1934

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Jan

4

  • The Ziegfeld Follies of 1934 Broadway revue opens (182 performances)

5

  • Phil Ramone born (South Africa) South African-American record producer, engineer, violinist, composer. Worked with The Band, Ray Charles, John Coltrane, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Elton John, Quincy Jones, Madonna, Paul McCartney, Liza Minnelli, André Previn, Paul Simon, Frank Sinatra, Rod Stewart, Stevie Wonder and many others. Died 2013

6

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams’ The Running Set for orchestra premiered in London

11

  • Blind Willie McTell marries Ruthy Kate Williams aka Katie McTell in Atlanta, GA

12

  • Paul Kochanski (46) dies in New York of stomach cancer
  • Frederick Delius’s Fantastic Dance for orchestra premiered in London

13

  • Gian Francesco Malipiero’s opera La favola del figlio cambiato [the tale of his changed son], lib. Luigi Pirandello, premiered in Braunschweig

14

  • George Gershwin’s Variations on “I Got Rhythm” for piano and orchestra premiered in Boston

15

  • Arnold Bax’s Symphony no.5 premiered in London

16

  • Bob Bogle born (Wagoner, OK) American rock guitarist, bassist. Member of the Ventures. Died 2009
  • Marilyn Horne born (Bradford, PA) American mezzo-soprano singer.

17

  • Cedar Walton born (Dallas, TX) American jazz pianist, composer, arranger, session player. Worked with the Jazz Messengers and others.

18

  • Otakar Ševčík (81) dies in Pisek, Czech Rep

20

  • Franz Léhar’s musical comedy Giuditta premiered in Vienna, lib. P. Knepler and F. Löhner

21

  • Eva Olmerová born (Prague) Czech jazz and popular singer. Died 1993

22

  • Nolan Strong born (Scottsboro, AL) American R&B singer. Led The Diablos from 1950 to 1964. Died 1977
  • Dmitri Shostakovich’s opera Lėdi Makbet Mtsenskogo uyezda [Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District] premiered in St Petersburg, lib. Shostakovich and A. Preys

23

  • Ottorino Respighi’s opera La fiamma [the flame] premiered in Rome, lib. C. Guastalla

26

  • Huey ‘Piano’ Smith born (New Orleans, LA) American R&B pianist, singer, songwriter.
  • The Apollo Theater opens in Harlem, New York
  • The Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra record a session for Victor in New York. Tracks cut include Jazznocracy; Chillun Get Up; White Heat & Leaving Me

31

  • Gustav Holst’s opera The Wandering Scholar premiered in Liverpool, lib. Arnold Bax

unk

  • Marcel Dupré appointed organist of St. Sulpice, Paris succeeding Charles-Marie Widor, a post he holds until his death in 1971
  • The Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra begins a six month engagement at the Cotton Club, Harlem

releases

  • Duke Ellington and his Orchestra – Daybreak Express / Dear Old Southland (Victor)
  • Benny Goodman and his Orchestra – Riffin’ the Scotch / Keep On Doin’ What You’re Doin’ (Columbia)
apollo

The Apollo Theater, Harlem

Feb

1

  • Bob Shane born (Hilo, HI) American folk singer, songwriter, guitarist, banjo player. Member of the Kingston Trio.
  • Arnold Bax’s Piano Sonata no.4 premiered in New York
  • Charley Patton records his final session for Vocalion in New York. Tracks cut include Jersey Bull Blues; Stone Pony Blues; Revenue Man Blues; Oh Death; Hang It On The Wall & Yellow Bee

3

  • Annette Hanshaw makes her final recordings and retires from the music business aged 32

4

  • Ernesto Nazareth (70) dies in Rio De Janeiro

7

  • King Curtis aka Curtis Ousley born (Fort Worth, TX) American R&B saxophonist, record producer, session musician. Died 1971
  • Earl King born (New Orleans, LA) American R&B singer, songwriter, guitarist. Died 2003

8

  • Edward Elgar’s Mina for orchestra premiered in London at a recording session for HMV
  • Virgil Thomson’s opera Four Saints in Three Acts premiered in Hartford, CT. Lib. Gertrude Stein

16

  • Noël Coward’s musical Conversation Piece opens in London (177 performances)

18

  • Clyde ‘Skip’ Battin born (Gallapolis, OH) American rock and country singer, songwriter, bassist, session musician. Member of Skip & Flip, the Byrds, New Riders of the Purple Sage and the Flying Burrito Brothers. Died 2003

