History of Jazz Timeline: 1963
John Coltrane meets Alice McCleod, whom he will marry in 1966.
Coltrane records John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman (Impulse!) with vocalist
Johnny Hartman, pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Jimmy Garrison and drummer Elvin Jones.
Charles Mingus records The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady (Impulse!)
Tenor sax man Archie Shepp joins the New York Contemporary Five with Don Cherry on pocket trumpet, John Tchicai on alto sax, Don Moore on bass and J.C. Moses on drums. The debut album is the excellent Archie Shepp & The New York Contemporary Five which can be found on Storyville LP.
Archie Shepp records a very good tribute to the still-living Coltrane called Four For
AAJ Building a Jazz Library: Masterpieces
Horace Silver - Song for My Father
One of the greatest Hard Bop albums, and not just from that title track (honored in "Rikki Don't Lose That Number") but also his classic "Lonely Woman."
Hard Bop pianist Sonny Clark dies of a drug overdose in a club called Junior's in New York. The owners of Junior's move Clark's corpse to another location to avoid losing their liquor license and to avoid the adverse publicity.
Pianist Wynton Kelly forms a trio with Paul Chambers on bass and Jimmy Cobb on drums.
Saxophonist Gigi Gryce drops out of Jazz, never to return.
Tommy Flanagan becomes Ella Fitzgerald's accompanist.
Pianist Andrew Hill cuts his first Blue Note LP's Black Fire and Smokestack.
Tony Williams, a 17-year-old drummer, is asked by Miles Davis to join his quintet.
Williams will record 13 albums with Davis during the next six years. He will play with such
greats as Herbie Hancock, John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter and Jimi Hendrix
Gary Burton, a 19-year-old prodigy vibist, joins pianist George Shearing's band. About a
decade later Burton is instrumental in another prodigy's career when he hires Pat Metheny.
Guitarist Kenny Burrell records his finest and most successful album, Midnight Blue.
Grant Green records his classic album Idle Moments. The guitarist gets ample support from saxophonist Joe Henderson and vibist Bobby Hutcherson. This landmark release earns Green the reputation as one of Jazz's most versatile guitarists.
Cast Your Fate to the Wind by Vince Guaraldi becomes a Gold Record winner and
earns the Grammy as Best Instrumental Jazz Composition. Guaraldi was best known for his
work on the "Peanuts" television specials.
Asian and Middle Eastern instruments are added to Jazz by flutist Yusef Lateef. Lateef also adds techniques to accommodate these new Jazz instruments.
Bop pianist Bud Powell is recorded in Paris on the appropriately-named album Bud
Powell in Paris.
Bop pianist Bud Powell contracts tuberculosis. This is all that Bud needs.
Pioneer Free Jazz pianist Herbie Nichols dies of Leukemia at age 44.
Singer Dinah Washington dies.
Martin Luther King is successful with a nonviolent march of 250,000 people on
Trumpeter Lee Morgan records The Sidewinder (Blue Note), which will rise to
number 25 on the Billboard pop album chart, impressive for a Jazz LP. Most of the record
is Hard Bop, though the title track has crossover appeal.
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