History of Jazz Timeline: 1962
Ornette Coleman is temporarily out of Jazz because of a salary dispute. Ornette perceives (and is probably correct) that he is not making money like the other big names in Jazz and goes on strike.
Ornette Coleman retires for several years.
John Coltrane records Coltrane (Impulse!) in April and June with McCoy Tyner on piano, Jimmy Garrison on bass and Elvin Jones on drums.
Coltrane's classic quartet records Ballads, a strikingly softer, quieter and simpler
album than his recent high-energy work.
Coltrane records a number of live albums, including Live At Birdland (Charly) and Bye Bye Blackbird (OJC).
Sonny Rollins puts together a band with Don Cherry on trumpet and Billy Higgins on drums. This group will make the album Our Man in Jazz.
Miles Davis does Quiet Nights with Gil Evans and a large band. This will be Miles'
last big band work until Aura in 1989.
Miles Davis finally makes the Billboard charts.
Pianist Bill Evans records Interplay. Over the next ten or twelve years, Bill will be very prolific.
Albert Ayler makes his recording debut in Europe.
The First Recordings of Albert Ayler is recorded. This album is available on Sonet CD.
Cannonball Adderley and Cleanhead Vinson record the classic tunes Back Door Blues and Kidney Stew for Riverside.
Sun Ra and his Arkestra resettle in New York.
Pianist Andrew Hill goes to the West Coast.
Ellington records The Money Jungle in September with Max Roach and Charles Mingus. Talk about big names. This is a very good album which can be found on the Blue Note label.
Tenor saxophonist Stan Getz records the album Jazz Samba. This is a major commercial success. The music here represents variations on Latin dance music. This type of music becomes popular in nightclubs.
The Latin Dance Jazz boom has begun. The first hit to break the charts wide open is Desafinado followed by The Girl from Ipanema.
Saxophonist Tina Brooks' short recording career is unfortunately over.
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