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.
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).
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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