January 20, 2011

This Week in Jazz History: January 20 to January 26

January 20
  • Drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts born 1960 in Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Miles Davis Quintet (with Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Tony Williams) records E.S.P., 1965
  • Drummer Jimmy Cobb born 1929 in Washington, DC.
January 21
  • Count Basie band makes its first recording, "Honeysuckle Rose," in 1937.
  • Violinist and reedman Robert "Juice" Wilson born 1904 in St. Louis, MO.
  • Miles Davis Nonet, later known as The Birth of the Cool band, records "Jeru," 1949.
January 22
  • Valve trombonist Juan Tizol born 1900 in San Juan, PR.
  • Trombonist/composer J.J. Johnson born 1924 in Indianapolis, IN.
  • Vocalist Billie Holiday records "Good Morning Heartache," 1946.
January 23
  • Guitarist Django Reinhardt born 1910 in Liverchies, Belgium.
  • Duke Ellington’s first Carnegie Hall Concert, 1943.
  • Vibraphonist Gary Burton born 1943 in Anderson, IN.
January 24
  • Tenor saxophonist Jimmy Forrest born 1920 in St. Louis, MO.
  • Oscar Peterson Trio (with drummer Ed Thigpen and bassist Ray Brown) records music from West Side Story, 1962.
  • Pianist/composer Avery Parrish born 1917 in Birmingham, AL.
January 25
  • Bassist Wellman Braud born 1891 in St. James Parish, LA.
  • Composer Antonio Carlos Jobim born 1927 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • Dizzy Gillespie, making his last recordings, records Bird Songs in 1992, with altoists Paquito D’Rivera and Jackie McLean.
January 26
  • Saxophonist/composer Benny Golson born 1929 in Philadelphia, PA.
  • Louis Armstrong records "I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues," 1933.
  • Violinist/pianist Stephane Grappelli born 1908 in Paris, France.

Source: Smithsonian Jazz

1 comment:

  1. This is some amazing information in jazz history. I had no idea that the Basie band's first recording was Honeysuckle Rose in 1937. Great list.