Jazz Music in History (Part 4)

Events in Music


Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 301 - 400 of 1,623

  • 1914-11-20 (Clifton) "Skeeter" Best, American jazz guitarist (Erskine Hawkins; Earl Hines; Oscar Pettiford; Ray Charles; Milt Jackson), born in Kinson, North Carolina (d. 1985)
  • 1914-11-29 Coleridge Goode, Jamaican-British jazz double bassist (Joe Harriot Quintet), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 2015)
  • 1914-12-03 Edward "Corky" Cornelius, American jazz trumpeter (Benny Goodman; Gene Krupa), born in Cicero, Indiana (d. 1943)
  • 1914-12-29 Billy [Dorothy] Tipton, American jazz pianist/saxophonist/bandleader, born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 1989)
  • 1915-01-02 Nick Fatool, American jazz and session drummer, born in Millbury, Massachusetts (d. 2000)
  • 1915-01-29 Fred Ramsey, American jazz writer, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1995)
  • 1915-01-31 Bobby Hackett, American jazz cornetist, trumpeter (Glenn Miller; Benny Goodman; Jackie Gleason), and orchestra leader (Air Time '57), born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 1976)
  • 1915-03-06 Benny de Weille, German swing jazz clarinetist and bandleader, born in Lübeck, Germany (d. 1977)
  • 1915-03-29 George Chisholm, Scottish jazz trombonist, born in Glasgow (d. 1997)

Billie HolidayBillie Holiday (1915-1959)

1915-04-07 American jazz singer ("I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm"; "Strange Fruit"), and songwriter ("God Bless The Child"; "Lady Sings the Blues"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania [1]

