1923

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Jan

1

  • Milt Jackson born (Detroit, MI) American jazz vibraphonist, pianist, composer. Worked with Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Woody Herman and member of the Modern Jazz Quartet. Died 1999

4

  • Don Butterfield born (Centralia, WA) American jazz and classical tuba player, session musician. Died 2006
  • Simeon ten Holt born (Bergen, Netherlands) Dutch composer. Died 2012

5

  • Sam Phillips born (Florence, AL) American record producer, record executive. Founder of Sun Records. Died 2003
  • Emanuel Wirth (80) dies in Berlin
  • WC Handy’s Orchestra record a session for Okeh. Tracks cut include Aunt Hagar’s Blues & Louisville Blues 

6

  • Manuel de Falla’s incidental music for Federico García Lorca’s plays La niña que riega la albahaca y el príncipe preguntón [The girl watering the basil and the inquisitive prince] & Misterio de los reyes magos [Mystery of the Magi] premiered in Granada

8

  • Bobby Tucker born (Morristown, NJ) American jazz pianist. Worked with Billie Holiday and Billy Eckstine. Died 2007

12

  • Tito Alberti born (Zárate, Argentina) Argentinian jazz drummer. Died 2009

13

  • Daniil Shafran born (St Petersburg) Russian cellist. Died 1997

14

  • Ernst Krenek’s Guardando la Santa Teresa del Bernini [Watching Santa Teresa of Bernini] for orchestra premiered in Rome

15

  • Ivor Cutler born (Glasgow) Scottish poet, songwriter, humourist. Died 2006

18

  • Rubin Goldmark’s Negro Rhapsody for orchestra premiered in New York

22

  • Leslie Bassett born (Hanford, CA) American composer, teacher.
  • Friedrich Zehm born (Nowa Sól, Poland) German composer. Died 2007

30

  • Paolino Vassallo (66) dies in Valletta, Malta

31

  • Frederick Delius’s Cello Concerto premiered in Vienna
Federico García Lorca 1898-1936

Federico García Lorca 1898-1936

Feb

1

  • George Whitefield Chadwick’s opera Love’s Sacrifice premiered in Chicago, lib. D. Stevens

2

  • Julius Hegyi born (New York, NY) American conductor, violinist. Died 2007

5

  • Claude King born (Keithville, LA) American country singer, songwriter, guitarist. Died 2013

7

  • Bela Bartók’s Violin Sonata no.2 premiered in Berlin
  • The Original Memphis Five record a session for Pathé in New York. Tracks cut include Farewell Blues; Sweet Lovin’ Mama & That Eccentric Rag
  • Herbert P. Stothart, Vincent Youmans, Otto Harbach & Oscar Hammerstein’s musical Wildflower opens on Broadway (477 performances)

9

  • Sam Lanin makes his first recordings for Columbia. Alumni of his ‘twenties bands include Bix Beiderbecke, Bunny Berigan, the Dorsey brothers, Eddie Land, Miff Mole, Phil Napoleon, Red Nichols and Frankie Trumbauer
  • Franz Léhar’s operetta Die gelbe Jacke [the yellow jacket] premiered in Vienna, lib. V. Léon

15

  • André Messager’s opera L’amour masqué [the love mask] premiered in Paris, lib. S. Guitry

16

  • Bessie Smith makes her first recordings for Columbia in New York accompanied by Clarence Williams on piano. Tracks cut include  Down Hearted Blues; Gulf Coast Blues & Keeps on Rainin’ All the Time

17

  • Buddy DeFranco born (Camden, NJ) American jazz clarinetist, bandleader. Worked with Count Basie, his own bands and the Glenn Miller Orchestra.
  • Richard Strauss’ Tanzsuite aus Klavierstücken von François Couperin [Dance suite of piano pieces by François Couperin] for percussion, celesta, harp, harpsichord and strings premiered in Vienna

18

  • Bohuslav Martinu’s Vanishing Midnight for orchestra premiered in Prague

19

  • Gerónimo Giménez (68) dies in Madrid
  • Jean Sibelius’s Valse chevaleresque [chivalrous waltz] for orchestra; Suite champêtre [country suite] for strings; Suite caractéristique [characteristic suite] for harp and strings and Symphony no.6 premiered in Helsinki

27

  • Dexter Gordon born (Los Angeles, CA) American jazz tenor saxophonist, actor, bandleader, composer. Worked with Lionel Hampton, Louis Armstrong, Billy Eckstine, Dizzy Gillespie and led his own groups. Died 1990
  • Viktor Kalabis born (Červený Kostelec, Czech Rep) Czech composer, teacher, administrator. Died 2006
  • Chuck Wayne born (New York, NY) American jazz guitarist, composer. Worked with Woody Herman, George Shearing, Tony Bennett and others. Died 1997

unk

  • Alberta Hunter records a session for Paramount backed by the Original Memphis Five, the first black American singer to be backed by a white band. Tracks cut include You Shall Reap What You Sow & Bleeding Hearted Blues 
  • Clarence Williams moves to New York and sets up a new publishing company, selling his Chicago record stores
Bessie Smith 1892-1937

