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History of Jazz Timeline: 1976

Thelonious Monk's quartet appears at Carnegie Hall with guest trumpeter Lonnie Hillyer in March, four months before his final public appearance at the Newport Jazz Festival in July.
Bassist Jaco Pastorius joins the group Weather Report, which records Black Market (Columbia).
Saxophonist Dexter Gordon records the influential hard bop album Biting the Apple (Steeplechase) shortly before returning to the United States to great acclaim and making the double-LP Homecoming: Live at the Village Vanguard (Columbia).
Improvising guitarist George Benson records Breezin' (Warner), which goes to #1 on the pop charts.
Trumpeter Bobby Hackett dies on June 7.

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