The Registry

Mon, 01.01.1923 story

Milt Jackson, Detroit Jazz Musician born

Milt Jackson was born on this date in 1923. He was an African American jazz musician, the first and most influential vibes player of the modern jazz era.

He was born in Detroit. At age 16, Jackson began playing vibes or vibraphone professionally. He attended Michigan State University and joined Dizzy Gillespie’s sextet in 1945; he then worked with Gillespie’s big band and later returned to play vibes and piano in Gillespie’s sextet from 1950 to 1952. During this time, he freelanced with leading bop musicians in New York City and played in the Woody Herman band.

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Wed, 05.26.1926 story

Miles Davis, Jazz Musician born

Miles Davis was born on this date in 1926. He was an African American trumpet player and bandleader, one of the most innovative, influential, and respected figures in the history of jazz

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Wed, 06.20.1928 story

Eric Dolphy, Jazz Musician born

On this date in 1928, Eric Dolphy was born. He was an African American jazz musician, one of great artistic influences in the twentieth century.

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Sat, 09.15.1928 story

Cannonball Adderley, Jazz Musician, and Composer born

*On this date in 1928, Julian Edwin “Cannonball” Adderly was born. He was an African American jazz musician, band leader, and composer.

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Thu, 08.08.1907 story

Benny Carter, Jazz Musician born

*On this date in 1907, Benny Carter was born. He was an African American Saxophonist, Trumpeter, Composer, and Bandleader.

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Mon, 08.05.1907 story

Ernestine Davis, Jazz Musician born

*Ernestine “Tiny” Davis was born this date in 1909. She was an African American jazz trumpeter and vocalist.

From Memphis, TN, she was the youngest of seven children born to George and Leanna (nee White) Carroll. She had 4 older sisters and 2 older brothers. She married Clarence Davis in her youth and they had 3 children, 1 son and 2 daughters.

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Thu, 08.20.1835 story

Black History, and Jazz Music in America, a story

On this date, we focus on Jazz Music in America and the Black culture’s role in creating and influence its existence.

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Sun, 10.21.1917 story

Dizzy Gillespie, Jazz Musician born

On this date in 1917, Dizzy Gillespie was born. He was an African American jazz trumpeter and band leader.

Born in Cheraw, SC, he began as a self-taught player. His natural gifts won him a scholarship at the Laurinburg Institute, where he studied for three years before moving to Philadelphia in 1935. He first recorded with Teddy Hill’s band in New York, as a replacement in Hill’s group. In 1939, he joined the Cab Calloway band and during its travels first encountered Charlie Parker in Kansas City.

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Tue, 10.31.1922 story

Illinois Jacquet, Jazz Musician born

Illinois Jacquet was born on this date in 1922. He was an African American tenor saxophonist.

Born Jean Baptiste Jacquet in Boussard, Louisiana, he grew up in Houston, Texas. There he played in a band with his older brother, Russell, and worked in several bands around town before moving to Los Angeles in 1941. In LA, he joined Lionel Hampton’s big band. Jacquet wrote his signature on Hampton’s big band, he played an incredible solo on Hampton’s “Flying Home.”

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Sat, 10.11.1941 story

Lester Bowie, Avant-Garde Jazz Musician born

Lester Bowie was born on this date in 1941. He was an African American trumpeter, flugelhornist, and percussionist.

A native of Frederick, MD, Bowie was reared in Little Rock, AR, and St. Louis, and began playing at age 5. He was leading a teen combo in St. Louis at the age of 16. He then went into military service, returning to work with R&B groups and in support of his wife, Fontella Bass.

Bowie worked in the backup bands for R&B sessions for the Chess label and was instrumental in the formation of the Black Artists Group in St. Louis before moving to Chicago in 1966.

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