Jazz Music in History (Part 5)

Events in Music


Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 401 - 500 of 1,623

  • 1919-10-18 Anita O'Day [Colton], American jazz singer, born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2006)
  • 1919-10-27 Babs Gonzales [Lee Brown], American be-bop jazz vocalist, poet, and songwriter ("Oop-Pop-A-Da"), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1980)
  • 1919-12-01 Ike Isaacs, Burmese-English jazz guitarist, born in Rangoon, Burma (d. 1996)
  • 1919-12-01 Lurlean Hunter, American jazz singer, born in Clarksdale, Mississippi (d. 1983)
  • 1920-01-01 Virgilio Savona, Italian jazz singer and composer (Quartetto Cetra - "Un bacio a mezzanotte"; "Crapa pelada"), born in Palermo, Italy (d. 2009)
  • 1920-01-03 Renato Carosone, Italian canzone napoletana singer, pianist, songwriter ("Tu vuò fà l'americano" - "You Want to Be American"), and accordionist, born in Naples, Kingdom of Italy (d. 2001)
  • 1920-01-17 George Handy [Hendleman], American bebop jazz arranger, pianist and composer (Handyland, U.S.A.), born in New York City (d. 1997)
  • 1920-01-24 Jimmy Forrest, American jazz saxophonist (Night Train), born In St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1980)
  • 1920-02-12 Bill Pitman, American touring and session jazz and rock guitarist (Peggy Lee; The Wrecking Crew, "Be My Baby"), and ukulele player ("Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head"), born in Belleville, New Jersey (d. 2022)
  • 1920-02-23 Hall Overton, American jazz pianist, and jazz and classical composer (Enchanted Pear Tree), born in Bangor, Michigan [1]
  • 1920-02-27 Bob Talley, American jazz and blues pianist and composer (Blues Alley All-Star Band), born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 1995)
  • 1920-02-29 Rudy Cafaro, American jazz guitarist, born in Middle Village, New York (d. 2000)
  • 1920-03-27 Carl-Henrik Norin Swedish jazz saxophonist, and composer ("Mississippi Mood"), born in Västerås, Sweden (d. 1967)
  • 1920-04-08 Carmen McRae, American jazz singer and pianist ("Dream of Life"), born in New York City (d. 1994)
  • 1920-04-09 Art Van Damme, American jazz accordionist (Chicago Jazz), born in Norway, Michigan (d. 2010)
  • 1920-04-13 John LaPorta, American jazz clarinetist and composer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2004)
  • 1920-04-13 Ken Nordine, American voice-over and recording artist (World Jazz), born in Cherokee, Iowa (d. 2019)
  • 1920-05-03 John Lewis, American jazz pianist, arranger, and composer (Modern Jazz Quartet, 1952-97), born in La Grange, Illinois (d. 2001)
  • 1920-05-11 Beryl Bryden, British jazz/blues singer and washboard player, born in Norwich, Norfolk (d. 1998)
  • 1920-05-18 Lucia Mannucci, Italian jazz singer (Quartetto Cetra, 1947-88), born in Bologna, Italy (d. 2012)
  • 1920-06-04 Britt Woodman, American jazz trombonist (Duke Ellington; Charles Mingus; Lionel Hampton), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2000)
  • 1920-06-05 Kurt Edelhagen, German jazz pianist and big band leader, born in Herne, Germany (d. 1982)
  • 1920-06-11 Shelly Manne, American 'West Coast' jazz and session drummer, percussionist, composer, and bandleader, born in New York City (d. 1984)
  • 1920-07-09 (Alexander) "Duke" Burrell, American jazz pianist, composer, and bandleader (Louisiana Shakers; Louis Jordan; Johnny Otis), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1993)
  • 1920-08-03 Charlie Shavers, American jazz trumpet player, born in NYC, New York (d. 1971)
  • 1920-08-13 Charlie 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)

Charlie Charlie "Bird" Parker (1920-1955)

1920-08-29 American jazz saxophonist (Ornithology) and composer, born in Kansas City, Kansas

