1933

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Jan

7

  • Louis Gruenberg’s opera Emperor Jones premiered in New York. Lib. Gruenberg and Kathleen de Jaffa

9

  • Riccardo Zandonai’s opera Una partita [a game], lib. Arturo Rossato, premiered in Milan

10

  • Akira Miyoshi born (Tokyo) Japanese composer, pianist, teacher.

12

  • Václav Suk (71) dies in Moscow

16

  • Willy Burmester (63) dies in Hamburg
  • Nikolai Myaskovsky’s Symphony No. 11 premiered in Moscow

17

  • Dalida aka Iolanda Cristina Gigliotti born (Cairo) Franco-Italian popular singer, actress. Died 1987

18

  • Ray Dolby born (Portland, OR) American inventor. Founder of Dolby Laboratories and inventor of the Dolby Noise Reduction system (Dolby NR).

20

  • Bohuslav Martinu’s Violin Sonata No. 2 premiered in Paris

22

  • Luigi Dallapiccola’s Partita for soprano and orchestra,premiered in Florence

23

  • Chita Rivera aka Dolores Conchita Figueroa del Rivero born (Washington, DC) American musical theatre actress, singer, dancer.
  • Bela Bartók’s Piano Concerto No. 2 premiered in Frankfurt

25

  • Don Kay born (Smithton, Tasmania) Australian composer, teacher.

26

  • Peter Zinovieff born (London) English inventor, electronic musician, librettist. Founder of the EMS company and inventor of the VCS3 synthesiser.

28

  • Peter Griesbacher (68) dies in Regensburg, Germany of gastrointestinal cancer
  • Adolf Krössing (85) dies in Prague from diabetes

29

  • Sacha Distel born (Paris) French jazz and pop singer, guitarist. Died 2004

31

  • Benjamin Britten’s Sinfonietta op.1 premiered in London

releases

  • Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra – Hobo You Can’t Ride This Train / That’s My Home (Victor)
Nikolai Myaskovsky - Complete Symphonies (Warner Classics)

Nikolai Myaskovsky – Complete Symphonies (Warner Classics)

Feb

1

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Piano Concerto premiered in London

2

  • Orlando “Cachaito” López born (Havana) Cuban jazz and Latin bassist. Appeared in the film Buena Vista Social Club. Died 2009
  • Lloyd Bacon’s film 42nd Street opens, starring Warner Baxter, Bebe Daniels, Ginger Rogers & Dick Powell. Music by Harry Warren & Al Dubin.

3

  • Varetta Dillard born (New York, NY) American R&B singer. Died 1993
  • John Handy born (Dallas, TX) American jazz alto saxophonist, bandleader, teacher. Worked with Charles Mingus.
  • Abram Chasins’s Piano concerto no.2 premiered in Philadelphia
  • Bohuslav Martinu’s Rhythmic Etudes for violin and piano premiered in Prague

4

  • Toshi Ichiyanagi born (Kobe, Japan) Japanese composer, conductor, pianist. Married to Yoko On between 1956 and 1963.
  • Darius Milhaud’s Devant sa main nue op.122 [Before his bare hand] for chorus premiered in Paris
  • Francis Poulenc’s Improvisations for piano premiered in Paris

7

  • Stuart Burrows born (Pontypridd) Welsh tenor singer.

8

  • Olivier Messiaen’s Fantaisie burlesque for piano premiered in Paris

12

  • Henri Duparc (85) dies in Mont-de-Marsan, France
  • Olivier Messiaen’s Le Tombeau resplendissant [the radiant tomb] for orchestra premiered in Paris

13

  • Earl Hines and His Orchestra record a session for Brunswick. Tracks cut include Cavernism & Rosetta

14

  • Andrei Volkonsky born (Geneva) Russian composer, conductor, harpsichord player. Died 2008

16

  • Jurgis Karnavičius’s opera Gražina [returns] premiered in Kaunas, Lithuania. Lib. Kazys Inčiūra

17

  • Bobby Lewis born (Indianapolis, IA) American R&B singer.

