History of Jazz Timeline: 1908
Vibraphone pioneer Lionel Hampton born in Birmingham, Al. Raised in Kenosha, Wisconsin. During a stint with Les Hite's band on Central Avenue in Los Angeles, he joined the Benny Goodman Quartet, which, along with pianist Teddy Wilson and drummer Gene Krupa, became the first integrated, commercially accepted jazz group. He has fronted his own Big Bands since Sept. 1940. Biggest hits: "Flying Home" and "Midnight Sun". Many early Bop stars began in his band.
Trumpeter Freddie Keppard and his Creoles were playing more powerful Jazz in New Orleans than the Original Dixieland Jazz Band will play in 1917. Keppard was not recorded until many years later because he was afraid of having his style stolen.
Trumpeter Cootie Williams of the Ellington band is born in Mobil, Alabama on July 24.
Dixieland trumpeter Max Kaminsky is born in Brockton, Mass. on September 7.
Boogie Woogie piano player Sammy Price is born in Texas.
Columbia produces the first two-sided disc.
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