November 19, 2011

This Week in Jazz History: November 18 to November 24

November 18
  • Paul Whiteman’s Orchestra records Hoagy Carmichael’s “Washboard Blues,” 1927.
  • Trumpeter/multi-instrumentalist Don Cherry born 1936 in Oklahoma City, OK.
  • Tenor saxophonist John Coltrane records “Alabama,” 1963, in reaction to the church bombings in that state that killed four girls.
November 19
  • Drummer/bandleader Chick Webb records “Don’t Be That Way,” 1934.
  • Trombonist/bandleader Tommy Dorsey born 1905 in Shenandoah, PA.
  • Pianist Teddy Wilson records “Pennies From Heaven” with vocalist Billie Holiday and clarinetist Benny Goodman, 1936.
November 20
  • Trumpeter Miles Davis records arranger Gil Evans’ version of “Concierto de Aranjuez,” 1959.
  • Tenor saxophonist Don Braden born 1963 in Cincinnati, OH.
  • Guitarist Skeeter Best born 1914 in Kinston, NC.
November 21
  • Pianist Geoff Keezer born 1970 in Eau Claire, WI.
  • Xylphonist/composer Red Norvo records “Dance of the Octopus,” 1933, with Benny Goodman on bass clarinet.
  • Tenor saxophonist Coleman Hawkins born 1904 in St. Joseph, MO.
November 22
  • Pianist/arranger Horace Henderson born 1904 in Cuthbert, GA.
  • Trombonist /arranger/composer Jimmy Knepper born 1927 in Los Angeles, CA.
  • Composer/author/conductor Gunther Schuller born 1925 in Jackson Heights, NY.
November 23
  • Bassist/composer Ray Drummond born 1946 in Brookline, MS.
  • Composer Johnny Mandel born 1925 in New York, NY.
  • Drummer Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers record At the Café Bohemia, with trumpeter Kenny Dorham, tenor saxophonist Hank Mobley, and pianist Horace Silver, 1955.
November 24
  • Vocalist Bessie Smith makes her last recordings, including “Give Me A Pigfoot,” 1933.
  • Organist/arranger Will Bill Davis born 1918 in Glasgow, MO.
  • Saxophonist/composer/arranger Al Cohn born 1925 in New York, NY.

Source: Smithsonian Jazz

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