October 7, 2010

This Week in Jazz History: October 7 to October 13

October 7
  • Louis Armstrong records his first session with Fletcher Henderson’s band, 1924.
  • Drummer Jo Jones born 1911 in Chicago, IL.
  • Organist Larry Young born 1940 in Newark, NJ.
October 8
  • Baritone saxophonist Pepper Adams born 1930 in Highland Park, MI.
  • Drummer J .C. Heard born 1917 in Dayton, OH.
  • Lennie Tristano records first trio sides (Out on a Limb) 1946, with Clyde Lombardi and Billy Bauer
October 9
  • Reedman/composer Yusef Lateef born 1920 in Chattanooga, TN, and records Gong, 1957.
  • Alto saxophonist Kenny Garrett born 1960 in Detroit, MI.
  • Pianist/composer Thelonious Monk records “Ba-lue-Bolivar-Ba-lues-are,” with bassist Oscar Pettiford, drummer Max Roach, and saxophonists Sonny Rollins and Ernie Henry, 1956.
October 10
  • Trumpeter Harry "Sweets" Edison born 1915 in Columbus, OH.
  • Billie Holiday stages a 1956 comeback concert at Carnegie Hall (it also became an album) with a band that includes Roy Eldridge and Coleman Hawkins.
  • Pianist/composer Thelonious Monk born 1917 in Rocky Mount, NC.
October 11
  • Drummer/bandleader Art Blakey born 1919 in Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Trumpeter Lester Bowie born 1941 in Frederick, MD.
  • Tenor saxophonist Coleman Hawkins records “Body and Soul” 1939, an advanced improvisation that became a hit.
October 12
  • Drummer Tubby Hall born 1895 in Sellers, LA.
  • Bassist/composer Charles Mingus records The Complete Town Hall Concert, 1962.
  • Alto saxophonist James Moody records “I’m in The Mood for Love,” 1949, which later becomes a hit as “Moody’s Mood” for vocalist Eddie Jefferson.
October 13
  • Bassist Ray Brown born 1926 in Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Pianist Art Tatum born 1909 in Toledo, OH.
  • Saxophonist Lee Konitz born 1927 in Chicago, IL.
Source: Smithsonian Jazz

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