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The Original Dixieland Jass Band opens at Casino Gardens, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The musical comedy Sweetheart Time, with music by Walter Donaldson and Joseph Meyer, opens at The Imperial Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, where it will run for 143 performances.
The musical comedy Strike Up The Band with music by George And Ira Gershwin, plays at The Times Square Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 191 performances.
The movie musical Murder At The Vanities, starring Victor McLaglen, Carl Brisson, Jack Oakie, Kitty Carlisle, Gertrude Michael, Toby Wing and Jessie Ralph, with an impressive finale featuring Duke Ellington And His Orchestra performing Ebony Rhapsody, is released to cinemas in the USA. The most memorable song introduced by the film is perhaps Cocktails For Two, but it also includes Marihuana, a song in fulsome praise .
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.
Only Forever by Bing Crosby enters the Billboard Singles Chart in the USA at No5.
Vaughn Monroe And His Orchestra play at The Hotel Commodore, New York City, USA.
 The George Shearing Trio records So Rare, Have You Met Miss Jones and George’s Boogie for Savoy Records in New York City.
When Carlo Krahmer's Chicagoans, - an English band devoted to Chicago Jazz and blues - play at the Town Hall, Birmingham, UK, their set is recorded and will be released as the first album on Krahmer's newly-formed Esquire Records, label.
Johnny Lyne And His Music play the last of seven nights at The South Parade Pier, Portsmouth, UK, with Wally Fry And His Collegians.
Billie Holiday, backed by The Wardell Gray Quartet, comes to the end of a season at The Tiffany Club, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Despite heavy rain, Ralph Flanagan And His Orchestra play to 1800 people at Kitchener Memorial Auditorium, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada.
Mick Mulligan's Magnolia Jazz Band plays in Leicester, UK.
Erskine Hawkins And His Orchestra release a new single, Weary Blues / Midnight Stroll on RCA Victor Records in the USA.
Vaughn Monroe And His Orchestra play at The Albany Armory, Albany, New York State, USA.
Vic Lewis And His Orchestra play at The Festival Hall, Kirkby In Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, England, UK, Europe.
Chuck Berry plays at The Greystone Ballroom, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Ivory Joe Hunter plays the last night in a week of shows at the Casino Royal, Washington, DC, USA.
A riot breaks out during a Fats Domino show in the Sportatorium, Dallas, Texas, USA.
Jazz legend Billie Holiday dies of a drug overdose in a New York City hospital. On the same day, Eddie Cochran releases a new single, Somethin' Else, on Liberty Records in the USA.
It's Now Or Never/A Mess Of Blues by Elvis Presley reaches No1 in the Canadian pop singles chart.
Guy Lombardo And His Orchestra play in Hershey Park, Pennsylvania, USA.
Count Basie And His Orchestra play the second night of a week at The Tivoli Theater, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Their current vocalist, Ocie Smith, will later find greater success as solo performer O.C. Smith.
Lonnie Johnson and Victoria Spivey play the ninth of thirteen nights at Gerde's Folk City, Greenwich Village, New York City, USA.
Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers play the fifth night in a week of dates at Birdland, New York City, USA.
The Paul Winter Sextet is playing during three weeks at The London House, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Billy Taylor records That's Where It Is, A Lot Of Livin' To Do, Right Here Right Now and other tracks in New York City, USA, for his Capitol Records album Right Here Right Now.
The Mary Kaye Trio begins a season at The Talk Of The Town, London, UK. (Guitarist, singer and lounge-jazz performer Kaye was sometimes nicknamed "The First Lady Of Rock'n'Roll".)
The Yardbirds, with Eric Clapton on lead guitar, play at The Marquee Club, Wardour Street, Soho, London, UK.
Duke Ellington And His Orchestra play the second of five nights at Tin Pan Alley, Redwood City, California, USA.
Judy Garland suffers an allergic reaction to a prescribed medicine and is rushed into UCLA, Los Angeles, California, USA, for treatment.
Principal photography on the next Elvis Presley movie, Frankie And Johnny, continues at Goldwyn Studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Ron Blake is born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Caribbean. He will find success as a saxophonist, band leader, composer and music educator, perhaps best-known as a member of the Saturday Night Live Band.
The Dexter Gordon Quintet plays in Berlin, West Germany, Europe.
As astronauts James Lovell and Frank Borman hurtle back to earth aboard Gemini 7, NASA asks if there's any music they would particularly like to hear. Their answer is I'll Be Home For Christmas by Bing Crosby, making it the first song request to be transmitted to outer space.
Jazz saxophonist Booker Ervin records his version of I Left My Heart In San Francisco, in Webster Hall, New York City, USA, for Pacific Jazz Records.
The second MIDEM international music trade festival opens in Cannes, France, Europe. The week-long event attracts delegates from the music industry across the globe, and presents live performances by The Supremes (USA), Sandie Shaw (UK), Judy Collins (USA), Esther And Abi Ofarim (Israel) and Les Yper Sound (France).
The Miles Davis Quintet records Black Comedy in Studio B, Columbia Records, New York City, USA. The track will appear on his album Miles In The Sky.
The Pair Extraordinaire play at St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota, USA.
The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band plays at Loughborough University, Loughborough, England, UK, Europe.
Saxophonist Stanley Turrentine plays the last of six nights at The Village Gate, Greenwich Village, New York City, USA.
Hugh Masekela plays at The Polytechnic, Portsmouth, England, UK, Europe.
Back Door play at The Dovecote Arts Centre, Stockton, England, UK, Europe.
Lawyers for Michael Jackson announce that they are in discussions with his creditors, the Fortress Investment Group, to keep the pop star from defaulting on $200 million in loans secured by his 50% stake in The Beatles' song catalogue.
Alice Cooper plays the second of two nights at The Palais Theatre, Melbourne, Australia, Oceania.
Marcus Miller plays a concert entitled Tutu Revisited - The Music of Miles Davis at the Highline Ballroom, 431 West 16th Street, New York City, USA.
On his Crazy Love tour Michael Buble plays the second of two nights at The Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Beady Eye play at Metro, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
C aravan Palace play at Manchester Academy, Manchester, England, UK.