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History of Jazz Timeline: 1977

Hancock Shorter Hubbard Carter Williams Herbie Hancock records the quintet V.S.O.P. with Freddie Hubbard and Miles Davis alumni Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter, and Tony Williams.
Fusion group Weather Report records Heavy Weather (Columbia).
Free Jazz drummer Sunny Murray states (Jazz Magazine, June) that "the music (Free Jazz) didn't stop a decade ago."
Flugelhorn player Chuck Mangione records Feels So Good (A&M), which sells millions of copies. The short format is heard on commercial radio stations from coast to coast.
Pianist Errol Garner dies of a heart attack on January 7.
Rock and roll icon Elvis Presley dies on August 16.
The disco music dance craze is going full tilt.
Herbie Hancock uses a vocoder (voice synthesizer) on the popular hit "I Thought It Was You" from Sunlight (Columbia).
The World Saxophone Quartet records its intense first album, Point of No Return (Moers).

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