1930

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Jan

1

  • Charles Ives retires from the Insurance industry due to ill health

5

  • Saxa aka Lionel Martin born (Croft’s Hill, Jamaica) Jamaican ska saxophonist. Worked with the Beat, Laurel Aitken, Prince Buster and others.

6

  • Sergei Prokofiev’s Things in Themselves for piano op.45 premiered in New York

11

  • Vincent d’Indy’s Piano Trio op.98 premiered in Paris

12

  • Glenn Yarbrough born (Milwaukee, WN) American folk and pop singer, sailor. member of the Limelighters and solo.

13

  • Liz Anderson aka Elizabeth Jane Haaby born (Roseau, MN) American country songwriter, singer. Mother of Lynn Anderson (b.1947). Died 2011

14

  • Johnny Grande born (Philadelphia, PA) American country and rock piano and accordion player. Member of Bill Haley and his Comets. Died 2006
  • Edgar Hovhannisyan born (Yerevan, Armenia) Armenian composer, teacher. Died 1998
  • Kenny Wheeler born (Toronto) Canadian jazz composer, trumpeter, flugelhorn player. Worked with the Spontaneous Music Ensemble, Anthony Braxton, Azimuth and others.
  • Strike Up the Band opens on Broadway with music by George & Ira Gershwin (191 performances)
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Prelude on ‘Song 13’ by Orlando Gibbons for piano premiered in London

15

  • Jacques Ibert’s opera Le Roi d’Yvetot [The King of Yvetot], lib. Jean Limosin and André de la Tourrasse, premiered in Paris
  • Lead Belly is arrested in Mooringsport, LA after a knife fight with three white men. One is hospitalised

16

  • Art Hickman (43) dies in San Francisco of Banti’s disease (a disorder of the spleen)
  • Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji’s Nocturne: Djâmi for piano premiered in London

17

  • Ernst Krenek’s song cycle Reisebuch aus den österreichischen Alpen [Travelogue from the Austrian Alps] premiered in Leipzig

18

  • Dmitri Shostakovich’s opera Nos [The Nose] premiered in St Petersburg, lib. Shostakovich, A. Preys, G. Ionin and Ye. Zamyatin
  • Joaquín Turina’s Cuentos de Espana op.47 [Stories of Spain] for piano premiered in Madrid

19

  • Ernst Krenek’s opera Leben des Orest [life of Orest], lib. Krenek after Euripides, premiered in Leipzig

20

  • Joaquin Rodrigo’s Tres viejos aires de danza [Three traditional dance airs] for orchestra premiered in Turia, Spain

21

  • Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony no.3 ‘Pervomayskaya’ [The First of May] premiered in St Petersburg

22

  • Olivier Messiaen’s Le Banquet eucharistique [The Eucharistic Banquet] for orchestra premiered in Paris

23

  • Carl Nielsen’s 29 Short Preludes for organ op.51 premiered in Copenhagen

24

  • The Luis Russell Orchestra record a session for Okeh in New York. Tracks cut include Saratoga Shout & Song of the Swanee

26

  • Walter Braunfels’s opera Galatea premiered in Cologne. Lib. Braunfels

27

  • Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland born (Rosemark, TN) American blues and soul singer.
  • Jean Huré (52) dies in Paris

28

  • Emmy Destinn (52) dies in České Budějovice, Czech Rep following a stroke

29

  • Derek Bailey born (Sheffield) English jazz and avant-garde guitarist, improviser. Co-founder of Incus Records. Member of the Spontaneous Music Ensemble, Music Improvisation company, Jazz Composers Orchestra, Iskra 1903, Company plus many one-off collaborations. Died 2005

30

  • Usko Meriläinen born (Tampere, Finland) Finnish composer, conductor. Died 2004
  • Charles “Buddy” Montgomery born (Indianapolis, IN) American jazz pianist, vibraphonist. Member of the Montgomery Brothers. Worked with Miles Davis and David Newman. Brother of Wes (1923-68) and Monk (1921-82) Montgomery. Died 2009
  • Bela Bartók’s Twenty Hungarian Folksongs for voice and piano premiered in Budapest

releases

  • Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra – St. Louis Blues / After You’ve Gone (Okeh)
  • Carter Family – The Homestead on the Farm / The Cyclone of Ryecove (Victor)
  • Mississippi John Hurt – Avalon Blues / Ain’t No Tellin’ (Okeh)
  • Blind Willie Johnson – Let Your Light Shine on Me / God Don’t Never Change (Columbia)
  • Dick Justice – Cocaine / Old Black Dog (Brunswick)
  • Charley Patton – High Water Everywhere parts 1 and 2 (Paramount)
ives

Charles Ives 1874-1954

Feb

1

  • Herbert Howells’s Sir Patrick Spens op.23 for chorus and orchestra premiered in Newcastle
  • Arnold Schoenberg’s opera Von Heute auf Morgen [From Today to Tomorrow] premiered in Frankfurt, lib. Schoenberg

