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1940 in jazz

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Decade  1940s in jazz
Music  1940 in music
1940 in jazz
See also  1939 in jazz – 1941 in jazz

This is a timeline documenting events of Jazz in the year 1940.


Top hits of the year

On February 8, 1940, “How High the Moon” was introduced during the Broadway revue Two for the Show. The musical would run at the Booth Theatre for 124 performances. Music and Lyrics by Alfred Drake and Frances Comstock.

Album releases

  • Duke Ellington: In A Mellotone
  • Duke Ellington: Sophisticated Lady
  • Deaths

  • Arthur Whetsol, "sweet" trumpeter for Duke Ellington's Washingtonians
  • Charley Straight, American pianist, bandleader and composer
  • Charlie Dixon, American jazz banjoist
  • Einar Aaron Swan, American musician, arranger and composer
  • Guy Kelly, American jazz trumpeter
  • Hal Kemp, jazz alto saxophonist, clarinetist, bandleader, composer, and arranger
  • Johnny Dodds, New Orleans based jazz clarinetist and alto saxophonist
  • Walter Barnes, American jazz clarinetist, saxophonist and bandleader.
  • References

    1940 in jazz Wikipedia