February 17, 2011

This Week in Jazz History: February 17 to February 23

February 17
  • Ruby Braff and Ellis Larkins record their first duo album, 1955.
  • Clarinetist Buddy DeFranco born 1923 in Camden, NJ.
  • Trumpeter Henry “Red” Allen records “You Might Get Better, But You’ll Never Get Well,” 1930.
February 18
  • Trumpeter Miles Davis records In A Silent Way, 1969, with pianist Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, and Joe Zawinul.
  • Vocalist Billie Holiday records Lady In Satin, 1958.
  • Drummer Frank Butler born 1928 in Kansas City, MO.
February 19
  • Saxophonist/composer/bandleader David Murray born 1955 in Berkeley, CA.
  • Tenor saxophonist Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt record Soul Summit, 1962.
February 20
  • Pianist/composer Anthony Davis born 1951 in Paterson, NJ.
  • Vocalist Ethel Waters records “Sugar,” 1926.
  • Pianist/arranger Phil Moore born 1918 in Portland, OR.
February 21
  • Composer/pianist Tadd Dameron born 1917 in Cleveland, OH.
  • Drummer Art Blakey’s Quintet with trumpeter Clifford Brown records Live at Birdland, 1954.
  • Vocalist Nina Simone born 1933 in Tryon, NC.
February 22
  • Cornetist Rex Stewart born 1907 in Philadelphia, PA.
  • Trumpeter Joe Wilder born 1922 in Colwyn, PA.
  • Tenor saxophonist Buddy Tate born 1913 in Sherman, TX.
February 23
  • Clarinetist Pee Wee Russell and tenor saxophonist Coleman Hawkins record Jazz Reunion, 1961.
  • Oliver Nelson records The Blues and the Abstract Truth, 1961, with Eric Dolphy, Freddie Hubbard, and Bill Evans.
  • Trumpeter/composer John Carisi born 1922 in Hasbrouck Heights, NJ.
Source: Smithsonian Jazz

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