4

  • Spike Hughes makes his first recordings for Decca in London

5

  • Gustav Holst’s Twelve Songs op.48 for voice and piano premiered in London

6

  • Albert Roussel’s Petite Suite op.39 for orchestra premiered in Paris

12

  • Eva Dell’Acqua (73) dies in Brussels

13

  • Conrad Ansorge (67) dies in Berlin
  • Benjamin Stoloff’s movie Happy Days opens with an ensemble cast. Music by Harry Stoddard

15

  • Florent Schmitt’s Çançunik for orchestra premiered in Paris

16

  • Clarence Badger’s film musical No, No, Nanette opens starring Bernice Claire, Alexander Gray and Louise Fazenda. Music by Cecil Copping and Alois Reiser
  • Charles Ives’ Three Places in New England for orchestra premiered before the American Committee of the International Society for Contemporary Music, in New York

17

  • Louise Kirkby Lunn (56) dies in London
  • Ludwig Berger’s musical film The Vagabond King opens, starring Dennis King and Jeanette MacDonald. It is the first movie shot entirely in technicolor. Music by Rudolf Friml, W. Franke Harling, John Leipold & Oscar Potoker
  • Arthur Honegger’s Cello Concerto premiered in Boston
  • The Mississippi Sheiks make their first recordings for Okeh in Shreveport, LA. Walter Jacobs (vo, g) Lonnie Chatmon (vln). Tracks cut include Sitting on top of the World & Lonely One In This Town

18

  • Henry ‘Red’ Allen & his Orchestra record a session in New York for Victor. Tracks cut include Sugar Hill Function & You Might Get Better
  • Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart, Guy Bolton and E. Wynn’s musical Simple Simon opens on Broadway (16 performances)

20

  • Olivier Messiaen’s Diptyque: Essai sur la vie terrestre et l’éternité bienheureuse [Diptych: An Essay on the earthly life and eternal happiness] for organ premiered in Paris

21

  • Paul Abraham’s operetta Viktoria und ihr Husar [Victoria and Her Hussar], lib. Alfred Grünwald and Fritz Löhner-Beda, premiered in Budapest

22

  • Marni Nixon born (Altadena, CA) American soprano singer. Mother of Andrew Gold (1951-2011).

26

  • Lazar Berman born (St Petersburg) Russian classical pianist. Died 2005

27

  • Henry Cowell’s Men and Machines for piano premiered in New York

28

  • Lead Belly is convicted of assault with intent to kill after the incident on 15 Jan 1930 and sent to Angola State Prison near Baton Rouge, LA for a term of five to ten years

releases

  • Sleepy John Estes – Broken Hearted, Ragged and Dirty Too / Black Mattie Blues (Victor)
  • Blind Willie Johnson – Bye and Bye I’m Goin’ to See the King / You’ll Need Somebody on Your Bond (Columbia)
  • Blind Willie McTell – Drive Away Blues / Love Changing Blues (Victor)
  • Oakcliff T-Bone [T-Bone Walker] – Wichita Falls Blues / Trinity River Blues (Columbia)
  • King Oliver and his Orchestra – St. James Infirmary / When You’re Smiling (The Whole World Smiles With You) (Victor)
  • Walter Page’s Blue Devils – Blue Devil Blues / Squabblin’ (Vocalion)

Ad for the Mississippi Sheiks’ Sitting on Top of the World

Mar

1

  • Benny Powell born (New Orleans, LA) American jazz trombonist, teacher. Worked with Lionel Hampton, Count Basie, Thad Jones and others. Died 2010
  • Olivier Messiaen’s Préludes for piano premiered in Paris

6

  • Lorin Maazel born (Neuilly-sur-Seine, France) American conductor, violinist, composer.
  • Carl Nielsen’s Three Piano Pieces op.59 premiered in Copenhagen

9

  • Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht’s opera Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny [Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny] premiered in Leipzig
  • Ruth Crawford Seeger’s Suite no.2 for four strings and piano premiered in New York

10

  • Marie Studholme (57) dies in London of rheumatic fever

12

  • Wardell Quezergue born (New Orleans, LA) American R&B, jazz and blues record producer, composer, arranger. Founder of Nola Records. Died 2011

13

  • Jan Howard aka Lula Grace Johnson born (West Plains, MO) American country singer.
  • Richard Allen “Blue” Mitchell born (Miami, FL) American jazz and R&B trumpeter, bandleader, session player. Worked with Cannonball Adderley, Horace Silver, Ray Charles and his own bands. Died 1979
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Sussex Folk Tunes for cello and orchestra premiered in London

14

  • Ed Wiley, Jr. born (Houston, TX) American R&B and jazz tenor saxophonist, session player. Died 2010
  • Arnold Bax’s Symphony no.3 premiered in London

16

  • Tommy Flanagan born (Detroit, MI) American jazz pianist, bandleader. Worked with John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Ella Fitzgerald, his own bands and others. Died 2001
  • Minoru Miki born (Yokushima, Japan) Japanese composer. Died 2011

18

  • Pat Halcox born (London) English jazz trumpeter. Worked with Chris Barber. Died 2013

19

  • Ornette Coleman born (Fort Worth, TX) American jazz saxophonist, violinist, trumpeter, composer, bandleader.

