Jazz Music in History (Part 4)

Events in Music


Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 301 - 400 of 505

  • 1931-11-23 Gloria Lynne, American Jazz vocalist (Dell Tones), born in Harlem, New York City (d. 2013)
  • 1931-11-30 Jack Sheldon, American jazz trumpeter, singer, and actor (Run Buddy Run, Merv Griffin), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1932-01-14 Grady Tate, American jazz drummer & singer, born in Durham, North Carolina (d. 2017)
  • 1932-02-10 Rockin Dopsie Sr, [Alton Jay Rubin], American Jazz-Fusion singer (Zydeco), born in Carencro, Louisiana (d. 1993)
  • 1932-04-17 Arthur "Art" Ellefson, Canadian jazz saxophonist, born in Moose Jaw, Canada
  • 1932-06-04 Oliver Nelson, American jazz composer and arranger (The Blues and the Abstract Truth), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1975)
  • 1932-06-21 O. C Smith, American jazz singer (Little Green Apples), born in Mansfield, Louisiana (d. 2001)
  • 1932-07-07 Josef Zawinul, Austrian-American jazz keyboardist, composer and musician (d. 2007)
  • 1932-07-16 John Chilton, English jazz trumpeter (Feetwarmers), born in London (d. 2016)
  • 1932-09-13 Bengt Hallberg, Swedish jazz pianist and composer, born in Gothenburg, Sweden (d. 2013)
  • 1932-11-11 Al Levitt, American jazz drummer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1932-11-28 Ethel L Ennis, US orchestra leader/jazz singer (Once Again)
  • 1932-12-09 Donald Byrd, American jazz trumpeter (Black Byrd), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2013)
  • 1933-03-28 Tete Montoliu, Catalonian jazz pianist, born in Barcelona (d. 1997)
  • 1933-04-28 Oliver "Bops Junior" Jackson, American jazz drummer, born in Detroit (d. 1994)
  • 1933-11-11 Marlene VerPlanck [Pampinella], American jazz and pop vocalist, born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2018)
  • 1933-12-16 [John Robert] Johnny "Hammond" Smith, American jazz and bop organist (Wild Horses Rock Steady), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1997)
  • 1934-01-31 Ron Weatherburn, jazz pianist
  • 1934-02-28 Willie Bobo [Correa], American jazz percussionist (Evil Ways), born in NYC, New York (d. 1983)
  • 1934-03-30 Lanny Morgan, American jazz alto saxophonist, born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • 1934-04-05 Stanley Turrentine, American jazz saxophonist (Wonderland), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2000)
  • 1934-04-07 Victor Feldman, British jazz pianist and drummer, born in London (d. 1987)
  • 1934-09-11 Oliver Jones, Canadian jazz pianist and composer, born in Little Burgundy, Montreal, Quebec
  • 1934-09-26 Dick Heckstall-Smith, English jazz-blues saxophonist, born in Ludlow, Shropshire (d. 2004)
  • 1934-10-29 Pim Jacobs, Dutch jazz pianist, TV host and actor (Gilas), born in Hilversum, Netherlands (d. 1996)
  • 1934-11-14 Ellis Marsalis, American jazz pianist & teacher, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2020)
  • 1935-01-07 Kenny Davern, American jazz clarinetist, born in Huntington, New York (d. 2006)
  • 1935-01-08 Ian Bargh, Scottish-born Canadian jazz pianist and composer, born in Prestwick, Scotland (d. 2012)
  • 1935-04-15 Gene Cherico, American jazz bassist, born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1935-04-22 Paul Chambers, American jazz bassist, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1969)
  • 1935-05-05 Edward "Kidd" Jordan, American jazz saxophonist and music educator, born in Crowley, New Orleans
  • 1935-05-27 Ramsey Lewis, American jazz-pop pianist (Hang on Sloopy), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1935-06-03 Ted Curson [Theodore], Jazz Trumpeter, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)
  • 1935-06-06 Misha Mengelberg, Dutch jazz pianist and composer (Reconstruction), born in Kiev, Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic (d. 2017)
  • 1935-06-06 Grant Green, American jazz guitarist, born in St. Louis (d. 1979)
  • 1935-08-07 Rahsaan Roland Kirk, American jazz multi-instrumentalist (Bright Moments, The Case of the 3 Sided Dream in Audio Color), born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 1977)
  • 1935-09-03 Dorothy Masuka, Zimbabwe-born South African jazz singer and activist, born in Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia (d. 2019)
  • 1935-09-08 James Clay, American jazz tenor saxophonist, born in Dallas, Texas (d. 1995)
  • 1935-12-19 Bobby Timmons, American jazz pianist (d. 1974)
  • 1936-01-07 Eldee Young, US jazz upright bassist (Ramsey Lewis Trio; Young-Holt Unlimited Soulful Strut), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2007)
  • 1936-03-08 Gabor Szabo, Hungarian jazz guitarist (Perfect Circle)
  • 1936-04-03 Jimmy McGriff, American jazz organist, born in Germantown, Philadelphia (d. 2008)
  • 1936-04-28 John Tchicai, Danish jazz saxophonist and composer, born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 2012)
  • 1936-05-12 Klaus Doldinger, German jazz saxophonist (Passport) and composer for film, born in Berlin
  • 1936-08-22 Lex Humphries, American jazz drummer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1936-10-11 Billy Higgins, American jazz drummer, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2001)
  • 1936-11-18 Don Cherry, American jazz trumpeter (Ornette Coleman), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 1995)
