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The Gus Sun American Minstrels play at Truitt's Theater, Heraldsburg, California, USA.
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Thelma Carpenter is born in Brooklyn, New York City, USA. She will find acclaim as a jazz vocalist and recording artist.
The Mystery Girl records I've Got A Feeling I'm Falling, written by Fats Waller, Harry Link and Billy Rose for Columbia Records in the USA. [It is learned later that The Mystery Girl is, in fact Kate Wright, who supplied the onscreen voice for cartoon character Betty Boop.]
Jimmie Noone's Apex Club Orchestra records After You've Gone and My Melancholy Baby for Vocalion Records in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Richard Himber And His Ritz-Carlton Orchestra, with vocal by Stuart Allen, record So This Is Heaven for Victor Records in New York City, USA.
Coleman Hawkins writes to Dutch record producer Ed Crommelin agreeing to perform at the Dutch Swing Night in The Dierentuin, a concert hall in The Zoo, The Hague, Holland. The show will also feature Duke Ellington, Eddie South, Red Norvo, The Hot Club de France [incl Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelly], The Mills Brothers, Mildred Bailey and others. The performance is broadcast live in the USA on the CBS radio show Saturday Night Swing Session.
Fletcher Henderson And His Orchestra are playing during a one-month engagement at The Casa Manana, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The musical Hold On To Your Hats, starring Al Jolson, is prresented at The Shubert Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 158 performances.
Count Basie And His Band play the third night in an attendance-record-breaking week of shows at The Earl Theatre, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Bill Pinkard And His Five Shades Of Rhythm compete with Tommy Dean And His Swing Band during a Battle Of The Bands at The Hurricane Show Lounge, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The Royal Roost All Stars, [Charlie Parker (as), Bennie Green (tb) Charlie Ventura (ts), Conte Candoli (tp) Flip Phillips, Al Haig (p) Tommy Potter, Curly Rusell (b) Joe Harris, Shelly Manne, Ed Shaughnessy (d)], play at the Royal Roost, New York City, USA. The performance is recorded and tracks from the show will be released on the Savoy Jazz album Charlie Parker - Bird At The Roost, Vol. 1.
Charlie Parker plays the fifth of seven nights at Soldier Meyer's, Brooklyn, New York City, USA.
Guitarist, mandolin player and singer Little Steven Van Zandt is born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. He will find success as a solo artist and as a long-serving member of Bruce Spruingsteen's E Street Band.
Lowell Fulson And His Orchestra, featuring Ray Charles, plays in Sunset Terrace, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.
The Machito Orchestra and Slim Gaillard play the second of seven nights at Birdland, New York City, USA.
Benny Goodman And His All-Star Sextet play at The Blue Note, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Connee Boswell, with The Lawson-Haggart Jazz Band, records It Made You Happy When You Made Me Cry and Singin' The Blues Til My Baby Comes Home for Decca Records in New York City, USA.
Michelle Rosewoman is born in Oakland, California, USA. She will find success as a jazz pianist and composer, based for much of her career in New York City.
Variety Weekly reveals that the movie The Glenn Miller Story earned $7m at the box office in the USA, placing it among 'The Top Box-Office Hits of 1954'.
One of the first clubs to offer regular skiffle music sessions, The Round House, Wardour St, London, UK, opens with music by Ken Colyer and Bob Watson's Skiffle Group.
Sam Phillips, owner of Sun Records, Memphis, Tennessee, USA, sells Elvis Presley's recording contract to a partnership consisting of 'Colonel' Tom Parker plus Hill and Range Song Publishers.
Variety magazine reviews a performance by Johnny Mathis at The Blue Angel in New York City, USA, with the words, "Johnny Mathis is a promising newcomer. This Negro lad from San Francisco is an intense singer with a musician's skill at vocal doodles that make for an arresting session. Mathis exhibits a good projection in a manner that indicates he's working to perfect a style. The lad seems to know where he's going, and at this stage of development, it's safe to assume that he'll get along nicely."
