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1926 in jazz:



  • 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.[1]
  • American ragtime jazz pianist, bandleader and composer Jelly Roll Morton is signed by Victor and begins recording with the the Red Hot Peppers, featuring Kid Ory, Omer Simeon, George Mitchell, Johnny St. Cyr, Barney Bigard, Johnny Dodds, and Baby Dodds.

Album releases


  • Ray Brown (October 13, 1926 – July 2, 2002) American double bassist.
  • Miles Davis (May 26, 1926 – September 28, 1991)[2] American trumpeter, bandleader and composer
  • John Coltrane (September 23, 1926 – July 17, 1967)[3] American saxophonist and composer
  • Jimmy Heath (born October 25, 1926) American jazz saxophonist



Music criticism

  • August: David Stanley Smith (1877-1949) Professor of Music at Yale University, dismisses Jazz as a serious art form in The Musician.[4]
  • November: Andrè Coeuroy (1895-1980) and Andrè Schaeffner publish Le Jazz.[5]
  • Jacques Émile Blanche (1861 – 1942) criticizes Jazz music and dance in La Revue nouvelle as a foreign import that threatens the nationality of France.[6]

See also


  1. ^ Kenney, William Howland (2005). Jazz on the River. University of Chicago Press. ISBN 0226437337.  
  2. ^ Chambers, J. K. (1998). Milestones: The Music and Times of Miles Davis. Da Capo Press. ISBN 0306808498.  
  3. ^ Porter, Lewis (1999). John Coltrane: His Life and Music. University of Michigan Press. ISBN 047208643X.  
  4. ^ Lopes, Paul Douglas (2002). The Rise of a Jazz Art World. Cambridge University Press. p. 82. ISBN 0521000394.  
  5. ^ Porter, Lewis (1997). Jazz: A Century of Change. Schirmer Books. ISBN 0028647130.  
  6. ^ Blake, Jody (1999). Le Tumulte Noir: Modernist Art and Popular Entertainment in Jazz-Age Paris, 1900-1930. Penn State Press. p. 86. ISBN 0271017538.  


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