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History of Jazz Timeline: 1980

Novus releases Tributaries, recorded in 1978-79 by guitarists Larry Coryell, Joe Beck, and John Scofield.
Miles Davis begins to get back into jazz by playing his horn after four years of abstinence.
Wynton Marsalis Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis appears with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers on his first commercial recording, Live at Montreux and Northsea, at age 18. Wynton's saxophonist brother Branford, trombonist Robin Eubanks, and guitarist Kevin Eubanks also appear with the group.
Fusion group Weather Report records Night Passage (Columbia).
Drummer and keyboard player Jack DeJohnette's Special Edition fuses world music, free jazz, bop and funk on Tin Can Alley (ECM).
Spyro Gyra Popular Buffalo fusion group Spyro Gyra records Catching the Sun (MCA).
Scat singer Babs Gonzales dies on January 23.
Pianist Bill Evans dies on September 15.

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