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History of Jazz Timeline: 1966

Duke Ellington records Far East Suite (RCA).
John Coltrane marries Alice McCleod, who replaces McCoy Tyner as Coltrane's pianist. Following the departure of Elvin Jones, Coltrane's new quintet, which includes Alice Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders, Jimmy Garrison and Rashied Ali, records Live at the Village Vanguard Again! (Impulse!) in late May and Live in Japan (Impulse!) in July. The latter recording (reissued as a 4-CD set) features a nearly hour-long version of "My Favorite Things."
Alto saxophonist Cannonball Adderley records the live Mercy, Mercy, Mercy! (Blue Note) with his quintet. Acoustic/electric pianist Joe Zawinul composes the hit title track.
Pianist Keith Jarrett is currently performing with the Charles Lloyd Quartet.
The Roscoe Mitchell sextet records Sound in August with members of Chicago's AACM community, including two future members of the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Lester Bowie and Malachi Favors.
Drummer Buddy Rich starts up a big band which would last about twenty years.
Bop piano immortal Earl "Bud" Powell dies on July 31.
On October 3, Dave Lambert of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross fame is struck by a car and killed instantly while trying to help a fellow motorist on the Connecticut Turnpike.
Trumpeter Chet Baker is severely beaten on the streets of San Francisco, an event related to his drug addiction. Carol Baker was in the hospital for the birth of their youngest child, Missy, when it occurred. (Baker wrongly gave 1968 as the date in some interviews; he also incorrectly stated that he lost most of his teeth during the assault. The teeth went in ensuing years.)

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