History of Jazz Timeline: 1915
Arranger and pianist Billy Strayhorn of the Ellington band is born in Dayton, Ohio on November 29. Billy will be raised in North Carolina and will be schooled in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Jazz singer Billie "Lady Day" Holiday is born in Baltimore, MD on July 7.
Ragtime composer Scott Joplin produces Treemonisha (a Ragtime opera which he previously wrote) in Harlem. Public reaction is indifferent and it breaks Joplin.
Pop/Jazz singing idol Frank Sinatra is born in Hoboken, N.J. on December 12.
RCA offers to record Freddie Keppard. He turns them down and misses the chance to be the first Jazz performer to record because he is afraid that his style will be copied.
Trumpeter Freddie Keppard's band turns up in Coney Island.
Dixieland trumpeter Bobby Hackett is born in Providence, Rhode Island on January 31.
At this point, Jean Goldkette dislikes pre-Jazz music so much that he quits Lamb's Cafe in Chicago rather than share the stage with Tom Brown's Band from Dixieland.
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