  • 1920-09-20 Bill DeArango, American jazz guitarist (Charlie Ventura; Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis; "Slam" Stewart), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2005)
  • 1920-10-09 Yusef Lateef [William Huddleston], American jazz saxophonist and flautist, born in Chattanooga, Tennessee (d. 2013)
  • 1920-11-15 Jerome Richardson, American jazz saxophonist, flute, clarinet, and piccolo player (Quincy Jones; Charles Mingus; Earl Hines), born in Oakland, California (d. 2000)
  • 1920-12-06 Dave Brubeck, American jazz pianist ("Take Five") and composer (Gates of Justice), born in Concord, California (d. 2012)
  • 1920-12-14 Clark Terry, American jazz trumpeter, born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 2015)
  • 1920-12-29 Irving Ashby, American jazz and session guitarist (Lionel Hampton - "Flying Home"; Nat King Cole Trio; Oscar Peterson Trio), born in Somerville, Massachusetts (d. 1987)
  • 1921-01-03 Musa Kaleem [Orlando Wright], American jazz saxophonist, born in Wheeling, West Virginia (d. 1988)
  • 1921-01-14 Lucy Reed [Dollinger], American jazz vocalist (Woody Herman; Charlie Ventura), born in Marshfield, Wisconsin (d. 1998)
  • 1921-01-18 Ray Sims, American jazz trombonist (Benny Goodman; Les Brown; Harry James; Red Norvo; Zoot Sims), born in Wichita, Kansas (d. 2000)
  • 1921-01-22 André Hodeir, French classical and jazz violinist, and composer, born in Paris (d. 2011)
  • 1921-02-13 Wardell Gray, American swing and bebop jazz tenor saxophonist, born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 1955)
  • 1921-03-14 Frank Ottersen, Norwegian jazz violinist and saxophonist (Ding, Dong, Dang), born in Oslo, Norway (d. 1971)
  • 1921-03-19 Harry Babasin, American jazz bassist and cellist (Dodo Marmarosa Trio), and archivist (Los Angeles Theaseum), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 1988)
  • 1921-04-01 Steve Race, British composer, jazz pianist and radio and television presenter (BBC's "My Music", 1967-94), born in Lincoln, England (d. 2009)
  • 1921-04-26 Jimmy Giuffre, American jazz clarinetist, composer, arranger, and proponent of "free improv" jazz, born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2008)
  • 1921-05-06 Freddy Randall, English jazz trumpeter, born in London (d. 1999)
  • 1921-05-23 Humphrey Lyttelton, British jazz trumpeter and bandleader ("Bad Penny Blues"), and broadcaster (BBC2 - Best Of Jazz, 1967-2007; BBC4 - I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue, 1972-2008), born in Eton, Buckinghamshire (d. 2008)
  • 1921-06-07 Tal Farlow, American jazz guitarist, born in Greensboro, North Carolina (d. 1998)
  • 1921-07-09 Irv Kluger, American big band jazz and session drummer (Artie Shaw; Gramercy Five), born in New York City (d. 2006)
  • 1921-07-17 George Barnes, American swing-jazz and session guitarist, and electric guitar pioneer, born in South Chicago Heights, Illinois (d. 1977)
  • 1921-07-21 Billy Taylor, American jazz pianist (Birdland), orchestra leader (David Frost Show), and broadcaster (NPR), born in Greenville, North Carolina (d. 2010) [1]
  • 1921-09-08 Norris Turney, American jazz flute and saxophone player (Billy Eckstine, 1947-48; Duke Ellington Orchestra, 1968-73), born in Wilmington, Ohio (d. 2001)
  • 1921-09-20 (Foreststorn) "Chico" Hamilton, American jazz drummer (Lester Young; Gerry Mulligan; Count Basie), and bandleader (Chico Hamilton Quintet), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2013)
  • 1921-10-28 Arturo "Chico" O'Farrill, Cuban Latin and Afro-Cuban jazz composer, arranger, and conductor, born in Havana, Cuba (d. 2001)
