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John Grayton Dolphin is born in Beatrice, Alabama, USA. He will find success as jazz, Doo-woop, R'n'B and Rock'n'Roll music producer John Dolphin, aka Lovin John and The Toast of the Coast. He will work with, among others, Sam Cooke, Jesse Belvin, Charles Mingus, Pee Wee Crayton, Major Lance, Scatman Crothers, Harry Caesar, Tony Allen, Gene Forrest , Percy Mayfield, Damita Jo, Marvin Phillips, Jesse Belvin, Illinois Jacquet and Linda Hayes. Dolphin will also become a political activist, organising campaigns against racial intimidation in the music business.
Jazz trumpeter Johnny Hodges, sometimes called 'the first soul sax player', is born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. He will lead Duke Ellington's sax section and enjoy his own solo recording career.
Tenor saxophonist Coleman Hawkins records the Hoagy Carmichael composition Stardust in Paris, France, Europe, with Stephane Grappelli on violin and Django Reinhardt on guitar.
Jazz saxophonist and recording artist Nathan Davis is born in Kansas City, Missouri, USA.
Coleman Hawkins And His Orchestra play at The Savoy Ballroom, New York City, USA.
Mike Vickers, sax and guitar player for Manfred Mann, is born in Southampton, UK.
The American Federation Of Musicians lifts its recording ban, which has been in place since January.
British music weekly Melody Maker reports that pioneering female jazz saxophonist Kathleen Stobart is forming her own 'technical' modern orchestra.
The Sonny Stitt Quartet records Avalon, Later, Ain't Misbehavin', Mean To Me and Stairway To The Stars during sessions for the Prestige Records album, Kaleidoscope in New York City, USA.
At The Town Hall Concert Chamber, Auckland, New Zealand, pianist Crombie Murdoch, singer Mavis Rivers and saxophonist Julian Lee play in the first jazz concert ever staged in the city.
Jazz saxophonist Eric Allison is born in South Bend, Indiana, USA.
Saxophonist and dance band leader Tommy Christian dies aged 49 after a six-months illness, at his home on 204 North Laurens Street, Greenville, South Carolina, USA.
Tab Smith, His Fabulous Alto, and Orchestra, record Cuban Boogie, All My Life, Nursery Rhyme Jump, This Love Of Mine, Strange, Jumptime, Tis Autumn and Cottage For Sale, for United Records in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Stan Getz is playing during a one-week stint at The Hi Hat, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Jazz saxophonist Armando Cairo is born in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Europe.
Singer and bandleader Lockwood Lewis dies in Louisville, Kentucky, USA. He is best remembered as the saxophonist of the Dixieland Jug Blowers.
Billy Eckstine, Ruth Brown, The Clovers, Johnny Hodges and Duke Ellington And His Orchestra play at The Academy Of Music, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Ellington's band includes John Coltrane on saxophone.
Louis Prima, Keely Smith and saxophonist Sam Butera appear on US tv's The Chevy Show.
Jazz saxophonist Walter Benton records Out Of This World, Blues Mood and other tracks for Jazzland Records in New York City, USA.
Jazz saxophonist Johnny Hodges records It's Nookie, Tipsy Joe, On The Sunny Side Of The Streetand other tracks at Radio Recorders, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA, for Verve Records.
Jazz saxophonist Tina Brooks records the album The Waiting Game for Blue Note Records at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, USA.
The Dick Clark C aravan of Stars, featuring Bobby Rydell, Chubby Checker, Freddy Cannon, The Shirelles, Gary U.S. Bonds and Johnny And The Hurricanes, plays the first of four nights at The State Fair, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Ethel Waters appears as veteran blues singer Jennifer Henderson in tonight's edition of popular tv series Route 66 in the USA. She also performs a song on the show, accompanied by Coleman Hawkins, Jo Jones and Roy Eldridge.
Guitarist Roy Clark, with producer Ken Nelson, records Pink Velvet Swing, Texas Twist and In The Mood in Capitol Recording Studio, 1750 North Vine Street, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA. The band on the session includes Billy Strange [gtr], Churly Chalker [steel gtr], Howard Roberts [bass gtr], Mark Tully [bass], Marty Alfred [drums], Frank Maio and Glenn Blair [saxes].