20

  • Roy Del Ruth’s musical film Hold Everything opens starring Winnie Lightner and Joe E Brown. Music by Joseph Burke and Ray Henderson

21

  • Otis Spann born (Jackson, MS) American blues pianist, singer. Worked with Muddy Waters and solo. Died 1970
  • Emmerich Kálmán’s operetta Das Veilchen vom Montmartre [The Violet of Montmartre], lib. Julius Brammer and Alfred Grünwald, premiered in Vienna

22

  • Stephen Sondheim born (New York, NY) American theatre composer, lyricist.

26

  • Michael Curtiz’s musical film Mammy opens starring Al Jolson. Music by Irving Berlin
  • Borys Lyatoshynsky’s opera Zolotyy obruch [The Golden Ring], lib. Lyatoshynsky, premiered in Odessa
  • Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji’s Piano Sonata No.4 premiered in Glasgow

28

  • Robert Ashley born (Ann Arbor, MI) American composer.
  • Bill Hughes born (Dallas, TX) American jazz trombonist, bandleader. Worked with Count Basie.
  • Paul Hindemith’s Konzertmusik op.48 for viola and orchestra premiered in Hamburg

unk

  • Lucille Bogan records a session under the pseudonym Bessie Jackson for Brunswick in Chicago

releases

  • Carter Family – When the Roses Bloom in Dixieland / No Telephone in Heaven (Victor)
  • Memphis Minnie – I’m Talking About You / Bumble Bee (Vocalion)
  • Charley Patton – Rattlesnake Blues / Runnin’ Wild Blues (Paramount)
ruth1

Ruth Crawford Seeger 1901-1953

Apr

1

  • Cosima Wagner (92) dies in Bayreuth, Germany
  • Brunswick Records is sold to Warner Brothers, but as record sales plummet due to the Depression, Warners sell the entire catalogue to ARC just 20 months later

2

  • Girolamo Arrigo born (Palermo) Italian composer.

3

  • Emma Albani (82) dies in London
  • Gustav Holst’s Double Concerto for two violins and orchestra premiered in London

5

  • Michael Tippett’s Concerto in D for chamber orchestra; Variations on Jockey to the Fair for piano & String Quartet in F premiered in Oxted, Surrey

6

  • William Grant Still’s Africa for orchestra premiered in New York

9

  • Rose Caron (72) dies in Paris
  • Cliff Carlisle makes his first solo recordings for Supertone in Richmond, IN

10

  • Claude Bolling born (Cannes) French jazz pianist, composer, arranger.

12

  • Leoš Janáček’s opera Z mrtvého domu [From the House of the Dead] premiered in Brno, lib. Janáček

14

  • Alban Berg’s Drei Orchesterstücke [three orchestral pieces] premiered in Oldenburg, Germany

15

  • Richard Davis born (Chicago, IL) American jazz and classical bassist, teacher. Worked with Eric Dolphy, Andrew Hill, Elvin Jones and many others.
  • Herb Pomeroy born (Gloucester, MA) American jazz trumpeter, teacher, bandleader. Worked with Lionel Hampton, Stan Kenton and others. Died 2007

16

  • Herbie Mann aka Herbert Jay Solomon born (Brooklyn, NY) American jazz flautist, composer, bandleader. Died 2003

17

  • Chris Barber born (Welwyn) English jazz trombonist, bandleader.

18

  • Jean Guillou born (Angers, France) French composer, organist, pianist, teacher.
  • Charles Wakefield Cadman’s Violin Sonata in G major premiered in Los Angeles

19

  • Franco Alfano’s opera L’ultimo lord [The last lord], lib. Ugo Falena and Arturo Rossato, premiered in Naples

20

  • Blind Willie Johnson makes his final recordings for Columbia in Atlanta. Tracks cut include John The Revelator & You’re Gonna Need Somebody On Your Bond

21

  • Vivian Fine’s Solo for Oboe premiered in New York, her first composition to be performed
  • Charles Ives’s Set no.8: Songs without Voices for chamber orchestra premiered in New York

24

  • Mary Lou Williams makes her first solo recordings for Brunswick in Chicago. Tracks cut include Drag ‘Em & Night Life

28

  • Christopher Headington born (London) English composer, pianist, writer, critic. Died 1996

29

  • Ildebrando Pizzetti’s opera Lo straniero [the stranger], lib. Pizzetti, premiered in Rome

30

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Three Choral Hymns premiered in Dorking, Surrey

releases

  • Blind Willie Johnson – God Moves on the Water / Take Your Burden to the Lord (Columbia)
  • Mississippi Sheiks – Sitting on Top of the World / Lonely One in This Town (Okeh)
  • Luis Russell and his Orchestra – Saratoga Shout / Song of the Swanee (Okeh)
  • Sammy Sampson [Bill Broonzy] – I Can’t Be Satisfied / Skoodle Do Do (Perfect)
blind_willie_johnson

Blind Willie Johnson 1897-1945

May

1

  • Little Walter aka Marion Walter Jacobs born (Marksville, LA) American blues harmonica player, singer. Worked with Muddy Waters and his own goups. Died 1968
  • Emil Genetz (76) dies in Helsinki
  • Joaquin Rodrigo’s Preludio para un poema a la Alhambra [Prelude to a poem on the Alhambra] for orchestra premiered in Paris
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Three Children’s Songs for a Spring Festival for chorus premiered in Dorking, Surrey

