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Jan 31
1843

The Virginia Minstrels, led by Dan Emmett, play to a paying audience for the first time at the Chatham Theatre, New York City. USA. Emmett is best-remembered as composer of the popular song Dixie. (1843)

Jan 31
1906

Blues piano master Roosevelt Sykes is born in Elmar, Arkansas, USA. (1906)

Jan 31
1906

Minstrel show performer and Tin Pan Alley songwriter Paul Dresser dies of a brain haemorrhage in New York City, USA. His best-remembered songs include On The Banks Of The Wabash and My Gal Sal. (1906)

Jan 31
1915

Robert Leo Hackett is born in Providence, Rhode Island, USA. He will find success as Bobby Hackett, jazz cornettist, trumpeter and guitarist. (1915)

Jan 31
1926

George Gershwin attends a publication party at the Shipwreck Inn, 107 Claremont Avenue, New York City, USA, for the book Weary Blues by Langston Hughes. During the party, Hughes signs a copy of the book for Gershwin, writing, "For George Gershwin, creator of beauty in blues, this book, Sincerely, Langston Hughes." (1926)

Jan 31
1929

Ambrose And his Orchestra record That's Her Now and The Whole World Knows I Love You, at Hayes, Middlesex UK, for HMV Records. (1929)

Jan 31
1929

Ray Starita And His Ambassadors Club Band record Dada! Dada!, Avalon Town, Fashionette, Kiddie Kapers and Sometimes, in London, UK, for Columbia Records. (1929)

Jan 31
1930

Jazz violinist Allie Ross And His Orchestra play a one-nighter at The Savoy Ballroom, New York City, USA. (1930)

Jan 31
1932

Anna Ottilie Patterson is born in born Comber, County Down, Ireland. As Ottilie Patterson she will become one of the UK's greatest jazz vocalists. (1932)

Jan 31
1936

Harry Roy And His Orchestra record Porcupine Rag in London, UK, for Decca Records. (1936)


Jan 31
1937

Nelson Eddy appears on radio show Vick's Open House, live from Kansas City, Missouri, USA, performing Rio Rita, Ave Maria, Song of the Volga Boatmen, I'll Follow My Secret Heart and Siboney. (1937)

Jan 31
1938

Blue Barron And His Orchestra play in The Green Room of The Hotel Edison, New York City, USA, during a nine-month residency. (1938)

Jan 31
1938

The Quintette of the Hot Club of France, featuring Stephane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt record Honeysuckle Rose, Sweet Georgia Brown, Night And Day, My Sweet, Souvenirs, Daphne, Black And White and Stompin' At Decca, at Decca Studios, Broadhurst Gardens, West Hampstead, London, UK. (1938)

Jan 31
1939

Benny Goodman And His Orchestra play on the CBS network's Camel Caravan radio show in New York City, USA. (1939)

Jan 31
1941

The Larry Clinton Orchestra opens for a week at The Stanley Theatre, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. (1941)

Jan 31
1945

Hal McIntyre And His Orchestra play at The Hotel Commodore, New York City, USA. (1945)

Jan 31
1945

Duke Ellington And His Orchestra play at The Golden Gate Theatre, San Francisco, California, USA. (1945)

Jan 31
1950

Lu Watters And His Yerba Buena Jazz Band with vocalist Clancy Hayes, play at Hambone Kelly's, El Cerrito, California, USA. (1950)

Jan 31
1950

Vic Lewis And His Modern Concert Orchestra record Music For Moderns and Pepperpot for Parlophone Records in London, UK. (1950)

Jan 31
1950

Sarah Vaughan plays at The Royal Albert Hall, London, UK. (1950)

Jan 31
1950

Gene Krupa And His Orchestra play the thirteenth night of two weeks at Bop City, New York City, USA. (1950)

Jan 31
1950

Charlie Parker and Illinois Jacquet play at The 421 Club, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. (1950)

Jan 31
1950

Jazz vocalist Billy Eckstine plays the second night of two weeks at The Cave, Vancouver, Washingotn, USA. (1950)

