October 21, 2010

This Week in Jazz History: October 21 to October 27

October 21
  • Trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie born 1917 in Cheraw, SC.
  • In 1946, Billy Strayhorn begins rehearsing his and Duke Ellington’s only Broadway show Beggar’s Holiday, which closed after only 4 months.
  • Tenor saxophonist Don Byas born 1912 in Muskogee, OK.
October 22
  • Pianist/composer Clare Fischer born 1928 in Durand, MI.
  • Count Basie records The Atomic Basie, 1957, featuring arrangements by Neal Hefti.
  • Sam Morgan’s Jazz Band records “Bogalousa Strut” in New Orleans, 1927.
October 23
  • Alto saxophonist Sonny Criss born 1927 in Memphis, TN.
  • Composer/arranger Gary McFarland born 1933 in Los Angeles, CA.
  • The Brass Ensemble of the Jazz and Classical Music Society records J.J. Johnson’s “Jazz Suite for Brass,” featuring trumpeters Miles Davis and Bernie Glow, 1956.
October 24
  • Jazz historian Dan Morgenstern born 1929 in Munich, Germany.
  • Bassist Wendell Marshall born 1920 in St. Louis, MO.
  • Pianist/composer Thelonious Monk records “Well, You Needn’t” at his first trio session with bassist Gene Ramey and drummer Art Blakey, 1947.
October 25
  • Saxophonist/composer Jimmy Heath born 1926 in Philadelphia, PA.
  • Trombonist Robin Eubanks born 1955 in Philadelphia, PA.
  • Pianist/composer Thelonious Monk records “The Way You Look Tonight” with Sonny Rollins, 1954.
October 26
  • Tenor saxophonist Warne Marsh born 1927 in Los Angeles, CA.
  • Bandleader/saxophonist Charlie Barnet born 1913 in New York, NY.
  • C. Luckyeth ‘Luckey’ Roberts records an unissued session for Columbia, 1916.
October 27
  • Pianist/composer George Wallington born 1924 in Palmero, Sicily, Italy.
  • Soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy records The Straight Horn of Steve Lacy, with drummer Roy Haynes, 1960.
  • Clarinetist Benny Goodman records “Texas Tea Party” featuring trombonist/vocalist Jack Teagarden, 1933.
Source: Smithsonian Jazz

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