  • 1937-01-29 Bobby Scott, American composer, arranger and jazz singer (He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother), born in Mt Pleasant, New York (d. 1990)
  • 1937-02-20 Nancy Wilson, American jazz vocalist (Feel Like Making Love), born in Chillicothe, Ohio (d. 2018)
  • 1937-04-24 Joe Henderson, American jazz saxophonist, born in Lima, Ohio (d. 2001)
  • 1937-05-04 Ron Carter, American jazz bassist (Ron Carter Meets Bach), born in Ferndale, Michigan
  • 1937-08-06 Charlie [Charles Edward] Haden, American jazz double-bassist (Liberation Music Orchestra), born in Shenandoah, Iowa (d. 2014)
  • 1937-09-25 Michael Gibbs, jazz composer (Mike Gibbs + 12 play Gil Evans), born in Harare, Zimbabwe
  • 1937-12-16 Joe Farrell, American jazz saxophonist, born in Chicago Heights, Illinois, (d. 1986)
  • 1938-03-23 Dave Pike, jazz vibraphone and marimba player, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2015)
  • 1938-04-07 Freddie Hubbard, jazz trumpeter (Art Blakey), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1938-06-29 Edmund Falkiner, jazz saxophinist and probation officer (d. 1997)
  • 1938-09-20 Eric Gale, American jazz guitarist (Negril, Stuff), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1938-12-09 William Thomas McKinley, American composer and jazz pianist, born in New Kensington, Pennsylvania (d. 2015)
  • 1938-12-11 McCoy Tyner, American jazz pianist (John Coltrane Quartet), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2020)
  • 1939-02-05 Derek Wadsworth, British jazz composer and arranger, born in Cleckheaton, Yorkshire (d. 2008)
  • 1939-02-20 Roy George Elroy Josephs, jazz dance teacher
  • 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)
  • 1939-05-19 Sonny Fortune [Cornelius Fortune], American jazz saxophonist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2018)
  • 1939-06-08 William "Bill" Watrous, American jazz trombonist, born in Middletown, Connecticut (d. 2018)
  • 1939-11-13 Idris Muhammad [Leo Morris], American jazz drummer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2014)
  • 1940-03-12 Al Jarreau, American jazz singer (Moonlighting), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 2017)
  • 1940-06-10 John William Stevens, jazz drummer
  • 1940-07-05 Arthur Blythe, American jazz saxophonist, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2017)
  • 1940-08-27 Warren Harding "Sonny" Sharrock, American jazz guitarist
  • 1940-09-02 Mike Pyne, jazz Pianist
  • 1940-09-10 Roy Ayers, LA, disco jazz artist (Fever, You Send Me)
  • 1940-10-13 Pharoah Sanders, American jazz saxophonist, born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1940-12-20 Larry Willis, American jazz pianist & composer, born in NYC, New York
  • 1940-12-28 Lonnie Liston Smith, US jazz performer (Cosmic Echoes, Magic Lady)
  • 1941-02-11 Sergio Mendes, jazz/pop musician (Brazil '66/'77/'88)
  • 1941-06-12 Armando "Chick" Corea, American jazz-fusion pianist and composer (Return To Forever, Delhpi I, Toy Dance), born in Chelsea, Massachusetts
  • 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
  • 1941-12-12 Tim Hauser, American jazz singer (Manhattan Transfer-Tuxedo Junction), born in Troy, New York, (d. 2014)
  • 1941-12-25 Ronnie Cuber, American jazz saxophonist, born in NYC, New York
  • 1942-03-06 Charles Tolliver, American jazz trumpeter (Impact), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1942-05-13 Jim Douglas, Scottish jazz guitarist, born in Gifford, East Lothian
  • 1942-09-14 Oliver Lake, American jazz saxophonist and composer, born in Marianna, Arkansas
  • 1942-09-25 John Taylor, British jazz pianist, born in Manchester, England
  • 1942-10-27 Phillip Catherine, Belgian jazz guitarist, born in London
  • 1943-01-23 Gary Burton, American jazz vibraphonist, composer, and educator, born in Anderson, Indiana
  • 1943-02-21 Duncan Swift, jazz pianist
  • 1943-03-22 George Benson, American jazz/blues singer/guitarist (Greatest Love of All), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1943-04-02 Larry Coryell, American jazz guitarist (11th House), born in Galveston, Texas (d. 2017)
  • 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
  • 1943-12-12 Grover Washington Jr., American jazz saxophonist (Mr Magic), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1999)
  • 1944-02-20 Lew Soloff, American jazz trumpeter (Blood, Sweat & Tears), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1944-03-15 Gordon "Jazz" Summers, British music manager (Wham, Snow Patrol), born in Winchester, Hampshire (d. 2015)
  • 1944-05-16 Billy Cobham, Panamanian-American jazz drummer (Mahavishnu Orchestra), born in Colón, Panama
  • 1944-08-25 Pat Martino, American jazz guitarist (2004 Guitar Player of the Year, Down Beat), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1944-09-18 Michael Franks, American jazz singer and songwriter, born in La Jolla, California
  • 1944-12-16 John Abercrombie, American jazz guitarist, born in Portchester, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1945-02-16 Pete Christlieb, American jazz bebop saxophonist (Deacon Blues, Unforgettable), born Los Angeles, California
  • 1945-05-08 Keith Jarrett, American jazz and classical pianist and composer (The Köln Concert) , born in Allentown, Pennsylvania