18

  • Yoko Ono born (Tokyo) Japanese rock and avant-garde singer, musician, composer, conceptual and performist artist. Member of the Plastic Ono Band. Wife of John Lennon (1940-80).
  • Kurt Weill’s musical play Der Silbersee: ein Wintermärchen [The Silver Lake: A Winter’s Tale] premiered simultaneously in Leipzig, Erfurt and Magdeburg, lib. C. Neher

21

  • Nina Simone aka Eunice Kathleen Waymon born (Tryon, NC) American jazz singer, songwriter, pianist, activist. Died 2003

22

  • Riccardo Zandonai’s opera La farsa amorosa [the romantic farce], lib. Arturo Rossato, premiered in Rome

24

  • David Newman born (Corsicana, TX) American jazz tenor and baritone saxophonist, flautist, bandleader . Worked with Ray Charles, Herbie Mann and his own groups. Died 2009

unk

  • Bertolt Brecht leaves Germany for Denmark

releases

  • Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra – I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues / Hustlin’ and Bustlin’ for Baby (Victor)
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Poster for Lloyd Bacon’s 42nd Street

Mar

1

  • Arnold Schoenberg constructively dismissed from the Prussian Academy of Arts, Berlin although this won’t be official until October 1st

3

  • Jimmy Garrison born (Miami, FL) American jazz bassist. Worked with John Coltrane and others. Died 1976
  • Robert Radford (58) dies in London

4

  • Kurt Weill’s Der Silbersee [the silver lake] banned by the new Nazi government
  • Die Truppe 31, a theatre group co-founded by Stefan Wolpe and theatre director Gustav von Wangenheim in Berlin, is banned by the Nazis causing the composer to flee to Austria

5

  • Samuel Barber’s Cello Sonata op.6 & Dover Beach op.3 for baritone and string quartet premiered in New York

6

  • Dolly Collins born (Hastings, Sussex) English folk multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger. Sister of Shirley Collins (b.1935). Died 1995
  • Edgard Varèse’s Ionisation for percussion premiered in New York

9

  • Lloyd Price born (Kenner, LA) American R&B singer, songwriter, businessman.

13

  • Mike Stoller born (Long Island, NY) American popular songwriter, composer. Worked with Jerry Leiber.

14

  • Quincy Jones born (Chicago, IL) American record producer, composer, arranger, jazz pianist, bandleader.

15

  • Elliott Carter’s incidental music for Sophocles’s play Philoctetes premiered in Cambridge, MA
  • Jazz banned from Germany’s radio stations

17

  • Paul Hindemith’s String Trio no.2 premiered in Amsterdam

21

  • Art Tatum makes his first solo recordings for Brunswick. Tracks cut include Tiger Rag; St Louis Blues; Sophisticated Lady & Tea for Two 

22

  • Henry Kimball Hadley’s opera A Night in Old Paris premiered in New York. Lib. Frederick Truesdell
  • Kurt Weill flees Germany for France

23

  • Andrzej Trzaskowski born (Krakow) Polish classical and jazz composer, pianist. Died 1998
  • Olivier Messiaen’s Hymne au Saint-Sacrement for orchestra premiered in Paris
  • Joaquín Turina’s Ninerias op.56 [childishness] for piano premiered in Paris

26

  • Eddie Lang (30) dies in New York after a botched tonsilectomy
  • Arthur Honegger’s Mouvement symphonique no.3 premiered in Berlin

28

  • Tete Montoliu aka Vicenç Montoliu i Massana born (Barcelona) Catalan jazz pianist. Blind from birth. Died 1997

31

  • Anita Carter born (Maces Spring, VA) American country singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist. Daughter of Maybelle Carter (1909-78), sister of June (1929-2003) and Helen (1927-98) Carter. member of Mother Maybelle & the Carter Sisters and the Carter Family. Died 1999

