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Sep 20
1885

Ferdinand Joseph Lamenthe is born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. He will find fame as the blues pianist and arranger Jelly Roll Morton. (1885)

Sep 20
1895

Jazz pianist, vocalist, composer and pioneering recording artist Harry Brooks is born in Homestead, Pennsylvania, USA. He is perhaps best-remembered for co-writing Ain't Misbehavin' with Fats Waller and Andy Razaf. (1895)

Sep 20
1899

The musical score for the composition Maple Leaf Rag by Scott Joplin is received by the Copyright Office in the USA. This is the piano melody that will make Joplin the most celebrated ragtime composer of the era. (1899)


Sep 20
1927

Johnny Dankworth is born in Woodford, Essex, UK. (1927)

Sep 20
1927

Keith Moore Mitchell is born in New York City, USA. He will find fame as jazz bassist Red Mitchell working with Charlie Ventura, Woody Herman, The Red Norvo Trio, The Gerry Mulligan Quartet, Andre Previn, Hampton Hawes and Billie Holiday to name but a few. (1927)

Sep 20
1929

Fess Williams and his Royal Flush Orchestra record the Fats Waller song Ain?t Misbehavin?, for Victor Records in New York City, USA. (1929)

Sep 20
1929

Annette Hanshaw records Tip Toe Thru' The Tulips With Me, for Harmony Records in New York City, USA. (1929)

Sep 20
1930

The movie King Of Jazz, starring Paul Whiteman, Bing Crosby and others, opens in theatres in Argentina, South America. (1930)

Sep 20
1931

Blanche Calloway And Her Orchestra play the second of seven nights at The Pearl Theatre, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. (1931)

Sep 20
1934

Fletcher Henderson And His Orchestra play the sixth night of a week of shows at The Lincoln Theatre [aka The Dunbar Theater], Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. (1934)

Sep 20
1938

Crossover jazz guitar virtuoso Eric Gale is born in Brooklyn, New York, USA. During his long, distinguished solo artist career, he will also record over 500 albums as a sideman, backing Aretha Franklin, King Curtis, Diana Ross, Paul Simon, Lena Horne, Michel Legrand, Quincy Jones, Roberta Flack, Gladys Knight And The Pips, Joe Cocker, Carly Simon, Van Morrison, Billy Joel and many others. (1938)

Sep 20
1938

Benny Goodman And His Orchestra play on the CBS network's Camel Caravan radio show in The Tower Theatre, Kansas City, Missouri, USA. (1938)

Sep 20
1945

Jan Savitt And His Orchestra play at Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles, California, USA. (1945)

Sep 20
1945

Stan Kenton And His Orchestra play at Cafe Rouge, Hotel Pennsylvania, New York City, USA. (1945)

Sep 20
1947

Tommy Carlyn And His Orchestra come to the end of a season at Bill Green's Terrace Garden, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. (1947)

Sep 20
1949

Frank Sinatra is heard performing the songs The One I Love Belongs To Somebody Else, You Go To My Head, Katrina, At Sundown and Bali-Hai, on the NBC radio show Light Up Time, sponsored by Lucky Strike cigarettes in the USA. (1949)

Sep 20
1956

Steve Coleman is born in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He will find acclaim as a jazz saxophone player, spontaneous composer, composer, band leader. (1956)

Sep 20
1956

Louis Jordan plays the last night of a week at the Flame Show Bar in Detroit, Michigan, USA. (1956)

Sep 20
1956

Ray Charles plays the fourth night of a week at The Palms Club, Hallendale, Florida, USA. (1956)

Sep 20
1960

Eddie 'Lockjaw' Davis records the album Trane Whistle for Prestige Records at Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. (1960)

Sep 20
1961

Anita O’Day records Boogie Blues, One More Mile and The Ballad Of All The Sad Young Men, in New York City for Verve Records. (1961)

Sep 20
1961

Jazz piano virtuoso Wynton Kelly releases the album Someday My Prince Will Come, on Vee-Jay Records in the USA. (1961)

Sep 20
1961

Duke Ellington and his Orchestra have the second of two days of recording tracks for the album The Girls Suite at Columbia Records Studios in Los Angeles, California, USA. (1961)

Sep 20
1961

Lonnie Johnson and Victoria Spivey play the ninth of thirteen nights at Gerde's Folk City, Greenwich Village, New York City, USA. (1961)

Sep 20
1962

Jazz percussionist Ray Barretto is recording tracks for his album Carnaval, in Plaza Sound Studio, New York City. (1962)

Sep 20
1963

Jazz piano and bass virtuoso Charles Mingus is recording tracks for his Impulse Records album Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus. (1963)

Sep 20
1963

Dizzy Gillespie records Con Alma and Oo-Shoo-Be-Doo-Be in Universal Recording Studios, Chicago, Illinois. (1963)

Sep 20
1963

Jazz saxophonist Jackie McLean records the album Destination ? Out!, for Blue Note Records in Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. (1963)

Sep 20
1963

Jazz alto saxophonist and bandleader Pete Brown dies in New York City, USA. (1963)

Sep 20
1973

Jazz guitarist, composer and Capitol Records producer Jack Marshall dies aged 51 in Newport Beach, California, USA. he is perhaps best-remembered for his multi-award-winning arrangement of Fever by Peggy Lee, using only percussion, bass and finger snaps. (1973)

Sep 20
1973

Prominent jazz saxophonist Ben Webster dies aged 64, in Amsterdam, Holland, Europe. (1973)

Sep 20
2009

At the Monterey Jazz Festival, jazz pianist Dave Brubeck is awarded an honorary Doctor of Music degree (D.Mus. honoris causa) from Berklee College of Music. (2009)