Weddings in Music


Deaths in Music

Deaths 301 - 374 of 374

  • 2010-05-01 Rob McConnell, Canadian jazz composer/arranger and valve trombonist (b. 1935)
  • 2010-05-16 Hank Jones, American jazz pianist and composer, dies at 91
  • 2010-07-14 Gene Ludwig, American jazz organist (b. 1937)
  • 2010-08-14 Abbey Lincoln [Anna Wooldridge], African-American civil rights activist, jazz vocalist, songwriter and actress (Nothing But a Man), dies at 80
  • 2010-11-30 Monty Sunshine, British jazz clarinetist and bandleader (Petite Fleur), dies at 82
  • 2010-12-19 Trudy Pitts, American jazz organist, pianist, and vocalist (b. 1932)
  • 2011-02-14 George Shearing, British-American blind jazz pianist (Lullaby of Birdland), dies at 91
  • 2011-03-12 Joseph Albert Morello, American jazz drummer, dies at 82
  • 2011-05-11 [Eugene Edward] Snooky Young, American jazz trumpeter who mastered the plunger mute, dies at 92
  • 2011-05-13 Bruce Ricker, American jazz and blues documentarian (b. 1942)
  • 2011-05-15 Bob Flannigan, American jazz singer (The Four Freshmen), dies at 84
  • 2011-09-19 Johnny Răducanu, Romanian jazz pianist (b. 1931)
  • 2011-11-22 Paul Motian, American jazz drummer, percussionist and composer, dies at 80
  • 2012-01-02 Ian Bargh, Canadian jazz pianist & composer, dies from lung cancer at 76
  • 2012-02-25 Red Holloway [James], American jazz tenor saxophonist, dies from stroke and kidney failure at 84
  • 2012-04-28 Jackie Kelso [John Joseph Kelson Jr], American jazz saxophonist & session musician, dies at 90
  • 2012-09-27 Eddie Bert, American bebop jazz trombonist, dies at 90
  • 2012-10-07 John Tchicai, Danish jazz saxophonist and composer, dies at 76
  • 2012-10-18 David Spencer Ware, American free jazz saxophonist, dies at 62
  • 2012-11-04 Ted Curson, American jazz trumpeter, dies from a heart attack at 77
  • 2012-12-05 Dave Brubeck, American jazz pianist and composer (Gates of Justice), dies from heart failure at 91
  • 2013-02-04 Donald Byrd, American jazz trumpeter (Black Byrd), dies at 80
  • 2013-07-02 Bengt Hallberg, Swedish jazz pianist and composer, dies at 80
  • 2013-07-17 Peter Appleyard, British-Canadian jazz vibraphonist, dies from natural causes at 84
  • 2013-07-28 Rita Reys, [Maria Reijs], Dutch jazz singer, dies from a intracranial hemorrhage at 88
  • 2013-08-20 Marian McPartland, British jazz pianist (Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz), dies at 95
  • 2013-12-06 Stan Tracey, British jazz pianist, dies at 86
  • 2013-12-10 Jim Hall, American jazz guitarist and composer, dies at 83
  • 2013-12-23 Yusef Lateef, American jazz saxophonist and flautist, dies at 93
  • 2014-07-11 Charlie [Charles Edward] Haden, American jazz double-bassist (Liberation Music Orchestra), dies at 76
  • 2014-07-29 Idris Muhammad, American jazz drummer, dies at 74
  • 2014-09-08 Gerald Wilson, American jazz trumpeter and orchestra leader (Redd Foxx), dies at 96
  • 2014-10-16 Tim Hauser, American jazz singer, dies from cardiac arrest at 72
  • 2014-11-02 Acker Bilk, English clarinetist who was part of the traditional jazz revival of the 1950s and 1960s, dies at 85
  • 2015-01-01 Jeff Golub, American jazz guitarist (Avenue Blue, Rod Stewart), dies of a rare brain disease at 59
  • 2015-02-03 William Thomas McKinley, American composer and jazz pianist, dies at 76
  • 2015-02-21 Clark Terry, American jazz trumpeter, dies at 94
  • 2015-03-01 Orrin Keepnews, American Jazz record label executive and producer (Riverside records), dies at 91
  • 2015-03-08 Lew Soloff, American jazz trumpeter (Blood, Sweat and Tears), dies at 71

