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Cannonball Adderley

October 8, 1960 Coffee Gallery, San Francisco, CA (Jazz Benefit fir the Jazz Cellar, with Jimmy Witherspoon, Tommy Edwards & Pony Poindexter)

October 30, 1967 Village Theatre, New York City, NY (10th Anniversary show, with Paul Anka, Carmen McRae & Bobby Hackett)

Louis Armstrong

Louis Armstrong made his first tour of England in 1932 and then lived in Europe between July 1933 and January 1935, but didn't return to the continent until the 1948 Nice International Jazz Festival.

September 4-10, 1936 Apollo Theatre, New York City, NY August 6, 1937 Collinsville Park Ballroom, Collinsville, IL October 19, 1939 Golden Gate Ballroom, New York City, NY (Opening night with the Cotton Club Parade, Stepin Fetchit and The Teddy Wilson Orchestra) October 25-27, 1946 Jantzen Beach Park, Portland, OR February 8, 1947 Carnegie Hall, New York City, NY April 18, 1947 Symphony Hall, Boston, MA ('The Birth Of The Blues', with Billie Holiday) May 17, 1947 Town Hall, New York City, NY August 13, 1947 Billy Berg's, Los Angeles, CA (The original Louis Armstrong & The All Stars debut performance) February 22-23, 1948 Opera de Nice, Nice, FRA (Nice International Jazz Festival) May 25, 1952 Tomlinson Hall, Indianapolis, IN October 12, 1952 Titania Palast, Berlin, GER (broadcast on RIAS - Radio in the American Sector) May 4, 1953 The Auditorium, Rochester, NY (with Benny Goodman Band & Trio) November 21, 1956 Wood Auditorium, Mount Vernon, NY July 3, 1958 Palace Ballroom, Old Orchard Beach, ME November 21, 1958 Indiana University Auditorium, Bloomington, IN July 16, 1959 Dunns Pavilion, Bala, ON October 25-December 4, 1960 Department of State Cultural Presentations Program Tour of Cameroun, Congo, Uganda, Kenya, Tanganyika, Rhodesia, Togo, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Mali, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Sudan, sponsered by Pepsi October 7-13, 1962 Orpheum Theatre, Seattle, WA March 20, 1963 Founders Theatre, Hamilton, NZ (2 shows 6.30 & 8.30, supported by The Eddie Cano Quartet & Jewel Brown) March ?, 1963 Town Hall, Auckland, NZ August 25, 1962 Randall's Island, New York City, NY (Summer Festival of Stars, with Ray Charles, Dave Brubeck Quartet & Miles Davis Quintet) September 24-25, 1965 Disneyland, Anaheim, CA October 17, 1967 Oakland Coliseum Arena, Oakland, CA October 20, 1967 Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

January 10-29, 1961 Department of State Cultural Presentations Program Tour of Egypt

May 31-June 4, 1962 Department of State Cultural Presentations Program Tour of Chile

Count Basie

April 26-May 2, 1951 Birdland, New York City, NY

February 21, 1959 Free Trade Hall, Manchester, ENG (2 shows)

September 5-14, 1968 Basin St. West, San Francisco, CA

June 8, 1976 Kiel Opera House, St. Louis, MO (Pablo Jazz Festival, with Oscar Peterson & Joe Pass)

Dave Brubeck March 2, 1955 Indiana University Auditorium, Bloomington, IN

March 6-May 9, 1958 Department of State Cultural Presentations Program Tour of Poland, Turkey, India, Ceylon, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq

September 23, 1973 Indiana University Auditorium, Bloomington, IN (with Darius Brubeck)

June 21, 1975 Showcase Theater, Detroit, MI

Charlie Byrd March 12-May 27, 1961 Department of State Cultural Presentations Program Tour of Venezuela, Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay, Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras

April 1-May 26, 1968 Department of State Cultural Presentations Program Tour of Korea, Japan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Ceylon, Philippines