2

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Benedicite for chorus premiered in Dorking, Surrey

5

  • Samuel Barber’s Serenade for string quartet op.1 premiered in Philadelphia
  • Bohuslav Martinu’s Five Short Pieces for violin and piano premiered in Paris
  • Darius Milhaud’s opera Christophe Colomb premiered in Berlin, lib. P. Claudel

9

  • Dmitri Shostakovich’s incidental music for A. Gorbenko and N. L′vov’s play Tselina [Virgin Soil] premiered in St Petersburg

10

  • Lionel Barrymore’s film The Rogue Song opens starring Lawrence Tibbett and Catherine Dale Owen. Music by Herbert Stothart, Franz Lehár and Clifford Grey

13

  • Erik Moseholm born (Frederica, Denmark) Danish jazz and classical bassist, bandleader, composer, music administrator. Died 2012

15

  • Ernst Krenek’s Trio phantasie for violin, cello and piano premiered in Berlin

16

  • Friedrich Gulda born (Vienna) Austrian classical and jazz pianist. Died 2000
  • James ‘Bubber’ Miley makes his first recordings as leader for Victor in New York

17

  • Kokomo Arnold makes his first recordings for Victor in Memphis
  • Vincent d’Indy’s Suite for flute, violin, viola, cello and harp op.91 premiered in Paris

18

  • Mike Zwerin born (New York) American jazz trombonist, journalist, broadcaster, author, critic. Died 2010

19

  • Hans Kox born (Arnhem) Dutch composer.

22

  • Kenny Ball born (Ilford, Essex) English jazz trumpeter, bandleader. Died 2013

25

  • George Antheil’s opera Transatlantic premiered in Frankfurt, lib. Antheil
  • Alan Crosland’s technicolor musical film Song of the Flame opens. Music by George Gershwin, Harry Akst, Jay Chernis, Grant Clarke, David Mendoza, Herbert Stothart and Edward Ward

26

  • Bukka White makes his first recordings for Victor in Memphis billed as Washington White with Napoleon Hairiston on second guitar. Tracks cut include New Frisco Train & Panama Unlimited

27

  • Eino Tamberg born (Tallinn) Estonian composer. Died 2010

28

  • Willie Brown records his only session for Paramount in Grafton, WN. 6 sides were recorded and isswued on 3 records. Of these, no known copies exist of  Grandma Blues b/w Sorry Blues or Kicking In My Sleep Blues b/w Window Blues. Just three copies are known worldwide of M & O Blues b/w Future Blues
  • Son House makes his first recordings for Paramount in Grafton, WN. Tracks cut include Dry Spell Blues: Dry Spell Blues #2; Clarksdale Moan & Mississippi County Farm Blues

29

  • Tivadar Nachéz (71) dies in Lausanne, Switzerland
  • The Luis Russell Orchestra record a session for Okeh in New York. Tracks cut include Louisiana Swing & On Revival Day

releases

  • Carter Family – Western Hobo / A Distant Land to Roam (Victor)  
  • Duke Ellington and his Cotton Club Orchestra – Double Check Stomp / Jazz Lips (Victor) 
  • Blind Willie Johnson – John the Revelator / You’re Gonna Need Somebody on Your Bond (Columbia)  

Frankie Trumbauer 1901-56

Jun

3

  • Dakota Staton born (Pittsburgh, PA) American jazz singer. Died 2007

4

  • Alban Berg’s Der Wein [the wine] for soprano and orchestra premiered in Köningsberg, Germany
  • Igor Markevitch’s Cantate [cantata] for soprano, chorus and orchestra premiered in Paris

6

  • The Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra make their first recordings for Victor in Memphis. Tracks cut include In Dat Mornin’ & Sweet Rhythm

7

  • Nahan Franko (68) dies in Amityville, NY of a blood clot

9

  • Monique Serf aka Barbara born (Paris) French popular singer, songwriter. Died 1997

12

  • Walter Davis makes his first recordings for Victor in Cincinnati. Tracks cut include Mr. Davis’ blues; Blue sea blues; M & O blues & Broke and hungry

17

  • Cliff Gallup born (Norfolk, VA) American rock guitarist. Member of the Blue Caps. Died 1988
  • Leopold Godowsky suffers a stroke that puts an end to his career as a concert pianist

21

  • Paul Hindemith’s children’s opera Wir bauen eine Stadt [We build a city] premiered in Berlin, lib. R. Seitz

23

  • Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht’s opera Der Jasager [the Yes Man] premiered on Berlin radio

24

  • The Venezuela Symphony Orchestra, co-founded by Vicente Emilio Sojo, Pedro Antonio Ríos Reyna, Juan Bautista Plaza, Victor Guillermo Ramos Rangel & Ángel Sauce, plays its first concert in Caracas

26

  • Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji’s Opus Clavicembalisticum for piano completed. At around four hours, it was the longest piece for piano ever attempted

