Over the years, jazz has seen its fair share of colourful and pioneering individuals who have changed the course of jazz. For many, they embrace emerging musical emphases, catapulting them into new territory. But some create entirely new concepts in musicality.

How do we celebrate greatness? We can start by celebrating their birthdays, and thus focus on their music and their innovation. Jazz Birthdays was created by Louise Levy, and celebrates individual jazz greats.

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NameBirthdayDoBDoDAgeNationalityMain Instrument
PotChris PotteraJan 0101/01/1971 53 AmericanSaxophone, Bass Clarinet
GheNaama GheberaJan 02 02/01/1991 33AmericanSinger
CarJJames Carter aJan 03 03/01/1969 55AmericanSaxophones, Woodwinds
McLJohn McLaughlinaJan 0404/01/1942 82 AmericanGuitar, Bandleader, Composer
WerPaul Wertico aJan 05 05/01/1953 71AmericanDrummer
BroBMaurice “Mobetta” BrownaJan 0606/01/1981 43American Trumpet, Composer, Producer
AlleHenry “Red” AllenaJan 0707/01/190617/04/196761AmericanTrumpet, Singer
WecDave WecklaJan 0808/01/1960 64AmericanDrummer
PizBucky PizzarelliaJan 0909/01/192601/04/202094AmericanGuitar
ParWilliam ParkeraJan 1010/01/1952  72AmericanDouble Bass
RitLee Ritenour aJan 11 11/01/1952 72AmericanGuitar
McSJay McShannaJan 1212/01/190907/12/200697AmericanPiano, Singer, Composer, Bandleader
LisMelba Liston aJan 13 13/01/1926 23/04/199973 American Trombone, Arranger, Composer
WheKenny WheeleraJan 14 14/01/1930 18/09/2014 84 CanadianTrumpet, Flugelhorn, Composer
KruGene KrupaaJan 15 15/01/1909 16/10/1973 64 AmericanDrums, Bandleader, Composer
AduSade Adu aJan 16 16/01/1959   65 Nigerian-BritishSinger
WaltCedar WaltonaJan 17 17/01/1934 19/08/2013 79 AmericanPiano
MazMarilyn MazuraJan 18 18/01/1955   69 American-DanishDrums, Percussion
JaEEtta James aJan 25 25/01/1938 20/01/201274 American Singer
BleEubie BlakebFeb 01 07/02/1883 12/02/1993 100 AmericanPiano
RedJoshua RedmanbFeb 01 01/02/1969   55 American Tenor Saxophone, Composer
GardMelody GardotbFeb 02 02/02/1985   39 American Singer
GetStan Getz bFeb 02 02/02/1927 06/06/199164 American Tenor Saxophone
TarGreg TardybFeb 0303/02/1966   58 American Saxophone, Clarinet
MayBill Mays bFeb 05 05/02/1944   80American Piano
RagMin RagerbFeb 05 05/02/1975   49 Canadian Piano, Composer
AmeScott Amendola bFeb 06 06/02/1969   55American Drummer
ManRenée Manning bFeb 08 08/02/1955   69 American Singer
WilsSSteve Wilson bFeb 09 09/02/1961 63AmericanSaxophone, Flute
AdoAntonio AdolfobFeb 1010/02/1947  77 BrazilianKeyboards
ShaJaleel ShawbFeb 11 11/02/1978 46AmericanAlto Saxophone, Bandleader
LasBill LaswellbFeb 1212/02/1955 69 AmericanBass Guitar
GraWardell GraybFeb 13 13/02/192125/05/195534AmericanTenor Saxophone
PaleJason PalmerbFeb 1414/02/1979 45 AmericanTrumpet, Composer
ThrHenry ThreadgillbFeb 15 15/02/1944 80American Saxophone, Flute, Composer
ChrPete Christlieb bFeb 16 16/02/1945 79 AmericanTenor Saxophone
DeFBuddy DeFrancobFeb 17 17/02/192324/12/201491AmericanClarinet, Bandleader
SimNina SimonebFeb 2121/02/193321/04/200370 AmericanSinger, Songwrite, Piano
