Jazz Music in History (Part 3)

Events in Music


Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 201 - 300 of 510

  • 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, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (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)
  • 1925-10-30 Teo Macero [Attilio Joseph Macero], American jazz saxophonist, composer and record producer (Miles Davis), born in Glens Falls, New York (d. 2008)
  • 1925-11-20 June Christy, American jazz singer (Tampico), born in Springfield, Illinois (d. 1990)
  • 1925-11-22 Gunther Schuller, hornist/ jazz composer (Visitation), born in NYC, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1925-12-08 Jimmy Smith, American jazz musician and organist (Walk on the Wild Side), born in Norristown, Pennsylvania (d. 2005)
  • 1926-07-02 Billy Usselton, American big band jazz saxophonist (Les Brown and His Band of Renown), born in New Castle, Pennsylvania (d. 1994)
  • 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), born in Amsterdam (d. 1994)
  • 1926-08-11 Johnny Van Derrick, British jazz violinist (Pink Panther Theme), born in Ealing, England (d. 1995)
  • 1926-08-14 Buddy Greco, jazz singer (Away We Go, Broadway Open House), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2017)
  • 1926-08-20 Frank Rosolino, American jazz trombonist (The Frank Rosolino Sextet), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1978)
  • 1926-08-22 Bob Flannigan, jazz singer (The Four Freshmen), born in Greencastle, Indiana (d. 2011)
  • 1926-09-17 Eugene [Brother Jack] McDuff, American jazz organist (George Benson, Brother Jack), born in Champaign, Illinois (d. 2001)

Person of interestJohn Coltrane

1926-09-23 John Coltrane, jazz saxophonist and composer (Blue Train), born in Hamlet, North Carolina (d. 1967)

Jazz Musician John Coltrane
Jazz Musician
John Coltrane
  • 1926-10-13 Ray Brown, American jazz double bassist , born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1926-10-25 Jimmy Heath "Little Bird", American jazz saxophonist and composer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2020)
  • 1926-12-30 Stanley Tracey, Denmark Hill, London, jazz composer, (d. 2013)
  • 1927-02-02 Stan Getz [Stanley Gayetski], American jazz tenor saxophonist (Benny Goodman, Jimmy Dorsey), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1991)
  • 1927-04-06 Gerry Mulligan, American saxophonist and orchestra leader (Jazz on a Summer Day), born in Queens, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1927-04-27 Connie Kay, American jazz drummer (Modern Jazz Quartet), born in Tuckahoe, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1927-05-01 Billy Byers, American jazz trombonist and arranger, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1996)
  • 1927-05-31 Red Holloway [James], Helena, Arkansas, jazz tenor saxophonist, (d. 2012)
  • 1927-06-20 John M Dengler, jazz bass sax/trumpet/trombone
  • 1927-08-16 Dennis Moss, British jazz tenor saxophonist, born in Surrey, England
  • 1927-08-23 Martial Solal, French jazz pianist and composer, born in Algiers, French Algeria
  • 1927-09-09 Elvin Jones, American jazz drummer (Coltrane's A Love Supreme'), born in Pontiac, Michigan
  • 1927-09-27 Robert Chudnick [Red Rodney], American jazz trumpeter, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1994)
  • 1927-10-13 Lee Konitz, American jazz saxophonist (Birth of the Cool), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2020)
  • 1927-10-28 Dame Cleo Laine, British actress and jazz-pop singer (Flesh to a Tiger), born in Middlesex, England
  • 1927-11-11 Mose Allison, American jazz artist (Black Country Suite), born in Tippo, Mississippi (d. 2016)
  • 1927-11-25 Dick Wellstood, American jazz pianist, born in Greenwich, Connecticut
  • 1928-02-11 Conrad Janis, American jazz trombonist and actor (Mork & Mindy, Quark, Bonino), born in NYC, New York
  • 1928-03-09 Keely Smith [Dorothy Keely], American jazz and popular music singer (Mrs Louie Prima), born in Norfolk, Virginia (d. 2017)
  • 1928-04-08 Monty Sunshine, British jazz clarinetist and bandleader (Petite Fleur), born in Stepney, London (d. 2010)
  • 1928-04-24 Johnny Griffin III, American jazz saxophonist (A Blowin' Session), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2008)
  • 1928-05-04 Maynard Ferguson, Canadian jazz trumpeter (Roulette), born in Verdun, Quebec (d. 2006)
  • 1928-06-25 William Joseph Russo, American trombonist, jazz, classical and theater composer (Titans Symphony) and educator, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2003)
  • 1928-07-13 Leroy Vinnegar, American jazz bassist
  • 1928-07-17 Vince Guaraldi, American jazz pianist and composer (Peanuts TV specials), born in San Francisco (d. 1976)
  • 1928-07-17 Joseph Albert Morello, American jazz drummer, born in Irvington, New Jersey (d. 2011)
  • 1928-07-22 Keter Betts, American jazz bassist (d. 2005)
  • 1928-08-21 Art Farmer, American trumpet player (Farmer's Market, The Jazztet), born in Council Buffs, Iowa (d. 1999)
  • 1928-08-26 Peter Appleyard, British-Canadian jazz vibraphonist, born in Cleethorpes England (d. 2013)
  • 1928-11-11 Ernestine Anderson, American jazz vocalist and blues singer, born in Houston, Texas (d. 2016)
  • 1928-11-13 Hampton Hawes, American jazz pianist, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1977)
  • 1928-11-25 Etta Jones, American jazz singer (Don't Go to Strangers), born in Aiken, South Carolina (d. 2001)
  • 1928-12-25 Harry Klein, English jazz saxophonist, born in London, United Kingdom (d. 2010)
  • 1929-01-13 Joe Pass [Joseph Passalaqua], American virtuoso jazz guitarist (The Trio) and composer, born in New Brunswick, New Jersey (d. 1994)
  • 1929-01-20 [Wilbur James] Jimmy Cobb, American jazz drummer (Miles Davis' First Great Sextet), born in Washington D.C. (d. 2020)
  • 1929-01-28 Acker Bilk, English clarinetist who was part of the traditional jazz revival of the 1950s and 1960s, born in Pensford, Somerset (d. 2014)
  • 1929-03-25 Cecil Taylor, American pianist, poet, and one of the pioneers of free jazz, born in Corona, Queens, New York (d. 2018)
  • 1929-06-11 Lennie Niehaus, American jazz saxophonist and film composer (Clint Eastwood films), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2020)
  • 1929-06-15 Gideon Nxumalo, South African jazz composer and pianist, born in Kimberley, South Africa (d. 1970)
  • 1929-07-14 George Alan Dawson, jazz drummer/teacher
  • 1929-08-14 Lorez Alexandria, American jazz and gospel singer (Alexandria the Great), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2001)
  • 1929-08-16 Bill Evans, US jazz pianist, born in Plainfield, New Jersey (d. 1980)
  • 1929-12-12 Toshiko Akiyoshi, Japanese jazz pianist and composer, born in Liaoyang, Manchuria, Republic of China
  • 1929-12-23 Chet Baker, American jazz trumpet player, born in Yale, Oklahoma (d. 1988)
  • 1930-02-16 Peggy King, American jazz and pop vocalist, former TV personality and actress (George Gobel Show), born in Greensburg, Pennsylvania