Nazi anti-jazz campaign poster

Apr

4

  • Otto Klemperer flees Germany for Switzerland

6

  • Bill Hardman born (Cleveland, OH) American jazz trumpeter. Worked with Jackie McLean, Charles Mingus, Lou Donaldson and others. Died 1990
  • Vladimir de Pachmann (84) dies in Rome

7

  • All Jewish professors of music at German universities are sacked

8

  • Paul Jeffrey born (New York, NY) American jazz tenor saxophonist, arranger, teacher. Worked with Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus and others.
  • Herbert von Karajan joins the Austrian Nazi Party

9

  • Sigfrid Karg-Elert (55) dies in Leipzig

11

  • Red Foley makes his first recordings for Melotone in Chicago

12

  • Montserrat Caballé born (Barcelona) Catalan soprano singer.
  • Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s Violin concerto no.2 premiered in New York

13

  • Morton Subotnick born (Los Angeles, CA) American composer, electronic music pioneer, teacher.

15

  • Roy Clark born (Meherrin, VA) American country singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, actor, broadcaster.

17

  • Loris Ohannes Chobanian born (Mosul, Iraq) Armenian-American composer, teacher, conductor, pianist, flautist, violinist.

18

  • Spike Hughes takes part in the first of three recording sessions in New York credited to Spike Hughes and his Negro Orchestra. Musicians involved include Chu Berry, Benny Carter, Luis Russell and Coleman Hawkins

20

  • Henry Eichheim’s Impressions of Bali for orchestra premiered in Philadelphia

21

  • Ian Carr born (Dumfries) Scottish jazz trumpeter, writer, biographer, teacher. Member of the Rendell–Carr Quintet and Nucleus. Died 2009

24

  • Freddie Scott born (Providence, RI) American R&B singer, songwriter. Died 2007

25

  • Jerry Leiber born (Baltimore, MD) American popular songwriter. Worked with Mike Stoller. Died 2011
  • Bohuslav Martinu’s String Sextet premiered in Washington, DC

27

  • Calvin Newborn born (Whiteville, TN) American jazz guitarist. Brother of Phineas Newborn, Jr. (1931-89).

29

  • Darijan Božič born (Slavonski Brod, Croatia) Slovenian conductor, composer.
  • Rod McKuen born (Oakland, CA) American popular singer, songwriter, poet.

30

  • Willie Nelson born (Abbott, TX) American country singer, songwriter, guitarist, actor.

unk

  • Franco Alfano’s Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano premiered in Rome

releases

  • Duke Ellington and his Famous Orchestra – Drop Me Off at Harlem / Slippery Horn (Brunswick)
  • Jimmie Rodgers – Peach Pickin’ Time Down in Georgia / Prairie Lullaby (Victor)
  • Art Tatum – Tea for Two / Sophisticated Lady (Brunswick)
  • Art Tatum – Tiger Rag / St. Louis Blues (Brunswick)

Franco Alfano 1875-1954

May

3

  • James Brown born (Barnwell, SC) American funk, soul and R&B singer, songwriter. Died 2006

5

  • William Grant Still’s ballet La Guiablesse premiered in Rochester, NY

10

  • Selma Kurz (58) dies in Vienna of cancer
  • Charles Ives’s Symphony no.4 – III Fugue premiered in New York

13

  • Darius Milhaud’s String Quartet no.8 premiered in Paris

16

  • Duke Ellington and his Famous Orchestra record a session for Brunswick in New York. Arthur Whetsol, Cootie Williams, Freddie Jenkins (tp) Lawrence Brown, Joe Nanton, Juan Tizol (tb) Barney Bigard (cl, ts) Johnny Hodges (cl, ss, as) Otto Hardwicke, Harry Carney (cl, as, bars) Duke Ellington (p) Fred Guy (bj) Wellman Braud (b) Sonny Greer (d). Tracks cut include Sophisticated Lady; Stormy Weather & Bundle Of Blues

