History of Jazz Timeline: 1984
Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis wins a jazz Grammy for the bop album Think of One.
Marsalis also wins a Grammy for classical music this same year. Later he would state that it
is harder to play jazz than classical.
Miles Davis wins the Sonning Prize, an award from the Danish government which normally
goes to a non-jazz composer. This would result in the 1989 release Aura,
composed by Palle Mikkelborg.
John Scofield records Electric Outlet (Gramavision) with alto saxophonist David
Sanborn, trombonist Ray Anderson, synth player Pete Levin, and drummer Steve Jordan
Nigerian-born Sade Anu debuts with Diamond Life, a hybrid of R&B passion, jazz finesse and pop accessibility that results in such hits as "Smooth Operator" and "Your Love is King."
For more information about Sade, read Daniel Garrett's article Sade, a Smooth Operator, sings of No Ordinary Love, and Is That A Crime?.
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