30

  • Irma Reichová (71) dies in Prague

unk

  • Charley Jordan makes his first recordings for Vocalion in Chicago

releases

  • Blind Willie Johnson – Trouble Will Soon Be Over / The Rain Don’t Fall on Me (Columbia)
  • Memphis Minnie – Bumble Bee Blues / Memphis Jug Band – Everybody’s Talking About Sadie Green (Victor)
  • Jimmie Rodgers – Train Whistle Blues / Jimmie’s Texas Blues (Victor)
  • Geeshie Wiley – Last Kind Words / Skinny Leg Blues (Paramount) No biographical details exist for this female blues artist
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Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji 1892-1988

Jul

2

  • Ahmad Jamal aka Frederick Russell Jones born (Pittsburgh, PA) American jazz pianist, composer, teacher.

3

  • Tommy Tedesco born (Niagara Falls, NY) American jazz guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, session player. Died 1997

7

  • Hank Mobley born (Eastman, GA) American jazz tenor saxophonist, composer, bandleader. Worked with Paul Gayten, Max Roach, Dizzy Gillespie, Jazz Messengers, Horace Silver, Miles Davis and his own bands. Died 1986

8

  • Earl Van Dyke born (Detroit, MI) American R&B keyboard player, bandleader. Member of Motown session group the Funk Brothers. Died 1992

12

  • Carl Nielsen’s incidental music for S. Michaëlis’s play Amor og Digteren [Cupid and the Poet] premiered in Copenhagen

14

  • Louis “Sabu” Martinez born (New York, NY) American jazz percussionist. Worked with Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Goodman, Art Blakey and many others. Died 1979

15

  • Leopold Auer (85) dies in Dresden

17

  • Ryōhei Hirose born (Hakodate, Japan) Japanese composer, teacher. Died 2008

18

  • Friedrich Trautwein’s electronic instrument the trautonium unveiled at the premiere of Paul Hindemith’s Sieben Triostücke für drei Trautonien [seven trio pieces for three trautoniums] in Berlin, played by Hindemith, Oskar Sala and Rudolph Schmidt

20

  • Sally Ann Howes born (London) English stage singer, actress.

21

  • Helen Merrill born (New York, NY) American jazz singer.

24

  • Cab Calloway and his Orchestra record a session for Brunswick billed as the Jungle Band. Tracks cut include St. Louis Blues & Gotta Darn Good Reason Now

25

  • Annie Ross born (London) Scottish-American jazz singer, actress. Worked with Dave Lambert and Jon Hendricks as Lambert, Hendricks and Ross.

28

  • Junior Kimbrough born (Hudson, MS) American blues singer, guitarist. Died 1998

releases

  • Blind Sammie [Willie McTell] – Razor Ball / Talking to Myself (Columbia)
  • Cannon’s Jug Stompers – Walk Right In / Whoa Mule! Get Up in the Alley (Victor)
  • Carter Family – The Lovers’ Farewell / Kitty Waltz (Victor)
  • Sleepy John Estes – Milk Cow Blues / Street Car Blues (Victor)
  • Blind Willie Johnson – Praise God I’m Satisfied / When the War Was On (Columbia)
  • Jimmie Lunceford and his Chickasaw Syncopators – In Dat Mornin’ / Sweet Rhythm (Victor)
  • Mississippi Sheiks – Driving That Thing / Stop and Listen Blues (Okeh)
  • Bukka White – The Promise True and Grand / I Am in the Heavenly Way (Victor)
  • Geeshie Wiley – Motherless Child Blues / Over to My House (Paramount)
Friedrich Trautwein 1888-1956

Friedrich Trautwein 1888-1956

Aug

1

  • Lionel Bart born (London) English theatre composer, songwriter, lyricist. Died 1999

4

  • Siegfried Wagner (61) dies in Bayreuth, Germany

6

  • Abbey Lincoln aka Anna Marie Wooldridge born (Chicago, IL) American jazz singer, songwriter, actress. Died 2010

7

  • Veljo Tormis born (Kuusalu, Estonia) Estonian choral composer.

10

  • Jorma Panula born (Kauhajoki, Finland) Finnish conductor, composer, conducting teacher.

15

  • Jackie Brenston born (Clarkesdale, MS) American R&B singer, saxophonist. Member of the Delta Cats aka Ike Turner’s Kings of Rhythm. Also worked with Lowell Fulson. Died 1979

17

  • John Murray Anderson’s movie King of Jazz opens starring Paul Whiteman and Bing Crosby. Music by James Dietrich, Billy Rose, Milton Ager, George Gershwin, Mabel Wayne and Jack Yellen

24

  • The first annual Puccini Fesival takes place in Torre del Lago, Italy

26

  • Duke Ellington and his Orchestra record a session for Victor in Los Angeles. Arthur Whetsol, Cootie Williams, Freddie Jenkins (tp) Joe Nanton, Juan Tizol (tb) Barney Bigard (cl, ts) Johnny Hodges (cl, ss, as) Harry Carney (cl, as, bars) Duke Ellington (p) Fred Guy (bj) Wellman Braud (b) Sonny Greer (d). Tracks cut include Ring Dem Bells; Three Little Words & Old Man Blues

