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1939 in jazz

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Decade  1930s in jazz
Music  1939 in music
1939 in jazz
See also  1938 in jazz – 1940 in jazz

This is a timeline documenting events of Jazz in the year 1939.



  • The earliest formal books on jazz begin to appear, including Wilder Hobson's American Jazz Music and Frederick Ramsey and Charles Edward Smith's Jazzmen.
  • Fletcher Henderson becomes the first black musician who is a regular member of a white big band when he joins Benny Goodman, although he does not became a featured artist in the band.
  • Charlie Christian makes some revolutionary electric guitar records which allow to the guitar to play lead with the trumpet and the saxophone for the first time.
  • The Duke Ellington Band experiences major success. Django Reinhardt records "Montmartre", "Solid Old Man", "Low Cotton" and "Finesse" with the band.
  • Deaths

  • Ma Rainey, Blues singer
  • Charlie Irvis, American jazz trombonist
  • Chick Webb, American jazz and swing music drummer as well as a band leader.
  • Herschel Evans, tenor saxophonist
  • John Robichaux, American jazz bandleader, drummer, and violinist
  • Louis Douglas, American dancer, choreographer, and music businessman
  • Tommy Ladnier, American jazz trumpeter
  • References

    1939 in jazz Wikipedia

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