17

  • Henry Cowell’s Lilt of the Reel for small orchestra premiered in New York
  • Arnold Schoenberg flees Germany for France

18

  • Edward Elgar’s When Swallows Fly, The Woodland Stream for children’s choir premiered in Worcester, text C. Mackay

19

  • Antón García Abril born (Teruel, Spain) Spanish composer, teacher, conductor.
  • Karl Muck makes his final concert appearance conducting the Hamburg Philharmonic

20

  • Howard Hanson’s opera Merry Mount premiered in Ann Arbor, MI. Lib. Richard Stokes

21

  • Maurice André born (Alès, France) French classical trumpeter, teacher. Died 2012

22

  • Emil Oberhoffer (65) dies in San Diego, CA

24

  • Jimmie Rodgers makes his final recordings for Victor in New York
  • Dimitri Shostakovich’s 24 Preludes op.34 for piano premiered in Moscow

25

  • Darius Milhaud’s La mort d’un tyran op.116 [the death of a tyrant] for chorus and orchestra premiered in Paris

26

  • Jimmie Rodgers (35) dies in New York of tuberculosis

27

  • Mervyn LeRoy’s film Gold Diggers of 1933 opens, starring Dick Powell, Ruby Keeler, Joan Blondell & Ginger Rogers. Music by Harry Warren and Al Dubin.

unk

  • Jack Teagarden leaves the Ben Pollack Orchestra after nearly five years

releases

  • Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra – St. Louis Blues / Dusky Stevedore (Victor)
  • Ethel Waters with the Dorsey Brothers Orchestra – Stormy Weather (Keeps Rainin’ All the Time) / Love Is the Thing (Brunswick)

Ruby Keeler 1910-93

Jun

3

  • Yves Prin born (Sainte-Savine, France) French composer, conductor, pianist, administrator.

7

  • Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht’s The Seven Deadly Sins premiered in Paris

9

  • Duke Ellington and his band arrive in Britain for the first time

10

  • Ian Campbell born (Aberdeen) Scottish folk singer, songwriter. Led the Ian Campbell Folk Group. Father of Ali (b.1959), Robin (b.1954) and Duncan (b.1954) Campbell. Died 2012

13

  • Willem Pijper’s opera Halewijn premiered in Amsterdam. Lib. Emmy van Lokhorst

17

  • Christian Ferras born (Le Touquet, France) French classical violinist. Died 1982

18

  • Colin Brumby born (Melbourne) Australian composer, conductor.
  • Tommy Hunt born (Pittsburgh, PA) American R&B and soul singer. Member of the Flamingos and solo artist.

24

  • Rosalie Sorrels born (Boise, ID) American folk singer, songwriter, song collector.
  • Matilda Sissieretta Joyner Jones (65) dies in Providence, RI

26

  • Claudio Abbado born (Milan) Italian conductor.
  • Joseph Canteloube’s opera Vercingétorix premiered in Paris. Lib. Étienne Clémentel and Joseph-Henri Louwick
  • Igor Markevitch’s ballet score L’Envol d’Icare [The Flight of Icarus] premiered in Paris. The ballet has never been performed

unk

  • John & Alan Lomax set out on their first field recording trip for the Library of Congress
  • Max Trapp joins the Nazi party

releases

  • Duke Ellington and his Famous Orchestra – Sophisticated Lady / Stormy Weather (Brunswick)

Joseph Canteloube 1879-1957

Jul

1

  • Rashied Ali aka Robert Patterson born (Philadelphia, PA) American jazz drummer. Worked with John Coltrane and others. Died 2009
  • Richard Strauss’s opera Arabella premiered in Dresden, lib. H. von Hofmannsthal