19

  • George Gershwin begins a twice weekly radio program called Music by Gershwin on New York station WJZ

23

  • Edward Elgar (76) dies in Worcester of cancer
  • Benjamin Britten’s A Boy was Born for choir premiered on BBC radio
  • Benny Morton records his only session as leader for Columbia in New York. Henry Allen (tp) Benny Morton (tb) Jerry Blake, Edward Inge (cl, as) Ted McRae (ts) Don Kirkpatrick (p) Bobby Johnson (g) Billy Taylor (b) Manzie Johnson (d). Tracks cut include Get Goin’; Fare Thee Well To Harlem; Tailor Made & The Gold Digger’s Song (We’re In The Money)

24

  • Renata Scotto born (Savona, Italy) Italian soprano singer, opera director.

25

  • Daniel Protheroe (67) dies in Chicago
  • Henry Cowell’s Six Casual Developments for chamber orchestra premiered in New York

28

  • Willie Bobo (Correa) born (New York, NY) American jazz and Latin percussionist, session musician. Worked with Cal Tjader, Mongo Santamaria and others. Died 1983
  • George Antheil’s opera Helen Retires premiered in New York, lib. J. Erskine

releases

  • Blind Willie [McTell] and Partner [Curley Weaver] – Lord Have Mercy, If You Please / Don’t You See How This World Made a Change (Vocalion)
  • Blind Willie [McTell] and Partner [Curley Weaver] – Southern Can Mama / It’s a Good Little Thing (Vocalion)

Annette Hanshaw 1901-85

Mar

2

  • Doug Watkins born (Detroit, MI) American jazz bassist, session player. Worked with the Jazz Messengers and Horace Silver. Died 1962

3

  • Jimmy Garrison born (Miami, FL) American jazz bassist, cellist. Worked with John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman and others. Died 1976
  • George Ratcliffe Woodward (85) dies in London

4

  • Mario Davidovsky born (Medanos, Argentina) Argentinian-American composer, teacher.
  • Barbara McNair born (Chicago, IL) American pop singer, actress. Died 2007

6

  • Benjamin Britten’s Simple Symphony for strings premiered in Norwich

8

  • Christian Wolff born (Nice) American composer, teacher.
  • Arnold Bax’s Sonatina in D for cello and piano premiered in London

10

  • Fou Ts’ong born (Shanghai) Chinese concert pianist.
  • Herman Klein (77) dies in London

12

  • Paul Hindemith’s Mathis der Maler Symphony premiered in Berlin

14

  • Shirley Scott born (Philadelphia, PA) American jazz organist. Died 2002

18

  • Gustav Holst’s Lyric Movement for viola and chamber orchestra premiered on BBC Radio

19

  • Sviatoslav Richter gives his first piano recital in Odessa

21

  • Nicanor Abelardo (41) dies in Manila
  • Franz Schreker (55) dies in Berlin following a heart attack

24

  • Dimitri Shostakovitch’s Suite for Jazz Orchestra No. 1 premiered in Leningrad

25

  • Johnny Burnette born (Memphis, TN) American rockabilly and pop singer, songwriter. Member of the Rock and Roll Trio. Brother of Dorsey Burnette (1932-79). Died 1964

26

  • Donald Bailey born (Philadelphia, PA) American jazz drummer. Worked with Jimmy Smith.

28

  • Gonzalo de Olavide born (Madrid) Spanish composer. Died 2005
  • Manuel de Falla’s Fanfare sobre el nombre de E.F. Arbós [Fanfare on the name of E.F. Arbós] for orchestra premiered in Madrid

31

  • Shirley Jones born (Charleroi, PA) American musical theatre singer, actress.
  • John D. Loudermilk born (Durham, NC) American rock, pop and country singer, songwriter.

unk

  • George Lloyd’s Symphony no.2 premiered in Eastbourne
  • Walford Davies appointed Master of the King’s Music

releases

  • Fred Astaire – Flying Down to Rio / Music Makes Me (Columbia)
  • Leroy Carr & Scrapper Blackwell – Mean Mistreater Mama / Blues Before Sunrise (Vocalion)
  • Charley Patton – Poor Me / 34 Blues (Vocalion)
Nicanor Abelardo 1893-1934

Nicanor Abelardo 1893-1934

Apr

1

  • Dmitri Shostakovich’s incidental music for P. Sukhotin’s play Chelovecheskaya komediya [The Human Comedy] premiered in Moscow

