March 6, 1940: Duke Ellington records "Ko-Ko" and "Jack, The Bear."The so-called Blanton-Webster Band was at its best on this session for Victor Records. Of the five songs they recorded that day two became instant classics, Ko-Ko and Jack, The Bear, a feature for bassist Jimmy Blanton.
More facts on this day:
Bassist Red Callender born in Haynesville, VA.
Trumpeter Howard McGhee born in Tulsa, OK.
Guitarist Wes Montgomery born in Indianapolis, IN.
Duke Ellington records "Ko-Ko" and "Jack, The Bear."
Reeds player Peter Broetzmann born in Remscheid, Germany.
Trumpeter, composer and bandleader Palle Mikkelborg born in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Trumpeter Charles Tolliver born in Jacksonville, FL.
Alto sax player Robin Kenyatta born in Moncks Corner, SC.
Vocalist Flora Purim born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Miles Davis' last session for Blue Note Records.
Art Blakey hits "The Big Beat" for Blue Note Records.
Herbie Hancock plays a studio session for Blue Note Records.