MiGGlenn MillercMar 01 01/03/190415/12/194440AmericanTrombone, Composer, Bandleader
WilnSonny Boy Williamson II cMar 01 11/03/189725/05/1965 68AmericanHarmonica, Singer
DaEEddie “LockJaw” DaviscMar 02 02/03/192203/11/198664AmericanTenor Saxophone
MakMiriam MakebacMar 0404/03/193209/11/200876 South African Singer, Songwriter
MontWes Montgomery cMar 06 06/03/192515/06/196843AmericanGuitar
CoGGeorge ColemancMar 0808/03/1935 89AmericanTenor Saxophone
CoOOrnette ColemancMar 0909/03/1930 11/06/201585American Trumpet, Violin, Composer
HarrJJeanette HarriscMar 0909/03/1979 45AmericanAlto Saxophone
KauJustin KauflincMar 1010/03/1986 38AmericanPiano
SabCarol SaboyacMar 1010/03/1975 49BrazilianSinger
AnsBill AnschellcMar 12 12/03/1957 67AmericanPiano, Composer
HayRoy HaynescMar 1313/03/1926 98 AmericanDrummer
JonQQuincy JonescMar 14 14/03/1933   91 AmericanTrumpet, Producer
ScoSShirley Scott  cMar 14 14/03/193410/03/2002 68 American Organ
FlaTommy Flanagan cMar 16 16/03/1930 16/11/2001 71 American Piano, Composer
WillJJessica Williams cMar 17 17/03/1948 10/03/2022 74 American Piano, Composer
LocJoe Locke cMar 18 18/03/1959   65 American Vibraphone
McPMarian McPartland OBE cMar 20 20/03/1918 20/08/2013 95 American Piano, Composer
FraAretha Franklin cMar 25 25/03/1942 16/08/2018 76 American Singer
MooJames Moody cMar 26 26/03/1925 09/12/2010 85 American Saxophone, Flute
VauSarah Vaughan  cMar 27 27/03/1924 03/04/1990 66 American Singer, Piano
GiAAstrud Gilberto cMar 29 29/03/1940 05/05/2023 83 Brazilian Singer, Songwriter
EllDDuke Ellington dApr 01 29/04/1899 24/05/1974 75 American Piano, Composer, Bandleader
JorDuke Jordan dApr 01 01/04/1922 08/08/2006 84 American Piano
TurStanley Turrentine dApr 05 05/04/1934 12/09/2000 66 American Tenor Saxophone
MulGerry Mulligan dApr 06 06/04/1927 20/01/1996 68 American Baritone Saxophone, Clarinet, Composer
HoliBillie Holiday dApr 07 07/04/1915 17/07/1959 44 American Singer
McRCarmen Mercedes McRae dApr 08 08/04/1922 10/11/1994 72 American Singer
BroJakob Bro dApr 11 11/04/1978   45 Danish Guitar, Composer
HanHerbie Hancock dApr 12 12/04/1940   84 American Keyboards, Composer
ChaTTeddy Charles dApr 13 13/04/1928 16/04/2012 84 American Vibraphone, Piano, Drums, Composer
HilMarquis Hill dApr 15 15/04/1987   36 American Trumpet, Composer, Bandleader
SveEsbjörn Svensson dApr 16 16/04/1964 14/06/2008 44 Swedish Piano
AraMike Armando dApr 19 19/04/1951   72 American Guitar
HamSlide Hampton dApr 21 21/04/1932 18/11/2021 89 American Trombone
MinCharles Mingus dApr 22 22/04/1922 05/01/1979 56 American Double Bass, Piano, Composer, Bandleader
LacSteve Lacy dApr 23 23/04/1934 04/06/2004 70 American Soprano Saxophone, Composer
FitElla Fitzgerald dApr 25 25/04/1917 15/06/1996 79 American Singer
GiuJimmy Giuffre dApr 26 26/04/1921 24/04/2008 87 American Clarinet, Saxophone, Composer, Arranger
LouLionel Loueke dApr 27 27/04/1973   50 Beninian Guitar, Singer
DeaBlossom Dearie dApr 28 28/04/1924 07/02/2009 84 American Singer, Piano
HeaPercy Heath dApr 30 30/04/1923 28/04/2005 82 American Double Bass
HorShirley Horn eMay 01 01/05/1934 10/10/2005 71 American Singer, Piano
