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Apr 25
1891

Ferdinand Joseph Lemott (Lamothe) is baptized in St. Joseph's Church, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. He will grow up to become jazz piano legend Jelly Roll Morton. (1891)

Apr 25
1913

Jazz/r?n?b saxophone star Earl Bostic, is born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA. (1913)

Apr 25
1917

The incomparable Ella Fitzgerald is born in Newport News, Virginia, USA. (1917)

Apr 25
1925

Isham Jones And His Orchestra play at the formal opening of the Brunswick Salon, Fifth Avenue, Manhattan, New York City, USA. The opening is broadcast live on radio station WJZ, making this the first radio appearance of the Isham Jones Orchestra. (1925)

Apr 25
1929

Ambrose And his Orchestra record I'll Get By, A Precious Little Thing Called Love and Hello, Sunshine, Hello, in Chelsea, London, UK, for Decca Records. The tracks are not released. (1929)

Apr 25
1929

Jack Hylton and his Orchestra, record Old-Time Songs Parts 1 and 2, and Don't Make My Heart Your Plaything HMV Records in Madame Tussaud's Cinema, London, UK. (1929)

Apr 25
1929

Ray Starita And His Ambassadors Club Band record All Alone In Lovers' Lane and The Five O'Clock Girl - Selection, Parts 1 and 2, in London, UK, for Columbia Records. (1929)

Apr 25
1929

Paul Whiteman And His Orchestra record Little Pal and Song Of India [Concert version] in New York City, USA, for Columbia Records. (1929)

Apr 25
1931

Blanche Calloway And Her Orchestra play the first of seven nights at The Royal Theatre, Baltimore, Maryland, USA. (1931)

Apr 25
1932

Bennie Moten And His Orchestra play in the Labor Temple, Kansas City, Missouri, USA. (1932)

Apr 25
1933

Al Bowlly, accompanied by Ray Noble and his Orchestra, records The Village Band and I'm One Of The Lads Of Valencia, for HMV Records in London, UK. . (1933)

Apr 25
1934

Lew Stone and his Band record That's A Plenty in London, UK. (1934)

Apr 25
1937

Leo Reisman And his Orchestra perform songs including They Can't Take That Away From Me, The Way You Look Tonight, Twilight In Turkey, Wien, Wien, There's A Lull In My Life and Shall We Dance? on radio programme The Schaefer Beer Nine O'clock Revue in the USA. (1937)

Apr 25
1937

Bill Hogan And His Hollywood Californians provide the music for the stage show The Stars And Strips Revue, starring Countess Francyne Simon, who demonstrates the right way for a woman to undress in front of her husband, at The Paramount theatre, Waterloo, Iowa, USA. (1937)

Apr 25
1939

Benny Goodman And His Orchestra play on the CBS network's Camel Caravan radio show in Ashville, North Carolina, USA. (1939)

Apr 25
1946

The Modernaires and Paula Kelly play at The Casino Atlantico, Rio De Janiero, Brazil, South America. (1946)

Apr 25
1946

T-Bone Walker and Cootie Williams And His Orchestra play the first of seven nights at The Paradise Theatre, Detroit, Michigan, USA. (1946)

Apr 25
1946

Tiny Bradshaw And His Orchestra play at The Riviera Club, St. Louis, Missouri, USA. (1946)

Apr 25
1950

Jazz flute player Bobbi Humphrey is born in Dallas, Texas, USA. In 1971 she will become the first female signed to Blue Note Records. (1950)

Apr 25
1950

Saxophonist and bandleader Wardell Gray records Sinner Kissed An Angel, Blue Gray, Grayhound and Treadin', for Prestige Records in Detroit, Michigan, USA. (1950)

Apr 25
1950

Frank Sinatra is heard performing the songs I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me, It's Easy To Remember, Poinciana and Over The Rainbow, backed by the Skitch Henderson Orchestra, on the NBC radio show Light Up Time, sponsored by Lucky Strike cigarettes in the USA. (1950)

Apr 25
1950

Mildred Bailey, with the Vic Schoen Orchestra, records Cry, Cry, Cry for Decca Records in Los Angeles, California, USA. (1950)

Apr 25
1950

Hot Lips Page plays the sixth night of two weeks at Birdland, New York City, USA. (1950)

Apr 25
1950

Count Basie plays at The Club 421, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. (1950)

Apr 25
1950

Eddie Duchin And His Orchestra play the forty-eighth night of a season at The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, New York City, USA, that will run until May 10th. (1950)

Apr 25
1955

Billie Holiday begins a six-day season at Pep’s, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (1955)

Apr 25
1960

Jimmy Smith records Midnight Special, A Subtle One, Jumpin' The Blues, Why Was I Born? and One O'Clock Jump, in the USA. (1960)

Apr 25
1961

Jazz pianist Bill Henderson records Sweet Georgia Brown, Am I Blue and other tracks for Vee-Jay Records in Universal Recording Studio, Chicago, Illinois, USA. (1961)

Apr 25
1961

John Coltrane plays the first of thirteen nights at The Jazz Workshop, San Francisco, California, USA. (1961)

Apr 25
1962

Revered jazz violinist and recording artist Eddie South dies in Chicago, Illinois, USA. (1962)

Apr 25
1962

The Sonny Rollins Septet record If Ever I Would Leave You and Don't Stop The Carnival, for RCA Victor Records in New York City, USA. (1962)

Apr 25
1962

Jazz trombonist Curtis Fuller records Cabin In The Sky, Do What You Wanna Do and other tracks in New York City, USA, for Impulse! Records. (1962)

Apr 25
1962

UK jazz band leader Bob Wallis leaves hospital after an operation to remove one of his eyes. (1962)

Apr 25
1976

Weather Report play at the Masonic Theatre, Detroit, Michigan, USA. (1976)

Apr 25
1980

Having been voted the world's Number One jazz-rock band in the Melody Maker Polls for 1978 and 1979, Brand X begin a UK tour at Aston University, Birmingham, UK. (1980)

Apr 25
1981

The film The Jazz Singer, starring Neil Diamond as a young Jewish cantor with a secret life as a jazz singer, goes on general release to cinemas in Japan. The film is a re-make of an Al Jolson movie, originally released in 1927. (1981)

Apr 25
1982

The Phil Woods Quartet plays the last of three nights at Keystone Korner, San Francisco, California, USA. (1982)

Apr 25
1982

Jazz saxophonist and recording artist Jules Broussard plays at The Last Day Saloon, San Francisco, California, USA. (1982)

Apr 25
1990

Tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon dies aged 67 of kidney failure, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. (1990)

Apr 25
1995

Jazz great Dizzy Gillespie's famous bent trumpet is snapped up by a bidder for $55,000 at a New York City auction. (1995)

Apr 25
1998

Dee Dee Bridgewater plays the first of four nights at Yoshi's Jazz Club, Oakland, California, USA. During these four nights she records the album Live At Yoshi's, which features several songs associated with Ella Fitzgerald, who had died a year earlier. (1998)

Apr 25
2008

British jazz trumpeter, bandleader and broadcaster Humphrey Lyttelton dies aged 86 in Barnet General Hospital, London, UK, following surgery to repair an aortic aneurysm. Lyttelton was regarded not just as a great musician but as a national treasure. (2008)

Apr 25
2010

Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen play at the Hammersmith Apollo, London, UK, during a concert billed as a Celebration Of The Life of Humphrey Lyttelton. (2010)

Apr 25
2013

When a scheduled gig is cancelled, jazz singer Michael Buble performs a free a cappella show, backed by Naturally 7, in the subway station at Lincoln Center/West 66th Street, New York City, USA. (2013)