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In October 1965.

In October 1965, “Elektra” label released “The Paul Butterfield Blues Band”, the debut Paul Butterfield album. It was recorded in September 1965, and was produced by Paul Rothchild and Mark Abramson. In 2012, “Rolling Stone” magazine ranked the album at number 468 on its list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”. “Down Beat” magazine ranked it at number 11 on its list of the “Top 50 Blues Albums”.


  • Paul Butterfield– lead vocals, harmonica
  • Mike Bloomfield– guitars
  • Elvin Bishop– guitars
  • Mark Naftalin– organ
  • Jerome Arnold– bass
  • Sam Lay– drums, lead vocals

Track listing:

  1. Born in Chicago – Nick Gravenites
  2. Shake Your Money-Maker – Elmore James
  3. Blues with a Feeling – Walter Jacobs
  4. Thank You Mr. Poobah – Mike Bloomfield, Paul Butterfield, Mark Naftalin
  5. Mellow Down Easy – Willie Dixon
  6. Screamin – Mike Bloomfield
  7. Our Love Is Drifting – Paul Butterfield, Elvin Bishop
  8. Mystery Train – Junior Parker, Sam Phillips
  9. Last Night – Walter Jacobs
  10. Look Over Yonders Wall – James Clark



On May 12, 1971.


On May 12, 1971, “Columbia” label released the self-titled debut album by Weather Report. The album was voted “Jazz Album of the Year” in “Down Beat Readers Poll”, and it won “Swing Journal” magazine “Grand Prix Award” in the “Journal’s Readers’ and Critics” polls.


  • Joe Zawinul– electric and acoustic piano
  • Wayne Shorter– soprano saxophone
  • Miroslav Vitouš– electric and acoustic bass
  • Alphonse Mouzon– drums, voice
  • Airto Moreira– percussion
  • Barbara Burton – percussion
  • Don Alias– percussion

Track listing:

  1. Milky Way – Wayne Shorter, Joe Zawinul
  2. Umbrellas – Wayne Shorter, Miroslav Vitous, Joe Zawinul
  3. Seventh Arrow – Miroslav Vitous
  4. Orange Lady – Joe Zawinul
  5. Morning Lake – Miroslav Vitous
  6. Waterfall – Joe Zawinul
  7. Tears – Wayne Shorter
  8. Eurydice – Wayne Shorter


On March 24, 1974.

mysterious traveler

On March 24, 1974, “Columbia” label released “Mysterious Traveller”, the fifth Weather Report album. It was recorded February 1974 – May 1974 in “Devonshire Sound” in Los Angeles, and was produced by Joe Zawinul and Wayne Shorter. In 1974, readers of “Down Beat” magazine voted “Mysterious Traveller” album of the year.


  • Joe Zawinul- electric and acoustic piano, synthesizer, guitar, kalimba, organ, tamboura, clay drum, tack piano, melodica
  • Wayne Shorter- soprano and tenor saxophone, tack piano
  • Miroslav Vitouš- upright bass
  • Alphonso Johnson- bass guitar
  • Ishmael Wilburn- drums
  • Skip Hadden- drums
  • Dom Um Romão- percussion, drums
  • Ray Barrettopercussion
  • Meruga – percussion
  • Steve Little -timpani
  • Don Ashworth -ocarinas and woodwinds
  • Isacoff -Tabla, finger cymbals
  • Edna Wright – vocals
  • Marti McCall – vocals
  • Jessica Smith – vocals
  • James Gilstrad – vocals
  • Billie Barnum – vocalists

Track listing:

  1. Nubian Sundance – Joe Zawinul
  2. American Tango – Miroslav Vitouš and Zawinul
  3. Cucumber Slumber – Alphonso Johnson and Joe Zawinul
  4. Mysterious Traveller – Wayne Shorter
  5. Blackthorn Rose – Wayne Shorter
  6. Scarlet Woman – Alphonso Johnson, Wayne Shorter and Joe Zawinul
  7. Jungle Book – Joe Zawinul



On March 20, 1988.

Gil Evans

On March 20, 1988, Ian Ernest Gilmore “Gil” Evans died aged 75. Canadian born pianist, arranger, composer and bandleader had important role in the development of free jazz, cool jazz, modal jazz and jazz fusion. He has performed and recorded with many important jazz musicians including: Miles Davis, Lee Konitz, Glen Hall, Steve Lacy, Claude Thornhill, Johnny Mathis, Hal McKusick, Marcy Lutes, Helen Merill, Don Elliot, Astrud Gilberto and Kenny Burrell. In 1986, Evans was inducted into the “Down Beat”  “Jazz Hall of Fame”. He won two “Grammy Awards” – in1960: “Sketches of Spain”, “Grammy Award for Best Original Jazz Composition” with Miles Davis; in 1986: “Bud and Bird”, “Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Big Band”.


On December 5, 2012.

Dave Brubeck

On December 5, 2012, David Warren “Dave” Brubeck died aged 91. Being pianist, bandleader and composer, he was one of the great post-bop jazz innovators and one of the most influential and popular artists in the jazz history. Brubeck was author of numerous jazz standards, including “In Your Own Sweet Way”,”The Duke”. “Pick Up Sticks”, “Unsquare Dance” and “Blue Rondo à la Turk”. “The Dave Brubeck Quartet” album “Time Out” released in 1959, was based upon the use of time signatures that were unusual for jazz such as 9/8 and 5/4. The album featured Paul Desmond’s track “Take Five”, peaked at #2 on the “Billboard” pop albums chart, has been certified platinum by the “RIAA”, and became one of the best selling jazz albums of all time. As a recognition for his work, Brubeck received many awards, including:

  • Connecticut Arts Award (1987)
  • National Medal of Arts, National Endowment for the Arts (1994)
  • Down Beat Hall of Fame (1994)
  • Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (1996)
  • Doctor of Sacred Theology, Doctorate honoris causa, University of Fribourg, Switzerland (2004)
  • Laetare Medal(University of Notre Dame) (2006)
  • BBC Jazz Lifetime Achievement Award (2007)
  • Benjamin Franklin Award for Public Diplomacy (2008)
  • Inducted into California Hall of Fame (2008)
  • Eastman School of MusicHonorary Degree (2008)
  • Kennedy Center Honor (2009)
  • George Washington University Honorary Degree (2010)
  • Honorary Fellow of Westminster Choir College, Princeton, New Jersey (2011)

Additionally, the main-belt asteroid “5079 Brubeck” was named after Brubeck.