May 13, 2010

This Week in Jazz History: May 13 to May 19

May 13
  • Pianist Red Garland born 1923 in Dallas, TX.
  • Louis Armstrong records “S.O.L. Blues,” 1927.
  • Arranger/composer Gil Evans born 1912 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and records Priestess, 1977.
 May 14
  • Saxophonist/clarinetist Sidney Bechet born 1897 in New Orleans, LA.
  • Fletcher Henderson records “Wrappin’ It Up” 1934.
  • Drummer Zutty Singleton born 1898 in Bunkie, LA.
 May 15
  • Pianist Ellis Larkins born 1923 in Baltimore, MD.
  • Multi-instrumentalist/composer/bandleader Rahsaan Roland Kirk born 1936 in Columbus, OH.
  • Jazz at Massey Hall concert 1953 recorded - last reunion of trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, alto saxophonist Charlie Parker, pianist Bud Powell, bassist Charles Mingus and drummer Max Roach.
 May 16
  • Reedman/bandleader Woody Herman born 1913 in Milwaukee, WI.
  • Clarinetist Jimmie Noone records “Four or Five Times” 1928 with pianist Earl Hines.
  • Vocalist Betty Carter born 1930 in Flint, MI.
 May 17
  • Alto saxophonist Jackie McLean born 1932 in New York, NY.
  • Trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie makes his first recordings (“King Porter Stomp”) with Teddy Hill’s band, 1937.
  • Tenor saxophonist Dewey Redman born 1931 in Fort Worth, TX.
 May 18
  • English bassist/composer Spike Hughes records with Benny Carter’s band 1933.
  • Bassist Pops Foster born 1892 in Mc Call, LA.
  • Vocalist Big Joe Turner born 1912 in Kansas City, MO.
 May 19
  • Count Basie records “Pound Cake” with classic solos by tenor saxophonist Lester Young and trumpeter Harry "Sweets" Edison, 1939.
  • Saxophonist Sonny Fortune born 1939 in Philadelphia, PA.
  • Vocalist Sarah Vaughan records “Nice Work If You Can Get It” with trumpeter Miles Davis, 1950.
 Source: Smithsonian Jazz

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