5

  • Stanley Turrentine born (Pittsburgh, PA) American jazz tenor saxophonist, bandleader. Worked with Earl Bostic and Max Roach. Brother of Tommy Turrentine (1928-97). Died 2000

7

  • Victor Feldman born (London) English jazz vibraphone player, pianist, percussionist, session musician. Worked with Ronnie Scott and others. Died 1987

9

  • Ottorino Respighi’s opera La bella dormente nel bosco [the sleeping beauty in the woods], lib. Gian Bistolfi, premiered in Turin

10

  • David Diamond’s Hommage à Satie for orchestra premiered in New York

11

  • Cleotha Staples born (Drew, MS) American R&B and Gospel singer. Daughter of Roebuck ‘Pops’ Staples (1914-2000) and sister of Pervis (b.1935), Yvonne (b.1936), and Mavis (b.1939) Staples. Died 2013

12

  • Arnold Bax’s symphonic poem The Tale the Pine-Trees Knew premiered in London
  • Lawrance Collingwood’s opera Macbeth premiered in London. Lib. Collingwood after Shakespeare

13

  • Siegfried Matthus born (Mallenuppen, Germany) German composer, opera director.

14

  • Sergei Prokofiev’s Symphonic Song premiered in Moscow
  • Albert Roussel’s Three Pieces for piano op.49 premiered in Paris

15

  • Charles Ives’s December for choir, brass and wind & The New River for choir and orchestra premiered in New York
  • Edgard Varèse’s Ecuatorial for voice, brass, piano, organ, 2 ondes martenots and percussion premiered in New York

17

  • Don Kirshner born (New York, NY) American record producer, music publisher, manager. Died 2011

19

  • Dickie Goodman born (Hewlett, NY) American record producer, sound collagist. Worked with Bill Buchanan. Died 1989

22

  • Charles Ives’s Hallowe’en for string quartet, piano and percussion; The Gong on the Hook and Ladder / Firemen’s Parade on Main Street for small orchestra & The Pond for small orchestra premiered in New York

28

  • Charley Patton (43) dies near Indianola, MS of heart disease

29

  • Aaron Copland’s Into the Streets May First for chorus premiered in New York

30

  • Igor Stravinsky’s opera Perséphone premiered in Paris, lib. André Gide

releases

  • Blind Willie [McTell] and Partner [Curley Weaver] – My Baby’s Gone / Weary Hearted Blues (Vocalion)
Stravinsky - Perséphone (CBS)

Stravinsky – Perséphone (CBS)

May

1

  • Shirley Horn born (Washington, DC) American jazz singer, pianist. Died 2005

3

  • Frankie Valli aka Francis Stephen Castelluccio born (Newark, NJ) American pop singer. Member of the Four Seasons.

4

  • Reinhold Glière’s opera Shakh-Senem (revised version) premiered in Baku, Azerbaijan. Lib. Mikhail Petrovich Galperin and Dschafar Dschabardy

7

  • Edward Naylor (67) dies in Cambridge

11

  • Arthur Honegger’s ballet Sémiramis premiered in Paris

14

  • Warren Smith born (Chicago, IL) American jazz percussionist, session player. Worked with Miles Davis, Gil Evans, Sam Rivers, Tony Williams, M’Boom and others.

16

  • Fats Waller and his Rhythm make their first recordings for Victor in New York. Tracks cut include I Wish I Were Twins & Armful of Sweetness

18

  • Igor Stravinsky’s Bogoroditse devo [Blessed Virgin]; Otche nash′ [Our Father] & Simvol verï [Symbol of faith] all for chorus premiered in Paris
  • Chick Webb’s Savoy Orchestra record a session for Columbia in New York. Tracks cut include Stomping at the Savoy & Why Should I Beg for Love 

21

  • Henry Cowell’s Suite for Small Orchestra premiered in New York

23

  • Robert Moog born (Queens, NY) American inventor. Founder of Moog synthesisers. Died 2005

25

  • Gustav Holst (59) dies in London of heart failure
  • Béla Bartók’s cantata A kilenc csodaszarvas [The Nine Enchanted Stags] for choir and orchestra premiered in London

26

  • Otakar Ostrcil’s opera Honzovo královstvi [the kingdom of Honzová], lib. Jirí Maránek, premiered in Brno

28

  • The first Glyndebourne Festival is held at Glyndebourne House, Lewes, Sussex.
  • Henri Rabaud’s opera Rolande et le mauvais garçon [Rolande and the Badman], lib. Lucien Népoty, premiered in Paris

unk

  • Stefan Wolpe leaves Austria for Jerusalem

releases

  • Ethel Waters – Come Up and See Me Sometimes / You’ve Seen Harlem at Its Best (Brunswick)
  • Peetie Wheatstraw – Peetie Wheatstraw Blues / The Devil’s Son-In-Law (Bluebird)

