Today in History: Andy Warhol died in 1987

Today in History: Andy Warhol died in 1987

33 years ago today, one of the most influential artists of the second half of the 20th century, passed away. Andy Warhol (born Andrew Warhola in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) was a pioneer of the Pop Art movement of the 1960s and a cultural icon. Warhol studied at the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh before moving to New York in 1950. His studio, commonly known as “The Factory,” was a famous meeting place for New York artists, intellectuals and celebrities. From the mid-1960s on, Warhol no longer painted much himself. He produced a number of underground films, including “Chelsea Girls” (1966) and “Trash” (1970) and even managed a punk rock band, The Velvet Underground. Warhol passed away in Manhattan on February 22, 1987.

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Today in History: Oscar Peterson dies in 2007

Today in History: Oscar Peterson dies in 2007

12 years ago today, Oscar Emmanuel Peterson passed away. Peterson was a Canadian jazz pianist and composer. He released over 200 recordings, won eight Grammys and numerous other awards and honors. He is considered one of the greatest jazz pianists of his time and enjoyed a career lasting more than 60 years. Source: Wikipedia.org.

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Miles Davis passed away in 1991

Miles Davis passed away in 1991

28 years ago today, American jazz musician Miles Davis, passed away. Davis was among the most influential figures in the history of jazz music. His five-decade career kept him at the forefront of a number of major stylistic developments in jazz.

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Today in History: Oscar Peterson born in 1925

Today in History: Oscar Peterson born in 1925

Oscar Peterson was a Canadian jazz pianist and composer who released over 200 recordings, won eight Grammy Awards, and received numerous other awards and honors. He is considered one of the greatest jazz pianists and played thousands of concerts worldwide in a career lasting more than 60 years. Peterson died in December of 2007 (wikipedia).

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Today in History: Louis Armstrong born in 1901

Today in History: Louis Armstrong born in 1901

Louis Armstrong is best known as one of the greats in jazz music. Born in New Orleans, he began playing in public after dropping out of school at age 11. By the time he was 14, Armstrong was playing his cornet in a night club. Like many other jazz musicians, he moved to Chicago which was quickly becoming the center of Jazz in the United States. Over the next few years even during the great depression of the early thirties he still found work due to his unique style. In 1964 he recorded his biggest hit “Hello, Dolly!” which not only went to number 1 on the pop music chart but even dislodged the Beatles. Armstrong died on July 6, 1971.

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Today in History: Miles Davis born in 1926

Today in History: Miles Davis born in 1926

93 years ago today, American jazz legend, Miles Dewey Davis III, was born in Alton, Illinois. Davis was among the most influential figures in the history of jazz music and 20th century music. His five-decade career kept him at the forefront of a number of major stylistic developments in jazz.

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Today is International Jazz Day!

Today is International Jazz Day!

When Louis Armstrong was asked what the definition of jazz was, he famously replied, “If you’ve got to ask, you’ll never know.” Today is a worldwide day of celebration of jazz and its unique history. The official birthplace of jazz is New Orleans, although some say it began in Chicago or Kansas City. Jazz music combines traditional African American and European music styles. As jazz music caught on worldwide, it took hints from many different national and regional cultures to become what it is today. There are dozens of jazz genres including bebop, Dixieland, Latin, ragtime, soul, and swing. International Jazz Day was created in 1991 by musician D. Michael Denny, at which time a statement was recorded by the U.S. Congressional Record to officially recognize this day. To enjoy International Jazz Day, sit back, relax, and listen to your favorite jazz tunes!

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Today in History: Nat King Cole was born in 1917

Today in History: Nat King Cole was born in 1917

American jazz musician Nathaniel Adams Coles, known professionally as Nat King Cole, was born 102 years ago today. Cole became famous as a singer and jazz pianist. He was one of the first African Americans to host his own national television show, The Nat King Cole Show. He grew up in in Chicago where he was strongly influenced by the pianist Earl Hines. In Los Angeles, Cole formed his first jazz trio with Oscar Moore on guitar and Wesley Prince on bass. In 1946, Cole’s recording of Mel Torme’s “The Christmas Song” made him an immediate star. Songs like “Nature Boy” (1948), “Mona Lisa” (1950) or “Unforgettable” (1951) established him as a leading force in popular music throughout the 1940s and 1950s. His recordings remained popular worldwide after his death from lung cancer in February 1965.

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Today in History: Miles Davis records Kind of Blue in 1959

Today in History: Miles Davis records Kind of Blue in 1959

It is considered the best-selling jazz album in history and one of the most influential works of jazz music ever produced.

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Today in History: Andy Warhol died in 1987

Today in History: Andy Warhol died in 1987

32 years ago today, one of the most influential artists of the second half of the 20th century, passed away. Andy Warhol (born Andrew Warhola in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) was a pioneer of the Pop Art movement of the 1960s and a cultural icon. Warhol studied at the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh before moving to New York in 1950. His studio, commonly known as “The Factory,” was a famous meeting place for New York artists, intellectuals and celebrities. From the mid-1960s on, Warhol no longer painted much himself. He produced a number of underground films, including “Chelsea Girls” (1966) and “Trash” (1970) and even managed a punk rock band, The Velvet Underground. Warhol passed away in Manhattan on February 22, 1987.

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