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Dec 19
1915

Edith Giovanna Gassion is born in the Hospital Tenon in the Rue de Chine, Paris, France. She will grow up to become legendary French chanteuse Edit Piaf, known as the ?little sparrow?. (1915)

Dec 19
1918

Henry Roeland Byrd is born in Bogalusa, Louisiana. He will find fame as New Orleans pianist and singer Professor Longhair, whose influence is acknowledged by Fats Domino, Allen Toussaint, Dr John and many others. (1918)

Dec 19
1926

Jack Hylton and His Orchestra perform a concert at the Royal Albert Hall, London, UK. (1926)

Dec 19
1929

The DeBroy Somers Band, records In The Moonlight, I May Be Wrong [But I Think You're Wonderful], and Here Comes The Bride - Selection, Parts 1 and 2, for Columbia Records in London, UK. (1929)

Dec 19
1936

Jack Winston And His Orchestra continue with a three-week residency in The Cooper Club, Henderson, Texas, USA. (1936)

Dec 19
1936

The musical Black Rhythm, set in a rehearsal hall in Harlem, with music by Donald Heywood opens at The Comedy Theatre, New York City, USA, where it will run for just six performances. (1936)

Dec 19
1936

Barney Bigard And His Jazzopaters, with Duke Ellington on piano, record Clouds In My Heart, Frolic Sam, Caravan and Stompy Jones for Variety Records in Associated Cinema Studios, Los Angeles, California, USA. (1936)


Dec 19
1940

Duke Ellington & His Orchestra play the last of seven nights with Dinah Shore, Glenn Miller, Tony Pastor, Erskine Hawkins and Ella Fitzgerald, at the Apollo Theatre, New York City. (1940)

Dec 19
1944

Duke Ellington plays at Carnegie Hall, New York City, USA. (1944)

Dec 19
1950

The Arne Domnerus Orchestra records Barit, What Shall I Say and I Cover the Waterfront, in Stockholm, Sweden. (1950)

Dec 19
1950

The tv show Cavalcade of Bands in the USA features The Stan Kenton Orchestra with Teresa Brewer on vocals, plus band members including Maynard Ferguson, Shorty Rogers, Bud Shank, Art Pepper and Shelly Manne. The show also features the presentation of the Downbeat Magazine Awards. (1950)

Dec 19
1952

Shep Fields And His Rippling Rhythm play at Dessau Hall, Austin, Texas, USA. (1952)

Dec 19
1952

Duke Ellington And His Orchestra open at The Blue Note, Chicago, Illinois, USA. (1953)

Dec 19
1956

Anita O'Day records Stars Fell On Alabama in Capitol Studios, Los Angeles, California, USA, for Verve Records. (1956)

Dec 19
1958

Bobby Darin records Mack The Knife, which will become a huge international hit single. (1958)

Dec 19
1960

Jazz vocalist Etta Jones plays at Pep's, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. (1960)

Dec 19
1960

Jazz vocalist and recording artist Eliane Elias is born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, South America. (1960)

Dec 19
1961

Carmen McRae records Summer Song, Easy As You Go and other tracks for Columbia Records in New York City, USA. She is backed for this session by the Dave Brubeck Quartet. (1961)

Dec 19
1963

Having been banned by many radio and TV stations in the USA, Lena Horne's racial integration plea, Now, is released in the UK. The BBC and ITV both decide not to ban it. (censorship, racism) (1963)

Dec 19
1970

Miles Davis plays the last of four nights at The Cellar Door Club, Washington, DC. (1970)

Dec 19
1980

The film The Jazz Singer, starring Neil Diamond as a young Jewish cantor with a secret life as a jazz singer, goes on general release to cinemas in the USA. The film is a re-make of an Al Jolson movie, originally released in 1927. (1980)

Dec 19
2000

Milt Hinton, aka ?the bassist of the stars? dies aged 90 in Queens, New York City, USA. Hinton played with Cab Calloway, Pearl Bailey, Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie, Bing Crosby and Louis Armstrong before memorably contributing the bass licks for the hit version of Mack The Knife by Bobby Darin. (2000)

Dec 19
2010

The Original Rabbit Foot Spasm Band records tracks for their second album, Year Of The Rabbit, at Coldroom Studios, Oxford, UK. (2010)

Dec 19
2010

Jade Maze plays at Hyde Park Union Church, Chicago, Illinois, USA. (2010)