Bessie Smith 1892-1937

Mar

3

  • Arthel Lane ‘Doc’ Watson born (Deep Gap, NC) American bluegrass, folk and country guitarist, singer, songwriter. Died 2012

4

  • Willie Lee Johnson born (Senatobia, MS) American blues guitarist. Worked with Howlin’ Wolf. Died 1995
  • Ottorino Respighi’s cantata La Primavera [spring] premiered in Rome
  • Edgard Varèse’s Hyperprism for wind and percussion premiered in New York

6

  • Erhard Karkoschka born (Ostrava, Czech Rep) German conductor, composer, teacher. Died 2009
  • Herman Leonard born (Allentown, PA) American photographer, especially renowned for his iconic jazz photographs. Died 2010
  • Hilding Rosenberg’s String Quartet no.1 premiered in Stockholm
  • Joaquín Turina’s opera Jardín de oriente [garden of the orient], lib. Gregorio Martínez Serra, premiered in Madrid

8

  • Krišjānis Barons (87) dies in Riga

12

  • Edward Elgar’s incidental music for L. Binyon’s play Arthur premiered in London
  • (& 13th) The New Orleans Rhythm Kings record two sessions for Gennett. Tracks cut include Weary Blues; Wolverine BluesThat’s a Plenty & Tin Roof Blues
  • Kurt Weill’s Sinfonia sacra: Fantasia, Passacaglia, and Hymn for Orchestra op.6 premiered in Berlin

16

  • Hans Pfitzner’s Concerto for piano and orchestra op.31 premiered in Dresden

18

  • Anton Bruckner’s Symphony in f  ‘Study’ Symphony premiered in Klosterneuburg, Austria

22

  • The Original Memphis Five record a session for Victor in New York. Tracks cut include Who’s Sorry Now? & Snakes Hips

23

  • Manuel de Falla’s puppet opera El retablo de maese Pedro [Master Peter’s Puppet Show], lib. Miguel de Cervantes, premiered in Seville

26

  • Clifton Williams born (Traskwood, AR) American composer, teacher, horn player. Died 1976

27

  • Arthur Honegger’s Cantique de Pâques [song of Easter] for 3 voices, choir and orchestra premiered in Toulouse

28

  • Thad Jones born (Pontiac, MI) American jazz trumpeter. Worked with Billy Mitchell, Charles Mingus and Count Basie. Brother of Hank (b. 1918) & Elvin (1927-2004) Jones. Died 1986

31

  • Franz Léhar’s operetta Libellentanz [dragonflies dance] premiered in Vienna, lib. C. Lombardo and A.M. Willner (revision of Der Sterngucker)

unk

  • Fats Waller records the first of 23 piano rolls (the last in 1931) for QRS

releases

  • Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra – Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers / Mr Gallagher & Mr Shean (Victor)

Scene from Manuel de Falla’s puppet opera Master Peter’s Puppet Show

Apr

1

  • Don Butterfield born (Centralia, WA) American jazz and classical tuba player, session musician. Died 2006

2

  • Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle’s musical Elsie premiered in New York, lib. C.W. Bell

5

  • (& 6th) King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band make their first recordings for Gennett in Richmond, IN. Joe Oliver, Louis Armstrong (cor) Johnny Dodds (cl) Honore Dutrey (tb) Lil Hardin (p) Bill Johnson (b) Baby Dodds (d). Tracks cut include  Dippermouth Blues; Weatherbird Rag; Canal Street Blues; Just Gone; Mandy Lee Blues; I’m Going Away To Wear You Off My Mind; Chimes Blues & Froggie Moore

7

  • Reynaldo Hahn’s opera Ciboulette premiered in Cannes. Lib. Franz Wiener
  • Arthur Honegger’s Chant de joie [song of joy] for orchestra premiered in Geneva

10

  • Kurt Weill’s Divertimento op.5 for choir and orchestra premiered in Berlin

11

  • Bessie Smith records a session for Columbia in New York. Tracks cut include Aggravatin’ Papa; Beale Street BluesBaby Won’t You Please Come Home Blues & Oh Daddy Blues

16

  • Bennie Green born (Chicago, IL) American jazz trombonist, bandleader. Died 1977

20

  • Tito Puente born (New York, NY) American Latin jazz and mambo timbales and vibraphone player, bandleader, composer. Died 2000

21

  • Heitor Villa-Lobos’s Suite for piano and orchestra premiered in Sao Paulo

23

  • Ruggero Leoncavallo’s operetta Il primo bacio [the first kiss] premiered in Montecatini, lib. L. Bonelli
  • The Toronto Symphony Orchestra (as the New Symphony Orchestra) gives its inaugural concert in Massey Hall, Toronto conducted by Luigi von Kunits

25

  • Albert King born (Indianola, MS) American blues guitarist, singer, songwriter. Died 1992
  • Paulo Vanzolini born (São Paulo) Brazilian samba composer, zoologist.

