History of Jazz Timeline: 1972
Hard bop trumpeter Lee Morgan is shot dead at 33 by his common-law wife, Helen More,
at Slug's, a New York City jazz club, on February 19.
Thelonious Monk shuts himself up in the home of Baroness Nica de Koenigswarter. He will
remain there until he dies in 1982. Recall that Charlie Parker died in 1955 in Baroness Nica
de Koenigswarter's apartment. Not the same place, but nonetheless an interesting fact.
Weather Report finishes recording I Sing the Body Electric (Columbia).
Pianist Chick Corea and Return to Forever record an eponymous debut on ECM, followed
by a second album, Light as a
Feather (Polydor), with Joe Farrell on flute and tenor sax, Stanley Clarke
Airto Moreira on percussion, and Flora Purim on vocals and percussion.
Gospel great Mahalia Jackson dies on January 27.
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