012)
  • 1920-12-14 Clark Terry, US jazz trumpeter, born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 2015)
  • 1920-12-24 Dave Bartholomew, jazz artist/songwriter (Blueberry Hill), born in Edgard, Louisiana
  • 1921-05-06 Freddy Randall, English jazz trumpeter, born in London (d. 1999)
  • 1921-06-07 Tal Farlow, American jazz guitarist, born in Greensboro, North Carolina (d. 1998)
  • 1921-11-13 Eddie Calhoun, American jazz bassist, born in Clarksdale, Mississippi (d. 1994)
  • 1922-02-27 Jackie Kelso [John Joseph Kelson Jr], American jazz saxophonist and session musician, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2012)
  • 1922-03-02 Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis [Edward F. Davis], American jazz saxophonist (Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland Big Band), born in Culver City, California (d. 1986)
  • 1922-04-16 Eddie Bert, American bebop jazz trombonist, born in Yonkers, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1922-04-22 Charles Mingus, Arizona, jazz bassist (Pithecanthropus Erectus)
  • 1922-05-05 Monica Lewis, American jazz singer and film actress (Box Office, Affair with a Stranger), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2015)
  • 1922-08-01 Maria Cole [née Hawkins], American jazz singer and wife of Nat King Cole, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2012)
  • 1922-10-15 Lorraine Gordon [Stein], American jazz music advocate and owner of Village Vanguard jazz club, born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2018)
  • 1922-10-31 Illinois Jacquet, American jazz saxophonist, born in Broussard, Louisiana (d. 2004)
  • 1922-11-07 Al Hirt, jazz trumpeter (Greatest Horn in the World), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1922-11-15 Paul Acket, Dutch publisher/organizer (Music Express, North Sea Jazz)
  • 1923-01-01 Milt [Bags] Jackson, American jazz vibraphonist (Modern Jazz Quartet), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1999)
  • 1923-02-27 Dexter Gordon, American jazz tenor saxophonist and actor (Round Midnight, The Other Side of Round Midnight), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1990)
  • 1923-03-02 Orrin Keepnews, American jazz producer and record label executive, born in NYC, New York
  • 1923-03-06 John "Wes" Montgomery, American musician and composer, considered one of the world's greatest jazz guitarists, born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1968)
  • 1923-05-13 Red [William] Garland, American jazz pianist (Miles Davis Quintet), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 1984)
  • 1923-05-29 "The Senator" Eugene Wright, American jazz bassist (The Dave Brubeck Quartet), born in Chicago, Illinois

Person of interestErroll Garner

1923-06-15 Erroll Garner, American jazz pianist (Misty), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Jazz Pianist Erroll Garner
Jazz Pianist
Erroll Garner
  • 1923-06-23 George Russell, American jazz pianist (The Jazz Workshop) born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 2009)
  • 1923-07-15 [Joseph Rudolph] Philly Joe Jones, American jazz drummer (Miles Davis Quintet), born in Philadelphia (d. 1985)
  • 1923-09-24 Theodore "Fats" Navarro, American jazz trumpet player, born in Key West, Florida (d. 1950)
  • 1923-12-05 Johnny Pate, American jazz bassist (Chicago soul), born in Chicago Heights, Illinois
  • 1924-01-10 Maxwell Roach, Jazz drummer, born in Newland, North Carolina
  • 1924-01-22 J. J. Johnson, American composer and jazz trombonist, born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 2001)
  • 1924-03-27 Sarah Vaughan, jazz scat singer (Broken Hearted Melody), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1990)
  • 1924-04-28 Blossom Dearie, American jazz singer and pianist, born in NYC, New York
  • 1924-06-21 Wally Fawkes, British-Canadian cartoonist and jazz clarinetist, born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • 1924-07-06 Louie Bellson, American jazz drummer and orchestra leader (Pearl Bailey Show), born in Rock Falls, Illinois (d. 2009)
  • 1924-08-17 Laurence Richard Deniz, jazz guitarist
  • 1924-08-30 Kenny Dorham [McKinley], American jazz trumpeter, born in Fairfield, Texas (d. 1972)
  • 1924-09-27 Earl Rudolph "Bud" Powell, American jazz pianist and composer, born in Harlem, New York (d. 1966)
  • 1924-10-13 Terry Gibbs, American jazz vibraphonist and band leader (Steve Allen Comedy Hour), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1924-11-12 Sam Jones, jazz bassist (d. 1981)
  • 1924-11-25 Paul Desmond, American jazz alto saxophonist (Dave Brubeck Quartet - Take Five), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1977)
  • 1924-12-21 Rita Reys, [Maria Reijs], Dutch jazz singer, (d. 2013)
  • 1925-03-13 Roy Haynes, American jazz drummer (Trio Music with Chick Corea), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1925-03-25 James Moody, American jazz saxophonist/flutist/orchestra leader
  • 1925-04-26 Jørgen Ingmann, Danish jazz guitarist (Apache, Dansevise), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 2015)
  • 1925-05-14 Al Porcino, American jazz trumpet player
  • 1925-06-06 Al Grey, American jazz trombonist (Snap Your Fingers), born in Aldie, Virginia (d. 2000)
  • 1925-08-12 Earl Coleman, American jazz singer, born in Port Huron, Michigan (d. 1995)
  • 1925-08-13 Benny Bailey, American jazz trumpeter, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2005)