6

  • Robert Kajanus (76) dies in Helsinki

13

  • The Duke Ellington Orchestra records the first of two sessions for Decca in London. Arthur Whetsol, Freddie Jenkins, Cootie Williams (tp) Lawrence Brown, Joe Nanton, Juan Tizol (tb) Barney Bigard (cl, ts) Johnny Hodges (cl, ss, as) Otto Hardwicke (cl, as, bsx) Harry Carney (cl, as, bars) Duke Ellington (p) Fred Guy (g) Wellman Braud (b) Sonny Greer (d) Ivie Anderson (vo)

15

  • Julian Bream born (London) English classical guitarist, lutenist.
  • Freddie Keppard (44) dies in Chicago of tuberculosis
  • John and Alan Lomax encounter Lead Belly for the first time at the Angola state penitentiary, Louisiana

16

  • Lead Belly makes his first recordings for the Library of Congress at the Louisiana State Penetentiary in Angola, LA

17

  • Ben Riley born (Savannah, GA) American jazz drummer. Worked with Sonny Rollins, Thelonious Monk, Andrew Hill, Alice Coltrane and others.

20

  • Buddy Knox born (Happy, TX) American rockabilly and country singer, songwriter, guitarist. Died 1999

24

  • Max von Schillings (65) dies in Berlin

26

  • Eduard Schütt (76) dies in Merano, Italy

27

  • Nick Reynolds born (San Diego, CA) American folk guitarist, percussionist. Member of the Kingston Trio. Died 2008
  • Duke Ellington and his band play three shows in Paris

29

  • Randy Sparks born (Leavenworth, TX) American folk singer, songwriter. Member of the New Christy Minstrels from 1961, the Back Porch Majority from 1964 to 1967 and solo artist.
Max von Schillings 1868-1933

Max von Schillings 1868-1933

Aug

3

  • Arthur Collins (69) dies in Tice, Fl

4

  • Sonny Simmons born (Sicily Island, LA) American jazz alto-saxophonist, English horn player, bandleader. Worked with Eric Dolphy and Charles Mingus.

6

  • Benjamin Britten’s Phantasy for oboe quartet op.2 premiered on BBC radio in London

8

  • Joe Tex aka Joseph Arrington born (Baytown, TX) American soul singer, songwriter. Died 1982

11

  • Justin Connolly born (London) English composer, teacher.

15

  • Bobby Helms born (Bloomington, IN) American country singer, songwriter, guitarist. Died 1997
  • Rita Hunter born (Wallasey, Merseyside) English soprano singer. Died 2001
  • Mike Seeger born (New York, NY) American folk singer, multi-instrumentalist. Son of Charles (1886-1979) and Ruth Crawford (1901-53) Seeger, brother of Peggy Seeger (b.1935), half-brother of Pete Seeger (b.1919). Died 2009
  • Josh White records a session for Banner. Tracks cut include Low Cotton; Blood Red River; Jesus Gonna Make Up My Dying Bed & Motherless Children

17

  • Mark Dinning born (Manchester, OK) American pop singer. Died 1986

21

  • Janet Baker born (Hatfield, Yorks) English mezzo-soprano singer.

25

  • Wayne Shorter born (Newark, NJ) American jazz tenor and soprano saxophonist, composer. Worked with the Jazz Messengers, Miles Davis, Weather Report and his own groups.

30

  • Samuel Barber’s overture The School for Scandal premiered in Philadelphia

31

  • Vitya Vronsky marries Victor Babin in Berlin

unk

  • George Antheil returns to the US from Europe
Samuel Barber 1910-81

Samuel Barber 1910-81

Sep

1

  • Gene Harris born (Benton Harbor, MI) American jazz pianist. Died 2000
  • Marshall Lytle born (Old Fort, NC) American rock bassist. Member of Bill Haley & His Comets.
  • Conway Twitty aka Harold Lloyd Jenkins born (Friars Point, MS) American country singer, songwriter. Died 1993

5

  • Vincent McDermott born (Atlantic City, NJ) American composer, ethnomusicologist, teacher, writer.