Person of interestOrnette Coleman

1930-03-09 Ornette Coleman, American jazz saxophonist and composer (Downbeat Musician of Year 1966), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2015)

Jazz Composer Ornette Coleman
Jazz Composer
Ornette Coleman
  • 1930-03-19 Bill Henderson, American jazz singer (Torpedo-Dreams), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2016)
  • 1930-04-15 Richard Davis, American jazz bassist described as "the greatest bass ever heard on a rock album" (Van Morrison's Astral Weeks), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1930-04-16 Herbie Mann, American jazz flutist (Just Wallin'), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2003)
  • 1930-04-17 Chris Barber, English jazz trombonist, born in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire
  • 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)
  • 1930-07-03 Pete Fountain, American jazz clarinetist (Lawrence Welk TV show 1957-59), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2016)
  • 1930-07-07 Hank Mobley, US jazz saxophonist
  • 1930-07-25 Annie Ross, British-American jazz singer (Lambert, Hendricks & Ross), born in London
  • 1930-08-06 Abbey Lincoln [Anna Wooldridge], African-American civil rights activist, jazz vocalist, songwriter and actress (Nothing But a Man), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2010)
  • 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
  • 1930-10-28 John Mayer, Indian composer (Indo-Jazz Fusion), born in Calcutta, Bengal, British India (d. 2004)
  • 1930-10-30 Clifford Brown, American jazz trumpeter and composer (Joyspring, Jordu), born in Wilmington, Delaware (d. 1956)
  • 1930-12-04 Jim Hall, American jazz guitarist and composer, born in Buffalo, New York (d. 2013)
  • 1931-03-25 Paul Motian, American jazz drummer and composer
  • 1931-03-27 Burt Collins, American jazz trumpeter, born in NYC, New York (d. 2007)
  • 1931-04-27 Krzysztof Komeda, Polish jazz and film composer and pianist (Rosemary's Baby), born in Poznań, Poland (d. 1969)
  • 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)
  • 1931-09-16 Jan Johansson, Swedish jazz pianist, born in Söderhamn, Hälsingland, Sweden (d. 1968)