26

  • Lizzie Miles records a session with Clarence Williams (p) for Columbia in New York. Tracks cut include Sweet Smellin’ Papa & Haitian Blues
  • Ottorino Respighi’s opera Belfagor premiered in Milan, lib. C. Guastalla
  • Bessie Smith records a session with Clarence Williams (p) for Columbia in New York. Tracks cut include ‘T Ain’t Nobody’s Business (Biz-Ness) If I Do  & Keeps On A Rainin’

28

  • Gabriel Fauré’s Barcarolle no.13 op.116 for piano & Nocturne no.13 op.120 for piano premiered in Paris

29

  • Radim Drejsl born (Dobruška, Czech Rep) Czech composer, conductor, pianist. Songwriter. Died 1953

30

  • Percy Heath born (Wilmington, NC) American jazz bassist, cellist. Member of the Modern Jazz Quartet and the Heath Brothers. Brother of Jimmy (b.1926) and Albert (b.1935) Heath. Died 2005

releases

  • Eck Robertson – Arkansaw Traveler / Sallie Gooden (Victor)
King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band

King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band

May

1

  • Charles H. Workman (49) dies on a ship outside Hong Kong at the end of a tour of India and East Asia
  • Arthur Honegger’s Prélude pour ‘La Tempête’ [prelude for the Tempest] for orchestra premiered in Paris

4

  • Ed Cassidy born (Chicago, IL) American rock and jazz drummer, actor. Member of Spirit. Died 2012
  • Guy Warren aka Kofi Ghanaba aka Warren Gamaliel Kpakpo Akwei born (Accra) Ghanaian jazz drummer, singer, songwriter, record producer. Founder member of the Tempos and pioneer of African jazz. Died 2008

7

  • Francis Poulenc’s Promenades for piano premiered in Paris

11

  • Leos Janáček’s Songs of Hradcany for soprano, chorus, flute and harp premiered in Prague

12

  • Gabriel Fauré’s Piano Trio op.120 premiered in Paris

13

  • William ‘Red’ Garland born (Dallas, TX) American jazz pianist, bandleader. Worked with Miles Davis and led the Red Garland Trio. Died 1984
  • Vítezslav Novák’s opera Lucerna [the lantern], lib. Hanuš Jelínek, premiered in Prague

14

  • Gustav Holst’s A Fugal Overture & opera The Perfect Fool, lib. Holst, premiered in London

15

  • John Lanchbery born (London) Anglo-Australian composer, conductor, ballet arranger. Died 2003

16

  • The Fletcher Henderson Orchestra make their first recordings for Paramount. Alumni include Henry Allen, Louis Armstrong, Buster Bailey, Chu Berry, Benny Carter, Roy Eldridge, Coleman Hawkins, J.C. Higginbotham, Budd Johnson, Tommy Ladnier, Benny Morton, Don Redman, Rex Stewart, Fats Waller and Ben Webster

17

  • Peter Mennin born (Erie, PA) American composer, teacher. Died 1983
  • The Gulf Coast Seven make their first recordings for Columbia in New York. Perry Bradford (vo) led band whose alumni include Buster Bailey, Barney Bigard, Johnny Hodges, James P Johnson, Tricky Sam Nanton and Willie ‘The Lion’ Smith. Tracks cut include Fade Away Blues & Daybreak Blues

21

  • Doris Akers born (Brookfield, MO) American Gospel composer, singer. Died 1995

23

  • Alicia de Larrocha born (Barcelona) Catalan concert pianist. Died 2009

24

  • Rosa Henderson makes her first recordings for Victor in New York

25

  • Noble Sissle & Eubie Blake record a session for Victor in Camden, NJ. Tracks cut include Down Hearted Blues & Waitin’ For The Evening Mail 
  • Germaine Tailleferre’s ballet Le marchand d’oiseaux [the bird merchant] premiered in Paris

28

  • György Ligeti born (Tîrnaveni, Romania) Austro-Hungarian composer, teacher. Died 2006

29

  • Harry Smith born (Portland, OR) American archivist, musicologist, film maker, artist. Died 1991

30

  • Camille Chevillard (63) dies in Chatou, France
  • Erik Satie’s musical drama La statue retrouvée [the found statue] premiered in Paris, lib. J. Cocteau, P. Picasso and L. Massine
  • Eva Taylor records a session with Clarence Williams (p) for Okeh in New York. Tracks cut include Barefoot Blues & Do It A Long Time Papa

unk

  • Clarence Williams records a session for Okeh in New York. Tracks cut include Mixing The Blues & The Weary Blues
Clarence Williams 1898-1965