  • 1921-11-05 (Lawrence) "Red" Wootten, American country & western (The Whippoorwills, Gene Autry), jazz (Red Norvo; Tony Pastor), and session acoustic and electric bassist, born in Social Circle, Georgia
  • 1921-11-13 Eddie Calhoun, American jazz bassist, born in Clarksdale, Mississippi (d. 1994)
  • 1921-11-23 Jack Marshall, American jazz and session guitarist, film and television composer, arranger, and record producer (Capitol Records), born in El Dorado, Kansas (d. 1973)
  • 1921-12-01 John Bunch, American jazz pianist (New York Swing Trio), born in Tipton, Indiana (d. 2010)
  • 1922-01-04 Frank Wess, American jazz flutist, saxophonist, and composer, born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2013)
  • 1922-01-07 Jean-Pierre Rampal, French classical flautist (The Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano), born in Marseilles, France (d. 2000)
  • 1922-01-15 Thelma Carpenter, American radio and jazz band singer (Coleman Hawkins; Count Basie), and stage and screen actress (Hello, Dolly!; Barefoot In The Park (TV); The Wiz (film)), born in Brooklyn, New York City (d. 1997)
  • 1922-01-18 Johnny Costa [Costanza], American jazz pianist, celeste and accordion player, and musical director (Mister Rogers' Neighborhood), born in Arnold, Pennsylvania (d. 1996)
  • 1922-02-09 Joe Dodge, American jazz drummer (Dave Brubeck Quartet, 1953-56), born in Monroe, Wisconsin (d. 2004)
  • 1922-02-18 Rolf "Hazy" Osterwald, Swiss jazz bandleader, trumpeter, and vibraphonist, born in Bern, Switzerland (d. 2012)
  • 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, American jazz saxophonist (Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland Big Band), born in Culver City, California (d. 1986)
  • 1922-03-20 Larry Elgart, American big band jazz alto saxophonist, and bandleader ("Bandstand Boogie"; "Hooked On Swing"), born in New London, Connecticut (d. 2017)
  • 1922-04-01 (Irving) "Duke" Jordan, American jazz pianist (Charlie Parker, Stan Getz, Sonny Stitt), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2006)
  • 1922-04-06 Dorothy Donegan, American boogie-woogie, swing jazz, and classical pianist, and vocalist, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1998)
  • 1922-04-16 Eddie Bert, American bebop jazz trombonist, born in Yonkers, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1922-04-22 Charles Mingus, American jazz bassist (Pithecanthropus Erectus), born in Nogales, Arizona (d. 1979)
  • 1922-04-29 (Jean-Baptiste) "Toots" Thielemans, Belgian-American jazz harmonica player, guitarist, whistler, and composer, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 2016)
  • 1922-05-01 Floyd "Candy" Johnson, American jazz saxophonist (Andy Kirk; Count Basie; Bill Doggett), and educator, born in Madison, Illinois (d. 1981)
  • 1922-05-05 Monica Lewis, American jazz singer and film actress (Box Office, Affair with a Stranger), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2015)
  • 1922-06-05 Gordon "Specs" Powell, American jazz and studio drummer and percussionist (CBS Orchestra, 1943-72), born in New York City (d. 2007)
  • 1922-06-07 Beryl Booker, American swing and cool jazz pianist (Dinah Washington), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1978)
  • 1922-06-15 Jaki Byard, American jazz pianist (Charlie Mingus), saxophonist, drummer, composer, arranger, and educator, born in Worcester, Massachusetts (d. 1999)
  • 1922-06-24 Tata Giacobetti, Italian jazz singer (Quartetto Cetra), born in Rome, Italy (d. 1988)