Graeme Kelling, later to play guitar with Deacon Blue, is born in Paisley, Scotland.
Joe Loss And His Orchestra featuring Rose Brennan, Larry Gretton and Ross McManus plays at The Festival Hall, Kirkby In Ashton, England, UK, Europe. (N.B. Ross McManus is the father of Elvis Costello)
Ray Charles releases a new single, I'm Movin' On, on Atlantic Records in the USA. On the same day, Don Gibson releases a version of the same song, on RCA Victor Records.
Le Club, said to be America's first discotheque, which opens in a converted garage on East Fifty-fifth Street, New York City, USA. The club is owned and operated by French discotheque pioneer Olivier Coquelin.
The Buddy Tate Quintet records the album Groovin' With Buddy Tate, at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, USA, for Swingville Records.
Dave 'Baby' Cortez plays at The Randolph Social Club, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Kenny Ball's Jazzmen and Chas McDevitt and Shirley Douglas appear in the BBC Light Programme radio show Bandbox in the UK.
Ronnie Hawkins And The Hawks record Mojo Man and Arkansas for Roulette Records in New York City, USA. The Hawks members include Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko, Levon Helm, Richard Manuel and Garth Hudson who will find greater success as The Band. The session is produced by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, and also features Sonny Terry on harmonica and Mort Shuman on piano.
The George RussellSextet records You Are My Sunshine, Zig-Zag and other tracks in New York City, USA, for Riverside Records.
A knife fight erupts during a gig by Georgie Fame And The Blue Flames in The Flamingo Club, Soho, London, UK, between Johnny Edgecombe and Aloysius 'Lucky' Gordon. Both men are lovers of Christine Keeler, and the fight is caused by their rivalry for her affections. Gordon's face is badly slashed and he vows revenge on Keeler for his injury.
It is announced that American musicians will finally be allowed to play dates in the UK without requiring an exchange whereby a British band must play in America.
Yeh Yeh by Georgie Fame And The Blue Flames reaches No1 in the UK singles chart, where it will remain for two weeks.
The Modernaires and Yankee Stadium's longtime organist Eddie Layton are the guests on tv's Mike Douglas Show in the USA.
Georgie Fame, Cat Stevens, Julie Felix and Sounds Incorporated play the seventh night of a 14–day run in 'Fame In 67' at Brian Epstein's Saville Theatre, London, England, UK.
Herb Alpert And The Tijuana Brass are playing during seven nights at The Arie Crown Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Lainie Kazan, with an orchestra conducted by Pat Williams, records Windows Of The World, They Don't Give Medals and The look Of Love, for MGM Records in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Chicago Transit Authority and Eclection play at The Royal Albert Hall, London, UK.
Billy Eckstine begins a season at The Talk Of The Town, London, UK.
Janis Joplin dies of a heroin overdose in The Landmark Motel, Los Angeles, California, USA.
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The Sun Ra Arkestra, The Cairo Jazz Band, and The Cairo Free Jazz Ensemble play at the Nile Hall, Cairo, Egypt. The event is recorded and will be released as an album entitled Sun Ra And His Arkestra Meets Salah Ragab in EgyptSun Ra And His Arkestra Meets Salah Ragab in Egypt.
Bob Dylan records Rita May and Joey in Studio E, Columbia Records Studios, New York City, during sessions for the albumDesire.
John Martyn plays the second of two nights at The Jazz Cafe, Camden Town, London, England, UK, Europe.
Lauryn Hill cancels her planned European comeback tour for what her agent describes as unspecified 'health reasons'. The tour was to have included the Stockholm and Montreux Jazz Festivals as well as shows in Sweden, Greece, the Netherlands, Poland, Germany, Italy, France and Austria.
Irish jazz singer Mary Coughlan publishes her autobiography, Bloody Mary: My Story, in Ireland, Europe.
Norah Jones plays at The Pearl, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Joan As Police Woman plays at Gorilla, Manchester, UK.