  • 1915-06-15 Allan Reuss, American jazz, big band, and session guitarist (Benny Goodman; Glenn Miller; Mildred Bailey), born in New York City (d. 1988)
  • 1915-07-09 June Richmond, American jazz singer (Jimmy Dorsey; Cab Calloway; Andy Kirk - "Hey Lawdy Mama"), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1962) [1]
  • 1915-07-10 Milt Buckner, American jazz pianist and Hammond organ pioneer, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1977)
  • 1915-09-12 Billy Daniels, African-American jazz singer ("That Old Black Magic") and television pioneer (The Billy Daniels Show), born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 1988)
  • 1915-09-16 Cy Walter, American jazz pianist (Three's Company), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1968)
  • 1915-10-04 (Francisco) "Chino" Pozo, Cuban-American latin jazz and Afro-Cuban drummer, bongosero and conguero, born in Havana, Cuba (d. 1980)
  • 1915-10-13 Jack Fallon, Canadian-British jazz double and electric bass player, fiddler (The Beatles -"Don't Pass Me By"), and concert promoter, born in London, Ontario, Canada (d. 2006)
  • 1915-11-17 (Clarence) "Shorty" Cherock, American swing jazz and big band trumpeter (Jimmy Dorsey; Gene Krupa; Nelson Riddle), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1980)
  • 1915-12-05 Carl Donnell "Kansas" Fields, American jazz drummer, born in Chapman, Kansas (d. 1995)
  • 1915-12-16 Melvin "Turk" Murphy, American Dixieland jazz trombonist, born in Palermo, California (d. 1987)
  • 1915-12-26 Una Mae Carlisle, American jazz pianist and singer ("Walkin' By The River"), born in Xenia, Ohio; (d. 1956)
  • 1916-01-03 Maxene Andrews, American pop and sing jazz singer (The Andrews Sisters - "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy"; "Rum and Coca-Cola"), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1995)
  • 1916-01-12 Jay McShann, American jazz pianist & bandleader, born in Muskogee, Oklahoma (d. 2006)
  • 1916-02-15 Ronnie Aldrich, British easy listening and jazz pianist, arranger, and composer, born in Erith, Kent, England (d. 1993)
  • 1916-02-16 Bill Doggett, American jazz and blues Hammond B-3 organist ("Honky Tonk"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1996)
  • 1916-02-28 Svend Asmussen, Danish jazz violinist, known as "The Fiddling Viking" (The Swe-Danes), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 2017)
  • 1916-03-06 George "Red" Callender, American jazz and session string bass and tuba player, born in Haynesville, Virginia (d. 1982)
  • 1916-04-03 Ken Kersey, Canadian jazz pianist, and composer ("Boogie Woogie Cocktail"), born in Harrow, Ontario (d. 1983)
  • 1916-04-09 Julian Dash, American swing jazz tenor saxophonist, and composer ("Tuxedo Junction"), born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 1974)
  • 1916-05-04 Maurice "Moe" Purtill, American jazz drummer, born in Huntington, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1916-06-27 Robert Normann, Norwegian jazz guitar pioneer, accordionist, and composer, born in Borge, Østfold, Norway (d. 1998)
  • 1916-07-07 Lloyd "Tiny" Grimes, American jazz and R&B guitarist (Art Tatum), born in Newport News, Virginia (d. 1989)
  • 1916-07-09 Joe Liggins {Theodro Elliott], American jazz, R&B, and jump blues pianist, songwriter, and vocalist ("The Honeydripper"; "Pink Champagne'), born in Seminole, Oklahoma (d. 1987)
  • 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 and swing guitarist (Benny Goodman Sextet), born in Bonham, Texas (d. 1942) [1]
  • 1916-09-03 Clyde Hurley, American session and big band jazz trumpeter (Glenn Miller - "Tuxedo Junction"; "In The Mood"), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 1963)
  • 1916-10-15 Al Killian, American big band and swing jazz trumpeter, and occasional bandleader, born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 1950)
  • 1916-11-07 Joe Bushkin, American jazz pianist (Bunny Berigan; Tommy Dorsey; Bing Crosby), composer ("Oh! Look At Me Now"), and TV host (A Couple of Joes), born in New York City (d. 2004)
  • 1916-11-14 George Fierstone, British jazz and session drummer (The Skyrockets), born in London, England (d. 1984)
  • 1916-11-18 James L. Lyons, American jazz promoter (founder of the Monterey Jazz Festival) (d. 1994)
  • 1916-12-02 Charlie Ventura [Venturo], American jazz tenor saxophonist and band leader (Bop for the People), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1992)
  • 1916-12-15 (Edwin) "Buddy" Cole, American jazz and session pianist, Hammond organist, orchestra leader, and composer ("Truth Or Consequences"), born in Irving, Illinois (d. 1964)
  • 1917-01-22 Albert "Pud" Brown, American jazz clarinetist and saxophonist, born in Wilmington, Delaware (d. 1996)
  • 1917-01-25 Floyd "Guitar" Smith, American jazz and blues guitarist and record producer, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1982)
  • 1917-02-20 Phil Moore, American jazz pianist, arranger, and bandleader, born in Portland Oregon (d. 1987) [1]
  • 1917-02-21 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, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1965)
  • 1917-03-23 Johnny Guarnieri, American stride and jazz stride pianist, and harpsichordist (The Gramercy Five; The Morey Amsterdam Show), born in New York City (d. 1985)

Ella FitzgeraldElla Fitzgerald (1917-1996)

1917-04-25 American jazz, swing, pop, and blues singer, known as "The First Lady of Song" (Verve "Songbook" series), born in Newport News, Virginia [1]

  • 1917-05-25 Jimmy Hamilton, American jazz saxophonist, born in Dillon, South Carolina (d. 1994)
  • 1917-06-13 Philip Bodner, American jazz clarinetist and studio musician (also played flute, oboe, saxophone, piccolo, and English horn), born in Waterbury, Connecticut (d. 2008)
  • 1917-06-13 Simon "Si" Zentner, American jazz, session, and pop trombonist and big-band leader, born in New York City (d. 2000)
  • 1917-09-02 Laurindo Almeida, Brazilian classical, jazz and Latin guitarist and composer (developed bossa nova), born in Prainha, São Paulo, Brazil (d. 1995)
  • 1917-09-26 Nelson "Cadillac" Williams, American jazz trumpeter (Tiny Bradshaw; Billy Eckstine; Duke Ellington), born in Montgomery, Alabama (d. 1973)

Buddy RichBuddy Rich (1917-1987)

