March 17, 2011

This Week in Jazz History: March 17 to March 23

March 17
  • Pianist Herbie Hancock records Maiden Voyage, 1965.
  • Pianist/vocalist Nat "King" Cole born 1917 in Montgomery, AL.
  • Saxophonist/composer Sam Rivers records Dimensions and Extensions with trumpeter Donald Byrd, 1967.
March 18
  • Guitarist Bill Frisell born 1951 in Baltimore, MD.
  • Pianist Lil Armstrong records “Sixth Street,” 1940.
  • Poet Langston Hughes records Weary Blues with bassist Charles Mingus, 1958.
March 19
  • Fletcher Henderson Orchestra records “Hot ‘N’ Anxious,” 1931.
  • Pianist Lennie Tristano born 1919 in Chicago, IL.
  • Count Basie records “Taxi War Dance,” featuring tenor saxophonist Lester Young, 1939.
March 20
  • Pianist Marian McPartland born 1918 in Windsor, England.
  • Trumpeter/composer Wynton Marsalis records In This House, On This Morning, 1993.
  • Tenor saxophonist John Coltrane makes his last recording with trumpeter Miles Davis, Someday My Prince Will Come, 1961.
March 21
  • Clarinetist Hank d’Amico born 1915 in Rochester, NY.
  • Pianist/composer Andrew Hill’s Point of Departure recorded, 1964.
  • Pianist/vocalist Amina Claudine Myers born 1942 in Blackwell, AR.
March 22
  • Tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins records “Pent-Up House” with trumpeter Clifford Brown and drummer Max Roach, 1956.
  • Guitarist George Benson born 1943 in Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Xylophonist Red Norvo’s band records Eddie Sauter’s arrangement of “Remember,” 1937.
March 23
  • Tenor saxophonists Ben Webster and Dexter Gordon record Tenor Titans in Denmark, 1972.
  • Pianist/composer Dave Frishberg born 1933 in St. Paul, MN.
  • Dizzy Gillespie and Max Roach duo is recorded in Paris, 1989.
Source: Smithsonian Jazz

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