CrsBing Crosby eMay 03 03/05/1903 14/10/1977 74 American Singer
CarRRon Carter eMay 04 04/05/1937   86 American Double Bass
FoJJoe Ford eMay 07 07/05/1947   76 American Saxophone
MariTania Maria eMay 09 09/05/1948   75 Brazilian Piano, Singer, Composer
WilsAAnthony Wilson eMay 09 09/05/1968   55 American Guitar, Composer
HinPamela Hines eMay 11 11/05/1962   61 American Piano, Composer
EvGGil Evans eMay 13 13/05/1912 20/03/1988 75 Canadian Piano, Arranger, Composer, Bandleader
GnzBenito Gonzalez eMay 14 14/05/1975   48 Venezuelan Piano
FoSSonny Fortune eMay 19 19/05/1939 25/10/2018 79 American Saxophone
DesMary Ellen Desmond eMay 20 20/05/19??   American Singer
WallFats Waller eMay 21 21/05/1904 05/12/1943 39 American Piano, Organ, Composer, Singer
SheArchie Shepp eMay 24 24/05/1937   86 American Saxophone
DaMMiles Davis eMay 26 26/05/1926 28/09/1991 65 American Trumpet, Bandleader, Composer
LeePPeggy Lee eMay 26 26/05/1920 21/01/2002 81 American Singer, Songwriter
WriEugene Wright eMay 29 29/05/1923 30/12/2020 97 American Double Bass
GooBenny Goodman eMay 30 30/05/1909 13/06/1986 77 American Clarinet, Bandleader
EasClint Eastwood eMay 31 31/05/1930   93 American Piano, Composer, Actor, Director
NieLennie Niehaus fJun 01 01/06/1929 28/05/2020 91 American Alto Saxophone, Composer
PorCole Porter fJun 01 09/06/1891 15/10/1964 73 American Songwriter
GarMMatthew Garrison fJun 02 02/06/1970   53 American Bass Guitar
HarrMMark Harris fJun 03 03/06/1975   48 Australian Double Bass, Singer, Composer
BraxAnthony Braxton fJun 04 04/06/1945   78 American Saxophone, Composer
ErsPeter Erskine fJun 05 05/06/1954   69 American Drummer
AleRalph Peter Alessi fJun 06 06/06/1963   60 American Trumpet, Composer
MorrJohn Morrison fJun 07 07/06/1960   63 Australian Drummer, Bandleader
CaiUri Caine fJun 08 08/06/1956   67 American Piano, Composer
ScoHHazel Scott fJun 11 11/06/1920 02/10/1981 61 Trinidadian Piano, Singer
CorChick Corea fJun 12 12/06/1941 09/02/2021 79 American Piano, Composer
CheDoc Cheatham fJun 13 13/06/1905 02/06/1997 92 American Trumpet, Singer, Bandleader
TorMel Torme fJun 13 13/06/1925 05/06/1999 74 American Singer, Composer
MiMaMarcus Miller fJun 14 14/06/1959   64 American Bass Guitar, Songwriter
StiLoren Stillman fJun 14 14/06/1980   43 American Alto Saxophone
AddCannonball Adderley fJun 15 15/06/1928 08/08/1975 47 American Alto Saxophone
GarEErroll Garner fJun 15 15/06/1921 02/01/1977 55 American Piano, Composer
HarreTom Harrell fJun 16 16/06/1946   77 American Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Composer
ScoTTony Scott fJun 17 17/06/1921 28/03/2007 85 American Clarinet, Arranger
RanSue Raney fJun 18 18/06/1940   83 American Singer
BenFFrank Bennett fJun 20 20/06/1959   64 Australian Singer, Songwriter
ReeEric Reed fJun 21 21/06/1970   53 American Piano, Composer
McGBernie McGann fJun 22 22/06/1937 17/09/2013 76 Australian Alto Saxophone
DaAAngela Davis fJun 23 23/06/1985   38 Australian Alto Saxophone
SmMMarvin “Smitty” Smith fJun 24 24/06/1961   62 American Drummer, Composer
