May 20, 2010

This Week in Jazz History: May 20 to May 26

May 20
  • Woody Herman’s Woodchoppers record “Pam” featuring trumpeter Sonny Berman, 1946.
  • Drummer Ralph Petersen born 1962 in Pleasantville, NJ.
  • Mills Blue Rhythm Band records “St. Louis Wiggle Rhythm” with trumpeter Henry "Red" Allen, 1935.
 May 21
  • Bassist Christian McBride born 1972 in Philadelphia, PA.
  • Pianist/vocalist Fats Waller born 1904 in New York City.
  • Trumpeter Kenny Dorham records But Beautiful with pianist Hank Jones, bassist Oscar Pettiford and drummer Max Roach, 1957.
 May 22
  • Pianist Dick Hyman records “Jelly and James P.,” a tribute to Morton and Johnson, 1975.
  • Alto saxophonist Ornette Coleman records “Lonely Woman” and “Congeniality,” 1959.
  • Pianist Sun Ra born 1914 in Birmingham, AL.
 May 23
  • Saxophonist John Coltrane records “Greensleeves” with a large ensemble including trumpeters Booker Little, Freddie Hubbard and reedman Eric Dolphy 1961.
  • Banjoist/guitarist Fred Guy born 1897 in Burkesville, GA.
  • Clarinetist Artie Shaw born 1910 in New York City.
 May 24
  • Tenor saxophonist Archie Shepp born 1937 in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
  • Historic jazz concert at New York’s Imperial Theater - including clarinetist Artie Shaw’s new band that featured a string section. 1936.
  • Tenor saxophonists John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins record Tenor Madness, 1956.
 May 25
  • Clarinetist/tenor saxophonist Jimmy Hamilton born 1917 in Dillon, SC.
  • Two trumpeters born - Miles Davis, 1926 in Alton, IL., and Wallace Roney, 1960 in Philadelphia, PA.
  • Saxophonists Benny Carter and Coleman Hawkins and trumpeter Roy Eldridge record “I Can’t Believe That You’re In Love With Me,” 1940.
 May 26
  • Trumpeter, bandleader, and composer Miles Davis born 1926 in Alton, IL.
  • Vocalist Peggy Lee born 1920 in Jamestown, ND.
  • Vibraphonist Lionel Hampton records Flying Home with a classic solo by tenor saxophonist Illinois Jacquet, 1942.
 Source: Smithsonian Jazz

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