Stefan Wolpe 1902-72

Jun

1

  • Charles Eugene “Pat” Boone born (Jacksonville, FL) American pop singer, television entertainer, writer, political commentator.
  • Benny Goodman’s full orchestra makes its debut in New York

2

  • Johnny Carter born (Chicago, IL) American R&B and soul singer. Member of the Flamingos and the Dells. Died 2009

3

  • Louis Vierne’s Organ Symphony No. 6 op.59 premiered in Paris

5

  • Ashley Lawrence born (Hamilton, New Zealand) New Zealand conductor. Died 1990

9

  • Jackie Wilson born (Detroit, MI) American soul singer. Worked with Billy Ward & the Dominoes and solo. Died 1984

10

  • Frederick Delius (72) dies in Grez-sur-Loing, France
  • Igor Stravinsky granted French citizenship

13

  • Uriel Jones born (Detroit, MI) American R&B and soul drummer, session musician. Member of the Funk Brothers at Motown. Died 2009

14

  • Bill ‘Jazz’ Gillum makes his first solo recordings for Bluebird in Chicago. tracks cut include Early In The Morning & Harmonica Stomp

15

  • Alfred Bruneau (77) dies in Paris

17

  • Francisco de Lacerda (65) dies in Lisbon

20

  • Alain Bancquart born (Dieppe) French composer, conductor, viola player.

22

  • Ray Mantilla born (New York, NY) American jazz drummer, session player. Worked with Herbie Mann, Freddie Hubbard, M’Boom, Jazz Messengers and others.
  • Leon Rosselson born (Harrow, London) English folk singer, songwriter, guitarist, activist, children’s author.

27

  • Dave Grusin born (Littleton, CO) American jazz and film composer, arranger, pianist.

releases

  • Big Bill Broonzy – Mistreatin’ Mama Blues / Long Tall Mama (Banner)
  • Benny Goodman and his Orchestra – Moonglow / Breakfast Ball (Columbia)
  • Fats Waller and his Rhythm – I Wish I Were Twins / Armful of Sweetness (Victor)
  • Chick Webb’s Savoy Orchestra – Stomping at the Savoy / Why Should I Beg for Love (Columbia)

Clockwise from top left: Jazz Gillum, Tampa Red, Bill Gaither, Jack Dupree, Bill Broonzy

Jul

1

  • Alicia Terzian born (Córdoba, Argentina) Argentinian composer, conductor, musicologist, teacher.

6

  • René Urtreger born (Paris) French jazz pianist, composer.

7

  • Vinko Globokar born (Anderny, France) French classical composer, trombonist.

11

  • James “Pookie” Hudson born (Des Moines, IA) American R&B and doowop singer . Member of the Spaniels. Died 2007

12

  • Harvey Van Cliburn born (Shreveport, LA) American classical pianist.

15

  • Harrison Birtwistle born (Accrington) English composer.
  • Louis F. Gottschalk (69) dies in Los Angeles following a stroke

18

  • Roger Reynolds born (Detroit, MI) American composer, professor of composition at San Diego University.

19

  • Tessa Birnie born (Ashburton, New Zealand) New Zealand concert pianist. Died 2008
  • Bobby Bradford born (Cleveland, MS) American jazz trumpeter, cornetist, bandleader, composer. Worked with Ornette Coleman and John Carter.

20

  • Ralph Rinzler born (New York, NY) American folk singer, guitarist, folklorist, museum curator. Died 1994

22

  • Junior Cook born (Pensacola, FL) American jazz tenor saxophonist . Worked with Dizzy Gillespie, Horace Silver, Blue Mitchell, Freddie Hubbard and others. Died 1992

23

  • Steve Lacy born (New York, NY) American jazz soprano saxophonist, clarinetist, bandleader. Worked with McCoy Tyner, Mal Waldron and his own groups. Died 2004

24

  • Ahmad Alaadeen born (Kansas City, MO) American jazz baritone and tenor saxophonist, oboist, teacher, session player. Died 2010

25

  • Don Ellis born (Los Angeles, CA) American jazz and classical trumpeter, composer, bandleader. Worked with Maynard Ferguson, Improvisational Workshop Orchestra and the Hindustani Jazz Sextet. Died 1978