Clarence Williams 1898-1965

Jun

1

  • Frederick Delius’s incidental music for J.E. Flecker’s play Hassan premiered in Darmstadt
  • Albert Roussel’s opera Padmâvatî premiered in Paris. Lib. Louis Laloy

4

  • Ethel Smyth’s opera Fête galante premiered in Birmingham. Lib. Smyth and Edward Shanks

5

  • Eugene Wright born (Chicago, IL) American jazz bassist. Worked with Dave Brubeck and others.
  • Alban Berg’s Three Pieces for orchestra op.6 premiered in Berlin
  • Arthur Honegger’s Sonatine in A for clarinet and piano premiered in Paris
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams’ ballet Old King Cole premiered in Cambridge

8

  • Karel Goeyvaerts born (Antwerp) Belgian composer, electronic music pioneer, teacher. Died 1993

11

  • Emil Ábrányi’s opera A vak katona [the blind soldier], lib. E. Sas, premiered in Budapest
  • Ernst Krenek’s Symphony no.2 premiered in Kassel

13

  • Igor Stravinsky’s opera-ballet Svadebka (Les noces) [The Wedding] premiered in Paris, lib. Stravinsky

14

  • Theodore Bloomfield born (Cleveland,OH) American conductor. Died 1998
  • Fiddlin’ John Carson makes his first recordings for Okeh in Atlanta, GA
  • (& 15th) Bessie Smith records two sessions for Columbia in New York. Tracks cut include Bleeding Hearted Blues; Midnight BluesYodelling Blues & Lady Luck Blues

16

  • Henryk Czyż born (Grudziadz, Poland) Polish conductor, composer, writer. Died 2003

17

  • Paul Hindemith’s song cycle Das Marienleben [The Life of Mary] premiered in Donaueschingen

18

  • George White’s Scandals of 1923 Broadway revue opens (168 performances)

22

  • Franz-Paul Decker born (Cologne) German conductor.
  • (& 23rd) King Oliver’s Jazz Band record 2 sessions for Okeh in Chicago. Tracks cut include Sweet Lovin’ Man; Sobbin’ Blues; Dippermouth Blues; Where Did You Stay Last Night; High Society Rag; Jazzin’ Babies’ Blues & Snake Rag
  • Dimitri Shostakovich’s Suite for two pianos op.6 premiered in St Petersburg

23

  • George Russell born (Cincinnati, OH) American jazz composer, pianist, theorist, bandleader. Died 2009

24

  • Kurt Weill’s String Quartet no.1 op.8 premiered in Frankfurt

25

  • Manuel de Falla’s puppet opera El retablo de maese Pedro premiered in Madrid, lib. Miguel de Cervantes (fully staged version)

26

  • Karl Scheidemantel (64) dies in Dresden

27

  • Elmo Hope born (New York, NY) American jazz pianist, bandleader. Worked with Joe Morris and his own bands. Died 1967
  • Carl Nielsen’s Prelude with Theme and Variations op.48 for violin premiered in London

28

  • Pete Candoli born (Mishawaka, IN) American jazz trumpeter, session player. Worked with Tommy Dorsey, Woody Herman and Stan Kenton. Died 2008
  • The Fletcher Henderson Orchestra record a session for Vocalion in New York. Tracks cut include Gulf Coast Blues & Down-Hearted Blues
  • James P Johnson records a session for Columbia in New York. Tracks cut include Weeping Blues & Worried & Lonesome Blues
  • Constant Lambert’s rhapsody Green Fire for orchestra premiered in London

29

  • Chou Wen-Chung born (Chefoo, China) Chinese-American composer, teacher, writer.
  • Gustave Kerker (66) dies in New York

30

  • Claude Terrasse (56) dies in Paris

unk

  • Blanche Deschamps-Jéhin (65) dies in Paris
  • Lucille Bogan makes her first recordings for Okeh in New York. Tracks cut include Lonesome Daddy Blues & Don’t Mean You No Good Blues 
  • Ida Cox makes her first recordings for Paramount in Chicago. Line-up: Ida Cox (vo) Tommy Ladnier, Jimmy O’Bryant (cl) Lovie Austin (p). Tracks cut include Graveyard Dream Blues & Weary Way Blues
  • Clara Smith makes her first recordings for Columbia in New York

releases

  • King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band – Froggie Moore / Chimes Blues (Gennett)
  • Original Memphis Five – Who’s Sorry Now? / Snakes Hips (Victor)
  • Bessie Smith with Clarence Williams – Down Hearted Blues / Gulf Coast Blues (Columbia)
  • Mamie Smith – You’ve Got To See Mama Ev’ry Night / I’m Gonna Get You (Okeh)
Fiddlin' John Carson 1868-1949

Fiddlin’ John Carson 1868-1949

Jul

3

  • Johnny Hartman born (Chicago, IL) American jazz singer. Worked with Earl Hines, Dizzy Gillespie and solo. Died 1983
  • Arnold Bax’s The Happy Forest for orchestra premiered in London

4

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams’ English Folk Song Suite for military band premiered in London

5

  • William Walton’s String Quartet premiered in London

7

  • Madeleine Dring born (London) English composer, actress. Died 1977
  • Eduardo Falú born (San José de Metán, Argentina) Argentinian folk guitarist, composer. Uncle of Juan Falú (b.1948).