Weddings in Music


Deaths in Music

Deaths 201 - 300 of 374

  • 1996-05-29 James George "Jimmy" Rowles, jazz pianist, dies at 77
  • 1996-07-03 Pim Jacobs, Dutch jazz pianist, TV host and actor (Gilas), dies at 61
  • 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
  • 1997-02-23 Tony Williams, American jazz drummer (Miles Davis), dies at 51
  • 1997-06-02 Aldophus "Doc" Cheatham, American jazz trumpeter, dies of stroke at 91
  • 1997-06-04 [John Robert] Johnny "Hammond" Smith, American jazz and bop organist (Wild Horses Rock Steady), dies of cancer at 63
  • 1997-06-21 Arthur Prysock, American jazz and R&B singer (I Didn't Sleep a Wink Last Night), dies at 68 or 73
  • 1997-08-08 Duncan Swift, jazz pianist, dies at 74
  • 1997-09-20 Edmund Falkiner, jazz saxophinist and 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
  • 1998-07-14 Beryl Bryden, British jazz/blues singer and washboard player, dies at 78
  • 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
  • 1999-03-29 Joe Williams [Joseph Goreed], American jazz singer (Everyday I have the Blues), dies of natural causes 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)
  • 1999-10-04 Art Farmer, American trumpet player (Farmer's Market, The Jazztet), dies of a heart attack at 71
  • 1999-10-09 Milt [Bags] Jackson, American jazz vibraphonist (Modern Jazz Quartet), dies of cancer at 76
  • 1999-10-18 Tony Crombie, English jazz drummer and bandleader, dies at 74
  • 1999-11-08 Lester Bowie, American jazz trumpeter, dies at 58
  • 1999-11-30 Charlie Byrd, American jazz and bossa nova guitarist (Desfinado), dies at 74
  • 1999-12-17 Grover Washington Jr., American jazz saxophonist (Mr Magic), dies at 56
  • 2000-03-24 Al Grey, American jazz trombonist (Snap Your Fingers), dies aged 74
  • 2000-09-12 Stanley Turrentine, American jazz saxophonist (Wonderland), dies at 66
  • 2000-12-19 Milt Hinton, American jazz bassist (Cab Calloway) and session musician, dies at 90
  • 2001-01-23 Eugene [Brother Jack] McDuff, American jazz organist (George Benson, Brother Jack), dies of heart failure at 74
  • 2001-02-04 J. J. Johnson, American jazz trombonist and composer, dies at 77
  • 2001-02-10 George Holmes Tate, American jazz saxophonist and clarinetist (b. 1913)
  • 2001-03-29 John Lewis, American jazz pianist (b. 1920)
  • 2001-05-03 Billy Higgins, American jazz drummer, dies at 64
  • 2001-05-22 Lorez Alexandria, American jazz and gospel singer (Alexandria the Great), dies at 71
  • 2001-06-30 Joe Henderson, American jazz saxophonist, dies at 64
  • 2001-10-16 Etta Jones, American jazz singer (Don't Go to Strangers), dies of cancer at 72
  • 2001-11-16 Tommy Flanagan, American jazz pianist (b. 1930)
  • 2001-11-22 Norman Granz, American jazz impresario and producer (b. 1918)
  • 2001-11-23 O. C Smith, American jazz singer (Little Green Apples), dies at 69
  • 2002-02-24 Arthur Lyman, American jazz vibraphone and marimba player (b. 1932)
  • 2002-07-02 Ray Brown, American jazz double bassist, dies in his sleep at 75
  • 2002-08-31 Lionel Hampton, American Jazz vibraphone player and actor, dies at 94
  • 2002-11-21 Hadda Brooks, American jazz singer, pianist, and composer (b. 1916)
  • 2003-02-04 Charlie Biddle, Canadian jazz bassist (b. 1926)
  • 2003-07-01 Herbie Mann, American jazz flutist (Just Wallin'), dies at 73
  • 2004-03-09 John Mayer, Indian composer (Indo-Jazz Fusion), dies at 74
  • 2004-05-06 Barney Kessel, American jazz guitarist (The Wrecking Crew), dies at 80
  • 2004-05-12 John LaPorta, American Jazz clarinetist and composer, dies at 84
  • 2004-05-18 Elvin Jones, American jazz drummer, dies at 76
  • 2004-07-22 Illinois Jacquet, American jazz saxophonist, dies at 81
  • 2004-07-26 Sipho Gumede, South African jazz legend, lung cancer (birthdate unknown)
  • 2004-08-09 Tony Mottola, American jazz guitarist, dies at 86
  • 2004-12-17 Dick Heckstall-Smith, English jazz-blues saxophonist, dies at 70
  • 2004-12-30 Artie Shaw [Arthur Arshawsky], American bandleader, jazz clarinetist and actor (Begin the Beguine), dies at 94
  • 2005-02-20 Pam Bricker, American jazz singer and Thievery Corporation vocalist (b. 1954)
  • 2005-04-13 Johnnie Johnson, American blues & jazz piano player (Chuck Berry's band), dies from kidney problems and pneumonia at 80
  • 2005-04-14 Benny Bailey, American jazz trumpeter, dies at 79
  • 2005-04-19 Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Danish jazz bassist (b. 1946)
  • 2005-04-28 Percy Heath, American jazz bassist (Modern Jazz Quartet), dies at 81
  • 2005-07-23 Ted Greene, American jazz guitarist and teacher (b. 1946)
  • 2005-07-25 Albert Mangelsdorff, German jazz trombonist (b. 1928)
  • 2005-08-06 Keter Betts, American jazz bassist (b. 1928)
  • 2006-03-31 Jackie McLean, American jazz saxophonist (b. 1931 or 1932)
  • 2006-06-06 Hilton Ruiz, Puerto Rican-American jazz pianist (b. 1952)
  • 2006-08-23 Maynard Ferguson, Canadian jazz trumpeter and bandleader, dies at 78
  • 2006-09-02 [Walter] Dewey Redman, American jazz saxophonist, dies of liver failure at 75
  • 2006-11-23 Anita O'Day, American jazz singer, dies at 87
  • 2006-12-12 Kenny Davern, American jazz clarinetist (b. 1935)

