May 6, 2011

This Week in Jazz History: May 6 to May 12

May 6
  • Cornetist/composer Bix Beiderbecke records “Riverboat Shuffle” with The Wolverines, 1924.
  • Bassist David Friesen born 1942 in Tacoma, WA.
  • Herbie Nichols records The Third World, his first album of his own music 1955
 May 7
  • Vocalist Sarah Vaughan records “If You Could See Me Now” with trumpeter Freddie Webster, 1946.
  • Saxophonist Herbie Steward born 1926 in Los Angeles, CA.
  • Saxophonist Ornette Coleman records Love Call, with Dewey Redman, Jimmy Garrison and Elvin Jones, 1968.
 May 8
  • Pianist Keith Jarrett born 1945 in Allentown, PA.
  • Pianist/composer Mary Lou Williams born 1910 in Atlanta, GA.
  • Pianist/vocalist Fats Waller records “I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself A Letter,” 1936.
 May 9
  • Vocalist Billie Holiday records “God Bless The Child” with trumpeter Roy Eldridge, 1941.
  • Tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins records East Broadway Rundown with Elvin Jones, Jimmy Garrison and Freddie Hubbard, 1965.
  • Trumpeter Miles Davis records Dear Old Stockholm, 1952.
 May 10
  • Drummer/bandleader Mel Lewis born 1929 in Buffalo, NY.
  • Keyboardist Mike Melvoin born 1937 in Oshkosh, WI.
  • Louis Armstrong records “Potato Head Blues,” 1927.
 May 11
  • Cornetist/bandleader Joe "King" Oliver born 1885 in New Orleans, LA.
  • Pianist/composer Carla Bley born 1938 in Oakland, CA.
  • Trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie and alto saxophonist Charlie Parker record “Shaw ’Nuff,” 1945.
 May 12
  • Sauter-Finegan Orchestra records Doodletown Fifers, 1952.
  • Bassist Gary Peacock born 1935 in Burley, ID.
  • Guitarist Charlie Christian is recorded in a jam session with Thelonious Monk and Kenny Clarke, and plays an extended solo on “Stompin’ At the Savoy,” 1941.

 Source: Smithsonian Jazz

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