13

  • Asger Hamerik (80) dies in Frederiksberg, Denmark

15

  • Philly Joe Jones born (Philadelphia, PA) American jazz drummer, bandleader. Worked with Miles Davis. Died 1985

16

  • Bola Sete aka Djalma de Andrade born (Rio de Janeiro) Brazilian jazz and samba guitarist, composer. Worked with Dizzy Gillespie and Vince Guaraldi. Died 1987

17

  • (& 18th) Jelly Roll Morton records two sessions with white band the New Orleans Rhythm Kings for Gennett in Richmond, IA. Personnel include Paul Mares, Don Murray, Ben Polack and Leon Roppolo. Morton also records a number of solo sides. Tracks cut include Milenberg Joys; Marguerite; Clarinet Marmalade; Mr Jelly LordLondon Blues & Mad (with band) and Grandpa Spells; Kansas City StompsKing Porter Stomp & Wolverine Blues (solo)

22

  • Mukesh Chand Mathur born (Ludhiana, Punjab, India) Indian film singer. Died 1976
  • Edward Elgar’s Memoriam Chimes for a Carillon premiered in Loughborough

25

  • James P Johnson records a session for Victor in Camden, NJ. Tracks cut include Bleeding Hearted Blues & You Can’t Do What My Last Man Did

26

  • Duke Ellington makes his recording debut as a member of Elmer Snowden’s Novelty Band for Victor

27

  • Clara Smith records a session for Columbia in New York. Tracks cut include Down South Blues; Kind Loving BluesPlay It a long Time Papa & All Night Blues

28

  • Ray Ellis born (Philadelphia, PA) American record producer, arranger, conductor. Died 2008

29

  • Jim Marshall born (London) English businessman, founder of Marshall Amplification, drummer. Died 2012

30

  • Clarence Williams’ Blue Five record a session for Okeh in New York. Tracks cut include Wild Cat Blues & Kansas City Man Blues

31

  • Ahmet Ertegun born (Istanbul, Turkey) Turkish-American record executive, songwriter. Founder of Atlantic Records. Brother of Nesuhi Ertegun (1917-89). Died 2006

unk

  • Eugène Ysaÿe’s Sonata for Solo Violin op. 27, no. 2 completed

releases

  • Fiddlin’ John Carson – The Little Old Log Cabin in the Lane / The Old Hen Cackled (And the Rooster’s Going to Crow) (Okeh)
  • Isham Jones and his Orchestra – Swingin’ Down the Lane / Who’s Sorry Now (Brunswick)
  • Bessie Smith – Aggravatin’ Papa / Beale Street Blues (Columbia)
Jelly Roll Morton c.1885-1941

Jelly Roll Morton c.1885-1941

Aug

2

  • George Williams and Bessie Brown record a session for Columbia in New York. Tracks cut include Satisfied Blues & Double Crossing Daddy

3

  • Ernst Krenek’s String Quartet no.3 premiered in Salzburg

4

  • Arthur Butterworth born (Manchester) English composer, conductor, teacher.

7

  • Idrees Sulieman born (St Petersburg, FL) American jazz trumpeter, bandleader. Worked with Mary Lou Williams, Count Basie, Lionel Hampton, Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band and others. Died 2002
  • Paul Hindemith’s Clarinet Quintet op.30 premiered in Salzburg

16

  • Eddie Kirkland born (Kingston, Jamaica) Jamaican-American blues singer, guitarist, songwriter. Died 2011

18

  • Ferruccio Busoni’s Prélude et étude en Arpèges for piano premiered in Weimar

20

  • Jim Reeves born (Galloway, TX) American country singer, songwriter. Died 1964
  • Gerhard Wimberger born (Vienna) Austrian composer, conductor.

21

  • Leopold Wenzel (76) dies in Asnières, France

22

  • Carolina Slim aka Edward P. Harris born (Leasburg, NC) American blues guitarist, singer. Died 1953
  • The Happiness Boys (Ernie Hare and Billy Jones) debut on WEAF radio, New York

24

  • Dobrin Petkov born (dresden) Bulgarian conductor, violinist. Died 1987

25

  • James Johnson, F. E. Miller, Aubrey L. Lyles & Cecil Mack’s musical Runnin’ Wild premiered in Washington, DC (see 29 Oct 1923)

26

  • Wolfgang Sawallisch born (Munich) German conductor, pianist.

