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Tenor saxophonist Hal Singer, reckoned by many to be the father of the honking r'n'b / rock'n'roll sax style, is born in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Harold Luttenbacher is born in Detroit, Michigan, USA. He will achieve success as free jazz composer, band leader and multi-instrumentalist Hal Russell.
Grady Gaines is born in Waskom, Texas, USA. He will grow up to play saxophone and lead Little Richard's back-up band, The Upsetters.
Noble Sissle's Swingsters, with Sidney Bechet on soprano sax and clarinet, record Okey Doke and Characteristic Blues in New York City.
Jazz saxophonist Sam Sanders is born in Birmingham, Alabama, USA. Revered in the Detroit Jazz school of playing, Sanders will work with Milt Jackson , Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, The Four Tops, James Blood Ulmer, Sonny Stitt and Pharoah Sanders, as well as running his own acclaimed band, Visions.
Tony Pastor And His Orchestra record Let's Do It and Ready Get Set Jump for Bluebird Records in Camden, New Jersey, USA.
Illinois Jacquet And His Orchestra play at The State Armory, New Britain, Connecticut, USA.
Tenor saxophonist Johnny Sparrow records Michael's Cycle, Blues At The Apex, My Best Gal and Serenade To Twins, for National Records in New York City, USA.
Jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker plays the fourth night of a two-week engagement at The Blue Note Club in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker plays the fifth night of a two-week engagement at The Blue Note Club in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Eddie Manion, saxman for Southside Johnny And The Asbury Dukes, is born in New Jersey, USA.
Charlie Parker, accompanied by Gene Carter's Orchestra plays the second of four nights at Tootie's Mayfair, Jackson County, Missouri, USA.
The United States Copyright Office reveals that musical compositions (60,665) constituted one-fifth of the total of all classes of objects copyrighted in the USA during the 1951 fiscal year.
The Zoot Sims Sextet records Tangerine, Zootcase, The Red Door and Morning Fun, for Prestige Records in New York City, USA. The line-up includes Al Cohn, Kai Winding and Art Blakey.
Earl Bostic is playing at Pep's, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
The Gene Ammons Octet records Just Chips, Street Of Dreams, The Beat and Traveling Light for Savoy Records in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker, Bill Harris, Kai Winding, Chubby Jackson and Oscar Pettiford play at The Metropolitan Theatre, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. (N.B. Charlie Parker is doubling on this date, as he is also playing at The Earle Theater.)
Charlie Parker And His Band with Joe Loco And His Muchacos Locos play at Hunt’s Point Palace, Bronx, New York City, USA.
Blues guitarist Sticks McGhee [aka Stick McGhee] records Jungle Juice, Dealing From The Bottom, The Wiggle Waggle Woo and I'm Doing All The Time, for King Records in New York City, USA. The tracks also feature James Buchanan on tenor sax, Sir Charles Thompson on piano, Mickey Baker on guitar, Carl Pruitt on bass, and Specs Powell on drums.
Jazz saxophonist Coleman Hawkins records the album The Hawk Relaxes at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, USA, for Moodsville Records.
The Mal Waldron Sextet records Fire Waltz, We Diddit and other tracks at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, USA, for New Jazz Records.
Jazz saxophonist Charlie Rouse records material for the Epic Records album We Paid Our Dues, in New York City, USA. (This is, in fact, a shared LP with another saxman, Seldon Powell)
King Curtis records Harlem Nocturne, Tippin' In and other tracks in Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, USA, for Prestige Records.
John Coltrane plays at The Dome, Brighton, England, UK, Europe.
Jazz saxophonist Eric Dolphy plays at The University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois, USA. The concert will eventually, in 1999, be issued as a CD, The Illinois Concert.
The Paul Desmond - Jim Hall Quartet record Polka Dots And Moonbeams, Take Ten and That Old Feeling, for RCA Records in Webster Hall, New York City, USA.
Jazz saxophonist Archie Shepp records his John Coltrane tribute album, Four For Trane, at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, USA.
Booker Ervin records the album The Space Book for Prestige Records in Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, USA.
Sonny Rollins plays at Birdland, New York City, USA.
Shotgun by Junior Walker And The All Stars is released in the USA.
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Don Byas and his band perform Lady Bird, I Remember Clifford, Stella By Starlight and I'll Remember April for the BBC at The BBC Television Theatre, London, England, UK, Europe.
Earl Bostic is playing at Aku Aku, The Town House Motel, Toledo, Ohio, USA.
Guitarist Billy Strange records The Spy Who Came In From The Cold, The 9th Man Theme, A Man Alone and 007 Theme in United Recorders, 6050 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA. The band on this session comprises Wrecking Crew members Tommy Tedesco, Lou Morell, Joseph Gibbons, Carol Kaye, Larry Knechtel, Hal Blaine, Julius Wechter, Plas Johnson, Roy Caton, A. D. Brisbois, Oliver Mitchell, Robert Knight and Lew McCreary. The tracks will appear on Strange's album Secret Agent File.
The Who play at the Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, California, USA, supported by Cannonball Adderley, The Vagrants, Blue Cheer and Sagittarius.
The day after the burial of recently-assassinated US Senator Bobby Kennedy, Duke Ellington, the Bill Evans Trio, the Woody Herman Orchestra, Johnny Hodges, the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, the Modern Jazz Quartet, Felicia Saunders, the Horace Silver Quintet and Joe Williams, are seen on tv in a tribute concert recorded for WCBS-tv, New York City, USA.
The Dave Pell Octet plays at Donte's club, North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Sonny Rollins begins a series of weekend shows at The Village Vanguard, Greenwich Village, New York City, USA.
Blood Sweat And Tears play at The Auditorium, Hunter College, Manhattan, New York City, USA, supported by Joni Mitchell.
Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band play the third of four nights at Charlie's Place, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, supported by Mighty Joe Young.
The Crusaders play at The University of Texas, Austin, Texas, USA.
Big Jay McNeely, Willie Littlefield, Katie Webster, Axel Zwingenberger, The Mojos and Dana Gillespie play at The Palladium, London, England, UK, Europe.
Buddy Curtess And The Grasshoppers play at The Riverside Club, Leatherhead, England, UK, Europe.
Ringo Starr begins his first All Starr Band tour with a show at Dallas, Texas, USA. The band includes Billy Preston, Dr. John, Joe Walsh, Levon Helm, Jim Keltner, Nils Lofgren, Clarence Clemons and Rick Danko.
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Elton Dean plays at Jazz Rumours, London, England, UK, Europe.
Van Morrison agrees to the British government using his hit Brown-Eyed Girl for a tv commercial promoting peace in Northern Ireland.
Los Angeles-based jazz trombonist Bingam Britt Woodman dies aged 80 in Hawthorne, California, USA, of respiratory problems. In a long, respected career, he worked with Duke Ellington, Charlie Mingus, John Coltrane and Miles Davis, to name just a few.
Cornelius Bumpus, best-known as the saxophonist for The Doobie Brothers, Moby Grape and others, dies aged 58, of a heart attack while on a flight from New York City to Los Angeles, California, USA..
Saxophone wizard Maceo Parker plays the first of three nights at The Jazz Cafe, Camden Town, London, England, UK.
Bruce Springsteen announces, via a posting on his Facebook page, that Jake Clemons, the nephew of recently-deceased saxophonist Clarence Clemons, will replace him in the E Street Band on Springsteen's upcoming tour.
Saxophonist Marike Van Dik and singer-songwriter Katell Keineg record five tracks for the LP The Stereography Project at Powersound Studio, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Europe.