  • 1922-06-25 Johnny Smith, American cool jazz guitarist ("Moonlight In Vermont"; "Walk, Don't Run"), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2013)
  • 1922-07-19 Al Haig, American bebop jazz pianist (Charlie Parker; Stan Getz; Chet Baker), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1982)
  • 1922-07-20 Karel Krautgartner, Czech jazz clarinetist, saxophonist, arranger, composer, conductor and teacher, born in Mikulov, Moravia (d. 1982)
  • 1922-08-01 Maria Cole [née Hawkins], American jazz singer and wife of Nat King Cole, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2012)
  • 1922-09-18 David Gahr, American photographer noted for his work with folk, jazz and rock musicians (Time Magazine; Folkways albums), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 2008)
  • 1922-10-15 Lorraine Gordon [Stein], American jazz music advocate and owner of Village Vanguard jazz club, born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2018)
  • 1922-10-29 Neal Hefti, American jazz trumpeter, arranger (Woody Herman; Count Basie); band leader (Kate Smith Show) and composer ("Li'l Darlin"; The Odd Couple; Batman theme), born in Hastings, Nebraska (d. 2008)
  • 1922-10-31 Illinois Jacquet, American jazz saxophonist, born in Broussard, Louisiana (d. 2004)
  • 1922-11-04 Ralph Sutton, American stride and Dixieland jazz pianist and composer, born in Hamburg, Missouri (d. 2001)
  • 1922-11-07 Al Hirt, jazz trumpeter (Greatest Horn in the World), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1999)
  • 1922-11-15 Paul Acket, Dutch publisher (Music Express) and impresario (North Sea Jazz Festival), born in Semarang, Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia) (d. 1992)
  • 1922-12-14 Cecil Payne, American jazz baritone saxophonist, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2007)
  • 1923-01-01 Milt Jackson, American jazz vibraphonist (Modern Jazz Quartet), pianist, and composer ("Bags Groove"), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1999)
  • 1923-01-16 Roy Lanham, American western swing and jazz guitarist (The Whippoorwills; Sons of the Pioneers, 1961-86), born in Corbin, Kentucky (d. 1991)
  • 1923-01-20 Nora Brockstedt, Norwegian pop and jazz singer, born in Oslo, Norway (d. 2015)
  • 1923-01-26 Talib Dawud [Alfonso Rainey], Antiguan-American jazz trumpeter (Dizzy Gillespie Big Band), born in Antigua (d. 1999)
  • 1923-02-17 Boniface "Buddy" DeFranco, Italian-American jazz clarinetist and bandleader (Glenn Miller Orchestra), born in Camden, New Jersey (d. 2014)
  • 1923-02-27 Chuck Wayne [Jagelka], America session and bebop jazz guitarist (Woody Herman's First Herd; George Shearing Quintet; Gil Evans; Tony Bennett), born in New York City (d. 1997)
  • 1923-02-27 Dexter Gordon, American jazz tenor saxophonist (Go!; The Other Side of 'Round Midnight), and actor ('Round Midnight), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1990)
  • 1923-03-02 Orrin Keepnews, American jazz producer and founder of Riverside Records and Milestone Records labels, born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1923-03-06 (John) "Wes" Montgomery, American influential and Grammy Award-winner jazz guitarist, born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1968)
  • 1923-03-07 Mahlon Clark, American big band jazz and session clarinetist, born in Portsmouth, Virginia (d. 2007)
  • 1923-03-10 (John) Don Abney, American session and touring jazz pianist, and musical director, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2000)
  • 1923-04-16 Bennie Green, American swing jazz and soul trombonist (Earl Hines), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1977)