Person of interestOscar Peterson

1925-08-15 Oscar Peterson, Canadian jazz pianist and composer, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2007)

Jazz Musician Oscar Peterson
Jazz Musician
Oscar Peterson
  • 1925-08-27 Tony Crombie, English jazz drummer and bandleader, born in Bishopsgate, London (d. 1999)
  • 1925-09-16 Charlie Byrd, American jazz and bossa nova guitarist (Desfinado), born in Suffolk, Virginia (d. 1999)
  • 1925-10-29 John Haley "Zoot" Sims, American jazz saxophonist, born in Inglewood, California (d. 1985)
  • 1925-11-20 June [Shirley L] Christy, American jazz singer (Tampico)
  • 1925-11-22 Gunther Schuller, hornist/ jazz composer (Visitation), born in NYC, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1925-12-08 James E "Jimmy" Smith, US jazz/organist (Walk on the Wild Side)
  • 1926-07-03 Johnny Coles, American jazz trumpeter (Little Johnny C), born in Trenton, New Jersey ( d. 1997)
  • 1926-07-28 Charlie Biddle, American-born Quebec jazz bassist (d. 2003)
  • 1926-08-08 Urbie [Urban Clifford] Green, American jazz trombonist (toured with Woody Herman, Frankie Carlie), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • 1926-08-09 Michiel de Ruyter, Dutch jazz historian (Mister Jazz)
  • 1926-08-11 Johnny Van Derrick, jazz violinist