27

  • Ernst Lubitsch’s musical film Monte Carlo opens starring Jack Buchanan and Jeanette MacDonald. Music by W. Franke Harling

releases

  • Don Apiazu and his Havana Casino Orchestra – The Peanut Vender (El Manicero) / True Love (Victor)  
  • Carter Family – When the World’s on Fire / When the Springtime Comes Again (Victor) 
  • Son House – Dry Spell Blues parts 1 and 2 (Paramount)  
  • Blind Willie Johnson – Can’t Nobody Hide From God / If It Hadn’t Been for Jesus (Columbia)  
  • Andy Kirk and his Clouds of Joy – Mary’s Idea / Once or Twice (Brunswick) 
  • Jimmie Rodgers – Hobo Bill’s Last Ride / That’s Why I’m Blue (Victor) 

Poster for John Murray Anderson’s movie King of Jazz

Sep

2

  • Andrey Petrov born (St Petersburg) Russian composer. Died 2006

4

  • Jordan “Jerry” Ragovoy born (Philadelphia, PA) American songwriter, record producer. Died 2011

5

  • The Luis Russell Orchestra record a session for Okeh in New York. Tracks cut include Muggin’ Lightly & Panama

6

  • Eileen Joyce makes her professional debut in London playing Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto no.3 at the Proms

7

  • Sonny Rollins born (New York, NY) American jazz tenor saxophonist, composer, bandleader. Worked with Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Clifford Brown-Max Roach and his own bands.
  • Jean Sibelius’ Karjalan osa [a part of Karelia] for chorus and piano premiered in Sortavala
  • Thornton Freeland’s film musical Whoopee! opens starring Eddie Cantor. Music by Nacio Herb Brown, Walter Donaldson and Edward Eliscu

12

  • Larry Austin born (Duncan, OK) American composer, pianist, teacher.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Prelude and Fugue in c minor for orchestra premiered in Hereford

13

  • Peetie Wheatstraw makes his first recordings for Vocalion in Chicago. Tracks cut include Four O’Clock in the Morning & Tennessee Peaches Blues 

15

  • Bix Beiderbecke makes his final recordings in New York with Hoagy Carmichael

17

  • Theo Loevendie born (Amsterdam) Dutch composer, clarinetist.

18

  • Edward Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance March no.5 op.39/5 for orchestra premiered in London at a recording session for HMV in London

19

  • Muhal Richard Abrams born (Chicago, IL) American jazz clarinetist, cellist, pianist, composer, bandleader, teacher. Founding president of AACM.

21

  • Michael Curtiz’s musical film Bright Lights opens starring Dorothy Mackaill, Frank Fay and Noah Beery. Music by Ned Washington, Ray Perkins, Herb Magidson, Grant Clarke and Harry Akst

22

  • Joni James aka Giovanna Carmella Babbo born (Chicago) American popular singer.

23

  • Ray Charles born (Albany, GA) American R&B singer, pianist, songwriter. Blind from aged seven due to glaucoma. Died 2004

25

  • Shel Silverstein born (Chicago, IL) American popular singer, songwriter, poet, children’s author, cartoonist. Died 1999

26

  • Alice Harnoncourt née Hoffelner born (Vienna) Austrian violinist, viola player.

27

  • Edward Elgar’s Severn Suite op.87 for brass band premiered in London

29

  • Richard Bonynge born (Sydney) Australian conductor, pianist.
  • Ernst Krenek’s String Quartet no.5 premiered in Copenhagen

30

  • Arnold Bax’s Nonet premiered in Bradford
  • The Mills Brothers sign with CBS Radio, becoming the first black artists to have their own network radio show

unk

  • Eurreal ‘Little Brother’ Montgomery makes his first recordings for Paramount. Tracks cut include Vicksburg Blues & No Special Rider Blues 

releases

  • Duke Ellington and his Cotton Club Orchestra – Three Little Words / Ring Dem Bells (Victor) 
  • Memphis Jug Band – Cocaine Habit Blues / It Won’t Act Right (Victor)  

Wingy Manone 1900-82

Oct

1

  • Richard Harris born (Limerick, Ireland) Irish actor, singer, theatre producer, film director, writer. Died 2002
  • Riccardo Drigo (84) dies in Padua

2

  • Duke Ellington and his Orchestra record a session for Victor in New York. Arthur Whetsol, Cootie Williams, Freddie Jenkins (tp) Joe Nanton, Juan Tizol (tb) Barney Bigard (cl, ts) Johnny Hodges (cl, ss, as) Harry Carney (cl, as, bars) Duke Ellington (p) Fred Guy (bj) Wellman Braud (b) Sonny Greer (d) Dick Robertson (vo). Tracks cut include Hittin’ The Bottle; That Lindy Hop; You’re Lucky To Me & Memories Of You
  • John Ireland’s Piano Concerto in E flat premiered in London

5

  • John Carmichael born (Melbourne) Australian composer, pianist, music therapist.