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

  • 1917-10-10 Thelonious Monk, American jazz pianist and composer ("Straight, No Chaser"; "'Round Midnight"; "Brilliant Corners"), 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)
  • 1917-10-27 Carl "Bama" Warwick, American jazz trumpeter (Dizzy Gillespie; John Kirby; Woody Herman; Buddy Rich), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2003)
  • 1917-11-11 Julien-François Zbinden, Swiss jazz pianist, and jazz and classical composer (Monophrases), born in Rolle, Switzerland (d. 2021)
  • 1917-11-26 Nesuhi Ertegün, Turkish–American jazz record producer & executive (Atlantic Records; Warner Music), born in Istanbul, Ottoman Empire (now Turkey) (d. 1989)
  • 1917-12-02 Sylvia Syms, American jazz singer (Hello Dolly; Dream Girl; Them There Eyes), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1992)
  • 1917-12-18 Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, American blues, jazz, and R&B alto saxophonist, born in Houston, Texas (d. 1988)
  • 1918-01-09 Betty Roché [Mary Elizabeth Roach], American jazz singer (Duke Ellington - "Take The 'A' Train"), born in Wilmington, Delaware (d. 1999)
  • 1918-02-16 Patty Andrews, American pop and swing jazz singer (The Andrews Sisters - "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy"; "Rum and Coca-Cola"), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 2013)
  • 1918-03-06 Howard McGhee, American be-bop jazz trumpeter, born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 1987)
  • 1918-03-20 Marian McPartland, British jazz pianist and radio broadcaster (Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz), born in Slough, United Kingdom (d. 2013)
  • 1918-04-07 Michael "Peanuts" Hucko, American big band jazz and session clarinetist (Glenn Miller's Army-Air Force Band; Lawrence Welk Show), born in Syracuse, New York (d. 2003)
  • 1918-04-11 Jimmy Lewis, American jazz double bassist and soul electric bassist, born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2000)
  • 1918-04-18 Tony Mottola, American jazz guitarist, born in Kearney, New Jersey (d. 2004)
  • 1918-04-27 Kirby Stone, American jazz combo leader (Kirby Stone Four - "Baubles Bangles & Beads"), born in NYC, New York (d. 1981)
  • 1918-05-05 Erbie Bowser, American blues and jazz pianist, born in Davila, Texas (d. 1995)
  • 1918-06-04 (Bulee) "Slim" Gaillard, American jazz singer-songwriter ("Flat Foot Floogie (with a Floy Floy)"), born in Claiborne, Alabama (d. 1991)
  • 1918-06-13 "Wild Bill" Moore, American R&B and jazz tenor saxophone player ("We're Gonna Rock, We're Gonna Roll": Marvin Gaye's "Mercy, Mercy Me"), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1983)
  • 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, arranger, and composer, born in Vicksburg, Mississippi (d. 2010)
  • 1918-08-06 Norman Granz, American jazz record producer (Verve Records; Pablo Records), and impresario (Jazz at the Philharmonic), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2001)
  • 1918-08-10 Arnett Cobb, American jazz tenor saxophonist (Lionel Hampton), born in Houston, Texas (d. 1989)
  • 1918-08-17 Ike Quebec, American jazz tenor-saxophone player, born in Newark. New Jersey (d. 1963)
  • 1918-08-19 Jimmy Rowles [Hunter], American jazz pianist and composer (The Peacocks), born in Spokane, Washington (d. 1996)
  • 1918-09-04 Gerald Wilson, American jazz trumpeter, arranger (Jimmie Lunceford; Duke Ellington), orchestra leader, and teacher, 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)
  • 1918-10-25 (Greig) "Chubby" Jackson, American big band jazz double-bassist, bandleader, and TV host, born in New York City (d. 2003)
  • 1918-11-24 "Wild" Bill Davis, American jazz pianist, arranger, and electronic organ pioneer (Louis Jordan's Tympani Five), born in Glasgow, Missouri (d. 1995)
  • 1918-12-12 Joe Williams [Joseph Goreed], American jazz singer (Everyday I have the Blues), born in Cordele, Georgia (d. 1999)
  • 1918-12-24 Dave Bartholomew, American R&B, rock, and jazz musician, composer,producer, and songwriter ("I Hear You Knocking"; "Ain't That A Shame"; "Walkin' To New Orleans"), born in Edgard, Louisiana (d. 2019)
  • 1918-12-25 Eddie Safranski, American jazz double bassist and orchestra leader (Jonathan Winters Show), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1974)
  • 1919-01-03 Herbie Nichols, American jazz pianist and composer ("Lady Sings the Blues"), born in Manhattan, New York City (d. 1963)
  • 1919-02-03 (Eugene) "Snooky" Young, American jazz trumpeter who mastered the plunger mute, born in Dayton, Ohio (d. 2011)
  • 1919-02-08 Buddy Morrow [Muni Zudekoff], American big band jazz and session trombonist and orchestra leader ("Night Train"), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 2010)
  • 1919-02-25 Fred Katz, American classical and jazz cellist (Chico Hamilton Quintet), and composer (Roger Corman films), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2013).
  • 1919-03-15 Randy Brooks, American jazz trumpeter and bandleader ("Harlem Nocturne') (d. 1967)

