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History of Jazz Timeline: 1978

President Jimmy Carter hosts the First Annual White House Jazz Festival in honor of Charles Mingus. Many prominent jazz musicians come to the event, including Roy Eldridge, Max Roach, Dizzy Gillespie, and Cecil Taylor.
Bill Evans forms his last trio with bassist Marc Johnson and drummer Joe LaBarbera.
Kenny Garrett begins performing with the Mercer Ellington-led Duke Ellington Orchestra.
Guitarist Pat Metheny records Pat Metheny Group (ECM) with Lyle Mays on piano, Mark Egan on bass and Danny Gottlieb on drums.
Guitarist John Scofield records Rough House (Enja) with pianist Hal Galper, bassist Stafford James and drummer Adam Nussbaum.
Toshiko Akiyoshi's jazz orchestra places first in Downbeat magazine's readers' poll. This is a first time accomplishment for a Japanese woman.
Woody Shaw is rated top jazz trumpeter in a Downbeat magazine poll. His record Rosewood (Columbia) is the number one jazz album in the same poll.
The World Saxophone Quartet records Steppin' with the World Saxophone Quartet (Black Saint), the group's second album.

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