8

  • Park “Pepper” Adams born (Highland Park, MI) American jazz baritone saxophonist, session player, bandleader. Died 1986
  • Toru Takemitsu born (Tokyo) Japanese composer, music theorist. Died 1996

11

  • Carl Orff’s cantatas Veni creator spiritus & Der gute Mensch [the good man] premiered in Munich

12

  • Virginia Zucchi (81) dies in Nice
  • Paul Hindemith’s Konzertmusik op.49 for piano, ten brass instruments and two harps premiered in Chicago

14

  • Henry Creamer (51) dies in New York
  • George & Ira Gershwin, Guy Bolton & Jack McGowan’s musical Girl Crazy opens on Broadway, starring Ginger Rogers (272 performances)

18

  • Sergei Prokofiev’s Sinfonietta premiered in Moscow (final version)

22

  • Eubie Blake and Andy Razaf’s musical revue Lew Leslie’s Blackbirds premiered in New York, lib. F.E. Miller and Razaf
  • Arthur Bliss’s oratorio Morning Heroes premiered in Norwich
  • The BBC Symphony Orchestra, founded as a full time concert orchestra under director and conductor Adrian Boult, gives its premiere performance at the Queen’s Hall, London

24

  • The Big Bopper aka Jiles Perry Richardson, Jr born (Sabine Pass, TX) American rock singer, disc jockey. Died 1959
  • Albert Roussel’s Symphony no.3 premiered in Boston

27

  • Dmitri Shostakovich’s ballet Zolotoy vek [The Golden Age] premiered in St Petersburg

28

  • John Mayer born (Calcutta) Anglo-Indian classical jazz violinist, composer, teacher. Died 2004

30

  • Clifford Brown born (Wilmington, DW) American jazz trumpeter, composer. Died 1956
  • (& 31 Oct) Bennie Moten’s Kansas City Orchestra record two sessions for Victor in Kansas City, MO. Tracks cut include Somebody stole my gal; Won’t you be my baby?; New Moten Stomp; Bouncing Around; When I’m Alone & Wish I Could Be Blue

31

  • Booker Ervin born (Denison, TX) American jazz tenor saxophonist, bandleader. Worked with Charles Mingus. Died 1970

unk

  • Adrian Boult appointed music director for the BBC Symphony Orchestra, a post he holds until 1950

releases

  • Louis Armstrong and Earl Hines – Weather Bird / Dear Old Southland (Okeh)
  • Hoagy Carmichael – Georgia (On My Mind) / One Night in Havana (Victor)
  • Carter Family – Worried Man Blues / The Cannon Ball (Victor)
  • Son House – Preachin’ the Blues parts 1 and 2 (Paramount)
  • Charley Jordan – Just a Spoonful / Two Street Blues (Vocalion)
  • Mississippi Sheiks – Jail Bird Love Song / Yodeling Fiddling Blues (Okeh)
  • Paul Whiteman Orchestra – Body and Soul / Something to Remember You By (Columbia)
ellington

Duke Ellington 1899-1974

Nov

3

  • Mable John born (Bastrop, LA) American R&B singer. Sister of Little Willie John (1937-68).

4

  • Sergei Prokofiev’s Symphony no.4 premiered in Boston

5

  • Bohuslav Martinu’s Violin Sonata no.1 premiered in Paris

6

  • Frederick Delius’s Violin Sonata no.3 premiered in London
  • Arnold Schoenberg’s Begleitmusik zu einer Lichtspielszene [Accompaniment to a Cinematographic Scene] op.34 for orchestra premiered in Berlin

7

  • Ottorino Respighi’s Metamorphosen, Modi XII for orchestra premiered in Boston
  • Igor Stravinsky’s Quatre études [four studies] for orchestra premiered in Berlin

11

  • John Ness Beck born (Warren, OH) American choral composer, arranger, conductor. Died 1987
  • Emil von Reznicek’s opera Spiel oder Ernst? [Playing or serious?], lib. Paul Knudsen, premiered in Dresden

12

  • Joe Venuti’s Blue Four record a session for Okeh in New York. Tracks cut include I’ve Found a New Baby & Sweet Sue – Just You

13

  • Thomas Bulch (67) dies in Sydney

14

  • Edmund Meisel (36) dies in Berlin of peritonitis
  • Bohuslav Martinu’s Piano Trio no.1 premiered in Paris

17

  • David Amram born (Philadelphia, PA) American classical and jazz french horn player, multi-instrumentalist, composer, conductor, writer.

28

  • Howard Hanson’s Symphony No.2 premiered in Boston
  • Zoltán Kodály’s Marosszéki táncok [Dances of Marosszék] for orchestra premiered in Dresden

29

  • Jakov Gotovac’s opera Morana premiered in Brno. Lib. Ahmed Muradbegovich

releases

  • Jungle Band [Duke Ellington orchestra] – Mood Indigo (Dreamy Blues) / Runnin’ Wild! (Brunswick)
Jakov Gotovac 1895-1982

Jakov Gotovac 1895-1982

Dec

1

  • Matt Monro aka Terry Parsons born (London) English popular singer. Died 1985
  • Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji’s four hour solo piano work Opus Clavicembalisticum premiered in Glasgow

2

  • Charles K. Harris (63) dies in New York

3

  • Franz Léhar’s operetta Schön ist die Welt! [Beautiful is the world!] premiered in Berlin, lib. L. Herzer and F. Löhner
  • Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart & Benn Levy’s musical Ever Green opens in London (254 performances)

4

  • Jim Hall born (Buffalo, NY) American jazz guitarist, bandleader, composer. Worked with Chico Hamilton, Jimmy Giuffre, Ella Fitzgerald, Bill Evans and others.