Nat King ColeNat King Cole (1919-1965)

1919-03-17 American jazz pianist and pop vocalist ("Unforgettable", "Mona Lisa"), born in Montgomery, Alabama

  • 1919-03-19 Lennie Tristano, American jazz pianist (The New Tristano), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1978)
  • 1919-05-24 Herbie Fields [Bernfeld], American jazz saxophonist and bandleader ("Dardanella"), born in Elizabeth, New Jersey (d. 1958)
  • 1919-07-29 Vic Lewis, British jazz guitarist, bandleader, composer, and artist manager (NEMS), and cricket club owner, born in London, England (d. 2009)
  • 1919-08-13 George Shearing, British-American blind jazz pianist, and composer ("Lullaby of Birdland"), born in London, England (d. 2011)
  • 1919-09-25 (Rossiere) "Shadow" Wilson, American jazz drummer (Thelonious Monk), born in Yonkers, New York (d. 1959)
  • 1919-09-28 Countess Margaret Johnson, American jazz pianist, born in Chanute, Kansas (d. 1939)
  • 1919-10-08 Hal Singer, American jazz and R&B saxophonist ("Corn Bread"), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 2020) [1]
  • 1919-10-11 Art Blakey, American drummer (Billy Eckstine Band; Jazz Messengers), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1990)

Weddings in Music


Divorces in Music


Deaths in Music

Deaths 301 - 400 of 1,006

  • 1987-01-14 Alton Purnell, American Dixieland jazz pianist, and singer, dies at 75
  • 1987-01-16 Robert De Kers [Keersmaeker], Belgian jazz trumpeter and bandleaders, dies at 80
  • 1987-02-10 Raymond “Coco” Colignon, Belgian jazz pianist, organist, and bandleader, dies at 80
  • 1987-02-15 Osmo Lindeman, Finnish jazz pianist, film score composer, pedagogue, and electronic music pioneer, dies at 57
  • 1987-03-06 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), dies at 80

Buddy RichBuddy Rich (1917-1987)

1987-04-02 American jazz drummer and band leader (Buddy Rich Band - "Away We Go"), dies at 69