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2015-06-11 Ornette Coleman, American jazz saxophonist and composer (Free Jazz), dies at 85

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  • 2015-06-12 Monica Lewis, American jazz singer and film actress (Box Office, Affair with a Stranger), dies at 93
  • 2015-06-21 Gunther Schuller, American hornist and jazz composer (1994 Pulitzer Prize), dies at 89
  • 2015-08-15 Gordon "Jazz" Summers, British music manager (Wham, Snow Patrol), dies at 71
  • 2015-09-29 Phil Woods, American Jazz saxophonist and composer, dies at 83
  • 2015-10-03 Dave Pike, American jazz vibraphone and marimba player, dies at 77
  • 2016-02-25 John Chilton, English jazz trumpeter (Feetwarmers), dies at 83
  • 2016-03-10 Ernestine Anderson, American jazz vocalist and blues singer, dies at 87
  • 2016-08-06 Pete Fountain, American jazz clarinetist (Lawrence Welk 1957-59), dies at 86
  • 2016-11-15 Mose Allison, American jazz artist (Black Country Suite), dies at 89
  • 2017-01-10 Buddy Greco, American jazz singer (Away We Go, Broadway Open House), dies at 90
  • 2017-02-12 Al Jarreau, American jazz singer (Moonlighting), dies at 76
  • 2017-02-19 Larry Coryell, American jazz guitarist (11th House), dies at 73
  • 2017-03-03 Misha Mengelberg, Dutch jazz pianist and composer (Reconstruction), dies at 81
  • 2017-03-27 Arthur Blythe, American jazz saxophonist, dies at 76
  • 2017-08-22 John Abercrombie, American jazz guitarist, dies of heart failure at 72
  • 2017-12-16 Keely Smith [Dorothy Keely], American jazz and popular music singer (Mrs Louie Prima), dies from heart failure at 89
  • 2017-12-17 Kevin Mahogany, American jazz vocalist (Double Rainbow), dies at 59
  • 2018-01-14 Marlene VerPlanck [Pampinella], American jazz and pop vocalist, dies of pancreatic cancer at 84
  • 2018-01-23 Hugh Masekela, South African trumpeter, anti-apartheid activist (I Am Not Afraid), described as the "father of South African jazz," dies at 78
  • 2018-03-22 Morgana King, American jazz singer and actress (The Godfather, The Godfather Part II), dies of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma at 87
  • 2018-04-05 Cecil Taylor, American pianist, poet, and one of the pioneers of free jazz, dies at 89
  • 2018-06-09 Lorraine Gordon [Stein], American jazz music advocate and owner of Village Vanguard jazz club, dies at 95
  • 2018-07-03 William "Bill" Watrous, American jazz trombonist, dies at 79
  • 2018-10-25 Sonny Fortune [Cornelius Fortune], American jazz saxophonist, dies at 79
  • 2018-12-13 Nancy Wilson, American jazz vocalist (Feel Like Making Love), dies at 81
  • 2019-02-16 Ken Nordine, American voice-over and recording artist (World Jazz), dies at 98
  • 2019-02-23 Dorothy Masuka, Zimbabwe-born South African jazz singer and activist, dies from complications of a stroke at 83
  • 2019-06-23 Dave Bartholomew, American jazz artist & songwriter (Blueberry Hill), dies at 100
  • 2020-01-19 Jimmy Heath "Little Bird", American jazz saxophonist and composer, dies at 93
  • 2020-03-06 McCoy Tyner, American jazz pianist (John Coltrane Quartet), dies at 81
  • 2020-04-15 Lee Konitz, American jazz saxophonist (Birth of the Cool), dies of COVID-19 complications at 92
  • 2020-05-03 Frederick Charles Tillis, American jazz and classical composer, dies at 90
  • 2020-05-24 [Wilbur James] Jimmy Cobb, American jazz drummer (Miles Davis' First Great Sextet), dies of lung cancer at 91
  • 2020-05-28 Lennie Niehaus, American jazz saxophonist and film composer (Clint Eastwood films), dies at 90