28

  • Brian May born (Adelaide) Australian film composer. Died 1997

unk

  • The first issue of DownBeat magazine published in Chicago

releases

  • Big Bill [Broonzy] – Mississippi River Blues / Friendless Blues (Bluebird)
Big Bill - Mississippi River Blues (Bluebird)

Big Bill – Mississippi River Blues (Bluebird)

Aug

1

  • Hermann Baumann born (Hamburg) German composer, teacher, horn player.
  • Lead Belly released from Angola Prison Farm in Louisiana

3

  • The Ink Spots make their first appearance at the Apollo, Harlem as the 4 Ink Spots

4

  • Gabriel Tacchino born (Cannes) French concert pianist, teacher.

5

  • Vern Gosdin born (Woodland, AL) American country singer, songwriter, guitarist. Died 2009

8

  • The Luis Russell Orchestra record a session for Banner. Tracks cut include At the Darktown Strutters’ Ball; Ol’ Man River; Hokus Pokus; Ghost of the Freaks; My Blue Heaven & Primitive
  • The Sons of the Pioneers make their first recordings for Decca in Los Angeles. Leonard Slye aka Roy Rogers (vo, g) Bob Nolan (vo, b) Tim Spencer (vo) Hugh Farr (vo, vln)

9

  • Merle Kilgore born (Chickasha, OK) American country songwriter, singer, manager. Died 2005

10

  • James Tenney born (Silver City, NM) American composer, music theorist. Died 2006

15

  • Bobby Byrd born (Toccoa, GA) American funk and R&B singer, pianist. Worked with James Brown. Died 2007
  • George Garanian born (Moscow) Armenian-Russian jazz saxophonist, bandleader, composer. Died 2010

16

  • Benny Goodman & his Orchestra record a session for Columbia in New York. Tracks cut include Take my Word; It Happens to the Best of Friends; Bugle Call Rag & Nitwit Serenade

20

  • ‘Sneaky’ Pete Kleinow born (South Bend, IN) American country and rock pedal steel guitarist, session musician. Worked with the Flying Burrito Brothers and others. Died 2007

22

  • John Chowning born (Salem, NJ) American composer, teacher, electrical engineer.

24

  • Hugo Felix (67) dies in Los Angeles

29

  • Henrique de Curitiba aka Zbigniew Henrique Morozowicz born (Curitiba, Brazil) Brazilian composer, teacher. Died 2008
Sons of the Pioneers

Sons of the Pioneers

Sep

1

  • Fanny Davies (73) dies in London

2

  • Sam Gooden born (Chattanooga, TN) American soul singer. Member of the Impressions.
  • Russ Columbo (26) shot dead by accident whilst examining guns at his friend Lansing Brown’s house in Los Angeles
  • Alcide Nunez (50) dies in New Orleans following a heart attack

3

  • Freddie King born (Gilmer, TX) American blues guitarist, singer. Died 1976

4

  • (& 5 Sep) The Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra record two sessions for Decca in New York. Tracks cut include Sophisticated Lady; Unsophisticated Sue; Nana; Miss Otis Regrets; Mood Indigo; Rose Room; Stratosphere & Star Dust 

7

  • Waldo de los Ríos born (Buenos Aires) Argentinian composer, conductor, arranger. Died 1977
  • Little Milton aka James Milton Campbell born (Inverness, MS) American blues singer, guitarist. Died 2005

8

  • Peter Maxwell Davies born (Salford) English composer, conductor. Master of the Queen’s Music from 2004.

10

  • Vassil Kazandjiev born (Rousse, Bulgaria) Bulgarian composer, conductor.
  • Larry Sitsky born (Tianjin, China) Australian composer, pianist, teacher
  • George Henschel (84) dies in Aviemore, Scotland
  • Kokomo Arnold makes his first recordings for Decca in Chicago. Tracks cut include Milk Cow Blues & Old Original Kokomo Blues
  • Rutland Boughton’s opera The Lily Maid premiered in Stroud, lib. Boughton

12

  • (& 13 Sep) Earl Hines and His Orchestra record two sessions in Chicago for Decca. Tracks cut include That’s a Plenty; Sweet Georgia Brown; Angry; Cavernism; Fat Babes & Maple Leaf Rag

13

  • Duke Ellington and his 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 Solitude; MoonglowSaddest Tale & Sump’n’ Bout Rhythm