8

  • Asha Bhosle (Mangeshkar) born (Mumbai) Indian Bollywood, folk and classical singer. Sister of Lata Mangeshkar (b.1929).

11

  • Adrian Ross (73) dies in London of heart failure

13

  • Arif Malikov born (Baku, Azerbaijan) Azerbaijani composer.

14

  • Harve Presnell born (Modesto, CA) American tenor singer, actor. Died 2009

15

  • Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos born (Burgos, Spain) Spanish conductor.

18

  • Jimmie Rodgers born (Camas, WA) American pop singer, guitarist.
  • Kurt Weill and Lotte Lenya are divorced

19

  • Bohuslav Martinů’s opera-ballet Špalíček [The Chap-Book] premiered in Prague, lib. Martinů

20

  • Steve McCall born (Chicago,IL) American jazz drummer. Died 1989

21

  • Gustav Holst’s Eight Canons for equal voices premiered in London

22

  • Leonardo Balada born (Barcelona) Catalan-American composer, teacher.

25

  • Erik Darling born (Baltimore, MD) American folk singer, songwriter, guitarist, banjo player. Member of the Tarriers from 1955 to 1959, the Weavers from 1959 to 1963 and solo artist. Died 2008
  • Ian Tyson born (Victoria, BC) Canadian folk and country singer, songwriter. Worked with Sylvia Fricker as Ian & Sylvia and solo.

30

  • Irving Berlin & Moss Hart’s revue As Thousands Cheer opens on Broadway (400 performances)
  • Henry Cowell’s Six Casual Developments for clarinet and piano premiered in Saratoga Springs, NY

Playbill for Irving Berlin & Moss Hart’s revue As Thousands Cheer

Oct

2

  • Phill Niblock born (Anderson, IN) American composer, teacher, film maker, multimedia artist.
  • Michel Plasson born (Paris) French conductor.

3

  • Frederick Delius’ Idyll: Once I Passed Through a Populous City for soprano, baritone and orchestra premiered in London, text W. Whitman

5

  • Reynaldo Hahn’s opera O mon bel inconnu [O my handsome stranger], lib. Sacha Guitry, premiered in Paris

6

  • Zakaria Paliashvili (62) dies in Tbilisi, Georgia
  • Cole Porter & Romney Brent’s musical Nymph Errant opens in London (154 performances)
  • Wesley Ruggles’s film I’m No Angel released starring Mae West and Cary Grant. The soundtrack by Harvey Oliver Brooks is the first Hollywood score composed by an African-American
  • Karol Szymanowski’s Violin Concerto No. 2 premiered in Warsaw

7

  • Charlie Barnet makes his first recordings for Melotone

9

  • Ernst Krenek’s Kantate von der Vergänglichkeit des Irdischen [Cantata of the transience of earthly things] premiered in Zürich

10

  • Tôn-Thất Tiết born (Huế, Vietnam) Vietnamese composer.

13

  • Karol Szymanowski’s Litany to the Virgin Mary op.59 for chorus premiered in Warsaw

14

  • Alexander Glazunov’s Concerto Ballata op.108 for cello and orchestra premiered in Paris
  • Alexander von Zemlinsky’s opera Der Kreiderkreis [the Kreider circle], lib. Alfred Henschke, premiered in Zurich

15

  • Dimitri Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 1 premiered in St Petersburg

16

  • Maurice Renaud (73) dies in Paris
  • Benny Carter and his Orchestra record a session for Columbia. Tracks cut include Lonesome Nights & Blue Lou (released on Okeh); Symphony in Riffs & Devil’s Holiday

17

  • Jeanine Deckers aka Sœur Sourire aka The Singing Nun born (Brussels) Belgian Dominican nun, singer, songwriter, guitarist. Died 1985