Cab Calloway

May 2, 1935 Municipal Auditorium, Kingston, NY

Cozy Cole October 15, 1962-March 7, 1963 Department of State Cultural Presentations Program Tour of Africa including Morocco, Senegal, Volta, Niger, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Dahomey, Congo, Chad, Central African Republic, Cameroun, Ghana, Togo, Guinea

Nat 'King' Cole

Wilbur De Paris

Wilbur De Paris's New Orleans Jazz Band African Tour 1957 (sponsored by the President’s Special International Program for Cultural Presentations administered for the State Department by the American National Theatre and Academy)

March 3-May 17, 1957 March 3, 1957 Accra, Ghana (Gold Coast Independence celebration) March ?, 1957 Lido, Accra, Ghana March ?, 1957 Weekend in Havana, Accra, Ghana March ?, 1957 Odeon Theatre, Accra, Ghana Nigeria Monrovia, Liberia Sportsman Park, Belgian Congo French Equatorial Africa Elizabethville, Usumbura, Ruanda-Urundi Kenya Tripoli, Libya Tunisia Ethiopia Khartoum, Sudan Benghazi, Libya Tunisia Morocco for the National Fair and a two-week tour of the United States Air Force Bases in Morocco May 15, 1957 Casablanca, MOR

Duke Ellington

Ella Fitzgerald

Dizzy Gillespie

March 27-30, 1956 Taj Theatre, Abadan, IRN April 2-5, 1956 Dacca, PAK April 7-11, 1956 Karachi, PAK April 14-17, 1956 Beirut, LEB April 18, 1956 Damascus, SYR April 19, 1956 Aleppo, SYR April 23-25, 1956 Ankara, TUR April 27-May 5, 1956 Istanbul, TUR May 7-8, 1956 Belgrade, YUG May 9-10, 1956 Belgrade, YUG May 12-21, 1956 Athens, GRE

Dizzy Gillespie South American Tour 1956

  • Dizzy Gillespie - trumpet, vocal & leader
  • Joe Gordon - trumpet
  • Emit V. Perry - trumpet
  • Carl Watkins - trumpet
  • Quincy Jones - trumpet
  • Melba Liston - trombone
  • Frank Rehak - trombone
  • Ron Levitt - trombone
  • Jimmy Powell - alto sax
  • Phil Woods - alto sax
  • Billy Mitchell - tenor sax
  • Benny Golson - tenor sax
  • Marty Flax - baritone sax
  • Walter Davis Jr. - piano
  • Nelson Boyd - bass
  • Charlie Persip - drums

July 25, 1956 Quito, ECU July 26-27, 1956 Guayaquil, ECU July 28-August 4, 1956 Rendez Vous Club, Buenos Aires, ARG (with orchestra conducted by Osvalso Fresedo). August 5, 1956 Montevideo, URU August 6-12, 1956 Rio de Janeiro, BRA August 13-15, 1956 Sao Paulo, BRA August 16-18, 1956 Belo Horizonte, BRA August 19, 1956 Santos, BRA August 20-21, 1956 Sao Paulo, BRA

August 16-September 4, 1966 Village Gate, New York City, NY (supported by Carmen McRae & Horace Silver) April 26-30, 1967 Jazz Showcase, Chicago, IL April 17-18, 1970 Fillmore East, New York City, NY (supporting Ray Charles & His Orchestra, with Mongo Santamaria) July 7, 1972 Astrodome, Houston, TX (Astrodome Jazz Festival) August 4, 1972 Eastman Theatre, Rochester, NY March 31, 1974 University Of Iowa Hancher Auditorium, Iowa City, IA April 1-4, 1974 Oil Can Harry's Dirty Sal's Lounge, Vancouver, BC August 28-September 9, 1979 Village Gate, New York City, NY (supported by Art Blakey) March 18, 1982 Ripley's, Philadelphia, PA July 15, 1989 Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone, ENG (Shepway Jazz & Blues Festival)