John Coltrane plays at The Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Europe. On the same night, Coltrane also plays at The Kurhaus, Scheveningen, Netherlands, Europe.
Duane Eddy records tv series theme The Ballad Of Paladin, Stretchin' Out and The Wild Westerners with producer Lee Hazlewood at RCA Victor Studio, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA. Personnel on the session include Duane Eddy on guitar; Barney Kessel on guitar, Bill Pitman on guitar, James Bond on bass, Earl Palmer on drums, Larry Knechtel on piano, Plas Johnson on saxophone and George Tracy on harmonica.
Connie Francis records The Biggest Sin Of All, You're The Only One Who Can Hurt Me, Out Of This World, I Walk The Line, He Thinks I Still Care, Someday [You'll Want me To Want You], I'm A Fool To Care, It's Gonna Take Some Time and Vacation at Columbia Recording Studio, 804 16th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA, with backing musicians including guitarists Grady Martin, Harold Bradley, Jerry Kennedy and Wayne Moss, pianist Floyd Cramer, saxophonist Boots Randolph, bassist Bob Moore, drummer Buddy Harman and backing vocalists The Jordanaires.
The Coleman Hawkins Sextet plays at The Village Gate, Greenwich Village, New York City, USA.
Bill Dixon 7-tette with Archie Shepp and the New York Contemporary 5 record Winter Song 1964 Sections 1 -5, Coda and The 12th December in Savoy Studios, Newark, New Jersey, USA.
Acclaimed jazz saxophonist Joe Maini Jr dies in Los Angeles, California, USA, having shot himself in the head while playing Russian Roulette at a friend's home the night before.
The New Stan Getz Quartet plays during a month of dates at The Caf
Acclaimed jazz saxophonist, composer and musical innovator Fabrizio Cassol is born in Ougree, Belgium, Europe.
Jazz saxophonist Albert Ayler records the album Prophecy in The Cellar Caf
Stan Getz and Joe Williams appear in the UK tv special Sax Meets Blues.
Oliver Nelson records Midnight Blue, Goin' To Chicago Blues and other tracks in Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, USA.
Junior Walker And The All Stars perform Shotgun on tv show Hullabaloo in the USA.
John Coltrane sells his house at 116-60 Mexico Street, St. Albans, Queens, New York City, USA, to his wife Naima, for ten dollars.
The John Coltrane Quartet and the Alice Coltrane Trio record Living Space and Dusk Dawn for Impulse Records in Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, USA.
The Sonny Rollins Quintet play at The Museum Of Modern Art, New York City, USA.
The Tommy Whittle - Harry Klein Quartet, The Michael Garrick Sextet and The Danny Moss Quartet with Jeanie Lambe appear on the BBC Radio 1 show Jazz Club, live from London, England, UK, Europe. The show is introduced by Humphrey Lyttelton.
Jr. Walker And The All Stars play at The Teen-Scene, Lebanon Lodge, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Branford Marsalis spends the second of three days recording the album Royal Garden Blues for CBS Records at RCA Studio A, New York City, USA.
The Jan Garbarek Quartet plays at The Trades Club, Leeds, UK.
Legendary jazz tenor saxophonist Stan Getz dies of liver cancer, aged 64, in Malibu, California, USA.
Two members of Chuck Mangione's band, saxophonist Gerry Niewood and guitarist Coleman Mellett, are among the passengers killed on Flight 3407, en route to play a gig in Buffalo, New York State.
The Meltdown Festival, curated by free jazz saxophonist Ornette Coleman, begins on the South Bank, London, UK. The nine-day event features performances by Yoko Ono's Plastic Ono Band, Robert Wyatt, Patti Smith, Baaba Maal, Carla Bley, The Roots, The Master Musicians of Joujouka and, of course, Ornette Coleman.
The Damon Brown Martin Zenker Group, featuring Michael Lutzeier, plays at MAP Studio Cafe, 46 Grafton Road, London, UK.
Melissa Aldana plays at The SFJAZZ Center, San Francisco, California, USA.
Jazz saxophonist Kamasi Washington releases his debut studio LP, The Epic, on Brainfeeder Records.