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Jul 31
1887

Peter Bocage is born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. He will find success as a cornetist, violinist and bandleader, working with the Superior Orchestra, The Onward Brass Band, the Tuxedo Brass Band, The Excelsior Brass Band, Piron?s New Orleans Orchestra and The Creole Serenaders. (1887)

Jul 31
1907

Jump blues singer Roy Milton is born on a Chickasaw Indian reservation in Wynnewood, Oklahoma, USA. (1907)

Jul 31
1915

George Forrest is born in Brooklyn, New York, USA. He will find success as a writer of music and lyrics for musical theatre, and is best-known for the show Kismet, which includes the much-loved standard Stranger In Paradise. (1915)

Jul 31
1929

Jim Kelleher's Piccadilly Hotel Dance Band records Glad Rag Doll, Breakaway and Huggable, Kissable You in London, UK, for Victory Records. (1929)

Jul 31
1930

Fess Williams And His Royal Flush Orchestra record Dinah and Just To Be With You Tonight, in Camden, New Jersey, USA, for Victor Records. (1930)


Jul 31
1935

Billie Holiday records It's Too Hot For Words and other songs with the Teddy Wilson Orchestra for Brunswick Records at 1776 Broadway, New York City, USA. (1935)

Jul 31
1936

Benny Goodman And His Orchestra are in Los Angeles, California, USA, where they are undertaking a two-month engagement at The Palomar Ballroom. (1936)

Jul 31
1940

Duke Ellington And His Orchestra play the last of six nights at Eastwood Gardens, Detroit, Michigan, USA. (1940)

Jul 31
1940

Tommy Dorsey And His Orchestra, with vocalist Frank Sinatra, continue with their fourteen-week engagement at The Astor Hotel, New York City, USA. (1940)

Jul 31
1940

The Cats And The Fiddle record Hep Cats' Holiday for Bluebird Records in Chicago, Illinois, USA. (1940)


Jul 31
1942

The American Musicians Union goes on strike, an action which cripples the manufacture of records for over a year. (1942)

Jul 31
1943

Teddy Powell And His Orchestra play in Chicago, Illinois, USA. (1943)

Jul 31
1944

Crooner Perry Como records a second version of the song Goodbye Sue, for the Record Show radio broadcast at NBC Studios, New York City, USA, with accompaniment from Benny Goodman and His All Star Band. (1944)

Jul 31
1946

The Stan Getz Quartet records Opus De Bop, And The Angels Swing, Running Water and Don't Worry 'Bout Me for Savoy Records in New York City, USA. (1946)

Jul 31
1957

Louis Armstrong and Oscar Peterson record Makin’ Whoopee, Let’s Do it and other tracks for the album Louis Armstrong Meets Oscar Peterson, in Capitol Studios, Hollywood, California. (1957)

Jul 31
1959

Woody Herman And His Orchestra record The Swinging Machine, Johnny On The Spot and other tracks, in New York City, USA. (1959)

Jul 31
1959

Jazz fusion guitarist Stanley Jordan, best-known for his development of the tapping technique for guitar playing, is born in Chicago, Illinois, USA. (1959)

Jul 31
1960

Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk play at the Apollo Theater, Harlem, New York City. (1960)

Jul 31
1963

American hard bop and West Coast jazz double bassist Curtis Counce dies of a heart attack, aged 37, in Los Angeles, California, USA. Counce was an in-demand sessioneer, working with Johnny Otis, Lester Young, Shelly Manne and others. (1963)

Jul 31
1965

Jan Garber And His Orchestra play at The Lady Luck Lounge in The Desert Inn, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. (1965)

Jul 31
1976

The album Breezin' by jazz and r'n'b guitarist George Benson reaches No1 in the Billboard US Albums Chart for the first of two weeks. (1976)

Jul 31
1986

The cable tv special Cinemax Sessions : Fats Domino and Friends, is transmitted in the USA. The show features Fats Domino, Ray Charles and Jerry Lee Lewis in concert a week earlier at Storyville Jazz Club, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, with Ron Wood of The Rolling Stones playing guitar. (1986)

Jul 31
2006

Rufus Harley, jazz saxophonist, bagpipe jazz innovator and recording artist, dies in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, of prostate cancer. (2006)

Jul 31
2010

Natalie Cole plays at True Blue, Istanbul, Turkey. (2010)

Jul 31
2010

Mose Allison plays the fifth of six nights of shows at Jazz Alley, Seattle, Washington, USA. (2010)

Jul 31
2010

Harry Connick Jr. comes to the end of a two week season at The Neil Simon Theatre, New York City, USA. (2010)

Jul 31
2010

Jamie Cullum plays on the second day of the three-day long The Fuji Rock Festival, at Naeba Ski Resort, Niigata, Japan. (2010)