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The Music Trade Review reports that drum manufacturer Geo. B. Stone And Sons, Inc., of Boston, Massachusetts, USA, has announced a new all-metal snare drum made with a solid aluminum shell and hoops to match.
Revered jazz trombonist and composer Albert Mangelsdorff is born in Frankfurt, Germany, Europe.
Harry Bidgood And His Broadcasters record I Ain't Certain, for Vocalion Records in London, UK. Bidgood is perhaps better known as an accordian bandleader under his pseudonym of Primo Scala.
Jazz pianist/composer Cecil Taylor is born in New York City.
Benny Goodman And His Orchestra broadcast live from The Congress Hotel, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The Duke Ellington Orchestra plays in Baimbridge, Maryland, USA.
Tiny Bradshaw And His Band come to the end of a lengthy residency at The Last Word, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The bands of Charlie Barnet and Woody Herman take part in a Battle Of The Bands at The Rendezvous Ballroom, Balboa, California, USA. Barnet wins.
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Louie Shelton of Little Rock, Arkansas, USA, is given his first guitar for his ninth birthday. He will become one of the most sought-after session guitarists in the music business, playing with The Monkees, The Jackson 5, Barbra Streisand, Neil Diamond, The Carpenters, The Mamas And Papas, Ella Fitzgerald, John Lennon, Joe Cocker, Simon And Garfunkel, Whitney Houston, Kenny Rogers, Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight and Stevie Wonder, to name a few.
The Nat King Cole trio opens at The Tiffany Club, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Blues pianist and vocalist Little Johnny Jones, with Elmore James on guitar, records Wait Baby, Hoy Hoy and Chicago Blues, for Atlantic Records in Chicago, Illinois, USA. The tracks will not be released.
The musical comedy movie Call Me Madam, written by Irving Berlin and starring Ethel Merman, Donald O'Connor and George Sanders, opens in West Germany, Europe.
Nat King Cole, June Christy and The Four Freshmen, Ted Heath And His Orchestra, Gary Morton and Patty Thomas play in the Record Star Parade Of 1956 package tour at the National Guard Armory, Washington, DC, USA.
Harry James And His All-Star Jazz Group featuring Buddy Rich plays the first of five nights at The Lagoon, Salt Lake City, USA.
Robert 'Bubber' Johnson records I Surrender Dear, Welcome Home and other tracks for King Records in New York City, USA.
The Blue Mitchell Quintet, with Art Blakey on drums, records Blues On My Mind, Boomerang and other tracks at Reeves Sound Studios, New York City.
The George Lewis New Orleans Jazz Band, featuring Joe Robichaux, Kid Howard, Alcide 'Slow Drag' Pavageau, Joe Watkins and Jim Robinson, plays at the Free Trade Hall, Manchester, UK.
The Jack Kirkland Broadcasting Band plays at The Victory Memorial Hall, Northwich, Cheshire, UK, supported by The Saints Jazz Band.
The Beatles play the fourth night of a three month engagement at The Indra Club, Hamburg, Germany, Europe.
The Everly Brothers release a new single, Like Strangers, on Cadence Records in the USA.
Wonderland By Night by Bert Kaempfert reaches No1 in the Canadian pop singles chart.
Virtuoso jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery plays at The Jazz Gallery, New York City, USA.
The The Dave Clark Five play at the California Ballroom, Dunstable, UK.
The Bill Evans Trio records the album Explorations at Bell Sound Studios, New York City, USA, for Riverside Records.
The Bill Black Combo are the musical guests on the Ed Sullivan Show in New York City, USA.
Dizzy Gillespie plays at Carnegie Hall, New York City, USA. The concert is recorded and will be released as a live album.
The Dave Brubeck Quartet records It's A Raggy Waltz, Castilian Blues and other tracks in New York City, USA, for Columbia Records.
Ray Charles, The Coasters and Betty Carter play the fourth night of a week of shows at The Regal Theater, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Connie Francis, with an orchestra conducted by Don Costa, records Don't Break The Heart That Loves You for MGM Records in New York City, USA. It will become her third and final Billboard Singles Chart-topper in the USA. At the same session she records I'm Falling In Love With You Tonight.
Anita O'Day records The Party's Over, Peel Me A Grape and Spring Will Be A Little Late This Year for RCA Records in Los Angeles, California, USA. (1962)
Ramblin' Jack Elliott records the album Country Style for Prestige Records in the USA.
When The Country Gentlemen play at Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio, USA, the gig is recorded and some tracks will appear on their live album, On The Road.
80s hitmaker Corey Hart, best-known for the hit Sunglasses At Night, is born in Montreal, Canada.
Chubby Checker plays the eighth of ten nights at the National Stadium, Mexico City, Mexico, Central America.
The Bill Evans Quintet records When You Wish Upon a Star, You Go to My Head and Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams, in Nola Penthouse Studio, New York City, USA, for Riverside Records.
The Rolling Stones play at The Ealing Jazz Club, London, UK.
Don Ellis (trumpet) Eric Dolphy (alto saxophone) Benny Golson (tenor saxophone) Richard Davis (bass) Joe Cocuzzo (drums) Gunther Schuller (composer, conductor) Leonard Bernstein (director, narrator) Nat Hentoff (author) and The New York Philharmonic Orchestra take part in the New York Philharmonic Young People's Concert at Philharmonic Hall, The Lincoln Center, New York City, USA.
Nat King Cole and his wife Maria attend the Cocoanut Grove night club, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Jazz guitarist Freddie Bryant is born in New York City, USA. He will record albums under his own name, and will also work with Wynton Marsalis, Max Roach, Lonnie Smith, Kenny Burrell and Randy Brecker, to name just a few.
When Oscar Peterson plays live in Munich, Germany, Europe, the show is recorded and broadcast by Bayerischer Rundfunk.
Oscar Brown Jr comes to the end of a season at The Cafe Au Go Go, Greenwich Village, New York City, USA.
The Butterfield Blues Band, The Charles Lloyd Quintet and The Ultimate Spinach, play the second of three nights at The Fillmore, San Francisco, California, USA.
The Gary Burton Quartet plays at Carnegie Recital Hall, New York City, USA. The show is recorded and will be released by RCA Records as The Gary Burton Quartet In Concert. The album includes a jazzy interpretation of the Bob Dylan composition I Want You.
During the Nice Jazz Festival, B.B.King, Joe Williams And The Count Basie Orchestra, Panama Francis and The Savoy Sultans perform for the first of two nights in La Grand Parade Du Jazz, Cimiez, Nice, France, Europe.
Acclaimed British jazz singer and recording artist Cab Kaye dies in Amsterdam, Holland, Europe. Kaye rose to some prominence in the 1950s, working with the Ted Heath Orchestra and Humphrey Lyttelton. His son, Caleb Quaye played guitar for Elton John.
Jazz piano star Jamie Cullum performs live on tv series Dancing With The Stars in the USA.
The Third Annual Hyde Park Jazz Fest, a two-day event, concludes at Hyde Park, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Artists appearing over the two days of the event have included Cassandra Wilson, Dee Alexander, Maggie Brown, Corey Wilkes, John Faddis and John Wright.
Diane Reeves plays at Jazzfest Gronau, Gronau, Germany, Europe.
Norah Jones and Sarah McLachlan appear on tv show Good Morning America in the USA.