SmJoJohnny Smith fJun 25 25/06/1922 11/06/2013 91 American Guitar
CunBill Cunliffe fJun 26 26/06/1956   67 American Piano, Composer
GiGGilberto Gil fJun 26 26/06/1942   81 Brazilian Singer, Songwriter
HopElmo Hope fJun 27 27/06/1923 19/03/1967 43 American Piano, Composer
SutTierney Sutton fJun 28 28/06/1963   60 American Singer
CltStanley Clarke fJun 30 30/06/1951   72 American Bass Guitar, Composer
FriErik Friedlander gJul 01 01/07/1960   63 American Cello, Composer
JaAAhmed Jamal gJul 02 02/07/1930 16/04/2023 92 American Piano, Composer
WarfTim Warfield gJul 02 02/07/1965   58 American Tenor Saxophone
DurJudith Durham gJul 03 03/07/1943 05/08/2022 79 Australian Singer
HartJohnny Hartman gJul 03 03/07/1923 15/09/1983 60 American Singer
SmLLonnie Smith gJul 03 03/07/1942 28/09/2021 79 American Organ
MaiMike Mainieri gJul 04 04/07/1938   85 American Vibraphone
BlyArthur Blythe gJul 05 05/07/1940 27/03/2017 76 American Alto Saxophone, Composer
HoDDerrick Hodge gJul 05 05/07/1979   44 American Bass Guitar, Double Bass, Composer, Bandleader
KalTanya Kalmanovitch gJul 05 05/07/1970   53 Canadian Viola
BelLouie Bellson gJul 06 06/07/1924 14/02/2009 84 American Drummer, Composer, Bandleader
StarRingo Starr gJul 07 07/07/1940   83 English Drummer
ZawJoe Zawinul gJul 07 07/07/1932 09/11/2007 75 Austrian Keyboards, Composer
HarrHHerb Harris gJul 08 08/07/1968   55 American Tenor Saxophone
ScoKKendrick Scott gJul 08 08/07/1980   43 American Drums, Bandleader, Composer
BaiColin Bailey gJul 09 09/07/1934 20/09/2021 87 British-American Drummer
AndIvie Anderson gJul 10 10/07/1905 28/12/1949 44 American Singer
StanTomasz Stańko gJul 11 11/07/1942 29/07/2018 76 Polish Trumpet, Composer
WhaKirk Whalum gJul 11 11/07/1958   65 American Saxophone, Songwriter
GnsPaul Gonsalves gJul 12 12/07/1920 15/05/1974 53 American Tenor Saxophone
AylAlbert Ayler gJul 13 13/07/1936 25/11/1970 34 American Saxophone, Singer, Composer
CarBill Carrothers gJul 13 13/07/1964   59 American Piano, Composer
SevLauren Sevian gJul 14 14/07/1979   44 American Baritone Saxophone
KapRon Kaplan gJul 15 15/07/1953   70 American Singer
KlaPetros Klampanis gJul 15 15/07/1981   42 Greek Double Bass, Composer
SchwAnton Schwartz gJul 16 16/07/1967   56 American Saxophone, Composer
GuaVince Guaraldi gJul 17 17/07/1928 06/02/1976 47 American Piano, Composer
CrkTheo Croker gJul 18 18/07/1985   38 American Trumpet, Composer, Producer, Singer
KinDavid King gJul 18 18/07/1965   58 Scottish Guitar
JonCCarmell Jones gJul 19 19/07/1936 07/11/1996 60 American Trumpet
McHBob McHugh gJul 20 20/07/1946   77 American Piano, Composer
CloSonny Clark gJul 21 21/07/1931 13/01/1963 31 American Piano, Composer
MeoAl Di Meola gJul 22 22/07/1954   69 American Guitar
FadJon Faddis gJul 24 24/07/1953   70 American Trumpet, Composer
HoJJohnny Hodges gJul 25 25/07/1907 11/05/1970 62 American Alto Saxophone
BracJoAnne Brackeen gJul 26 26/07/1938   85 American Piano
HarrOJoel Harrison gJul 27 27/07/1969   54 American Guitar, Singer, Composer
BroAAllan Browne gJul 28 28/07/1944 13/06/2015 70 Australian Drummer, Composer
