April 1, 2010

This Week in Jazz History: April 1 to April 7

April 1
  • Saxophonist Harry Carney born 1910 in Boston, MA.
  • Trumpeter/bandleader Cootie Williams is the first to record a Thelonious Monk composition, "Epistrophy," 1942.
  • Saxophonist John Laporta born 1920 in Philadelphia, PA.
 April 2
  • Trumpeter Booker Little born 1938 in Memphis, TN.
  • Larry Coryell born 1943 in Galveston, TX.
  • Tenor saxophonist Coleman Hawkins, pianist Bud Powell, bassist Oscar Pettiford and drummer Kenny Clarke record All The Things You Are in Essen, Germany 1960.
 April 3
  • Composer/arranger Bill Finegan born 1917 in Newark, NJ.
  • Bassist Scott LaFaro born 1936 in Newark, NJ.
  • Alto saxophonist Charlie Parker rehearses with Gene Roland’s Big Band, 1950. It is issued as The Band That Never Was.
 April 4
  • Bassist Gene Ramey born 1913 in Austin, TX.
  • Pianist Benny Green born 1963 in New York, NY.
  • Trumpeter Booker Little records Out Front with Max Roach and Eric Dolphy in 1961.
 April 5
  • Saxophonist Stanley Turrentine born 1934 in Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Drummer Stan Levey born 1925 in Philadelphia, PA.
  • Vibraphonist Lionel Hampton records "Sweethearts on Parade" featuring tenor saxophonist Chu Berry, 1939.
 April 6
  • Saxophonist/composer Gerry Mulligan born 1927 in New York, NY.
  • Saxophonist Charlie Rouse born 1924 in Washington, DC.
  • Cornetist King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band records "Dippermouth Blues" 1923.
 April 7
  • Vocalist Billie Holiday born 1915 in Philadelphia, PA.
  • Trumpeter Freddie Hubbard born 1938 in Indianapolis, IN.
  • Conga player/bandleader Mongo Santamaria born 1922 in Havana, Cuba.
Source: Smithsonian Jazz

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