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1926 in jazz

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1926 in jazz
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This is a timeline documenting events of Jazz in the year 1926.


Musicians born that year included Miles Davis and John Coltrane.


  • American author and dramatist Edna Ferber publishes the novel Show Boat, popularizing life in the Southern United States. Although Ferber never visited the south and invented her story from fictional minstrel themes, the real American Show Boats were steeped in the black Riverboat Jazz music of Mississippi and the Ohio Valley.
  • American ragtime jazz pianist, bandleader and composer Jelly Roll Morton is signed by Victor and begins recording with the Red Hot Peppers, featuring Kid Ory, Omer Simeon, George Mitchell, Johnny St. Cyr, Barney Bigard, Johnny Dodds, and Baby Dodds.
  • Album releases

  • Louis Armstrong's Hot Five releases recordings on Okeh: Virtuoso cornet work on Cornet Chop Suey, introduction of skat singing on Heebie Jeebies.
  • Jelly Roll Morton's Red Hot Peppers recordings on Victor:"Sidewalk Blues."
  • Standards

  • In 1926 standards published included "Big Butter and Egg Man", "Bye Bye Blackbird" and "'Deed I Do".
  • Music criticism

  • August: David Stanley Smith (1877–1949) Professor of Music at Yale University, dismisses Jazz as a serious art form in The Musician.
  • November: Andrè Coeuroy (1895–1980) and Andrè Schaeffner publish Le Jazz.
  • Jacques Émile Blanche (1861–1942) criticizes Jazz music and dance in La Revue nouvelle as a foreign import that threatens the nationality of France.
  • References

    1926 in jazz Wikipedia

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