BecJoe Beck gJul 29 29/07/1945 22/07/2008 63 American Guitar
LeeAAlan Lee gJul 29 29/07/1936 07/08/2022 86 Australian Vibraphone, Guitar, Percussion, Bandleader
SpaJames Spaulding gJul 30 30/07/1937   86 American Saxophone, Flute
JonHHank Jones gJul 31 31/07/1918 16/05/2010 91 American Piano, Bandleader, Arranger, Composer
NelJosh Nelson hAug 01 01/08/1978   45 American Piano, Composer
BinDavid Binney hAug 02 02/08/1961   62 American Alto Saxophone, Composer
BenTTony Bennett hAug 03 03/08/1926 21/07/2023 97 American Singer
ArsLouis Armstrong hAug 04 04/08/1901 06/07/1971 69AmericanTrumpet, Singer
MoreAirto Moreira hAug 0505/08/1941 82Brazilian Drums, Percussion
LinAbbey LincolnhAug 0606/08/1930 14/08/201080 AmericanSinger
CarBBenny CarterhAug 08 08/08/1907 12/07/200395AmericanSaxophone, Clarinet, Trumpet, Composer, Bandleader
GanKat Gang hAug 09 09/08/1980   43 AmericanSinger
JonEElvin Jones hAug 09 09/08/192718/05/2004 76 American Drummer
McCDonny McCaslin hAug 11 11/08/1966   57 AmericanSaxophone
BriKaren Briggs hAug 12 12/08/1963  60 American Violin
MetPat Metheny hAug 12 12/08/1954   69 AmericanGuitar, Composer
MiMuMulgrew Miller hAug 13 13/08/195529/05/2013 57 American Piano, Composer
MonaTony Monaco hAug 14 14/08/1959   64 American Organ
PetOscar Peterson hAug 15 15/08/1925 23/12/2007 82 Canadian Piano, Composer
EvBBill Evans hAug 16 16/08/1929 15/09/1980 51 American Piano, Composer
QueIke Quebec hAug 17 17/08/1918 16/01/1963 44 American Tenor Saxophone
EscJohn Escreet hAug 18 18/08/1984   39 English Piano, Composer
ShoWayne Shorter hAug 25 25/08/1933 02/03/2023 89 American Saxophone, Composer, Bandleader
EssEssiet Essiet iSep 01 01/09/1956   67 American Double Bass
SilHorace Silver iSep 02 02/09/1928 18/06/2014 85 American Piano, Composer
BerPeter Bernstein iSep 03 03/09/1967   56 American Guitar
LeiDave Leiberman iSep 04 04/09/1946   77 American Saxophone, Flute
LofJeff Lofton iSep 05 05/09/1966   57 American Trumpet, Composer
MarClaire Martin iSep 06 06/09/1967   56 English Singer
RolSonny Rollins iSep 07 07/09/1930   93 American Tenor Saxophone
GreMaggie Green iSep 08 08/09/1977   46 American Singer
FeaLorraine Feather iSep 10 10/09/1948   75 American Singer
ConHarry Connick Jr. iSep 11 11/09/1967   56 American Singer, Piano, Composer, Actor
LynBryan Lynch iSep 12 12/09/1956   67 American Trumpet
LakOliver Lake iSep 14 14/09/1942   81 American Saxophone, Flute, Composer
ByCCharlie Byrd iSep 16 16/09/1925 11/11/1999 74 American Guitar
McDJack McDuff iSep 17 17/09/1926 23/01/2001 74 American Organ, Bandleader
HollDave Holland jOct 01 01/10/1946   77 English Double Bass, Bass Guitar, Composer
BatDjango Bates jOct 02 02/10/1960   63 English Piano, Composer, Bandleader
FreVon Freeman jOct 03 03/10/1922 13/08/2012 89 American Tenor Saxophone
SwaSteve Swallow jOct 04 04/10/1940   83 American Bass Guitar, Composer
GusTord Gustavsen jOct 05 05/10/1970   53 Norwegian Piano, Composer
WhiMark Whitfield jOct 06 06/10/1966   57 American Guitar
YouLarry Young jOct 07 07/10/1940 30/03/1978 37 American Organ, Piano
AdaPepper Adams jOct 08 08/10/1930 10/09/1986 55 American Baritone Saxophone, Composer