30

  • Gerhard Wimberger born (Vienna) Austrian composer, conductor.

unk

  • Ida Cox (as Jane Smith) records a session for Paramount in Chicago with Tommy Ladnier (cor) Jimmy O’Bryant (cl) Lovie Austin (p). Tracks cut include I’ve got the blues for Rampart Street

releases

  • WC Handy’s Orchestra – St. Louis Blues / Memphis Blues (Okeh)
  • Noble Sissle & Eubie Blake – Down Hearted Blues / Waitin’ For The Evening Mail (Victor)
  • Bessie Smith – Baby Won’t You Please Come Home Blues / Oh Daddy Blues (Columbia)
The Happiness Boys (Ernie Hare and Billy Jones)

The Happiness Boys (Ernie Hare and Billy Jones)

Sep

5

  • Jerome Kern, George Grossmith and P. G. Wodehouse’s musical comedy The Beauty Prize opens in London (214 performances)

6

  • William Kraft born (Chicago) American composer, conductor, percussionist, teacher.

7

  • Madeleine Dring born (London) English composer, stage actress. Died 1977

8

  • Wilbur Ware born (Chicago, IL) American jazz bassist. Worked with Thelonious Monk. Died 1979

15

  • Arvell Shaw born (St Louis, MO) American jazz bassist. Worked with Fate Marable, Louis Armstrong and Benny Goodman. Died 2002
  • Sayed Darwish (31) dies in Alexandria, Egypt, following a heart attack
  • Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra record a session for Columbia in New York. Tracks cut include Dicty Blues & Do Doodle Oom

17

  • Hank Williams born (Montgomery, AL) American country singer, songwriter, guitarist. Died 1953

19

  • Frederick Delius’s A Song before Sunrise for orchestra premiered in London

21

  • Bessie Smith records a session with Irving Johns (p) for Columbia in New York. Tracks cut include Jail House Blues

22

  • The Music Box Revue of 1923 Broadway revue opens (273 performances)

24

  • Theodore ‘Fats’ Navarro born (Key West, FL) American jazz trumpeter. Worked with Andy Kirk, Billy Eckstine and Tadd Dameron. Died 1950
  • Bessie Smith records a session with Irving Johns (p) for Columbia in New York. Tracks cut include Sam Jones Blues & St. Louis Gal

25

  • Sam Rivers born (El Reno, OK) American jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, flautist, composer. Died 2011

26

  • Bessie Smith records a session with Jimmy Jones (p) for Columbia in New York Tracks cut include Cemetery Blues & Graveyard Dream Blues

28

  • Tuli Kupferberg born (New York, NY) American poet, author, singer, songwriter. Member of the Fugs. Died 2010

30

  • Donald Swann born (Llanelli) Welsh comic songwriter, singer, entertainer, pianist. Worked with Michael Flanders (1922-75) as Flanders and Swann. Died 1994

unk

  • Bennie Moten’s Kansas City Orchestra makes its first recordings for Okeh. The band’s alumni include Count Basie, Oran Page, Walter Page, Jimmy Rushing & Ben Webster. Tracks cut include Elephant Wobble & Crawdad Blues 
  • The Wolverine Orchestra play their first shows in Hamilton, OH. Alumni include Bix Beiderbecke and Jimmy McPartland. The band disband in 1931

releases

  • James P Johnson – Bleeding Hearted Blues / You Can’t Do What My Last Man Did (Victor)
  • King Oliver’s Jazz Band – High Society Rag / Snake Rag (Okeh)
  • Clarence Williams’ Blue Five – Kansas City Man Blues / Wild Cat Blues (Okeh)
Fletcher Henderson 1897-1952

Fletcher Henderson 1897-1952

Oct

1

  • Sergei Prokofiev marries Spanish singer Lina Llubera in Ettal, Germany

3

  • Earl Hines makes his first recordings as a member of Deppe’s Seranaders for Gennett in Richmond, IN

4

  • George Antheil plays in Paris for the first time at a concert that ends in a riot
  • The Original Memphis Five record a session for Victor in New York. Tracks cut include I’ve got a song for sale & Tin roof blues

5

  • Glynis Johns born (Pretoria, South Africa) Welsh actress, singer, dancer, pianist.