21

  • Georgia Brown aka Lillian Klot born (London) English musical theatre singer, actress. Died 1992
  • George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, George S. Kaufman & Morrie Ryskind’s musical Let ‘Em Eat Cake Broadway opens on Broadway (89 performances)
  • Arnold Bax’s Saga Fragment for piano and orchestra premiered in London

22

  • Henry Cowell’s Horn Pipe for orchestra premiered in Havana

23

  • Gary McFarland born (Los Angeles, CA) American jazz vibraphonist, singer, composer, arranger, bandleader. Died 1971
  • Béla Bartók’s Magyar népdalok [Hungarian Folksongs] for choir and orchestra premiered in Budapest
  • Zoltán Kodály’s Galántai táncok [Dances of Galánta] for orchestra premiered in Budapest

27

  • Floyd Cramer born (Shreveport, LA) American country pianist, session musician. Died 1997
  • Julius Klengel (74) dies in Leipzig
  • Benny Goodman & His Orchestra record a session for Columbia. Manny Klein, Charlie Teagarden (tp) Jack Teagarden (tb) Benny Goodman (cl) Arthur Karle (ts) Frank Froeba (p) Dick McDonough (g) Artie Bernstein (b) Gene Krupa (d). Tracks cut include Dr. Heckle and Mr. Jibe & Texas Tea Party

28

  • Alex North’s ballet Pre-Classic Suite premiered in New York

releases

  • Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra – It’s The Talk Of The Town / Nagasaki (Columbia)
  • Blind Willie [McTell] – B and O Blues No. 2 / Savannah Mama (Vocalion)
  • Ethel Waters – Heat Wave / Harlem on My Mind (Columbia)
kodaly

Zoltán Kodály 1882-1967

Nov

3

  • John Barry born (York) English film music composer, arranger, trumpeter, singer. Led the John Barry Seven. Died 2011
  • Kurt Weill’s La grande complainte de Fantômas [The great lament of Fantômas] premiered on Radio Paris

4

  • Paul von Klenau’s opera Michael Kohlhaas premiered in Stuttgart. Lib. von Klenau

8

  • Béla Bartók’s Magyar parasztdalok [Hungarian Peasant Songs] for orchestra premiered in Rotterdam

10

  • Mack Rice born (Clarksdale, MA) American R&B and soul singer, songwriter. Member of the Falcons and solo artist.

11

  • Jack Teagarden and his Orchestra record a session for Brunswick. Tracks cut include A Hundred Years from Today & I Just Couldn’t Take it, Baby

13

  • Ruth Crawford Seeger’s String Quartet premiered in New York

16

  • Garnet Mimms born (Ashland, WV) American soul and Gospel singer, minister. Member of the Gainors and solo artist.

18

  • Jerome Kern & Otto Harbach’s musical Roberta opens on Broadway, starring Fred MacMurray, Bob Hope & Sydney Greenstreet (295 performances)

19

  • Siegfried Behrend born (Berlin) German composer, guitarist. Died 1990

23

  • Krzysztof Penderecki born (Debica, Poland) Polish composer, conductor.
  • John Sanders born (Wanstead, Essex) English organist, conductor, choirmaster, composer. Died 2003

24

  • Bessie Smith makes her final recordings for Okeh. Bessie Smith (vo) Chu Berry (ts) Bobby Johnson (g) Frank Newton (cor) Billy Taylor (b) Jack Teagarden (tb) Buck Washington (p). Tracks cut include Gimmie A Pigfoot; Take Me For A Buggy Ride; I’m Down In The Dumps & Do Your Duty 

26

  • Robert Goulet born (Lawrence, MA) Canadian-American actor, theatre singer. Died 2007

