February 3, 2011

This Week in Jazz History: February 3 to February 9

February 3
  • Trumpeter Snooky Young born 1919 in Dayton, Ohio.
  • The Art Ensemble of Chicago records Thelonious Sphere Monk with Cecil Taylor, 1990.
  • Trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie and Count Basie record The Gifted Ones, 1977.
February 4
  • Count Basie records “Jive at Five” (featuring Lester Young), 1939.
  • Frank Trumbauer and Bix Beiderbecke record “Singin’ The Blues,” 1927.
  • Pianist Wade Legge born 1934 in Huntington, WV.
February 5
  • Edmond Hall Celeste Quartet (with guitarist Charlie Christian) records “Profoundly Blue,” 1941.
  • Pianist Rozelle Claxton born 1913 in Memphis, TN.
  • Gil Evans records Pacific Standard Time, 1959.
February 6
  • Bob Crosby’s Bob Cats record “Spain,” 1940.
  • Trumpeter Howard McGhee born 1918 in Tulsa, OK.
  • Alto saxophonist Cannonball Adderley records “Sophisticated Swing” with Junior Mance, Sam Jones, and Jimmy Cobb.
February 7
  • Pianist Eubie Blake born 1883 in Baltimore, MD.
  • Tenor saxophonist Johnny Griffin records Change of Pace with French hornist Julius Watkins, 1961.
  • Tenor saxophonist Hank Mobley records Soul Station, 1960.
February 8
  • Vibraphonist Lionel Hampton records the first of his All-Star sessions, 1937.
  • Duke Ellington records Billy Strayhorn’s “U.M.M.G.,” 1956.
  • Guitarist Lonnie Johnson born 1899 in New Orleans, LA.
February 9
  • Bassist Walter Page born 1900 in Gallatin, MS.
  • Trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie records “Groovin’ High” with tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon, 1945.
  • Duke Ellington’s band is recorded in stereo by RCA Victor, 1932.
Source: Smithsonian Jazz

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