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Aug 31
1904

Liza Mae Alix is born in Chicago, Illinois. As May Alix she will become a successful blues-based cabaret vocalist in the 1920s, recording with Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and others. (1904)

Aug 31
1904

Liza Mae Alix is born in Chicago, Illinois, USA. As May Alix she will become a successful blues-based cabaret vocalist in the 1920s, recording with Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Jimmy Noone and others. (1904)

Aug 31
1907

Noted jazz saxophonist, arranger and composer Edgar Sampson is born in New York City, USA. In a long career he will work with Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Chick Webb, Red Norvo, Fletcher Henderson, Artie Shaw and Tito Puente. (1907)

Aug 31
1918

Lyricist Alan Jay Lerner is born in Manhattan, New York City, USA. His partnership with composer Frederick Loewe will produce many enduring classics, including I Could Have Danced All Night, and On The Street Where You Live. (1918)

Aug 31
1925

Bennie Krueger And His Orchestra record Angry for Brunswick Records in New York City, USA. (1925)

Aug 31
1925

Ben Selvin And His Orchestra record Charlestonette, Kinky Kids Parade, Ya! Ya! Alma! and Brown Eyes, Why Are You Blue?, in New York City, USA. The tracks will be released under various names including The Carnival Dance Band and The Collonade Dance Orchestra on various labels including Vocalion and Duophone. (1925)

Aug 31
1926

Jack Hylton's Kit-Kat Band records In A Little Spanish Town, Dreaming The Waltz Away and While The Years Go Drifting By, for HMV Records in the Small Queen's Hall, London, UK. (1926)

Aug 31
1929

Sophie Tucker's film debut, the Warner Bros musical Honky Tonk, is released to cinemas in the USA. It includes the songs Some Of These Days and I'm The Last Of The Red Hot Mamas. (1929)

Aug 31
1932

Fuzzy Knight and the George Stoll Orchestra play the last of seven nights at The Paramount Theatre, Los Angeles, California, USA. supported by The Gumm Sisters. One of the sisters, Frances Gumm, will go on to achieve stardom after a name change to Judy Garland. (1932)

Aug 31
1934

Fletcher Henderson And His Orchestra play the last of six nights at the Harlem Opera House, Harlem, New York City, USA. (1934)

Aug 31
1937

Benny Goodman And His Orchestra play on the CBS network's Camel Caravan radio show in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA. (1937)

Aug 31
1938

The Ink Spots record Brown Gal and Pork Chops And Gravy, for Decca Records. (1938)

Aug 31
1939

The Harry James Band records All Or Nothing At All and Here Comes The Night in New York City for Columbia Records. The uncredited vocalist on the recording is Frank Sinatra. (1939)

Aug 31
1943

Benny Carter continues a six-week run at Zucca's Terrace, Hermosa Beach, California, USA, with Savannah Churchill as his vocalist. (1943)

Aug 31
1947

Shep Fields and Tex Beneke appear at Glen Island Casino, New Rochelle, New York State, USA. (1947)

Aug 31
1951

Jazz pianist Oscar Peterson plays the eighth night of two weeks at The Blue Note, Chicago, Illinois, USA. (1951)

Aug 31
1951

Tito Burns And His Sextet play at The Festival Hall, Kirkby In Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, UK. (1951)

Aug 31
1952

Billy Eckstein and Buddy Rich play the second night of a week at The Apollo, Harlem, New York City, USA. (1952)

Aug 31
1956

Ella Fitzgerald completes recording sessions for her Verve Records album Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Rodgers And Hart Songbook, in Studio A at The Capitol Tower Studios in Hollywood, California, USA, with producer Norman Granz. (1956)

Aug 31
1962

The World's Fair Of Music And Sound, a ten day event, begins at McCormick Place, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Artists appearing in the course of the event include Ella Fitzgerald, Henry Mancini, Stan Kenton, Jonah Jones, Rick Nelson, Jimmy Dean, The Brothers Four, Eddie Fisher, Rosemary Clooney, Peter Nero(1962)

Aug 31
1967

Thelonious Monk plays the eleventh of fourteen nights at The Colonial Tavern, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (1967)

Aug 31
1971

Multi-instrumentalist Rahsaan Roland Kirk, with Cissy Houston on vocals, records Ain’t No Sunshine, Blacknuss and Never Can Say Goodbye for Atlantic Records in New York City. (1971)

Aug 31
1974

Herbie Hancock plays at the Music Inn, Lenox, Massachisetts, USA. (1974)

Aug 31
1977

Weather Report play the first of two nights at the Kulttuuritalo, Helsinki, Finland. (1977)

Aug 31
1991

The Top 5 Jazz albums in the USA on this date are as follows : 1. Unforgettable - Natalie Cole [Elektra] 2. Another Hand - David Sanborn [Elektra] 3. Artistry - The Harper Brothers [Verve] 4. I Remember - Diane Reeves [Blue Note] 5. Terence Blanchard - Terence Blanchard [Columbia]
(1991)

Aug 31
2002

Jazz vibraphone virtuoso and bandleader Lionel Hampton dies of congestive heart failure, aged 94, at Mount Sinai Hospital, New York City, USA. (2002)

Aug 31
2006

The Chicago Jazz Festival 2006, a four-day event, begins in Grant Park, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Artists appearing over the course of the event include Joe Lovano, Christian Scott, Nneena Freelon, The Rebirth Brass Band, The Original Liberty Brass Band and Willie Pickens. (2006)

Aug 31
2008

The Chicago Jazz Festival 2008, a four-day event, comes to an end in Grant Park, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Artists appearing over the course of the event include Sonny Rollins, Ornette Coleman, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Eddie Palmieri, Kenny Burrell and Gerald Wilson. (2008)

Aug 31
2010

Norah Jones makes a live appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in Los Angeles, California, USA. (2010)