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Dec 23
1919

The Fisk University Jubilee Singers record Little David Play On Your Harp and other songs, for Columbia Records in New York City, USA. (1919)

Dec 23
1928

Paul Whiteman plays a benefit in Carnegie Hall, New York City, USA, with vocalist Bee Palmer. The concert is to raise funds for the Northwoods Sanitarium in Saranac Lake, New York State. (1928)

Dec 23
1929

Ray Starita And His Ambassadors Club Band with vocalist Lou Abelardo, record Nellie Gray, I'll Always Remember, March Of The Chocolate Soldiers and I Love You And I Like You, in London, UK, for Columbia Records. (1929)

Dec 23
1929

Chesney Henry Baker Jr. is born in Yale, Oklahoma, USA. he will find fame as jazz trumpet virtuoso and singer Chet Baker. (1929)

Dec 23
1929

Ted Lewis And His Band record You've Got That Thing, in New York City, USA, for Columbia Records. (1929)

Dec 23
1929

The Pla Mor Ballroom opens in Wichita, Kansas, USA. It will become a music hot spot for over eighty years, featuring live appearances by dance bands and orchestras including Count Basie, Lawrence Welk and Russ Morgan to name only a few. (1929)

Dec 23
1930

Cab Calloway records his earliest version of Minnie The Moocher – the song that will become his biggest hit. (1930)

Dec 23
1933

Slatz Randall And His Orchestra play in The Cooper Club, Henderson, Texas, USA. (1933)


Dec 23
1936

The musical Black Rhythm, set in a rehearsal hall in Harlem, with music by Donald Heywood plays at The Comedy Theatre, New York City, USA, during a run of just six performances. (1936)

Dec 23
1936

Abe Lyman And His Orchestra record Gone and Love, What Are You Doing To My Heart?, for Decca Records in the USA. (1936)

Dec 23
1936

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

Dec 23
1937

Bunny Berigan And His Orchestra record Black Bottom, Can't Help Lovin' That Man and other tracks, in New York City, USA. (1937)

Dec 23
1938

Big Bill Broonzy plays in the From Spirituals To Swing concert in Carnegie Hall, New York City. (1938)

Dec 23
1938

Boogie woogie piano masters Albert Ammons and Meade Lux Lewis are among the artists appearing in the first Spirituals To Swing concert at Carnegie Hall, New York City, USA. (1938)

Dec 23
1938

Sidney Bechet, Count Basie, Meade 'Lux' Lewis, Pete Johnson, Helen Humes, Big Bill Broonzy, Big Joe Turner, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Sonny Terry others play in the From Spirituals To Swing concert in Carnegie Hall, New York City, USA. The event, organised by record producer John Hammond, is dedicated to singer Bessie Smith, who died a year before in a car accident in Virginia. (1938)

Dec 23
1938

Glenn Miller And His Orchestra play in The Paradise Restaurant, New York City, USA. (1938)

Dec 23
1940

The Ink Spots record That’s When Your Heartaches Begin, I’m Still Without A Sweetheart and Ring, Telephone Ring, for Decca Records. (1940)

Dec 23
1943

The Harry James Show, featuring Harry James And His Orchestra, is recorded for AFRS [The Armed Forces Radio Service] in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA. (1943)

Dec 23
1944

Art Tatum is playing at The Downbeat Club, New York City, USA. (1944)

Dec 23
1944

Louis Prima And His Orchestra play at The Terrace Room, Newark, New Jersey, USA. (1944)

Dec 23
1945

The Randy Brooks Orchestra plays at The Roseland Ballroom, New York City, USA. (1945)

Dec 23
1947

Russ Morgan And His Orchestra play at The Bowman Room in The Biltmore Hotel, New York City, USA. (1947)

Dec 23
1947

Sonny Dunham And His Orchestra open at The Hotel Commodore, New York City, USA. (1947)

Dec 23
1950

Internationally reknowned Latin jazz percussionist and composer Cyro Baptista is born in S?o Paulo, Brazil. (1950)

Dec 23
1953

The Johnny Dankworth Orchestra records The Slider and Talk Of The Town, for Parlophone Records in London.(1953)

Dec 23
1955

Fats Domino records My Blue Heaven at J&M Studios, New Orleans, Louisiana. (1955)

Dec 23
1955

Alan Freed's two-week long Rock 'n' Roll Holiday Jubilee continues at The Academy of Music, New York City, USA, featuring Joe Williams and the Count Basie Orchestra, LaVern Baker, Teddy Randazzo And The Three Chuckles, Richard Barrett And The Valentines, Boyd Bennett And The Rockets, Earl Carroll And The Cadillacs, The Bonnie Sisters, Gloria Mann, James Sheppard and The Heartbeats, The Wrens and Don Cherry. (1955)

Dec 23
1958

The Keith Christie Jazz Quartet records Gone With The Wind, The Lantern Man and Halt, Major Blues Ahead, for Decca Records in London. (1958)

Dec 23
1959

Anita O'Day records Memories Of You at Columbia Pictures Soundstage, Los Angeles, California, USA, for the soundtrack of the film The Gene Krupa Story. (1959)

Dec 23
1959

Benny Golson records Baubles Bangles And Beads, April In Paris and other tracks for the album Gettin' With It, at Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, USA. (1959)

Dec 23
1960

Eric Delaney And His Band play at The Victory Memorial Hall, Northwich, Cheshire, UK. (1960)

Dec 23
1962

Guy Lombardo And His Orchestra play in The Loew's Americana Hotel [later re-named The Sheraton], New York City, USA. (1962)

Dec 23
1962

Jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal is recording tracks for the album Macanudo at Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, USA. (1962)

Dec 23
1962

Louis Armstrong appears on the The Ed Sullivan Show in the USA live from Guantanamo Navy Base, Cuba. (1962)

Dec 23
1965

The Miles Davis Quintet plays at The Plugged Nickel, Chicago, Illinois, USA. The show is recorded and will be released as the album Miles Davis At Plugged Nickel. (1965)

Dec 23
1969

Pioneering British jazz-rock band Jon Hiseman's Colosseum play at The Marquee Club, Soho, London UK. (1969)

Dec 23
1992

Courtney Pine plays the second of three nights at The Jazz Cafe, Camden Town, London, UK. (1992)

Dec 23
1996

Ronnie Scott, jazz saxophonist, band leader and founder of prestigious London venue, Ronnie Scott?s Club, dies in London, UK, aged 69 from an accidental overdose of barbiturates perscribed by his dentist. (1996)

Dec 23
2000

Internationally famed musical humourist Victor Borge, aged 91, dies peacefully in his sleep, in Greenwich, Connecticut, USA. (2000)

Dec 23
2005

A month-long jazz package tour featuring Dave Koz, Patti Austin, Jonathan Butler and David Benoit comes to an end in Cerritos, California. (2005)

Dec 23
2010

Jazz singer and pianist Freddy Cole plays at Birdland, New York City, USA. (2010)

Dec 23
2012

Dave Koz And Friends play in their Christmas in San Francisco show at The Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, California, USA. (2012)