Weddings in Music


Deaths in Music

Deaths 101 - 200 of 324

  • 1992-01-17 Charlie Ventura, jazz sax (Bop for the people), dies at 75 of cancer
  • 1992-03-04 Mary Osborne, jazz guitarist, dies at 70 of liver cancer
  • 1992-03-08 Red Callender, US jazz bassist (Unfinished dream), dies at 76
  • 1992-05-10 Sylvia Syms [Blagman], American jazz singer (Hello Dolly, Flower Drum Song), dies of a heart attack at 74
  • 1992-06-09 Clarence Miller, blues/jazz vocalist, dies at 69 of a heart attack
  • 1992-07-04 Joe Newman, US jazz trumpetist (Count Basie), dies at 69
  • 1992-08-24 Larrie Londin, jazz drummer, dies at 48
  • 1992-10-05 Paul Acket, organizer (Music Express, North Sea Jazz Festival), dies
  • 1992-10-07 Ed Blackwell, US jazz drummer (Quartet), dies
  • 1992-11-08 Keith "Red" Mitchell, US/Swedish jazz bassist, dies
  • 1993-01-19 William LeMassena, actor (All that Jazz), dies of lung cancer at 76
  • 1993-01-23 Thomas A Dorsey, American jazz pianist (Take My Hand, Precious Lord), dies at 93
  • 1993-03-04 Art Hodes, Russ/US jazz/blues pianist/editor (Jazz Record), dies
  • 1993-03-08 Billy Eckstine, jazz singer (Fools Rush In), dies at 78 of stroke
  • 1993-03-09 Bob Crosby, American jazz singer and bandleader (Bob-Cats), dies of cancer at 79
  • 1993-05-30 Sun Ra [Herman Blount,], US jazz pianist (Solar Arkestra), dies at 79
  • 1993-08-04 Kenny Drew, US/Danish jazz pianist (Moonlight Desert), dies at 64
  • 1993-08-07 Roy Budd, English jazz pianist/composer (Paper Tiger), dies at 46
  • 1993-08-26 Rockin Dopsie Sr, Jazz-Fusion singer (Zydeco), dies at 61
  • 1993-08-26 Rockin Dopsie Sr, [Alton Jay Rubin], American Jazz-Fusion singer (Zydeco), dies of a heart attack at 61
  • 1993-09-28 Fraser MacPherson, Canadian jazz saxophonist (b. 1928)
  • 1993-11-07 Adelaide Hall, US jazz singer (Cotton Club), dies at 92
  • 1994-01-05 Victor van Os, Dutch jazz guitarist, dies at 39
  • 1994-01-07 Bobby Pratt, American jazz trombone and piano player, dies at 67
  • 1994-01-11 Roger "Ram" Ramirez, jazz piano player/composer, dies at 80
  • 1994-01-15 Philippe Brun, jazz trumpeter, dies at 85
  • 1994-01-27 Eddie Calhoun, American jazz bassist, dies at 72
  • 1994-01-30 Ernestine "Tiny" Davis, jazz vocalist/trumpeter, dies at 86
  • 1994-02-02 Zilner T Randolph, jazz Trumpeter/ Arranger, dies at 95
  • 1994-02-28 Elbert Skippy Williams, American jazz tenor saxophonist and musical arranger, dies at 77
  • 1994-03-05 Joe Daley, American jazz tenor, clarinet and flute player, dies at 75
  • 1994-03-09 Maurice "Moe" Purtill, American jazz drummer, dies at 77
  • 1994-03-24 Tommy Benford, jazz drummer, dies at 88
  • 1994-03-30 Sid Weiss, American jazz bassist, dies at 79
  • 1994-04-10 James L Lyons, jazz promoter, dies at 77
  • 1994-05-03 Milford Dolliole, pioneer jazz drummer, dies at 90
  • 1994-05-23 Joe Pass [Joseph Passalaqua], American virtuoso jazz guitarist (The Trio) and composer, dies from liver cancer at 65
  • 1994-05-25 Eric Gale, American jazz guitarist (Negril, Stuff), dies of lung cancer at 55
  • 1994-05-26 Warren Harding "Sonny" Sharrock, American jazz Guitarist, dies at 53
  • 1994-05-27 Robert Chudnick [Red Rodney], American jazz trumpeter, dies from lung cancer at 66
  • 1994-05-31 Emmanuel "Manny" Klein, American jazz trumpeter, dies at 86
  • 1994-06-06 Willie Humphrey, jazz clarinetist, dies at 93
  • 1994-07-09 William "Sabby" Lewis, jazz Pianist/Arranger, dies at 79
  • 1994-07-11 Lex Humphries, American jazz drummer, dies at 57
  • 1994-07-25 John M Dengler, jazz Bass Sax/Trumpet/Trombone, dies at 67
  • 1994-08-12 Gene Cherico, American jazz bassist, dies at 59
  • 1994-09-06 Max Kaminsky, American jazz trumpeter and bandleader (Max Kaminsky Orchestra), dies at 85
  • 1994-09-13 John William Stevens, jazz drummer, dies at 54
  • 1994-09-22 Leonard Feather, British jazz critic and musician, dies at 80
  • 1994-11-07 Milton "Shorty" Rogers [Rajonsky], US jazz trumpeter, dies at 70
