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Theodore Walter Rollins is born in New York City, USA. He will find fame as jazz sax virtuoso Sonny Rollins.
Hamiet Bluiett is born in Brooklyn, Illinois, USA. He will find success as a jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, and composer, working for many years with The World Saxophone Quartet.
The Charlie Parker Quintet plays the twelfth of thirteen nights at The Argyle Show Lounge, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
When Humphrey Lyttelton plays at the Winter Garden Theatre, London, England, UK, Europe, he is joined onstage by visiting American jazz star Sidney Bechet.
Jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker plays for a dance in Saint Nicholas Arena, New York City, USA. The performance is recorded and will be released as the live LP Bird At St. Nicks.
The James Moody Quartet records Nath, I Can't Get Started, Embraceable You, St. Louis Blues and other tracks for Prestige Records in Paris, France, Europe.
The Lee Konitz Duo records Indian Summer and Duet For Saxophone And Guitar, for New Jazz/Prestige Records in New York City, USA. Billy Bauer plays guitar on these tracks.
When jazz saxophonist Stan Getz and guitarist Jimmy Raney play at Storyville, Boston Massachusetts, USA, the concert is recorded and will be released as the LP Immortal Concerts : Storyville, Boston, October 1951.
The Pee Wee Russell Sextet plays at The Storyville Club, in The Buckminster Hotel, Kenmore Square, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Hal McIntyre And His Orchestra are playing during a week of shows at The Peabody Theater, Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
Jazz pianist Erling Aksdal is born in Molde, Romsdal, Norway, Europe. He will become known through his many collaborations with performers including Chet Baker, Lee Konitz, Bob Mover, Herb Pomeroy, and Warne Marsh.
Louis Jordan is playing at The Regal Theater, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Johnnie Gray And His Band Of The Day play at The Festival Hall, East Kirkby, Lincolnshire, England, UK, Europe.
The Coleman Hawkins Sextet records I'm Beginning To See The Light, Cool Blues and other tracks at Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey, USA, for Prestige Records.
Jazz saxophonist Eddie 'Lockjaw' Davis and organist Shirley Scott record the album Eddie 'Lockjaw' Davis With Shirley Scott, at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, USA.
Jazz saxophonist Bill Barron releases the album The Tenor Stylings of Bill Barron on Savoy Records in the USA.
The Jazztet play at The Birdhouse, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The Dick Clark C aravan of Stars plays the sixth night of a week of shows at the Centennial Exposition, Wichita, Kansas, USA, featuring Frankie Avalon, The Shirelles, Gary U.S. Bonds, Johnny And The Hurricanes and Chuck Jackson.
King Curtis is playing at Small's Paradise, Harlem, New York City, USA.
Jazz trumpet star Harry 'Sweets' Edison and tenor sax man Eddie 'Lockjaw' Davis record the album Jawbreakers, in New York City, USA, for Jazzland Records.
The Rockin' Rebels perform Rockin' Crickets on daily tv pop show American Bandstand, recorded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Roland Kirk records April Morning, Abstract Improvisation and other tracks with the Benny Golson Orchestra at A + R Recording Studios, New York City, USA, for Mercury Records.
King Curtis plays the sixth night of two weeks of shows at Birdland, New York City, USA.
Jazz multi-instrumentalist Roland Kirk plays at Ronnie Scott's Club, London, England, UK, Europe, supported by The Ronnie Scott Quartet and The Brian Auger Trinity.
Stan Getz plays at Virginia State College, Petersburg, Virginia, USA.
John Coltrane plays in The Liederhalle, Stuttgart, Germany, Europe.
The Yusef Lateef Quintet plays at Pep's Lounge, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
The Dexter Gordon Quartet do a live radio broadcast from Jazzhus Montmartre, Copenhagen, Denmark, Europe.
The Johnny Hodges-Wild Bill Davis Sextet records Wild Bill Blues, Cementine and other tracks for Verve Records in Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, USA.
The Hullabaloos, The Detergents, Shirley Ellis, Little Richard (whose backing group includes Jimi Hendrix], The Vibrators, The Exciters, The Hollies, The Uniques, Dee Dee Warwick, Roddy Joy, Sandie Shaw and King Curtis play at The Paramount Theater, Brooklyn, New York City, USA.
Monti Rock III comes to the end of a week of shows at The Cafe Au Go Go, Greenwich Village, New York City, USA, supported by Lester Young And His Discotheques.
Atco Records assigns a master number to the King Curtis recording of Spanish Harlem.
Jazz saxophonist Jackie McLean records On The Nile, Climax, Soft Blue, Jacknife and Blue Fable for his Blue Note Records LP Jacknife, in Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, USA.
Don Byas and Teddy Wilson play at Palais am Funkturm, Berlin, Germany, Europe.
Cat Stevens records finished versions of his songs I Love My Dog and Portobello Road, with producer Mike Hurst, in London, UK. The melody for I Love My Dog was inspired when Stevens heard jazz saxophonist Yusef Lateef's 1961 track The Plum Blossom. The bassist on I Love My Dog is session man John Paul Jones, later to join Led Zeppelin. Another revered session man, Nicky Hopkins, plays piano.
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.
Jazz multi-instrumentalist Roland Kirk records the tracks IX Love, Hot Cha and Quint essence for his Atlantic Records album, Left And Right, in New York City, USA.
The First Acapulco Jazz Festival takes place in Acapulco, Mexico, North America, and features Herbie Mann, Dave Brubeck, Gerry Mulligan, George Wein and Cannonball Adderley.
Blood, Sweat And Tears play the second of three nights at The Renaissance Club, Camden, New Jersey, USA.
Blood, Sweat And Tears play the last of three nights at The Renaissance Club, Camden, New Jersey, USA.
Jazz saxophonist Albert Ayler plays at St. Paul de Vence, France, Europe.
The CTI All-Stars play at Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA. The band includes such jazz superstars as Esther Phillips (vocals), Freddie Hubbard (trumpet), Hubert Laws (flute), Hank Crawford, Joe Farrell, Stanley Turrentine, Grover Washington Jr. (saxophones), Milt Jackson (vibes), Eumir Deodato, Bob James, Johnny "Hammond" Smith (keyboards), George Benson (guitar), Ron Carter (bass) and Jack DeJohnette (drums).
The Crusaders play at The Music Hall, Houston, Texas, USA.
The Gerry Mulligan Quartet plays at the Jazz and Blues Festival, Stockholm, Sweden, Europe.
Dollar Brand (aka Abdullah Ibrahim) plays at Band On The Wall, Manchester, England, UK, Europe.
Avant garde French saxophone ensemble Urban Sax play at GLC County Hall, South Bank, London, England, UK, Europe.
Harry Gold And His Pieces Of 8 play at The 100 Club, Oxford Street, London, England, UK, Europe, supported by Tad Newton's Jazzmen.
Jazz trumpet player Russell Jacquet, brother of the better-known Illinois Jacquet, dies of a heart attack in Oakland, California, USA.
The John Dankworth Big Band plays the first of six nights at Ronnie SCott's Club, Soho, London, England, UK, Europe.