Weddings in Music


Divorces in Music


Deaths in Music

Deaths 401 - 500 of 1,006

  • 1993-08-04 Kenny Drew, American-Danish jazz pianist (Moonlight Desert), dies at 64
  • 1993-08-05 (Alexander) "Duke" Burrell, American jazz pianist, composer, and bandleader (Louisiana Shakers; Louis Jordan; Johnny Otis), dies at 73
  • 1993-08-07 Roy Budd, English jazz pianist/composer (Paper Tiger), dies at 46
  • 1993-08-08 Lou van Rees, Dutch jazz and pop music impresario, dies at 77
  • 1993-08-26 Rockin Dopsie Sr. [Alton Jay Rubin], American zydeco singer, and accordion player, dies of a heart attack at 61
  • 1993-09-01 Eugen Malmstén, Finnish jazz trumpeter, singer, band leader, and songwriter, dies at 86
  • 1993-09-28 Fraser MacPherson, Canadian jazz saxophonist (b. 1928)
  • 1993-09-30 Ronnie Aldrich, British easy listening and jazz pianist, arranger, and composer, dies of prostate cancer at 77
  • 1993-10-02 Ahmed Abdul-Malik [Jonathan Tim, Jr.], American jazz double bassist and oud player (Odetta; Thelonius Monk), dies at 66
  • 1993-11-07 Adelaide Hall, American jazz singer (Cotton Club), dies at 92
  • 1993-12-30 Arthur "Schneeze" Rollini, American big band jazz tenor saxophonist, dies at 81
  • 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, American jazz piano player and composer, dies at 80
  • 1994-01-15 Philippe Brun, French jazz trumpeter, dies at 85
  • 1994-01-17 Noel Chiboust, French jazz trumpeter and saxophonist, dies at 84
  • 1994-01-18 Torbjörn Hultcrantzn, Swedish jazz double bass player, dies at 56
  • 1994-01-27 Eddie Calhoun, American jazz bassist, dies at 72
  • 1994-01-30 Ernestine "Tiny" Davis, American jazz vocalist and trumpeter (International Sweethearts of Rhythm), dies at 86
  • 1994-02-02 Zilner Randolph, American jazz trumpeter, arranger, and music educator, 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, American jazz drummer, dies at 88
  • 1994-03-30 Sid Weiss, American jazz bassist, dies at 79
  • 1994-04-10 James L. Lyons, American jazz promoter (founder of the Monterey Jazz Festival), dies at 77
  • 1994-05-03 Milford Dolliole, American pioneer jazz drummer, dies at 90
  • 1994-05-23 Joe Pass [Passalaqua], American jazz guitarist ("The Trio" with Oscar Peterson; Ella Fitzgerald) and composer, dies from liver cancer at 65
  • 1994-05-25 Eric Gale, American jazz, R&B, session and touring guitarist (Negril; Stuff; Paul Simon's One-Trick Pony; Bob James; Grover Washington, Jr.), dies of lung cancer at 55
  • 1994-05-26 Warren Harding "Sonny" Sharrock, American jazz guitarist (Last Exit), dies of a heart attack at 53
  • 1994-05-27 Red Rodney [Robert Chudnick], American jazz trumpeter (Charlie Parker Quintet), dies from lung cancer at 66
  • 1994-05-29 Oliver "Bops Junior" Jackson, American jazz drummer, dies at 61
  • 1994-05-31 [Emmanuel] "Mannie" Klein, American swing jazz and session trumpeter (Frank Trumbauer; NBC Orchestra), dies at 86
  • 1994-06-04 Earle Warren, American jazz alto sax player, dies at 79
  • 1994-06-06 Willie Humphrey, American jazz clarinetist, dies at 93
  • 1994-07-09 Sabby Lewis, American jazz pianist and arranger, dies at 79
  • 1994-07-10 Henrik Blichmann, Danish swing jazz pianist, composer (92 Minutes of Yesterday), and orchestra leader, dies at 79
  • 1994-07-11 Lex Humphries, American jazz drummer (Sun Ra Arkestra), dies at 57
  • 1994-07-25 John M Dengler, American jazz multi-instrumentalist - bass sax/trumpet/trombone (The Intensely Vigorous Jazz Band), dies from cancer at 67
  • 1994-08-01 George Dixon, American jazz trumpeter, dies at 85
  • 1994-08-12 Gene Cherico, American jazz bassist, dies at 59
  • 1994-08-31 Norman "Doc" Jones, American jazz bass player (Jo Jo Parnell Trio), dies at 68
  • 1994-09-05 Billy Usselton, American big band jazz saxophonist (Les Brown and His Band of Renown), dies at 68
  • 1994-09-06 Max Kaminsky, American jazz trumpeter and bandleader (Max Kaminsky Orchestra), dies at 85
  • 1994-09-13 John Stevens, British jazz drummer (Spontaneous Music Ensemble), dies of a heart attack at 54
  • 1994-09-15 (Frank) Haywood Henry, American jazz and session baritone saxophone player, dies at 81
  • 1994-09-20 Jimmy Hamilton, American jazz saxophonist, dies at 77
  • 1994-09-22 (John Edward) "Teddy" Buckner, American Dixieland jazz trumpeter, dies at 85
  • 1994-09-22 Leonard Feather, British jazz critic and musician, dies at 80
