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AND ALL THAT JAZZ

On January 18, 1944: The Metropolitan Opera House hosted its very first jazz concert. Performers included Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Roy Eldridge, Lionel Hampton, and Jack Teagarden. The performance was titled the “Esquire All-American Jazz Concert,” and those who played are certainly American jazz icons.




SETH LOW

On January 18, 1850: Politician and educator Seth Low was born in Brooklyn. Low served as mayor of Brooklyn, as President of Columbia University, as diplomatic representative of the United States, and as 92nd Mayor of New York City.

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DANNY KAYE

On January 18, 1911: Actor Danny Kaye was born in Brooklyn. Kaye starred in numerous classic movies over the years, most notably in White Christmas, Hans Christian Andersen, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, and The Kid from Brooklyn. 



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