October 14, 2011

This Week in Jazz History: October 14 to October 20

October 14
  • Tenor saxophonist Ben Webster and pianist Joe Zawinul record together, with trumpeter Thad Jones, bassist Sam Jones, and drummer Philly Joe Jones, 1963.
  • Trumpeter Dusko Goykovich born 1931 in Jajce, Yugoslavia.
  • Duke Ellington records “Tootin’ Through the Roof,” featuring cornetist Rex Stewart and trumpeter Cootie Williams, 1939.
October 15
  • Nat King Cole’s short-lived television show has Jazz at the Philharmonic as his guest, and Cole plays in a rare jazz appearance with Stan Getz and Coleman Hawkins, 1957.
  • Pianist/composer Thelonious Monk makes his first recordings as a leader, 1947.
  • Trumpeter Al Killian born 1916 in Birmingham, AL.
October 16
  • Saxophonist/arranger/composer Benny Carter records “Lonesome Nights” and “Symphony in Riffs,” 1933.
  • Trombonist Ray Anderson born 1952 in Chicago, IL.
  • Trumpeter Roy Hargrove born 1969 in Waco, TX.
October 17
  • Trombonist Jimmy Harrison born 1900 in Louisville, KY.
  • Two guitarists born - Barney Kessel 1923 in Muskogee, OK, and Howard Alden 1958 in Newport Beach, CA.
  • J.J. Johnson and Kai Winding record their first album as co-leaders at Birdland, 1954.
October 18
  • Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis born 1961 in New Orleans, LA.
  • Pianist/composer James P. Johnson records "Carolina Shout," 1921.
  • Tenor saxophonist Stanley Turrentine records “Jubilee Shouts,” 1962.
October 19
  • Trombonist Jack Jenney records his classic version of “Stardust” with his own big band, 1939.
  • Clarinetist Eddie Daniels born 1941 in New York, NY.
  • Clarinetist Alphonse Picou born 1878 in New Orleans, LA.
October 20
  • Saxophonist Eddie Harris born 1936 in Chicago, IL.
  • Pianist/composer Jelly Roll Morton born 1890 in New Orleans, LA. 
  • Vocalist Ethel Waters records “Dinah,” 1925.

Source: Smithsonian Jazz

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