  • 1994-11-10 Carmen McRae [Clark], US jazz singer/pianist, dies at about 73
  • 1994-11-28 Al Levitt, American jazz drummer, dies at 63
  • 1994-11-30 Connie Conrad Henry Kirnon Kay, jazz Drummer, dies at 67
  • 1994-11-30 Connie Kay, American jazz drummer (Modern Jazz Quartet), dies of a cardiac arrest at 67
  • 1994-12-03 Lesley Peacock, jazz photogrpaher/author, dies
  • 1994-12-19 Noel Pointer, jazz violinist, dies at 39
  • 1994-12-23 Charles Shirley, jazz arranger, dies at 74
  • 1995-01-01 Jess Stacy, US jazz pianist (Great Gatsby), dies at 90
  • 1995-02-18 John Rhea "Yank" Lawson, American jazz trumpeter (Dogtown Blues, Stormy Weather), dies of a heart attack at 84
  • 1995-03-17 Sunnyland Smart, jazz/blues singer/pianist (Delta Blues), dies at 87
  • 1995-04-15 Cleo Brown, American jazz pianist, dies at 85
  • 1995-05-07 Ray McKinley, American orchestra leader and jazz drummer (Glenn Miller Time), dies at 84
  • 1995-05-09 Marshall Royal, jazz Sax/Clarinet, dies at 82
  • 1995-05-10 Jimmy Raney, jazz guitarist, dies at 67
  • 1995-05-15 Johnny Van Derrick, jazz violinist, dies at 68
  • 1995-05-24 Mike Pyne, jazz Pianist, dies at 54
  • 1995-05-26 Ron Weatherburn, jazz pianist, dies at 61
  • 1995-06-30 Phyllis Hyman, R&B/Jazz singer (Prime of My Life), suicides at 45
  • 1995-07-12 Earl Coleman, American jazz singer, dies at 69
  • 1995-07-22 Percy Humphrey, American jazz trumpet player and bandleader in New Orleans, Louisiana, dies at 90
  • 1995-08-01 Robert L. "Bob" Talley, American jazz and blues pianist and composer, dies at 75
  • 1995-08-03 Carl Donnell "Kansas" Fields, American jazz drummer, dies at 79
  • 1995-08-15 Erbie Bowser, American blues and jazz pianist, dies at 77
  • 1995-09-29 Seger Pillot Ellis, American jazz pianist and vocalist, dies at 91
  • 1995-11-06 Norman Waterhouse Lees, jazz fan, dies at 90
  • 1996-01-11 Ike Isaacs, Burnese-born jazz guitarist, dies at 76
  • 1996-02-23 George Alan Dawson, jazz drummer/teacher, dies at 66
  • 1996-02-24 Laurence Richard Deniz, jazz guitarist, dies at 71
  • 1996-03-06 Herb Hall, American jazz clarinetist and saxophonist, dies at 88
  • 1996-05-29 James George "Jimmy" Rowles, jazz pianist, dies at 77
  • 1996-08-31 Milt Larkin, American jazz trumpeter and band leader, dies at 85
  • 1996-10-11 Johnny Costa, jazz pianist (Mr Rogers), dies at 74
  • 1996-11-13 Bill Doggett [William Ballard Doggett], American jazz and blues musician (Honky Tonk), dies from a heart attack at 80
  • 1997-01-16 Charlie Alfred Galbraith, English jazz trombonist, dies at 76
  • 1997-02-08 Roy George Elroy Josephs, jazz dance teacher, dies at 57
  • 1997-02-20 Zachary Breaux, American jazz guitarist, dies at 36
  • 1997-02-25 Tony Williams, jazz drummer (Miles Davis), dies at 51
  • 1997-06-02 Aldophus "Doc" Cheatham, American jazz trumpeter, dies of stroke at 91
  • 1997-08-08 Duncan Swift, jazz pianist, dies at 74
  • 1997-09-20 Edmund Falkiner, jazz saxophinist/probation officer, dies at 59
  • 1997-11-26 Francis Paudras, designer/jazz fan, dies at 62
  • 1997-12-01 Stéphane Grappelli, French jazz violinist who founded the Quintette du Hot Club de France, dies at 89
  • 1998-03-20 George Howard, American jazz saxophone musician
  • 1998-07-25 Tal Farlow, American jazz guitarist, dies at 77
  • 1998-08-11 Benjamin "Benny" Waters, American jazz saxophonist and clarinetist, dies at 96
  • 1999-01-06 French Jazz piano virtuoso Michel Petrucciani dies in New York following a brief respiratory illness at age 36
  • 1999-02-07 Robert "Bobby" Troup, American jazz pianist and actor (Emergency, Acapulco), dies of a heart attack at 80
  • 1999-04-06 Red Norvo, American jazz vibraphonist known as "Mr. Swing" (Congo Blues, Knockin' on Wood), dies at 91
  • 1999-05-18 Freddy Randall, English jazz trumpeter, dies at 78
  • 1999-07-27 Sweets Edison, American jazz trumpet player (b. 1915)