14

  • The Spirits of Rhythm record a session for Decca in New York. Jazz string band formed in New York in 1932. Douglas Daniels, Walter Daniels (tiple) Teddy Bunn (g) Wellman Braud, Wilson Myers (b) Leo Watson (vo, tiple) Virgil Scoggins, Red McKenzie (perc). Tracks cut include Junk Man & Dr Watson and Mr Holmes

15

  • Ernst Krenek’s opera Cefalo e Procri [Cephalus and Procris], lib. Rinaldo Küfferle, premiered in Venice

16

  • Ronnie Drew born (Dun Laoghaire, Ireland) Irish folk singer, songwriter, guitarist. Member of the Dubliners. Died 2008
  • Dick Heckstall-Smith born (Ludlow, Shropshire) English jazz and rock saxophonist, pianist, clarinetist. Member of Blues Incorporated, Graham Bond Organisation, Bluesbreakers and Colosseum. Died 2004

18

  • Jack Teagarden and his Orchestra record a session for Brunswick in New York. Tracks cut include Stars Fell on Alabama & Your Guess Is as Good as Mine

19

  • Brian Epstein born (Liverpool) English band manager. Worked with the Beatles, Gerry & the Pacemakers, Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas and Cilla Black. Founded NEMS Records. Died 1967
  • Tiny Bradshaw makes his first recordings for Decca in New York

21

  • Leonard Cohen born (Montreal) Canadian folk and rock singer, songwriter, poet, novelist.

24

  • Edwin Lemare (68) dies in Hollywood, CA

26

  • Geoffrey Grey born (London) English composer.
  • Arn0ld Schoenberg’s Concerto for string quartet and orchestra premiered in Prague

27

  • Louis Prima makes his first recordings for Brunswick in New York
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Greensleeves for orchestra premiered in London

30

  • Gustav Mahler’s songs Im Lenz; Winterlied & Maitanz im Grünen premiered on Radio Brno

unk

  • John Lomax employs Lead Belly as his driver

releases

  • Dorsey Brothers’ Orchestra – I’m Getting Sentimental Over You / Long May We Love (Decca)
  • Ethel Waters – Miss Otis Regrets (She’s Unable to Lunch Today) / Moonglow (Decca)

The Spirits of Rhythm

Oct

1

  • Miklós Rózsa’s Theme, Variations, and Finale op.13 for orchestra premiered in Duisberg

3

  • Benjamin Boretz born (Brooklyn, NY) American composer, theorist, teacher.
  • Henri Marteau (60) dies in Lichtenberg, Germany

5

  • Robert Theodore Anderson born (Chicago, IL) American composer, organist, teacher. Died 2009

9

  • Adolph ‘Dollar’ Brand aka Abdullah Ibrahim born (Cape Town) South African jazz pianist, composer. Father of Jean Grae (b.1976).
  • Art Tatum’s Swingsters record a session for Decca in Los Angeles. Tracks cut include Liza & Anything For You

11

  • Kurt Weill’s Symphony no.2 premiered in Amsterdam

12

  • Mark Sandrich’s film The Gay Divorcee opens, starring Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers. Music by Max Steiner, Herb Magidson & Con Conrad, Mack Gordon & Harry Revel and Cole Porter

13

  • Nana Mouskouri aka Iōánna Moúschouri born (Chania, Crete) Greek pop singer, politician.

14

  • Leonid Sobinov (52) dies in Riga following a heart attack

17

  • Rico Rodriguez born (Kingston, Jamaica) Jamaican ska and reggae trombonist, session musician. Worked with the Specials and many others.

19

  • Dave Guard born (San Francisco, CA) American folk singer, songwriter, arranger. Member of the Kingston Trio. Died 1991

20

  • Eddie Harris born (Chicago, IL) American jazz tenor and electric saxophonist, pianist, composer. Died 1996
  • Vittorio Giannini’s opera Lucidia premiered in Munich. Lib. Giannini

22

  • Luigi Dallapiccola’s Divertimento in quattro Esercizi [Amusement in four Exercises] for soprano, flute, oboe, clarinet, viola and cello premiered in Geneva
  • Tancred Ibsen’s film Synnöve Solbakken with a soundtrack by Hugo Alfvén opens in Sweden

26

  • Hans Joachim Roedelius born (Berlin) German electronic musician, keyboard player, producer. Member of Kluster, Cluster, Harmonia, Aquarello, Qluster and solo artist.
  • Jacques Loussier born (Angers) French jazz and classical pianist, composer.

27

  • Barre Phillips born (San Francisco, CA) American jazz bassist, session player.