GarKKenny Garrett jOct 09 09/10/1960   63 American Saxophone, Flute
MonkThelonious Monk jOct 10 10/10/1917 17/02/1982 64 American Piano, Composer
BlaArt Blakey jOct 11 11/10/1919 16/10/1990 71 American Drummer, Bandleader
KeNNancy Kelly jOct 12 12/10/1950   73 American Singer
KonLee Konitz jOct 13 13/10/1927 15/04/2020 92 American Alto Saxophone, Composer
GoyDusko Goykovich jOct 14 14/10/1931 05/04/2023 91 Serbian Trumpet, Composer
ChaBBill Charlap jOct 15 15/10/1966   57 American Piano
HargRoy Hargrove jOct 16 16/10/1969 03/11/2018 49 American Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Composer
BenSathima Bea Benjamin jOct 17 17/10/1936 20/08/2013 76 South African Singer, Composer
OdaAnita O’Day jOct 18 18/10/1919 23/11/2006 87 American Singer
SancAntonio Sanchez kNov 01 01/11/1971   52 Mexican Drummer, Composer
EllKKurt Elling kNov 02 02/11/1967   56 American Singer, Songwriter
MonhJane Monheit kNov 03 03/11/1977   46 American Singer
PelJeremy Pelt kNov 04 04/11/1976   47 American Trumpet
CowNeil Cowley kNov 05 05/11/1972   51 English Piano, Composer
SandArturo Sandoval kNov 06 06/11/1949   74 Cuban-American Trumpet, Piano
WareDavid S. Ware kNov 07 07/11/1949 18/10/2012 62 American Saxophone, Composer, Bandleader
MalRussell Malone kNov 08 08/11/1963   60AmericanGuitar
DaDJesse DaviskNov 0909/11/1965 58AmericanGuitar
PerHouston PersonkNov 1010/11/1934 89 AmericanTenor Saxophone
PavMario PavonekNov 1111/11/194015/05/202180AmericanDouble Bass, Composer
MaroCharlie MarianokNov 1212/11/192316/06/200985AmericanSaxophone
HawHampton HaweskNov 1313/11/192822/05/197748AmericanPiano
CabGeorge CableskNov 1414/11/1944 79AmericanPiano, Composer
EubKevin EubankskNov 1515/11/1957 66AmericanGuitar, Composer
KraDiana KrallkNov 1616/11/1964 59CanadianPiano, Singer
AlliBen AllisonkNov 1717/11/1966 57AmericanDouble Bass, Composer
CherDon CherrykNov 1818/11/193619/10/199558AmericanTrumpet
PasJaco PastoriuslDec 0101/12/195121/09/198735AmericanBass Guitar, Composer
KeWWynton KellylDec 0202/12/193112/07/197139AmericanPiano, Composer
AldMelissa AldanalDec 0303/12/1988 35ChileanTenor Saxophone
HalJim HalllDec 0404/12/193010/12/201383AmericanGuitar, Composer
PieEnrico PieranunzilDec 0505/12/1949 74ItalianPiano
BruDave BrubecklDec 0606/12/192005/12/201292AmericanPiano, Composer
ShiMatthew ShipplDec 0707/12/1960 63AmericanPiano, Composer, Bandleader
SmJiJimmy SmithlDec 0808/12/192808/02/200576AmericanHammond B-3 Organ
ByDDonald ByrdlDec 0909/12/193204/02/201380AmericanTrumpet, Singer
SchuDiane SchuurlDec 1010/12/1953 70AmericanSinger, Piano
TynMcCoy TynerlDec 1111/12/193806/03/202081AmericanPiano, Composer
WillTTony WilliamslDec 1212/12/194523/02/199751AmericanDrummer
ElfMark ElflDec 1313/12/1949 74AmericanGuitar
JopAnna Maria JopeklDec 1414/12/1970 53PolishSinger, Songwriter
PalmEddie PalmierilDec 15 15/12/1936 87Puerto RicanPiano, Bandleader, Composer
AbeJohn AbercrombielDec 1616/12/194422/08/201772AmericanGuitar
BooJames BookerlDec 1717/12/193908/11/198343AmericanKeyboards, Singer
SmWWadada Leo SmithlDec 1818/12/1941 82AmericanTrumpet, Composer