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-1900's
- Blues become a standard feature of honky tonks and dancehalls.

- New Orleans players are playing a mix of Blues, Ragtime, brass band music, marches, Pop songs and dances

- 1903 - Jelly Roll Morton proclaimed to be the inventor of Jazz.

- Migrations from the south into Chicago, Detroit, Pittsburgh are beginning.

-1910's
- Joe Oliver in New Orleans discovered a young cornet player by the name of Louis Armstrong.

- Duke Ellington moved to New York from Washington, and began to develop the skills as an arranger and composer.

-1920's
- The New Orleans Rhythm Kings are playing in Chicago at Friar's Inn.

- 1922 - Django Reinhardt's mother bought him a banjo.

- 1923 - Bessie Smith, most famous of the Classic Blues singers, begins her period of greatest fame.

- 1924 - Gershwin does "Rhapsody in Blue".

- 1926 - Miles Davis is born May 25, in Alton, Illinois.

- 1927 - Armstrong makes the greatest of the hot fives and sevens and revolutionizes the trumpet.

- 1928 - Django Reinhardt meets violinist Staphane Grapelli and makes his first records.

- Big band Swing is overtaking New Orleans style.

- Duke Ellington and Count Basie form their famous big bands as jazz enters its "Golden Age."

-1930's
- Duke Ellington records his first big hit, "Dreamy Blues" (Mood Indigo).

- 1931 - Pianist Oscar Peterson begins to study piano.

- 1934 - Ella Fitzgerald (16 year old) wins first prize at a talent contest at the Harlem Opera House.

- The Swing band era opens.

- 1936 - The Count Basie band is the best Swing band (Buck Clayton - trumpet, Benny Morton and Dicky Wells - trombone, Lester Young - tenor sax, Walter Page - bass).

- 1937 - Duke Ellington band records "Caravan".

- Vocalists came to the forefront led by such favorites Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Fats Waller.

- 1939 - Charlie Christian's unique electric guitar allow the guitar to compete as a lead instrument.

-1940's
- Swing falls.

- Singer and band leader Machito forms most successful of early Afro-Cuban bands.

- Charlie Parker meets Dizzy Gillespie.

- Bebop era opens.

- Thelonius Monk becomes the high priest Bop.

- Bop players are playing "off-beat".

- Stan Kenton forms his first band.

- Charlie Mingus plays with Louis Armstrong's big band.

- Bop is a recognized movement.

- Jazz is becoming the preferred music of white renegades.

- 1946 - The first vinyl record is produced.

- Ray Charles begins his professional carreer.

- 1947 - Charlie Parker forms the "Charlie Parker Quintet" with Max Roach (drums), Miles Davis (trumpet), Tommy Potter (bass) and Duke Jordan (piano).

- John Coltrane plays in Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson's "Rhythm and Blues group".

- 1948 - At the age of 3, Keith Jarrett begins to play the piano.

- 1949 - Dizzy Gillespie explores Afro-Cuban music with his newly formed big band. His addition of percussionist Chano Pozo to his band adds the Cuban fire.

- "The Miles Davis nonet" performs at the Royal Roost on Broadway.

- Latin influences become more important in Jazz.

-1950's
- The West Coast School (also called Cool) produces some big hits such as the rendition of "My Funny Valentine" (Chet Baker & Gerry Mulligan).

- At last there is a mixing black and white bands.

- Drugs run rampant in Bop.

- Billy Holiday abuses with alcohol and drugs. Her voice is going and so is her health.

- Coltrane becomes addicted to Heroin.

- Charlie Parker is still hopelessly addicted to drugs.

- Tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins joins "the Miles Davis group".

- 1951 - Jazz is starting to be considered legitimate by colleges and universities.

- 1952 - John Lewis (piano), Milt Jackson (vibraphone), Percy Heath (bass) and Kenny Clarke (drums) form a "Modern Jazz Quartet" (MJQ).

- The Swing band era opens.

- 1953 - Mingus creates first superstar group, which includes Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach and Bud Powell.

- 1954 - Miles Davis stops to use drugs and records his famous "Walking".

- Horace Silver and Miles Davis begin experiments with Hard Bop or Funk.

- Pianist Bill Evans has become a master of composition and harmony.

- in Newport, Rhode Island, takes place first Jazz Festival.

- 1955 - Heroin takes away the key musicians of Bop...

- On March 12, 1955 dies Charlie Parker... The reason is heart seizure and hemorrhage.

- The group of Miles Davis has at last constant structure of the musicians: Cannonball Adderley (alto sax), Sonny Rollins or John Coltrane (tenor sax), Red Garland (piano), Paul Chambers (bass), Philly Jo Jones (drums) and Miles on trumpet, of course.

- 1956 - Charlie Mingus comes to peak of his popularity.

- 1957 - Coltrane plays the historic "Five Spot" with Thelonious Monk.

- 1958 - Miles Davis invites into your group pianist Bill Evans.

- 1959 - Miles Davis, Bill Evans, John Coltrane and other musicians of Miles group, pawn a basis of Modal Jazz (the album "Kind of Blue").

-1960's
- Free Jazz and Modal Jazz supersede Bop from jazz arena.

- The ascention popular form of Hard Bop, named Soul Jazz begins.

- 1961 - Free Jazz is becoming more popular.

- 1962 - The Latin Jazz boom has begun with first hits "Desafinado" and "The Girl from Ipanema".

