Category: Music

  • Tue, 1908-10-06

    On this date in 1908, Sammy Price, an African American jazz pianist, was born.

    Born in Honey Grove, TX, Samuel Blythe Price grew up in...

  • Thu, 1908-12-24

    Jabbo Smith was born on Christmas Eve in 1908. He was an African American musician.

    Jabbo Smith was born in Pembroke, Georgia. He was the...

  • Thu, 1908-12-31

    *On this date in 1908, Jonah Jones was born. He was an African American musician.

    From Louisville, Kentucky, Jonah Jones was born Robert...

  • Wed, 1909-02-10

    *On this date in 1909 “Chick” Webb was born. He was an African American drummer and bandleader.

    From Baltimore, William Henry “Chick”...

  • Sat, 1909-03-27

    *On this date in 1909, Ben Webster was born. He was an African- merican jazz arranger who played tenor saxophone and piano.

    From Kansas...

  • Mon, 1909-04-12

    On this date in 1909, Lionel Hampton was born. He was an African American musician and composer. He was one of the first jazz vibraphonist and...

  • Sat, 1909-06-19

    Joe Thomas, an African American musician, was born on this date in 1909.

    Born in Uniontown, PA, he began his professional career in 1930...

  • Sat, 1909-08-14

    *On this date in 1909, Stuff Smith was born. He was an African American jazz violinist.

    Born in Portsmouth, Ohio, Smith first gained...

  • Fri, 1909-08-27

    On this date in 1909, African American jazz saxophonist Lester Young was born.

    His name at birth was Willis Lester Young and he was from...

  • Wed, 1909-10-13

    Art Tatum, an African American pianist, and one of the greatest jazz pianists of all time, was born on this date in 1909, in Toledo, OH.

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  • Sun, 1909-10-17

    On this date in 1909, African American jazz drummer William Randolph “Cozy” Cole was born in East Orange, New Jersey.

    His three brothers...

  • Fri, 1910-04-01

    On this date in 1910, Harry Carney was born. He was an African American jazz musician.

    When one thinks of the sound of the Duke...

  • Sun, 1910-05-08

    This date in 1910 marks the birth of Mary Lou Williams, an African American jazz composer, arranger, and pianist.

    Mary Elfrieda Scruggs...

  • Sat, 1910-05-28

    T-Bone Walker was born on this date in 1910. He was an African American blues guitarist, singer, and songwriter, and one of the most influential...

  • Fri, 1910-06-10

    This date marks the birth of Howlin' Wolf in 1910. He was an African American blues singer and composer.

    Chester Arthur “Howlin' Wolf”...

  • Fri, 1910-09-02

    *Dorothy Leigh Maynor was born on this date in 1910. She was an African American opera singer and educator.

    From Norfolk, Virginia,...

  • Sat, 1910-12-17

    Sy Oliver was born on this date in 1910. He was an African American jazz trumpeter, composer, band leader, and one of the leading musical...

  • Wed, 1911-01-04

    Slim Gaillard, was born on this date in 1911. He was an African American singer, guitarist, pianist, vibist, tenor saxophonist, and composer....

  • Wed, 1911-01-25

    *Truck Parham was born on this date in 1911. He was an African American jazz bassist and drummer.

    A longtime fixture in the Chicago...

  • Mon, 1911-01-30

    *On this date Roy Eldridge was born in 1911. He was an African American jazz musician.

    A fiery trumpet player and a key figure in the...