  • 1987-04-07 Maxine Sullivan [Marietta Williams], American jazz vocalist and performer ("Going Places"), dies following a seizure at 75
  • 1987-04-22 Irving Ashby, American jazz and session guitarist (Lionel Hampton - "Flying Home"; Nat King Cole Trio; Oscar Peterson Trio), dies at 66
  • 1987-05-12 Victor Feldman, British jazz pianist and drummer, dies of a heart attack at 53
  • 1987-05-13 Phil Moore, American jazz pianist, arranger, and bandleader, dies at 70
  • 1987-05-30 Melvin "Turk" Murphy, American Dixieland jazz trombonist, dies at 71
  • 1987-07-17 Howard McGhee, American be-bop bebop jazz trumpeter, dies at 69
  • 1987-07-24 Dick Wellstood, American jazz pianist, dies at 59
  • 1987-07-26 Joe Liggins {Theodro Elliott], American jazz, R&B, and jump blues pianist, songwriter, and vocalist ("The Honeydripper"; "Pink Champagne'), dies after a stroke at 71
  • 1987-09-23 Bob Fosse, American choreographer, film and stage director (All the Jazz, Cabaret, Damn Yankees), dies of a heart attack at 62
  • 1987-10-29 Woody Herman, American jazz clarinetist and composer (Thundering Herd), dies at 74
  • 1987-12-10 (Leroy) "Slam" Stewart, American jazz double bass player, dies of congestive heart failure at 73
  • 1988-02-10 Don Patterson, American jazz organist (Hip Cake Walk; Holiday Soul), dies at 51
  • 1988-02-16 Charles Delaunay, French writer, magazine publisher (Le Jazz Hot), jazz musiclogist (Hot Discography), record label founder, and music promoter, dies at 77
  • 1988-02-24 Uno "Miff" Görling, Swedish jazz trombonist, arranger, bandleader, and composer, dies at 78
  • 1988-03-20 Gil Evans, Canadian-American jazz pianist, composer and arranger (Miles Davis; Absolute Beginners, Out of the Cool), dies at 75
  • 1988-03-26 Musa Kaleem [Orlando Wright], American jazz saxophonist, dies at 67
  • 1988-05-13 (Chesney) "Chet" Baker, American jazz trumpeter and vocalist ("My Funny Valentine"), falls to his death from an Amsterdam hotel balcony at 59
  • 1988-05-21 Harry Babasin, American jazz bassist and cellist (Dodo Marmarosa Trio), and archivist (Los Angeles Theaseum), dies of emphysema at 67
  • 1988-05-28 (Melvin) "Sy" Oliver, American jazz arranger, songwriter (Jimmie Lunceford; Tommy Dorsey - "Yes, Indeed!"), dies at 77 [1]
  • 1988-06-04 Allan Reuss, American jazz, big band, and session guitarist (Benny Goodman; Glenn Miller; Mildred Bailey), dies at 72
  • 1988-07-02 Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, American blues, jazz, and R&B alto saxophonist, dies of a heart attack at 70
  • 1988-09-14 Melle Weersma, Dutch jazz arranger and composer ("Penny Serenade"), dies at 80
  • 1988-10-07 Billy Daniels, African-American jazz singer ("That Old Black Magic") and television pioneer (The Billy Daniels Show), dies of cancer at 73
  • 1988-11-30 Charlie Rouse, American hard bop jazz tenor saxophonist (Thelonious Monk Quartet; Sphere), dies of lung cancer at 64
  • 1988-12-02 Tata Giacobetti, Italian jazz singer and lyricist (Quartetto Cetra), dies at 66
  • 1989-01-21 [Dorothy] "Billy" Tipton, American jazz pianist, saxophone player, and bandleader, dies at 74
  • 1989-02-26 Melvin Moore, American jazz trumpeter, and singer, dies at 65
  • 1989-02-26 Roy Eldridge, American jazz trumpet player, dies at 78
  • 1989-03-04 Lloyd "Tiny" Grimes, American jazz and R&B guitarist (Art Tatum), dies of meningitis at 72
  • 1989-03-17 Marek Bliziński, Polish jazz guitarist and composer, dies of skin cancer at 41
  • 1989-03-24 Arnett Cobb, American jazz tenor saxophonist (Lionel Hampton), dies at 70
  • 1989-05-10 Woody Shaw, American jazz trumpeter (Rosewood), dies from complications after being stuck by a subway train at 44