11

  • Gustav Holst’s A Fugal Concerto for flute, oboe and strings premiered in London

14

  • George Whiting (83) dies in Cambridge, MA

15

  • King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band record a session for Columbia in Chicago. Tracks cut include New Orleans Stomp; Chattanooga StompLondon Café Blues & Camp Meeting Blues

16

  • Lenny Hambro born (New York, NY) American jazz alto saxophonist, session player, producer. Worked with Gene Krupa, Chico O’Farrill, Charlie Ventura and others. Died 1995
  • Bert Kaempfert born (Hamburg) German easy listening bandleader, composer. Died 1980
  • Bessie Smith records a session with Fletcher Henderson (p) for Columbia in New York. Tracks cut include Any Woman’s Blues

17

  • Barney Kessel born (Muskogee, OK) American jazz guitarist, bandleader, session player. Worked with Chico Marx, Charlie Barnet, Artie Shaw, Oscar Peterson and his own bands. Died 2004
  • Amadeo Vives’s zarzuela Doña Francisquita premiered in Madrid. Lib. Federico Romero Sarachaga and Guillermo Fernández-Shaw Iturralde

18

  • Sergei Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1 premiered in Paris
  • Igor Stravinsky’s Octet for Winds premiered in Paris

19

  • Sylvester Weaver makes his first solo recordings for Okeh. Tracks cut include Guitar Rag & Guitar Blues, the first known recordings to feature slide guitar

20

  • Robert Craft born (Kingston, NY) American conductor, writer, musicologist.
  • Frederick Delius’s A Dance Rhapsody no.2 for orchestra premiered in London
  • The Ziegfeld Follies of 1923 Broadway revue opens (233 performances)

23

  • Ned Rorem born (Richmond, IN) American composer, writer.
  • London Calling! musical revue opens in London (367 performances)

24

  • Sara Martin records a session for Okeh with Sylvester Weaver (g). Tracks cut include I’ve Got To Go And Leave My Daddy Blues & Roamin’ Blues
  • Bessie Smith records a session for Columbia in New York. Tracks cut include Whoa, Tillie, Take Your Time & My Sweetie Went Away

25

  • Don Banks born (Melbourne) Australian composer, teacher. Died 1980
  • Darius Milhaud’s ballet La création du monde [the creation of the world] premiered in Paris
  • (& 26th) Joe ‘King’ Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band make their final recordings for Okeh. Tracks cut include Tears; Buddy’s Habit; Room Rent Blues; I Ain’t Gonna Tell Nobody & Workingmans Blues 
  • Cole Porter’s ballet Within the Quota premiered in Paris
  • Dimitri Shostakovich’s Piano Trio no.1 op.8 premiered in St Petersburg

26

  • Sippie Wallace makes her first recordings for Okeh. Tracks cut include Shorty George Blues & Up Country Blues

27

  • Emil von Reznicek’s opera Holofernes premiered in Prague. Lib. von Reznicek

29

  • James Johnson, F. E. Miller, Aubrey L. Lyles & Cecil Mack’s musical Runnin’ Wild opens on Broadway, introducing the Charleston (228 performances)

30

  • Charles Villiers Stanford’s Irish Rhapsody no.6 op.191 for violin and orchestra premiered in York

31

  • Eugen d’Albert’s opera Mareike von Nymwegen premiered in Hamburg. Lib. Heinrich Alberti
  • Alfred Bruneau’s opera Le Jardin du paradis [the garden of paradise], lib. Louis-Robert Pellevé de la Motte-Angot de Flers and Gaston-Armand de Caillavet after Hans Christian Andersen, premiered in Paris

unk

  • The BBC broadcasts its first studio opera production – Gounod’s Faust
  • Jelly Roll Morton’s Jazz Band record a session for Okeh in Chicago. Natty Dominique (cor) W.E. Burton 9d) Horace Eubanks (cl) Jelly Roll Morton (p) Zue Robertson (tb). Tracks recorded include Someday Sweetheart & London Blues

releases

  • Fletcher Henderson Orchestra – Gulf Coast Blues / Down-Hearted Blues (Vocalion)

Noel Coward 1899-1973 and Gertrude Lawrence 1898-1952. Author and star of the revue London Calling!

Nov

5

  • Paul Hindemith’s String Quartet no.4 premiered in Vienna

10

  • Anne Shelton aka Patricia Jacqueline Sibley born (London) English popular singer. Died 1994
  • Sidney Bechet makes his first recordings for Okeh as a member of Clarence Williams’ Blue Five
  • Jeno Hubay’s opera Anna Karenina premiered in Budapest. Lib. Andor Gábor and Sándor Góth after Tolstoy

11

  • Willie Cook born (Tangipahoa, LA) American jazz trumpeter. Worked with Jay McShann, Jimmie Lunceford, Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, Count Basie and others. Died 2000
  • John Foulds’ World Requiem for soloists, chorus and orchestra premiered in London

12

  • Charlie Mariano born (Boston, MA) American jazz alto saxophonist, composer, nadaswaram player. Died 2009
  • Harry Lawrence Freeman’s opera Vendetta, lib. Freeman, premiered in New York

13

  • Edward Elgar’s The Wanderer & Zut! Zut! Zut! for male quartet premiered in London