27

  • Billie Holiday makes her first recordings in New York with Benny Goodman. Charlie Teagarden, Shirley Clay (tp) Jack Teagarden (tb) Benny Goodman (cl) Art Karle (ts) Buck Washington (p) Dick McDonough (g) Artie Bernstein (b) Gene Krupa (d) Deane Kincaide (arr) Billie Holiday (vo)

29

  • John Mayall born (Macclesfield) English blues singer, songwriter, guitarist, harmonica player, keyboard player. Led the Bluesbreakers.
  • George Lloyd’s Symphony no.1 premiered in Bournemouth

30

  • John Alden Carpenter’s symphonic poem Sea-Drift premiered in New York

unk

  • Richard Strauss appointed president of the Reichsmusikkammer in Berlin by Joseph Goebbels. He is forced to resign in 1935 after offering support to the Jewish librettist Stefan Zweig

releases

  • Benny Goodman and his Orchestra – Ain’t-cha’ Glad? / I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues (Columbia)
  • Benny Goodman and his Orchestra – Dr. Heckle and Mr. Jibe / Texas Tea Party (Columbia)
  • Blind Willie [McTell] – Broke Down Engine [No.2] / Death Cell Blues (Vocalion)

Jerome Kern 1885-1945

Dec

1

  • Lou Rawls born (Chicago, IL) American soul, jazz and Gospel singer. Died 2006

6

  • Henryk Górecki born (Czernika, Poland) Polish composer. Died 2010

7

  • Jan Brandts Buys (65) dies in Salzburg

10

  • Henry Cowell’s Four Continuations for String Orchestra & Three Dances of Activity for flute, piano and percussion premiered in New York
  • Alexander Glazunov’s Saxophone Quartet op.109 premiered in Paris
  • William Grant Still’s A Deserted Plantation for piano and orchestra premiered in New York

11

  • Benjamin Britten’s Alla marcia for string quartet & Two-Part Songs for choir and piano premiered in London

12

  • Manu Dibango born (Douala, Cameroon) Cameroonian jazz, soukous and disco singer, saxophonist, composer.

13

  • Wayne Bennett born (Sulphur, OK) American blues guitarist. Worked with Bobby Bland and others. Died 1992

17

  • Walter Booker born (Prairie View, TX) American jazz bassist. Worked with Donald Byrd, Cannonball Adderley, Shirley Horn and others. Died 2006

18

  • Lonnie Brooks aka Lee Baker Jr born (Dubuisson, LA) American blues guitarist, singer, songwriter.
  • Benny Goodman & his Orchestra record a session for Columbia. Tracks cut include Riffing the Scotch & Keep On Doin’ What you’re Doin’ 

29

  • Thornton Freeland’s film Flying Down to Rio opens, starring Dolores del Rio, Gene Raymond, Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers. Music by Vincent Youmans, Gus Kahn, Edward Eliscu & Max Steiner

unk

  • Jack Teagarden joins the Paul Whiteman Orchestra

releases

  • Blind Willie [McTell] – Warm It Up to Me / Runnin’ Me Crazy (Vocalion)
  • Bessie Smith – Do Your Duty / I’m Down in the Dumps (Okeh)
  • Paul Whiteman Orchestra – Smoke Gets in Your Eyes / Something Had to Happen (Victor)
BennyGoodman2

Benny Goodman 1909-1986

Date unknown

  • Ernst Mehlich dismissed as director of the Baden-Baden City Symphony Orchestra by the Nazis and emigrates to Brazil

songs published

  • Easter Parade (Irving Berlin); Forty-Second Street; We’re in the Money (both Al Dubin, Harry Warren); I Cover the Waterfront (Edward Heyman, John Green); It’s Only a Paper Moon (E. Y. Harburg, Billy Rose, Harold Arlen); I’ve Got the World on a StringLet’s Fall in Love; Stormy Weather (all Ted Koehler, Harold Arlen); Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (Otto Harbach, Jerome Kern); Sophisticated Lady (Mitchell Parish, Irving Mills, Duke Ellington)
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