30

  • Hamilton Camp aka Bob Camp born (London) Anglo-American folk singer, songwriter, guitarist, actor. Died 2005

releases

  • Duke Ellington and his Orchestra – Moonglow / Solitude (Brunswick)
  • Benny Goodman and his Orchestra – Bugle Call Rag / Nitwit Serenade (Dippermouth Blues) (Columbia)
  • Art Tatum – Love Me / Cocktails for Two (Decca)
  • Art Tatum – Moonglow / Emaline (Decca)
  • Fats Waller – Sweetie Pie / How Can You Face Me (Victor)

Hugo Alfvén 1872-1960

Nov

1

  • William Mathias born (Whitland, Carmarthen) Welsh composer. Died 1992

4

  • Igor Stravinsky’s Divertimento for orchestra premiered in Paris

7

  • Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini for piano premiered in Baltimore
  • Fats Waller records a session in Camden, NJ for Victor. Tracks cut include Honeysuckle Rose & Breaking the Ice

10

  • Houston Person born (Florence, NC) American jazz tenor saxophonist, bandleader, record producer.

11

  • George Antheil’s ballet Dance in Four Parts premiered in New York

12

  • Henri Verbrugghen (61) dies in Northfield, MN
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Suite for viola and small orchestra premiered in London

15

  • Peter Dickinson born (Lytham St Annes) English composer, pianist, musicologist.
  • Gene Autrey makes his screen debut in a movie called In Old Santa Fe directed by David Howard

16

  • Ellis Marsalis, Jr. born (New Orleans, LA) American jazz pianist, teacher. Father of Branford (b.1960), Wynton (b.1961), Delfeayo (b.1965) and Jason (b.1977) Marsalis.
  • Fats Waller records a session in Camden, NJ for Victor. Tracks cut include African Ripples; Alligator Crawl; Clothes Line Ballet & Viper’s Drag

19

  • Albert Roussel’s Sinfonietta for strings premiered in Paris

21

  • Ella Fitzgerald makes her singing debut at the Harlem Apollo, New York
  • Cole Porter, Guy Bolton & P.G. Wodehouse’s musical Anything Goes opens on Broadway, starring Ethel Merman (420 performances)

23

  • Victor Gaskin born (Los Angeles, CA) American jazz bassist. Worked with Red Mitchell, Jazz Crusaders, Cannonball Adderley, Duke Ellington, Billy Taylor and others. Died 2012
  • Aaron Copland’s Short Symphony (Symphony no.2) premiered in Mexico City
  • Darius Milhaud’s Piano Concerto no.1 premiered in Paris

24

  • Alfred Schnittke born (Engels, Russia) Russian composer. Died 1998

25

  • Alexander Glazunov’s Saxophone Concerto premiered in Nyköping

26

  • Béla Bartók’s Magyar képek [Hungarian Sketches] for orchestra premiered in Budapest (complete work)

29

  • Tony Coe born (Canterbury) English jazz clarinetist, tenor saxophonist, session player. Worked with Humphrey Lyttleton, Count Basie, Stan Tracey, Stan Getz and others.

30

  • Alban Berg’s Lulu suite for soprano and orchestra premiered in Berlin
  • Benjamin Britten’s Holiday Diary suite for piano premiered in London
  • Aaron Copland’s ballet Hear Ye! Hear Ye! premiered in Chicago

unk

  • The Nazi Kulturgemeinde under Joseph Goebbels instigates a boycott of the works of Paul Hindemith

releases

  • Kokomo Arnold – Milk Cow Blues / Old Original Kokomo Blues (Decca)
  • Duke Ellington and his Orchestra – Saddest Tale / Sump’n ‘Bout Rhythm (Brunswick)
  • Duke Ellington and his Orchestra – Solitude / Delta Serenade (Victor)
  • Memphis Minnie & Kansas Joe – Hole in the Wall / Give It to Me in My Hand (Can I Go Home With You) (Decca)
  • Cole Porter – You’re the Top / Thank You, So Much, Mrs. Lowsborough-Goodby (Victor)
  • Sons of the Pioneers – Tumbling Tumbleweeds / Moonlight on the Prairie (Decca)
  • Paul Whiteman Orchestra – You’re the Top / I Get a Kick Out of You (Victor)

Ethel Merman 1908-84

Dec

1

  • Billy Paul aka Paul Williams born (Philadelphia, PA) American soul singer.
  • Blind Blake (38) dies in Milwaukee, WN of tuberculosis

