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History of Jazz Timeline: 1912

W.C. Handy writes Memphis Blues. It becomes a big hit and begins the publishing of the Blues.
Classic Blues singer Bessie Smith begins work as a dancer in a vaudeville show.
Trumpeter Freddie Keppard's band leaves New Orleans for parts unknown.
Louis Armstrong forms a vocal quartet with some of his boyhood friends in New Orleans.
Pianist Teddy Wilson is born in Austin, Texas on November 24.
Band leader Stan Kenton is born in Wichita, Kansas on February 19.
Arranger Gil Evans is born in Toronto, Canada on May 13.

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