Category: Music

  • Wed, 1873-06-18

    Tom Turpin’s birth in 1873 is celebrated on this date. He was an African American musician and businessman from Savannah, Georgia.

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  • Mon, 1873-08-11

    *On this date in 1873, John R. Johnson was born. He was an African American composer and arranger.

    John Rosamond Johnson was from...

  • Sun, 1873-11-16

    W. C. Handy was born on this date in 1873. He was an African American composer, cornet player, and bandmaster,

    Born in a two-room cabin...

  • Wed, 1874-12-02

    *Carlos Posadas was born on this date in 1874. He was an Afro-Argentinean musician and composer.

    From Buenos Aires, Posadas came from a...

  • Sun, 1875-08-15

    *On this date we mark the birth of Samuel Coleridge Taylor in 1875. He was an African English Composer, one of that country's most celebrated...

  • Tue, 1879-01-28

    *On this date we remember the birth of Bunk Johnson in 1879. He was an African American musician and composer.

    A jazz legend from before...

  • Sat, 1879-06-21

    *Henry Creamer was born on this date in 1879. He was an African American songwriter and entertainer from Richmond, Virginia.

    Creamer...

  • Sun, 1879-10-12

    Chris Smith, an African American songwriter, was born on this date in 1879.

    He was born in Charleston, S.C., and his first experience in...

  • Tue, 1880-08-10

    *The birth of Clarence Cameron White in 1880 is marked on this date. He was an African American violinist and composer.

    Born in...

  • Tue, 1881-02-22

    *James R. Europe was born on this date in 1881. He was an African American bandleader, arranger, composer, and a major figure in the transition...

  • Wed, 1881-10-05

    Tim Brymn was born on this date in 1881. He was an African American musical conductor, arranger, and composer.

    James "Tim" Brymn was...

  • Wed, 1882-10-11

    On this date in 1882, Robert Dett was born. He was an African American composer, poet and pianist.

    He was born in Drummondville, Ontario...

  • Wed, 1883-02-07

    *On this date Eubie Blake was born in 1883. He was an African American pianist and composer of ragtime music and show tunes.

    From...

  • Sat, 1883-05-26

    Mamie Smith, an African American singer, was born on this date in 1883 in Cincinnati, OH.

    Mamie Gardener began her career in show...

  • Thu, 1885-01-29

    *On this date we mark the birth of LeadBelly in 1885. He was an African American folk-blues singer, songwriter.

    Musical from childhood,...

  • Mon, 1885-05-11

    King Oliver, an African American musician, was born on this date in 1885 in Donaldsyille, LA.

    Joe “King” Oliver played cornet in the brass...

  • Tue, 1885-05-26

    *The birth of Nora Douglas Holt in 1885 is celebrated on this date. She was an African American singer, composer and music critic.

    Born...

  • Mon, 1886-04-26

    *On this date in 1886, Blues Entertainer Ma Rainey was born. "Mother of the Blues", she was the first great Black professional blues vocalist...

  • Tue, 1886-05-04

    Shelton Brooks, a popular African American music composer, was born on this date in 1886,in Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada.

    At about the...

  • Sat, 1886-12-25

    On this date Kid Ory was born in 1886. He was an African American trombonist and composer.

    Edward Ory was born in LaPlace, Louisiana. As...