  • 1989-07-01 Chauncey Haughton, American jazz clarinetist, and saxophonist (Blanche Calloway; Chick Webb; Cab Calloway), dies at 80
  • 1989-07-15 Will Bradley [Wilbur Schwichtenberg], American session, jazz, and boogie-woogie trombonist and bandleader ("Beat Me Daddy, Eight to the Bar"), dies at 77
  • 1989-10-10 Joe Techner, American jazz trumpeter (Elliot Lawrence Band - "Elevation"), dies at 63
  • 1989-10-12 Franco Luambo [Makiadi], Congolese jazz and rumba guitarist, composer, and bandleader (TPOK Jazz), dies from AIDS at 51
  • 1989-11-29 Ann Burton [Anna Rafalowicz], Dutch jazz singer, dies of throat cancer at 56
  • 1989-12-03 Jimmy Shirley, American jazz and R&B electric guitarist, and early proponent of the Vibrola vibrato arm ("whammy bar"), dies at 76
  • 1990-01-17 Fritz "Freddie" Brocksieper, German big band jazz drummer, and bandleader, dies at 77
  • 1990-03-23 Al Sears, American jazz and R&B saxophonist (Duke Elllington Orchestra; Johnny Hodges - "Castle Rock"), dies at 80
  • 1990-04-25 Dexter Gordon, American jazz tenor saxophonist Go!; The Other Side of 'Round Midnight), and actor ('Round Midnight), dies of kidney failure at 67
  • 1990-05-17 Frank Wright, American free jazz saxophonist, dies at 54
  • 1990-06-11 Clyde McCoy, American jazz trumpeter ("Sugar Blues"; the wah-wah sound), bandleader and co-founder of "Down Beat" magazin, dies at 86
  • 1990-06-21 June Christy, American jazz singer (Tampico), dies at 64
  • 1990-07-23 Joe Turner, American jazz pianist, dies of cardiac arrest at 82
  • 1990-08-14 Chester Zardis, American jazz 'slap-style' double-bassist, dies at 90
  • 1990-10-01 Phil Napoleon [Filippo Napoli] American early jazz trumpeter and bandleader (Original Memphis Five; Napoleon and HIs Emperors), dies at 89
  • 1990-10-16 Art Blakey, American jazz drummer (Jazz Messengers), dies of cancer at 71
  • 1990-11-01 Ray Pohlman, American session upright and electric bass guitarist and arranger (The Wrecking Crew), and jazz guitarist, dies of heart failure at 60
  • 1990-11-05 Bobby Scott, American composer, arranger and jazz singer ("He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother"), dies of cancer at 53
  • 1991-01-04 Leo Wright, American jazz saxophone and flute player (Dizzy Gillespie; "Blues Shout"; "I Left My Heart In San Francisco"), dies of a heart attack at 57
  • 1991-01-16 Cladys "Jabbo" Smith, American jazz trumpet pioneer, dies at 82
  • 1991-02-14 Roy Lanham, American western swing and jazz guitarist (The Whippoorwills; Sons of the Pioneers, 1961-86), dies at 68
  • 1991-02-26 (Bulee) "Slim" Galliard, American jazz singer, musician, songwriter ("Flat Foot Floogie (with a Floy Floy)"), and actor, dies of cancer at 75
  • 1991-03-31 John Carter, American jazz clarinetist (Roots & Folklore), dies at 61
  • 1991-04-18 Barry Rogers, American jazz, salsa, and session trombonist (Eddie Palmiere; Fania All-Stars; Chaka Khan; Todd Rundgren), dies at 55
  • 1991-06-06 Stan Getz [Stanley Gayetski], American big band, bebop, cool jazz, and bossa nova tenor saxophonist (Woody Herman; Getz/Gilberto), dies of liver cancer at 64
  • 1991-06-29 Richard "Groove" Holmes, American jazz organist (Misty), dies of cancer at 60
  • 1991-07-24 Jørn Elniff, Danish bebop jazz drummer (Music for Mice and Men; Bud Powell), dies at 53
  • 1991-08-04 Jeri Southern [Genevieve Hering], American jazz singer ("You Better Go Now"; "Joey"), dies of a heart attack at 64
  • 1991-08-10 (Henry) "Buster" Smith, American jazz alto saxophonist, arranger, and bandleader (Blue Devils; Count Basie), dies of a heart attack at 86
  • 1991-08-18 Clarence Hutchenrider, American jazz clarinetist (Casa Loma Orchestra), dies at 83