Benny Goodman December 6, 1956-January 17, 1957 Department of State Cultural Presentations Program Tour of Thailand, Singapore, Burma, Japan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Cambodia

May 30-July 9, 1962 Department of State Cultural Presentations Program Tour of USSR

Buddy Guy April 24-June 14, 1969 Department of State Cultural Presentations Program Tour of Africa including Congo, Tanzania, Malagasy Republic, Mauritius, Zambia, Malawi, Kenya, Uganda

Woody Herman August 10-31, 1958 Department of State Cultural Presentations Program Tour of Panama, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Chile, Bolivia, Paraguay, Brazil, Jamaica, Honduras, Guatemala

April 1-June 8, 1966 Department of State Cultural Presentations Program Tour of Africa including Tanzania, Uganda, Congo, Ivory Coast, Algeria and Yugoslavia, UAR, Romania

Earl Hines July 7-August 17, 1966 Department of State Cultural Presentations Program Tour of USSR

Billie Holiday

April 18, 1947 Symphony Hall, Boston, MA ('The Birth Of The Blues', with Louis Armstrong)

Charles Lloyd October 12-22, 1967 Department of State Cultural Presentations Program Tour of Poland, Czechoslovakia, Romania

April 29-June 23, 1968 Department of State Cultural Presentations Program Tour of Okinawa, Hong Kong, Thailand, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Taiwan

Herbie Mann December 31, 1959-April 5, 1960 Department of State Cultural Presentations Program Tour of Africa including Sierra Leone, Liberia, Nigeria, Mozambique, Rhodesia, Nyasaland, Tanganyika, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan, Morocco, Tunisia

Glenn Miller Orchestra April 1-24, 1957 Department of State Cultural Presentations Program Tour of Yugoslavia & Poland

Oliver Nelson March-April, 1969 Department of State Cultural Presentations Program Tour of Africa including Cameroun, Central African Republic, Chad, Niger, Upper Volta, Senegal

Red Nichols January 4-March 30, 1960 Department of State Cultural Presentations Program Tour of Greece, Turkey, Cypress, Palestine, Jordan, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Ceylon, Nepal, UAR, Syria

Jack Teagarden September 26, 1958-January 21, 1959 Department of State Cultural Presentations Program Tour of Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Ceylon, Burma, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Singapore, Malay, Philippines, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, Okinawa

Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Sister Rosetta Tharpe UK Tour 1958

March 29, 1958 Royal Festival Hall, London, ENG (with Mick Mulligan and his Band with George Melly) March 30, 1958 Winter Gardens, Bournemouth, ENG (with Mick Mulligan and his Band with George Melly) April 5, 1958 Free Trade Hall, Manchester, ENG (with Mick Mulligan and his Band with George Melly) April 6, 1958 Empire Theatre, Liverpool, ENG (with Mick Mulligan and his Band with George Melly) April 8, 1958 Town Hall, Birmingham, ENG (with Mick Mulligan and his Band with George Melly) April 9, 1958 City Hall, Newcastle, ENG (with Mick Mulligan and his Band with George Melly) April 10, 1958 Royal Hall, Harrogate, ENG (with Mick Mulligan and his Band with George Melly) April 11, 1958 City Hall, Sheffield, ENG (with Mick Mulligan and his Band with George Melly) April 13, 1958 St. George's Hall, Bradford, ENG (with Mick Mulligan and his Band with George Melly) April 13, 1958 Town Hall, Leeds, ENG (with Mick Mulligan and his Band with George Melly)

Junior Wells November 13-January 20, 1968 Department of State Cultural Presentations Program Tour of Africa including Dahomey, Cambodia ?, Togo, Central African Republic, Chad, Mali, Niger, Upper Volta, Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Senegal