  • 1994-10-04 Bill Challis, American jazz arranger and pianist, dies at 90
  • 1994-10-04 Scoville "Toby" Browne, American jazz saxophone and clarinet player, dies at 84
  • 1994-11-07 Shorty Rogers [Milton Rajonsky], American jazz trumpeter, flugelhorn player, arranger, and composer, dies of melanoma at 70
  • 1994-11-10 Carmen McRae, American jazz singer and pianist ("Dream of Life"), dies from complications of a stroke at 74
  • 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
  • 1994-12-19 Noel Pointer, American jazz violinist and record producer, dies of a stoke at 39
  • 1994-12-23 Charles Shirley, American big band jazz arranger (Stan Kenton; Les Elgart), and alcoholism counselor, dies of a heart attack at 74
  • 1995-01-01 Jess Stacy, American jazz pianist (Great Gatsby), dies at 90
  • 1995-01-06 James Clay, American jazz tenor saxophonist, dies at 59
  • 1995-01-10 Fred Böhler, Swiss jazz bandleader, pianist, and early proponent of the Hammond organ, dies at 82
  • 1995-01-16 William Dillard, American jazz trumpeter and Broadway singer dies from complications of Lupus, at 83 [1]
  • 1995-01-30 George James, American jazz saxophonist, dies at 88
  • 1995-02-06 Art Taylor, American jazz drummer (Bud Powell, Red Garland, John Coltrane, Donald Byrd), band leader (Taylor's Wailers), and writer (Notes and Tones), dies at 65
  • 1995-02-13 Wilton "Bogey" Gaynair, Jamaican jazz saxophonist, dies at 68
  • 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 Slim, American jazz, blues singer and pianist (Delta Blues), dies at 87
  • 1995-03-18 Fred Ramsey, American jazz writer, dies at 80
  • 1995-03-30 Rozelle Claxton, American jazz pianist and arranger, dies at 82
  • 1995-04-12 Chris Pyne, British jazz, touring, and session trombonist (Mike Gibbs; Ronnnie Scott; Humphrey Lyttelton), dies at 56
  • 1995-04-14 James Daniel "Danny" Turner, American jazz saxophonist, dies at 75
  • 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, American jazz alto saxophonist & clarinetist (Count Basie Orchestra), dies at 82
  • 1995-05-10 Jimmy Raney, American jazz guitarist, dies at 67
  • 1995-05-15 Johnny Van Derrick, British jazz violinist (Pink Panther Theme), dies at 68
  • 1995-05-23 Mick Pyne, British touring and session jazz pianist (Tubby Hayes; Georgie Fame: Charlie Watts), dies at 54
  • 1995-05-26 Ron Weatherburn, British jazz pianist, dies at 61
  • 1995-06-30 Phyllis Hyman, American jazz singer (Prime of My Life), commits suicide at 45
  • 1995-07-12 Earl Coleman, American jazz singer, dies of cardiac arrest at 69
  • 1995-07-12 Ernie Furtado, American jazz double-bassist, dies at 72
  • 1995-07-22 Percy Humphrey, American jazz trumpet player and bandleader in New Orleans, Louisiana, dies at 90
  • 1995-07-26 Laurindo Almeida, Brazilian classical, jazz and Latin guitarist and composer (developed bossa nova), dies of leukemia at 77
  • 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
  • 1995-08-17 "Wild Bill" Davis, American jazz pianist, organist, and arranger, dies at 76
  • 1995-08-20 John Gilmore, American jazz tenor saxophonist, clarinetist, percussionist, and bandleader (Sun Ra Arketsra), dies of emphysema at 63
  • 1995-09-29 Seger Ellis, American jazz pianist, pop vocalist, songwriter, and bandleader, dies at 91 [1]
  • 1995-10-19 Don Cherry, American jazz trumpeter (Ornette Coleman), dies from liver cancer at 58
  • 1995-10-21 Maxene Andrews, American pop and sing jazz singer (The Andrews Sisters - "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy"; "Rum and Coca-Cola"), dies of a heart attack at 79
  • 1995-10-26 John Sangster, Australian jazz composer (The Hobbit Suite), dies at 66
  • 1995-11-17 Pete Welding, American music writer (Down Beat), musicologist (Testament Records), and jazz and blues record producer (Doug Quattlebaum), dies of a heart attack at 60
  • 1995-12-15 Johnny Lytle, American jazz drummer and vibraphonist, known as "Fast Hands", dies of kidney failure at 63
  • 1996-01-11 Ike Isaacs, Burmese-English jazz guitarist, dies at 76
  • 1996-01-20 Gerry Mulligan, American jazz baritone saxophonist, composer, and band leader (Jazz on a Summer Day), dies of complications from a knee infection at 68
  • 1996-02-23 Alan Dawson, American jazz drummer and teacher (Berklee, 1957-75), dies of leukemia at 66
  • 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