2

  • The as yet unnamed Quintette du Hot Club de France play their first show at the École Normale de Musique in Paris. Django Reinhardt, Joseph Reinhardt, Roger Chaput (g) Louis Vola (b) Stéphane Grappelli (vln)

4

  • Chas McDevitt born (Glasgow) Scottish skiffle and folk singer, guitarist, banjo player.
  • Wilhelm Furtwängler is forced to resign from his position as director of the Berlin Philharmonic because of his support for Paul Hindemith who the Nazi regime considered a “degenerate artist”

5

  • Art Davis born (Harrisburg, PA) American jazz bassist. Worked with Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach and others. Died 2007

6

  • Alfred Hill’s String Quartet No. 8 completed

8

  • Bernhard Sekles (62) dies in Frankfurt following a stroke

9

  • Alan Ridout born (London) English composer, teacher. Died 1996
  • Junior Wells aka Amos Wells Blakemore Jr. born (Memphis, TN) American blues singer, harmonica player. Died 1998

10

  • Clemens Krauss leaves his position as superintendent of the Vienna State Opera

11

  • Curtis Williams born (Los Angeles, CA) American R&B bass-baritone singer. Member of the Penguins. Died 1979

12

  • Habib Hassan Touma born (Nazareth) Palestinian composer, ethnomusicologist, critic, author. Died 1998

14

  • Germaine Tailleferre’s Deux Poèmes de Lord Byron for voice and piano premiered in Paris

15

  • Curtis Fuller born (Detroit, MI) American jazz trombonist, composer, bandleader. Worked with the Jazz Messengers, John Coltrane, Sonny Clark, Stanley Turrentine, Benny Golson and others.
  • Johnny Moore born (Selma, AL) American R&B and soul singer. Member of the Drifters. Died 1998
  • Virgil Thomson’s String Quartet no.2 premiered in Hartford, CT

17

  • Albert Roussel’s Andante and Scherzo for flute and piano op.51 premiered in Milan

19

  • Francis Planté (95) dies in Saint-Avit, France

21

  • Hank Crawford born (Memphis, TN) American jazz alto saxophonist, composer, arranger. Worked with Ray Charles and his own groups. Died 2009

25

  • Ben Dixon born (Gaffney, SC) American jazz drummer. Worked with Grant Green, Lou Donaldson, John Patton and others.
  • Dmitri Shostakovich’s Sonata for cello and piano premiered in St Petersburg

27

  • Isaac Karabtchevsky born (Sao Paulo) Brazilian conductor.

28

  • The Quintette du Hot Club de France make their first recordings for Ultraphon in Paris. Roger Chaput, Django Reinhardt, Joseph Reinhardt (g) Louis Vola (b) Stephane Grappelli (vln). Tracks cut include Dinah & Tiger Rag  

30

  • Del Shannon born (Grand Rapids, MI) American pop and country singer, songwriter. Died 1990

releases

  • Cole Porter – Anything Goes / Two Little Babes in the Woods (Victor)  
  • Art Tatum – Star Dust / Beautiful Love (Decca)  
  • Fats Waller – African Ripples / Alligator Crawl (Victor)  
  • Fats Waller and his Orchestra – Honeysuckle Rose / Breaking the Ice (Victor)
germaine

Germaine Tailleferre 1892-1983

Date unknown

  • Bernard Herrmann appointed conductor and composer for CBS radio, a post he holds until 1955
  • Erich Wolfgang Korngold moves to Hollywood and begins to concentrate on film scores until 1946
  • John Lomax appointed as Honorary Consultant and Curator of the Archive of American Folk Song at the Library of Congress

publications

  • Maud Karpeles’s Folk Songs From Newfoundland published by Oxford University Press
  • John & Alan Lomax’s American Ballads and Folk Songs published in New York

songs published

  • Anything Goes; I Get a Kick out of You; Miss Otis Regrets; You’re the Top (all Cole Porter); Autumn In New York (Vernon Duke); Blue Moon (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers); The Boulevard Of Broken Dreams; I Only Have Eyes For You (both Al Dubin, Harry Warren); For All We Know (Sam M. Lewis, J. Fred Coots); Ill Wind (Ted Koehler, Harold Arlen); Moonglow (Eddie DeLange, Will Hudson, Irving Mills); Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (Haven Gillespie, J. Fred Coots); Solitude (Eddie DeLange, Irving Mills, Duke Ellington); Stompin’ at the Savoy (Andy Razaf, Benny Goodman, Chick Webb, Edgar Sampson); Winter Wonderland (Richard B. Smith, Felix Bernard); Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart (James F. Hanley)
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