Puneet Varma

1959 in jazz

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1959 in jazz
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This is a timeline documenting events of Jazz in the year 1959.

Contents

May

  • 4 – 1st Annual Grammy Awards
  • Ella Fitzgerald awarded Best Vocal Performance, Female for the album Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Irving Berlin Songbook, and Best Jazz Performance, Individual for the album Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Duke Ellington Songbook.
  • Count Basie awarded Best Jazz Performance, Group and Best Performance by a Dance Band for the album Basie.
  • Billy May awarded Best Performance by an Orchestra for the album Billy May's Big Fat Brass.
  • July

  • 2 – The 6th Newport Jazz Festival started in Newport, Rhode Island (July 2 – 5).
  • August

  • 25 – Between sets at Birdland in New York City, Miles Davis is beaten by police and jailed.
  • November

  • 29 – 2nd Annual Grammy Awards
  • Frank Sinatra awarded Album Of The Year, Best Arrangement, and Best Vocal Performance, Male for the song "Come Dance With Me".
  • Ella Fitzgerald awarded Best Vocal Performance, Female for the song "But Not for Me", and Best Jazz Performance - Soloist for the album Ella Swings Lightly.
  • Jonah Jones awarded Best Jazz Performance Solo or Small Group for the album I Dig Chicks.
  • Duke Ellington awarded Best Musical Composition First Recorded and Released in 1959 (more than 5 minutes duration), and Best Performance by a Dance Band, and Best Sound Track Album - Background Score from a Motion Picture or Television for composition and soundtrack for the Motion Picture Anatomy of a Murder.
  • Nat King Cole awarded Best Performance by a "Top 40" Artist for "Midnight Flyer".
  • Andre Previn, Ken Darby awarded Best Sound Track Album, Original Cast - Motion Picture or Television for the Motion Picture Porgy and Bess.
  • Album releases

  • Dave Brubeck - Time Out (Columbia)
  • Ornette Coleman - The Shape of Jazz to Come (Atlantic)
  • Miles Davis - Kind of Blue (Columbia)
  • Jimmy Smith - The Sermon! (Blue Note)
  • Johnny Hodges and Duke Ellington - Back to Back: Duke Ellington and Johnny Hodges Play the Blues (Verve)
  • Milt Jackson and John Coltrane - Bags & Trane (Atlantic)
  • Charles Mingus - Mingus Ah Um (Columbia)
  • John Coltrane - Giant Steps (Atlantic)
  • Art Pepper - Art Pepper + Eleven – Modern Jazz Classics (Contemporary/OJC)
  • Horace Silver - Blowin' the Blues Away, Finger Poppin' (Blue Note)
  • Cannonball Adderley & John Coltrane - Cannonball Adderley Quintet in Chicago (Mercury)
  • Sun Ra and His Arkestra - Jazz in Silhouette (Saturn)
  • Bill Evans Trio - Portrait in Jazz (Riverside)
  • Awards

  • Grammy Awards of 1959
  • Best Jazz Performance Solo or Small Group
  • Best Jazz Performance Large Group
  • Best Jazz Composition of More Than Five Minutes Duration
  • References

    1959 in jazz Wikipedia


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