February 24, 2011

This Week in Jazz History: February 24 to March 2

February 24
  • Keith Jarrett records Fort Yawuh live at the Village Vanguard, 1973.
  • Saxophonist David “Fathead” Newman born 1933 in Dallas, TX.
  • Pianist/composer Michel Legrand born 1932 in Paris, France.
February 25
  • Reedman Eric Dolphy records Out to Lunch, 1964.
  • Trombonist Ake Persson born 1932 in Hassleholm, Sweden.
  • Duke Ellington records The Queen’s Suite (of which only one copy is made and given to the Queen of England), 1959.
February 26
  • Louis Armstrong records the first jazz scat vocal “Heebie Jeebies,” 1926.
  • Tenor saxophonist Flip Phillips born 1915 in Brooklyn, NY.
  • Count Basie records “Avenue C” with Shadow Wilson on drums, 1945.
February 27
  • Tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon born 1923 in Los Angeles, CA.
  • Pianist Erroll Garner records The One and Only, 1953.
  • Bassist Oscar Pettiford and drummer Max Roach record “There’ll Never Be Another You” as a duet, 1958.
February 28
  • Vocalist Mildred Bailey records “Downhearted Blues” with the John Kirby Sextet, 1939.
  • Percussionist Willie Bobo born 1934 in New York, NY.
  • Violin Svend Asmussen born 1916 in Copenhagen, Denmark
March 1
  • Trombonist Benny Powell born 1930 in New Orleans, LA.
  • Pianist Geri Allen records Eyes In The Back of Your Head with Steve Coleman, 1996.
  • Pianist Fats Waller records his piano solo “Handful of Keys,” 1929.
March 2
  • Saxophonist/composer/trumpeter Benny Carter records Central City Sketches with The American Jazz Orchestra, 1987.
  • Tenor saxophonist Eddie Lockjaw Davis born 1922 in New York, NY.
  • Trumpeter Miles Davis records Kind of Blue, the best-selling jazz album of all time, 1959.
Source: Smithsonian Jazz

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