- 1964 - In October, 1964, John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman and Cecil Taylor make Free Jazz revolution by a series of concerts in the "Cellar Cafe" in New York

- Pianist Herbie Hancock with drummer Tony Williams begin to work with Miles Davis.

- 1965 - John Coltrane records the epoch album "A Love Supreme".

- Baritone sax player Gerry Mulligan records "Night Lights", Where plays on clarinet and piano also.

- 1967 - in July 17, 1967 (at the age of 40) of liver cancer dies John Coltrane.

- Guitarist Jimi Hendrix records his debut album "Are You Experienced?".

- 1968 - Jimi Hendrix meets Miles Davis, and this meeting opens new prospects for development of jazz.

- Jazz-Rock Fusion supersedes Free Jazz.

- 1969 - Miles Davis and John McLaughlin (electric guitar) record historical "Bitches Brew".

- Jean-luc Ponty plays violin with composer Frank Zappa.

- Great saxophonist Coleman Hawkins dies of liver cancer.

-1970's
- The career of unique singer Al Jarreau begins.

- 1971 - on July 6, 1971, Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong dies in New York City.

- John McLaughlin forms the "Mahavishnu Orchestra" with Jan Hammer (piano), Billy Cobham (drums), Jan Hammer (piano), Jerry Goodman (violin) and Rick Laird (bass).

- Pianist Chick Corea forms the Free Jazz group "Circle" with Barry Altschul (drums), Dave Holland (bass), and Anthony Braxton (reed and percussion), and records "Paris Concert".

- Chick Corea pics a team of stars (Joe Farrell on flute and tenor sax, Stanley Clarke on bass, Airto Moreira on percussion and Flora Purim on vocals) for record historical album " Light as a Feather ".

- Pianist Herbie Hancock records album "Headhunters" which becomes classics of Fusion.

- 1972 - "Weather Report" records "I Sing the Body Electric".

- 1973 - coriphaeuses of jazz die: Gospel great Mahalia Jackson, Gospel singer Sister Rosetta, Stride piano pioneer Willie "The Lion" Smith...

- 1974 - in May 24th the magnificent Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington dies.

- 1975 - Koln Concert of pianist Keith Jarrett brings to him huge success. The connoisseurs compare him with Bill Evans.

- Guitarist Pat Metheny records his first album "Bright Size Life" with Jaco Pastorius on bass and Bob Moses on drums.

- Pop Jazz vocalist Michael Franks records "The Art of Tea" (with Joe Sample, Michael Brecker, David Sanborn and Larry Carlton).

- 1976 - Unique bassist Jacomo Pastorius plays the group "Weather Report".

- 1977 - Pianist Errol Garner dies of a heart attack.

- 1978 - Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea play piano duets.

- Groups like "Spyro Gyra" take the idea of fusion and adapt them for accessible radio play. The end results are the commercially popular smooth jazz.

- 1979 - Charles Mingus dies on January 5 at the age of 56 in Mexico.

- Trumpet virtuoso Wynton Marsalis comes to New York and begins to play Hard Bop.
...So...
Hard Bop revives!

-1980's
- Brilliant trumpeter Wynton Marsalis with his brother saxophonist Branford and bassist Charles Fambrough doing Hard Bop in Art Blakey's "Jazz Messengers".

- 1981 - Miles Davis returns after six years of silence.

- 1982 - The Kool Jazz festival highlights younger musicians of a jazz, among them singer Bobby Mc Ferrin and Wynton and Branford Marsalis.

- in February in Weehawken, N.J, piano genius Thelonious Monk dies of a cerebral hemorrhage.

- 1983 - Wynton Marsalis records album " Think of One ", which will win Grammy for him.

- 1984 - Miles Davis records album "Decoy" with John Scofield (guitar) and Branford Marsalis (saxophone).

- 1985 - The Fusion group "Weather Report" breaks up because of disagreements between Wayne Shorter and Joe Zawinul.

- 1987 - Magnificent bass player Jaco Pastorius dies...........

- Trumpeter Randy Brecker forms his own group.

- 1988 - At the age of 59 in Amsterdam as a result of fall from a window one of founders Cool Jazz great trumpeter Chet Baker perishes.

- 1989 - Guitarist John Scofield connects Bop, Swing and Jimmy Hendrix's manner of play.

-1990's
- Legendary guitarist Al Di Meola's incredibly fruitful career has spanned a range of styles, emotions and continents.

- One of the first Bop singers Sarah Vaughan dies in N.Y.

- Saxophonist John Zorn releases his staggeringly original concept album "Naked City."

- 1991 - Trumpet legend Miles Davis dies.

- Trumpeter extraordinaire Wynton Marsalis becomes the artistic director of the Jazz at the Lincoln Center program.

- 1992 - A new fusion has been brewing for a few years. It is called Acid Jazz.

- 1993 - .......Dizzy Gillespie dies......

- Bassist Marcus Miller does his first solo album "The Sun Don't Lie" (with Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Tony Williams, Joe Sample and David Sanborn).

- 1994 - Herbie "Hip Hop" Hancock explores another style of Jazz on "Dis is da Drum".

- 1995 - The ascending star of jazz piano Brad Mehldau does his first solo album "Introducing Bran Mehldau".

- 1996 - June 15th Queen of jazz Ella Fitzgerald dies.

- 1997 - Marcus Miller forms the new fusion group "Legends" with David Sanborn, Joe Sample, Steve Gadd and Eric Clapton.

- Jazz vocalists experience a new level of popularity with new talent such as Cassandra Wilson and Diana Krall.

-2000's
- in process!...