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History of Jazz Timeline: 1952

Not as much is happening in Jazz. Bop is getting old.
Classically trained pianist John Lewis forms the Modern Jazz Quartet (MJQ) with vibraphonist Milt Jackson, bassist Percy Heath and drummer Kenny Clarke. Lewis insists that group members wear tuxedos to dignify Jazz.
Thelonious Monk begins to make records for Prestige.
Coltrane joins alto saxophonist Earl Bostic's R&B group.
Cecil Taylor is drawn to Brubeck and Stravinsky. Free ideas are brewing.
Lee Konitz is with Stan Kenton.
Bop trombone player J. J. Johnson is working as a blueprint inspector (until 1954).
Young Nebraskan trumpet player Chet Baker plays with Charlie Parker before joining Gerry Mulligan's pianoless quartet.
Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker form the pianoless quartet.
Django Reinhardt's health is failing. He's getting stiffness in his fingers.
Armstrong takes yet another European tour.
Disc jockey Alan Freed produces what could be called the first Rock and Roll concert.
Ahmet Ertegun of Atlantic Records buys Ray Charles' contract for a mere $2500.
Les Paul introduces his new invention, the solid body guitar, when Gibson begins marketing the classic guitar which bears Les' name.
Les Paul uses a custom-made Ampex tape recorder and begins experimenting with over-dubbing and other innovative recording techniques.

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