Miles DavisMiles Davis (1926-1991)

1991-09-28 American jazz musician, trumpeter and composer (Kinda Blue; Cookin' with the Miles Davis Quintet; Sketches of Spain), dies of pneumonia at 65

  • 1991-10-18 Gunnar Sønstevold, Norwegian jazz pianist, and orchestral and film score composer (Litany In Atlanta; The Dorian Cage), dies at 78
  • 1991-12-08 (Wilbur) "Buck" Clayton, American jazz trumpet player (Count Basie; Billie Holiday; Lester Young), and bandleader, dies at 80
  • 1991-12-12 (Albert Ronald) "Ronnie" Ross, Scottish jazz and session baritone saxophonist, dies of cancer at 58
  • 1992-01-01 Constantin Poustochkine, Dutch jazz musician and critic, dies at 81
  • 1992-01-04 Teddy Grace [Stella Crowson], American jazz and blues singer, dies at 86 [1]
  • 1992-01-17 Charlie Ventura [Venturo], American jazz tenor saxophonist and band leader (Bop for the People), dies of lung cancer at 75
  • 1992-02-08 Denny Wright, British jazz guitarist, dies at 67
  • 1992-03-04 Mary Osborne, American jazz guitarist, dies of liver cancer at 70
  • 1992-03-08 George "Red" Callender, American jazz and session string bass and tuba player, dies of thyroid cancer at 76
  • 1992-04-17 Arthur "Skeets" Herfurt, American jazz and session saxophonist and clarinetist (Dorsey Brothers; Benny Goodman; Lawrence Wlek), dies at 80
  • 1992-05-10 Sylvia Syms [Blagman], American jazz and cabaret singer and actress ("I Could Have Danced All Night"; South Pacific - "Bloody May"), dies of a heart attack at 74
  • 1992-05-26 George Morrow, American jazz double-bassist (Max Roach and Clifford Brown; Sonny Rollins), dies at 66
  • 1992-06-09 Clarence Miller, American blues and jazz vocalist, dies at 69 of a heart attack
  • 1992-07-04 Joe Newman, American jazz trumpetist (Count Basie), dies at 69
  • 1992-09-18 Earl Van Dyke, American jazz and session piano, Hammond B-3, and harpsichord player (Motown Records' Funk Brothers, 1964-72), dies of prostate cancer at 62
  • 1992-10-05 Paul Acket, Dutch publisher (Music Express) and impresario (North Sea Jazz Festival), dies of lung cancer at 69
  • 1992-10-07 Ed Blackwell, American jazz drummer (Ornette Colman Quartet), dies at 62
  • 1992-11-08 Keith "Red" Mitchell, American jazz double bassist, composer, and lyricist (Hampton Hawes; André Previn), dies from a stroke at 65
  • 1992-11-14 George Adams, American jazz and R&B tenor saxophonist and flautist (Charles Mingus; Gil Evans; McCoy Tyner; Adams/Pullen Quartet), dies at 52
  • 1992-12-11 Andy Kirk, American jazz saxophonist, tuba player, and bandleader (Clouds Of Joy - "I Won't Tell a Soul (I Love You)"), dies at 94
  • 1992-12-22 Harry Bluestone, British-American jazz and session violinist, bandleader, and music publisher, dies from Parkinson's disease at 85
  • 1993-01-23 Charles "Majeed" Greenlee, American jazz trombonist (Archie Shepp), dies at 65
  • 1993-01-23 Thomas A. Dorsey, American jazz pianist (Take My Hand, Precious Lord), dies at 93
  • 1993-02-15 George Wallington [Giacinto Figlia], Italian-American jazz pianist, composer ("Lemon Drop"; "Godchild"), and bandleader, dies at 68
  • 1993-03-04 Art Hodes, Ukrainian-born American jazz, blues pianist and editor (Jazz Record), dies at 88
  • 1993-03-08 Billy Eckstine, American jazz singer (Tenderly, A Fool in Love), dies at 78 of a stroke
  • 1993-03-09 Bob Crosby, American jazz singer and bandleader (Bob-Cats), dies of cancer at 79
  • 1993-03-27 Clifford Jordan, American jazz tenor saxophonist, dies of cancer at 61
  • 1993-05-30 Sun Ra [Herman Blount], American jazz pianist (The Arkestra), dies at 79
  • 1993-07-01 Ray Elliott, Irish rock and jazz saxophonist, flutist, and keyboard player (Them), dies of brain cancer at 54
  • 1993-07-21 Richard Tee [Ten Ryk], 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"), dies of prostate cancer at 49