Person of interestJames Brown

2006-12-25 James Brown, rhythm & blues, gospel, jazz, soul and funk singer or simply The Godfather of Soul (Genius of Love, Hot Pants) dies of heart failure at 73

Singer James Brown
Singer
James Brown
  • 2007-01-01 Tad Jones, American jazz music historian, dies at 54
  • 2007-01-13 Michael Brecker, American jazz saxophonist (Brecker Brothers), dies at 57
  • 2007-02-01 Whitney Balliett, American jazz critic (b. 1926)
  • 2007-02-12 Peggy Gilbert, American jazz saxophonist and bandleader (b. 1905)
  • 2007-02-27 Bobby Rosengarden, American jazz drummer (b. 1924)
  • 2007-04-10 Dakota Staton, American jazz singer, dies at 76
  • 2007-04-20 Andrew Hill, American jazz composer and pianist (b. 1931)
  • 2007-07-05 George Melly, British jazz & blues musician (b. 1926)
  • 2007-10-17 Teresa Brewer, American pop and jazz singer (Put Another Nickel In), dies at 76

Person of interestOscar Peterson

2007-12-23 Oscar Peterson, Canadian jazz pianist and composer, dies of kidney failure at 82

Jazz Musician Oscar Peterson
Jazz Musician
Oscar Peterson
  • 2008-02-19 Teo Macero [Attilio Joseph Macero], American jazz saxophonist, composer and record producer (Miles Davis), dies at 82
  • 2008-05-28 Dennis Moss, British jazz tenor saxophonist, dies at 80
  • 2008-06-14 Esbjörn Svensson, Swedish jazz pianist (b. 1964)
  • 2008-07-06 Bobby Durham, American jazz drummer (b. 1937)
  • 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)
  • 2008-12-29 Freddie Hubbard, American jazz trumpet player (b. 1938)
  • 2008-12-30 Derek Wadsworth, British jazz composer and arranger, dies at 69
  • 2009-01-24 Leonard Gaskin, American jazz bassist (Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis), dies at 88
  • 2009-02-07 Blossom Dearie, American jazz singer and pianist, dies of natural causes at 84
  • 2009-02-14 Louie Bellson, American jazz drummer and orchestra leader (Pearl Bailey Show), dies at 84
  • 2009-07-27 George Russell, American jazz pianist (The Jazz Workshop), dies of complications from Alzheimer's disease at 86
  • 2009-08-13 Les Paul [Polsfuss], American guitarist, songwriter and inventor (solid-body electric guitar), dies at 94
  • 2010-02-15 Art Van Damme, American jazz accordionist (Chicago Jazz), dies at 89