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Ralph Reichenthal is born in New York City, USA. He will find success as film music composer and songwriter Ralph Rainger.
James Preston McDonald is born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. He will find success as jazz trombonist Preston Jackson.
Under the headline 'Philadelphia Bans the Trot', The New York Times announces that civic leaders in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, have banned the playing of music [usually ragtime jazz] which could result in an outbreak of either of two currently popular [and apparently reprehensible] dances - the 'turkey trot' and the 'grizzly bear'. According to the article, "it is understood that the two dances have all but caused several scandals in some of Philadelphia's best families."
During a residency, The Original Dixieland Jazz band plays at Reisenweber's Restaurant, 58th Street, New York City, USA.
During a concert at the Mechanic's Hall, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, ragtime and jazz bandleader, arranger and composer James Reese Europe is attacked with a knife and killed by percussionist Herbert Wright. Europe is just 38 and dies from a severed jugular vein.
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Henry Reser and his Orchestra, under the name The Ambassadors, record Just Around The Corner for Vocalion Records in New York City, USA.
Ben Selvin And His Orchestra record After I Say I'm Sorry and Tentin' Down in Tennessee, for Vocalion Records in New York City, USA.
Ronnie Scott, jazz saxophonist, band leader and founder of prestigious London venue, Ronnie Scott's Club, is born in Aldgate, East London, UK.
Influential blues guitarist Albert Collins, aka The Iceman, is born in Leona, Texas, USA.
Rock'n'roll singer and Sun Records recording artist Ray Smith is born in Melber, Kentucky, USA.
Glenn Miller and his Orchestra record Blueberry Hill for Bluebird Records in the USA.
Peter King, jazz saxophonist and clarinet player, is born in Kingston-Upon-Thames, Surrey, England, UK.
Billie Holiday plays the fourteenth night of four weeks at Joe Tenner's Cafe Society Uptown, in San Francisco, California, USA.
Jimmy Dorsey And His Original Dorseyland Jazz Band record Levee Blues and other tracks for Columbia Records in New York City, USA.
Charlie Parker And His Swing Symphony play the third of seven nights at The Apollo Theater, Harlem, New York City, USA. The bill also features The Orioles, Nipsey Russell, The Edward Sisters, Crackshot and The Maxellos.
The Starlight Theatre, a 7,958-seat outdoor venue, opens in Kansas City, Missouri, USA. The Starlight will focus on presenting Broadway shows and concerts. The first production is a performance of The Desert Song with music by Sigmund Romberg.
The Pee Wee Russell Sextet plays at The Storyville Club, in The Buckminster Hotel, Kenmore Square, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Trombonist, keyboardist, and vocalist Wayne Wallace is born in San Francisco, California, USA. In his career he will work with his own Latin Jazz Quartet, Anthony Brown's Asian American Orchestra, The Pete Escovedo Orchestra and The See America Horns - to name a few.
Billy Eckstine records Smoke Gets In Your Eyes for Verve Records in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Fred Waring And The Pennsylvanians play at The Opera House, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Hot Lips Page with Andre Rewellioty's Orchestra, records Last Call For Alcohol, Ruby, Old Paree and I Bongo You, for King Records in Paris, France, Europe.
Sonny Thompson And His Orchestra are playing during a string of dates in Denver, Colorado, USA.
Sidney Bechet plays at the Storyville Club in the Copley Square Hotel, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. The session is recorded and will be released on the LP Sidney Bechet At Storyville.
Before Elvis Presley takes the stage for the second of two nights at the Pan-Pacific Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, he is warned by local police officers that he must clean up his act. The audience includes Rick Nelson, Sammy Davis Jr, Tommy Sands and Russ Tamblyn.
Time magazine runs a feature about the success of a small jazz club, The Blackhawk, on the corner of Turk and Hyde Streets in San Francisco, California, USA. The article declares it to be "the club musicians like best" and a launch pad for jazz stars including Dave Brubeck and Gerry Mulligan.
Bobby Darin opens for a season at the Copa Room of the Sands Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. The booking makes him the youngest performer ever to have headlined at The Copa.
Be My Guest by Fats Domino enters the Billboard Singles Chart in the USA.
Matt Darriau, saxophonist/clarinettist of The Klezmatics, is born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA.
Barbra Streisand continues in her month-long residency at The Caucus Club , Detroit, Michigan, USA.
The Buck Clayton - Buddy Tate Quintet records Dallas Delight, Blue Ebony and other tracks, for Swingville Records in Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, USA.
Jazz alto saxophonist and bandleader Pete Brown records his final album, High In A Basement, in a subterranean soundproof studio at 272 W. 84th Street in New York City, USA. The album's title is a reference to the fact that the players at the session were partaking of drugs.
Slim Whitman records Anytime, Love Letters In The Sand, Tammy and You You You, in Columbia Recording Studio, 804 16th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. The band on this session includes guitarists Harold Bradley and Grady Martin, and pianist Floyd Cramer.
Saxophonist, singer and songwriter Femi Kuti is born in London, UK.
Chris Barber's Jazz Band with Ottilie Patterson plays at St. George's Hall, Bradford, UK, supported by Louis Jordan.
Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers record The Egyptian, It's A Long Way Down and other tracks at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, USA.
The New Stan Getz Quartet plays during a month of dates at The Caf
The Bill Dixon Group performs Scandinavian Sketches and other pieces during a show at The Cellar Cafe, West 91st Street, New York City, USA.
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Sonny Rollins plays at Birdland, New York City, USA.
Miles Davis plays at the Fillmore West, San Francisco, California, USA.
Nirvana are working on the tracks Love Buzz, Big Cheese and Spank Thru at Reciprocal Recording Studios, Seattle, Washington.
Frank Sinatra plays the second of two nights at The Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Jazz saxophonist Tommy Smith comes to the end of an eight-date British tour at the Everyman Theatre, Liverpool, England, UK.
Kylie Minogue tells the Sun Herald newspaper in Melbourne, Australia, Oceania, that she is considering a move away from pop into a jazzier direction.
Dan Hicks And The Hot Licks release a new album, Selected Shorts, in the UK on Surfdog Records.
A spokesperson for Island/Universal Records flatly denies rumours that the company has rejected any songs submitted by Amy Winehouse for her next album.
During a five-date UK tour, The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, under the direction of Wynton Marsalis, plays at Symphony Hall, Birmingham, England.
Harry Connick Jr. comes to the end of a two week season at The Neil Simon Theatre, New York City, USA.
Gregg Allman plays at The Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, New Jersey, USA.
Nick Waterhouse releases his third LP, Never Twice, on Innovative Liesure Records in the USA.