Randy Weston Sextet Randy Weston - Piano, Ray Copeland - Trumpet, Flugelforn and Arranger, Clifford Jordan - Tenor Saxaphone, Bill Wood - Bass, Edward Blackwell - Drums, Chief Bey - African Percussion January 16-April 9, 1967 Department of State Cultural Presentations Program Tour of Africa including Algeria, Cameroun, Gabon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Morocco, Niger, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Upper Volta, Lebanon, Egypt

Paul Winter February 6-July 13, 1962 Department of State Cultural Presentations Program Tour of Haiti, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, French West Indies, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Chile, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Brazil, British Guiana, Venezuela

September 5-24, 1965 Department of State Cultural Presentations Program Tour of Brazil


Jazz at the Philharmonic

1931—The “Scottsboro Boys” are arrested and accused of raping two young White women—a crime which evidence suggests (then and now) never occurred. However, the saga of the nine Scottsboro Boys (young Black men aged 12 to 20) would stretch out over a period of nearly 20 years in a series of trials, convictions, reversals and retrials. The racism of the period was so thick that even when one of the young White women recanted and admitted that no rape had occurred, an all-White Alabama jury still found members of the group guilty and sentenced them to death. The convictions were overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court and more retrials and new convictions followed. Eventually, either by paroles or escapes, all the Scottsboro Boys would leave Alabama prisons. The last one died in 1989.

May 15, 1932 Rockland Palace, Harlem, NY (Benefit for the Scottsboro Boys hosted by the NCDPP, with profits going to the Scottsboro defense fund to finance an appeal to the US supreme court. Sponsors included black gay artist Bruce Nugent, Thurston Lewis of the Amsterdam News, black actress Edna Thomas, white playwright Paul Peters and Malcolm Cowley. The event featured a variety of black musicians, dancers and speakers. Taylor Gordon sang African American work songs collected by Lawrence Gellert. Other music was provided by Cab Calloway's Orchestra, Georgette Harvey, Isabelle Washington and Alberta Hunter. Martha Graham and her dancers appeared on stage. Rose McClendon and Frank Wilson acted scenes from their plays. Accompanying the entertainment were speeches about the Scottsboro case by black communist James Ford, Eugene Gordon and Louise Thompson, a member of the Harlem branch of the League of Struggle for Negro Rights.

October 7, 1932 Rockland Palace, Harlem, NY (NCDPP Benefit for the Scottsboro Unity Defense Committee, a nonpartisan group intending to bring more people into the campaign. Among the sponsors were Claude McKay, Countee Cullen and Langston Hughes. The nights entertainment was assembled by white jazz producer John Hammond. More than a thousand people, one third of them black, danced to the music of Duke Ellington, Benny Carter and W.C. Handy, who served as honorary chairman of the Scottsboro Unity Defense Committee. With the Hall Johnson choir, Jules Bledsoe, Monette Moore, George Morton and emcee Bill Robinson.

February 16, 1934 Savoy Ballroom, New York City, NY (NCDPP Benefit for the Scottsboro boys. Among the sponsors were W.C. Handy, Countee Cullen, Rose McClendon, William Patterson and John Hammond. Headlining was comedian Harpo Marx, white actress Helen Morgan, Bessie Smith and bandleaders Benny Carter and Fletcher Henderson performed with their Orchestras. The emcee was Heywood Broun, socialist columnist and head of the newly formed Newspaper Guild.

June 1, 1934 Renaissance Ballroom, Harlem, NY (NCDPP Benefit for the Scottsboro boys. Organised by Rose McClendon. Headlining was comedian Groucho Marx, with tap dancer Bill 'Bojangles' Robinson and the Vernon Andrade orchestra.

August 20, 1937 Apollo Theatre, Harlem, NY (Benefit for the Scottsboro Boys, with Blanche Calloway and her revue, Chick Webb and his Orchestra (with Ella Fitzgerald on vocals) and four of the Scottsboro Boys, who were still out on bail)

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