Jan 31
1954

Artie Shaw And His Gramercy 5 come to the end of a three-week residency at The Encore, upstairs at The Preview Lounge, Chicago, Illinois, USA. (1954)

Jan 31
1959

The George Lewis New Orleans Jazz Band, featuring Joe Robichaux, Kid Howard, Alcide 'Slow Drag' Pavageau, Joe Watkins and Jim Robinson, plays at the Free Trade Hall, Manchester, UK. (1959)

Jan 31
1960

Dinah Washington plays at the Tivoli Theater, Chicago, Illinois. (1960)

Jan 31
1960

Eddie ?Lockjaw? Davis and Shirley Scott record The Very Thought Of You, Smoke Gets In Your Eyes and other tracks at Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. (1960)

Jan 31
1960

The Dave Brubeck Quartet records Zen Is When, for Columbia Records in New York City. (1960)

Jan 31
1961

Louis Jordan continues a lengthy season at Danny's Lounge, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA. (1961)

Jan 31
1962

The George Russell Septet records Stereophonic, Blues In Orbit and other tracks for Riverside Records in Plaza Sound Studios, New York City, USA. (1962)

Jan 31
1962

Jazz trombonist Al Grey plays at Birdland, New York City, USA. (1962)

Jan 31
1962

Louis Jordan continues with a lengthy season at Danny's Lounge, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA. (1962)

Jan 31
1962

Bobby Darin continues a four-week run at The Sands Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. (1962)

Jan 31
1962

Lena Horne is the musical guest on US tv?s Perry Como Show. (1962)

Jan 31
1962

Duke Ellington And His Orchestra record The Petite Waltz, Javapachacha and Comme Ci Comme Ca, for Columbia Records in New York City, USA. (1962)


Jan 31
1962

George Russell records Blues In Orbit, Stereophrenic, A Lonely Place, Kige's Tune, Pan-Daddy and The Stratus Seekers, for Riverside Records at Plaza Sound Studios, in Radio City Music Hall, New York City, USA. (1962)

Jan 31
1962

Jazz guitarist Grant Green records Oleo, Little Girl Blue, Tune Up, Hip Funk and My Favorite Things for Blue Note Records in Van Gelder Studios, New Jersey, USA. (1962)

Jan 31
1962

Jazz trombonist Al Grey plays at Birdland, New York City, USA. (1962)

Jan 31
1962

The Bud Powell Trio play in Auditorium 5 de la Radio, Lausanne, Switzerland, Europe. (1962)

Jan 31
1962

Ella Fitzgerald records Taking A Chance On Love, I'll Always Be In Love With You, No Moon At All and other tracks for Verve Records in Webster Hall, New York City, USA. (1962)


Jan 31
1962

The Ahmad Jamal Trio plays at The Blackhawk, San Francisco, California, USA. (1962)

Jan 31
1965

When The Tubby Hayes Big Band plays at The Marquee Club, Soho, London, the show is broadcast live by BBC tv. (1965)

Jan 31
1974

Weather Report play at Williamstown College, Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA. (1974)

Jan 31
1977

Jazz violinist Jean Luc Ponty plays at Bushnell Auditorium, Hartford, Connecticut, USA. (1977)

Jan 31
1980

The Miroslav Vitous Quartet play in the NDR Jazz Workshop No. 148 at Onkel P?, Hamburg, Germany. (1980)

Jan 31
1981

Jazz drummer Cozy Cole, who enjoyed a huge hit in the USA with Topsy Pt2 in 1958, dies of cancer in Columbus, Ohio, USA. (1981)

Jan 31
2010

JTQ (The James Taylor Quartet) plays the last of three nights at the Pizza Express Jazz Club, Soho, London, UK. (2010)

Jan 31
2010

Al DiMeola plays at Infinity Hall, Norfolk, Connecticut, USA. (2010)

Jan 31
2012

The Larry Carlton Quartet plays at Rockefeller Music Hall, Oslo, Norway, Europe. (2012)