5

  • Roger Sessions’s orchestral suite The Black Maskers premiered in Cincinnati

6

  • Emmanuel Bondeville’s Le Bal des pendus [The fearless hanged men] for orchestra premiered in Paris

8

  • Barbecue Bob Hicks makes his final recordings for Columbia in Atlanta
  • Igor Markevitch’s Concerto Grosso for orchestra premiered in Paris
  • Cole Porter & Herbert Fields’ musical The New Yorkers opens on Broadway (168 performances)

10

  • Bertolt Brecht, Slatan Dudow and Hanns Eisler’s verse/prose/musical play The Decision premiered in Berlin
  • Duke Ellington and his Cotton Club Orchestra record a session for Victor in New York. Arthur Whetsol, Cootie Williams, Freddie Jenkins (tp) Joe Nanton, Juan Tizol (tb) Barney Bigard (cl, ts) Johnny Hodges (cl, ss, as) Harry Carney (cl, as, bars) Duke Ellington (p) Fred Guy (bj) Wellman Braud (b) Sonny Greer (d) Dick Robertson (vo). Tracks cut include What Good Am I Without You?Mood Indigo & When A Black Man’s Blue
  • Karol Rathaus’s opera Fremde Erde [foreign soil], lib. Kamilla Palffy-Waniek, premiered in Berlin

12

  • Arthur Honegger’s operetta Les aventures du roi Pausole [The adventures of King Pausole] premiered in Monte Carlo, lib. A. Willemetz

13

  • Igor Stravinsky’s Symphonie de psaumes [symphony of psalms] for chorus and orchestra premiered in Brussels

16

  • Joseph Kabasele aka Grand Kalle born (Matadi, DR Congo) Congolese jazz singer, bandleader. Led Grand Kalle & l’African Jazz. Died 1983

17

  • Makoto Moroi born (Tokyo) Japanese composer.
  • Peter Warlock (36) commits suicide by gas poisoning at his home in London

23

  • Altaf Mahmud born (Barisal, Bangladesh) Bangladeshi singer, music director, Bangladeshi nationalist. Died 1971
  • Louis Armstrong and his New Sebastian Cotton Club Orchestra record a session for Okeh in Los Angeles. Louis Armstrong (tp, vo) Les Hite (as, cond) George Orendorff, Harold Scott (tp) Luther Graven (tb) Marvin Johnson (as) Charlie Jones (cl, ts) Henry Prince (p) Bill Perkins (bj, g) Joe Bailey (tu, b) Lionel Hampton (d, vib). Tracks cut include The Peanut Vendor; You’re Driving Me Crazy & Sweethearts On Parade
  • Cab Calloway and his Orchestra record a session for Brunswick. Tracks cut include Some of These Days & St. James’ Infirmary 

24

  • Oskar Nedbal (56) commits suicide by jumping out of a window of the Zagreb Opera House

27

  • Jacqueline Fontyn born (Antwerp) Belgian composer, pianist, teacher.

28

  • Ed Thigpen born (Chicago, IL) American jazz drummer. Worked with Billy Taylor, Oscar Peterson and others. Died 2010
  • Henry Cowell’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra premiered in Havana

29

  • Oscar Borg (79) dies in Norway

30

  • Nancy Van de Vate born (Plainfield, NJ) American composer.

31

  • Odetta Felious born (Birmingham, AL) American folk singer, guitarist. Died 2008
  • Victor Olaiya born (Calabar, Nigeria) Nigerian Highlife trumpeter, bandleader.

releases

  • Carter Family – Don’t Forget This Song / The Little Log Hut in the Lane (Victor)
  • Jimmie Rodgers – Pistol Packin’ Papa / Those Gambler’s Blues (Victor)
  • Ethel Waters – Three Little Words / I Got Rhythm (Columbia)
Peter Warlock 1894-1930

Peter Warlock 1894-1930

Date unknown

publications

  • Joseph Canteloube’s song collection Chants d’Auvergne book 4 published
  • Henry Cowell’s book New Musical Resources published

songs published

  • A Cottage For Sale (Larry Conley, Willard Robison); Body and Soul (Robert Sour, Edward Heyman, Frank Eyton, Johnny Green); Confessin’ (Ellis Reynolds, Doc Daugherty, Al Neiburg); Dancing on the Ceiling (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers); Embraceable You; I Got Rhythm (both George & Ira Gershwin); Georgia On My Mind (Stuart Gorrell, Hoagy Carmichael); I’m Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes (AP Carter); Love for Sale (Cole Porter); Mood Indigo (Barney Bigard, Duke Ellington); On the Sunny Side of the Street (Dorothy Fields, Jimmy McHugh)

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