14

  • Clarence Williams’ Blue Five record a session for Okeh in New York. Tracks cut include Shreveport BluesOh Daddy! BluesI’ve Got The Yes! We Have No Banana Blues

15

  • Josef Bohuslav Foerster’s opera Srdce [heart], lib. Foerster, premiered in Prague

19

  • Béla Bartók’s Táncszvit [Dance Suite] for orchestra premiered in Budapest at a concert marking the 50th anniversary of the union of the cities of Buda and Pest
  • Ernő Dohnányi’s Ünnepi nyitány [Festival Overture] for orchestra premiered at the same concert
  • Zoltán Kodály’s oratorio Psalmus hungaricus, lib. M. Kecskeméti Vég, premiered at the same concert

24

  • Serge Chaloff born (Boston, MA) American jazz baritone saxophonist. Died 1957

releases

  • Jelly Roll Morton – Wolverine Blues (Joys) / King Porter (A Stomp) (Gennett)
  • Original Memphis Five – I’ve got a song for sale / Tin roof blues (Victor)
John Foulds - A World Requiem (Chandos)

John Foulds – A World Requiem (Chandos)

Dec

1

  • Paul Hindemith’s ballet-pantomime Der Dämon [the demon] premiered in Darmstadt, lib. M. Krell

2

  • Maria Callas born (New York, NY) Greek-American soprano singer. Died 1977
  • Tomás Bretón (72) dies in Madrid

3

  • Piron’s New Orleans Orchestra make their first recordings for Okeh in New York. Line-up: Charles Bocage (bjo) Peter Bocage (tp) Louis Cottrelle (d) Steve Lewis (p) Armand J. Piron (vln) Lorenzo Tio, Jr. (cl, ts) Louis Warnecke (as) Bob Ysaguirre (tu). Tracks cut include Bouncing Around & Kiss Me Sweet

4

  • Bessie Smith records a session for Columbia in New York with Don Redman (cl) Fletcher Henderson (p). Tracks cut include Chicago Bound Blues & Mistreatin’ Daddy

7

  • Vess Ossman (55) dies in Minneapolis, MN

8

  • Bertolt Brecht’s musical play Baal premiered in Leipzig

10

  • Darius Milhaud’s opera La Brebis égarée [the lost sheep], lib. Francis Jammes, premiered in Paris

16

  • Menahem Pressler born (Magdeburg) German-American classical pianist, teacher . member of the Beaux Arts Trio.

19

  • Gustav Dannreuther (70) dies in New York of pneumonia
  • Zakaria Paliashvili’s opera Daisi, lib. Valerijan Gunija, premiered in Tbilisi

20

  • Leo Fall, Frederick Lonsdale and Harry Graham’s musical Madame Pompadour opens in London (469 performances), an adaptation of Leo Fall’s operetta of the same name (see 9 Sep 1922)

21

  • Erik Satie’s song cycle Ludions [Cartesian] for voice and piano premiered in Paris

25

  • Richard Barth (73) dies in Magdeburg

27

  • Serge Collot born (Paris) French viola player, teacher.

29

  • André Caplet’s Cello concerto Epiphanie premiered in Paris

31

  • William Anthony McGuire, Otto Harbach, Harry Tierney & Joseph McCarthy’s musical Kid Boots opens on Broadway (489 performances)

unk

  • Black Swan Records, the first black-owned record label, declares bankruptcy
  • Ma Rainey makes her first recordings for Paramount. Tracks cut include Bo Weavil Blues & Last Minute Blues
  • Vincenzo Tommasini’s rhapsody Paesaggi toscani [Tuscan landscapes] for orchestra premiered in Rome

releases

  • King Oliver’s Jazz Band – Dippermouth Blues / Where Did You Stay Last Night (Okeh)

Zakaria Paliashvili 1871-1933

date unknown

  • Paul Hindemith appointed concert master of the Frankfurt Opera Orchestra
  • Heitor Villa-Lobos moves to Paris, returning to Brazil in 1930
  • Clarence Williams appointed A&R director for Okeh Records, a post he holds until 1927

publications

  • Béla Bartók and Zoltan Kodály’s Erdélyi magyar népdalok [Hungarian folksongs from Transylvania] published in Budapest

songs published

  • Charleston (Cecil Mack, James P. Johnson); Gulf Coast Blues (Clarence Williams); Grandpa’s SpellsKansas City StompKing Porter Stomp; Mr Jelly Lord (all Ferdinand Morton); Milenberg Joys (Leon Rappolo, Paul Mares, Ferdinand Morton); Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out (Jimmy Cox); Who’s Sorry Now? (Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby, Ted Snyder); Wild Cat Blues (Thomas Waller, Clarence Williams); Wolverine Blues (Ferdinand Morton, Benjamin Spikes, John C. Spikes)

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