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In August 1957.

In August 1957, “Prestige” label released “The Prestige Jazz Quartet”, the eight Teddy Charles album. It was recorded in June 1957, at “Van Gelder Studio” in Hackensack, New Jersey, and was produced by Teddy Charles.


  • Teddy Charles- vibraphone
  • Mal Waldron- piano
  • Addison Farmer- bass
  • Jerry Segal – drums

Track listing:

All tracks by Teddy Charles except where noted.

  1. Take Three Parts Jazz
  2. Meta-Waltz – Mal Waldron
  3. Dear Elaine – Mel Waldron
  4. Friday the 13th – Thelonious Monk

In July 1960.

In July 1960, “Bethlehem Records” label released “Down Home”, the 30th Zoot Sims album. It was recorded in June 1960 and was produced by Teddy Charles.


  • Zoot Sims – tenor saxophone
  • Dave McKenna– piano
  • George Tucker– double bass
  • Dannie Richmond– drums

Track listing:

  1. Jive at Five – Count Basie, Harry “Sweets” Edison
  2. Doggin’ Around – Edgar Battle, Ray Evans
  3. Avalon – Buddy DeSylva, Al Jolson, Vincent Rose
  4. I Cried for You – Gus Arnheim, Arthur Freed, Abe Lyman
  5. Bill Bailey – Hughie Cannon
  6. Goodnight Sweetheart – Jimmy Capbell, Reginald Connelly, Ray Noble
  7. There’ll Be Some Changes Made – Billy Higgins, W. Benton Overstreet
  8. I’ve Heard That Blues Before – Zoot Sims

On May 18, 2004.

Elvin Jones

On May 18, 2004, Elvin Ray Jones died aged 77. He was a jazz drummer of the post-bop era , performed with  Charles Mingus, Teddy Charles, Bud Powell and Miles Davis, but he is best known as a member of the John Coltrane quartet (from 1960 to 1966) along with Jimmy Garrison on bass and McCoy Tyner on piano, in the celebrated recording phase including the album “A love supreme”. Jones recorded with numerous artists including Art Farmer, J.J. Johnson, Aaron Bell, Tommy Flanagan, Paul Chambers, Pepper Adams, Kenny Burrell, Sonny Rollins, Thad Jones, Idris Sulieman, Mal Waldron, Steve Lacy, Bernie Green, Hank Jones, Jimmy Forest, Randy Weston, Curtis Fuller, Gil Evans, Harry Lookofsky, Julian Priester, Barry Harris, Clifford Jordan, Sonny Red, Yusef Lateef, Lee Konitz, Freddie Hubbard, Pony Poindexter, Duke Ellington, McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Woods, Andrew Hill, Stan Getz, Bill Evans, Bob Brookmeyer, Wayne Shorter, Grant Green, Joe Henderson, Larry Young, Roland Kirk, Earl Hines, Jaki Byard, Larry Coryell, Ornette Coleman, Barney Kessel, Phineas Newborn Jr, Allen Ginsberg, Joe Farrell, Frank Foster, Billy Harper, Elek Bacsik, Oregon, Jimmy Rowles, Chico Freeman, Ray Brown, Pharaoh Sanders, Lew Soloff, James Williams, Marcus Roberts, Kenny Garrett, David Murray, Sonny Sharrock, Javon Jackson, Robert Hurst, John McLaughlin, Shirley Horn, Joe Lovano, Steve Griggs, Michael Brecker, Gary LeMel and Stefano di Battista, becoming one of the most recorded artists of all time.  As leader, Jones released 48 albums.

On January 5, 1977.


On January 5, 1977, Charles Mingus Jr. Died aged 57.Being  composer, bandleader and bass player, Mingus is regarded as one of the most creative and influential Jazz artists of all times.

For his work and contribution to the modern music, Mingus has received many awards including:

  • “Guggenheim Fellowship” (1971).
  • Inducted in the “Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame” (1971).
  • “National Endowment for the Arts” provided grants for a Mingus nonprofit called “Let My Children Hear Music” which cataloged all of Mingus’s works (1988)
  • “The Library of Congress” acquired Mingus’s collected papers in what they described as “the most important acquisition of a manuscript collection relating to jazz in the Library’s history.(1993)]
  • “The United States Postal Service” issued a stamp in his honor (1995).
  • Posthumously awarded the “Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award” (1997)
  • Album “Mingus Dynasty”(1959) inducted in the “Grammy Hall of Fame” (1999)
  • Inducted in the “Jazz at Lincoln Center”, Nesuhi Ertegun “Jazz Hall of Fame” (2005)

He has recorded and performed with some of the most important musicians of the modern music, including: Illinois Jacquet, Dinah Washington, Wilbert Baranco, Ivie Anderson, Lionel Hampton, Red Norvo, Billy Taylor, Oscar Pettiford, Max Roach,  Bud Powell, Paul Bley, Teo Macero, Oscar Pettiford,  Ada Moore,  Charlie Parker, J.J. Johnson, Hazel Scott, John Mehegan,  Thad Jones, John Dennis, Ralph Sharon, Miles Davis, Teddy Charles, The Metronome All-Stars, Jimmy Knepper, Langston Hughes, Duke Ellington, Max Roach and Eric Dolphy.