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Oct 21
1912

Jazz saxophone player Don Byas is born in Muskogee, Oklahoma, USA. He will play with Lionel Hampton, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker, among others. (1912)

Oct 21
1917

John Birks Gillespie is born in Cheraw, South Carolina. He will find fame as jazz trumpet virtuoso Dizzy Gillespie. (1917)

Oct 21
1922

Fats Waller records Birmingham Blues in New York City, USA, for Okeh Records. (1922)

Oct 21
1929

Jimmie Noone's Apex Club Orchestra records After You've Gone and My Melancholy Baby for Vocalion Records in Chicago, Illinois, USA. (1929)

Oct 21
1929

Jazz cornet virtuoso Bix Beiderbecke spends the eighth of 36 nights in the Keeley Institute, Dwight, Illinois, USA, being treated for delerium tremens caused by his heavy drinking. (1929)

Oct 21
1933

Earl Burtnett and his Orchestra play in The Cooper Club, Henderson, Texas, USA. (1933)

Oct 21
1934

Fletcher Henderson And His Orchestra play during a month of shows at The Cotton Club, Cleveland, Ohio, USA. (1934)

Oct 21
1935

Popular pianist and bandleader Charlie Kunz plays the first of seven nights at The Hippodrome, Lewisham, London, UK. (1935)

Oct 21
1936

Joe Daniels And His Hot Shots record Careless Love and Who? for Decca Records in London, UK. (1936)

Oct 21
1936

Garth Green And His Orchestra play the first of sixteen nights in The Cooper Club, Henderson, Texas, USA. (1936)

Oct 21
1937

Count Basie And His Orchestra, with Billie Holiday on vocals, begin a two-week engagement at The Meadowbrook Ballroom, Cedar Grove, New Jersey, USA. (1937)

Oct 21
1937

Benny Goodman And His Orchestra play on the CBS network's Camel Caravan radio show in The Manhattan Room, Hotel Pennsylvania, New York City, USA. (1937)


Oct 21
1939

The Artie Shaw Orchestra plays at The Cafe Rouge, Hotel Pennsylvania, New York City, USA. (1939)

Oct 21
1940

The Black Cats And The Kitten record Step It Up And Go for OKeh Records in Chicago, Illinois, USA. (1940)

Oct 21
1942

Sammy Kaye And His Orchestra play in Newark, New Jersey, USA. (1942)

Oct 21
1953

T-Bone Walker records Vida Lee, Doin’ Time and other tracks in Detroit, Michigan, for Imperial Records. (1953)

Oct 21
1959

Piano virtuoso Thelonious Monk spends the first of two days recording tracks in San Francisco, California, USA, for Riverside Records, which will result in the album Alone In San Francisco. (1959)

Oct 21
1961

Jazz alto saxophonist and bandleader Pete Brown records his final album, High In A Basement, in a subterranean soundproof studio at 272 W. 84th Street in New York City, USA. The album's title is a reference to the fact that the players at the session were partaking of drugs. (1961)

Oct 21
1962

Acker Bilk And His Paramount Jazz Band play at St. George's Hall, Bradford, UK. (1962)

Oct 21
1967

Archie Shepp plays at The Donaueschingen Music Festival, Germany, Europe. (1967)

Oct 21
1967

The Oscar Peterson Trio plays at The Konserthuset, Stockholm, Sweden,Europe. (1967)

Oct 21
1967

Ray Charles, Louis Armstrong and Mitch Ryder play the second of two nights in the Kent State University Memorial Gym, Ohio, USA. (1967)

Oct 21
1967

Jan Garber And His Orchestra play at Mirando's, Moline, Illinois, USA. (1967)

Oct 21
1967

Russ Morgan And His Orchestra play at The Top O'The Strip in The Dunes Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. (1967)

Oct 21
2011

The Keith Jarrett Trio plays in Symphony Hall, Chicago, Illinois, USA. (2011)

Oct 21
2011

George Benson plays at The Town Hall, New York City, USA. (2011)

Oct 21
2011

Michael Buble releases a new album, Christmas, in Ireland. (2011)

Oct 21
2011

Courtney Pine performs his new album, Europa, live in concert at the Assembly Hall, Islington Town Hall, London, UK. (2011)