1981 in jazz
|1981 in jazz|
|Decade||1980s in jazz|
|Music||1981 in music|
|Standards||List of post-1950 jazz standards|
|See also||1980 in jazz – 1982 in jazz|
This is a timeline documenting events of Jazz in the year 1981.
- 2 – The 2nd Montreal International Jazz Festival started in Montreal, Canada (July 2 – 10).
- 5 – 10th Moers Festival started in Moers, Germany (June 5 – 8).
- 3 – The 15th Montreux Jazz Festival started in Montreux, Switzerland (July 3 – 19).
- 10 – The 6th North Sea Jazz Festival started in The Hague, Netherlands (July 10 – 12).
- Anthony Davis: Episteme
- Joe McPhee: Topology
- Paul Motian: Psalm
- Rova Saxophone Quartet: As Was
- Marilyn Crispell: Spirit Music
- Muhal Richard Abrams: Blues Forever
- Henry Kaiser: Aloha
- Sergey Kuryokhin: The Ways of Freedom
- David Moss: Terrain
- David Murray: Home
- Frank Lowe: Skizoke
- Willem Breuker: In Holland
- Ronald Shannon Jackson: Nasty
- Billy Bang: Rainbow Gladiator
- Don Moye: Black Paladins
- Frederic Hand: Heart's Song
- Jaco Pastorius: Word of Mouth
- Joanne Brackeen: Special Identity
- Hal Russell: NRG Ensemble
- Marvin Peterson: The Angels of Atlanta
- Jan Garbarek: Paths Prints
- Oscar Peterson: Nigerian Marketplace
- Saheb Sarbib: Aisha
- Ronald Shannon Jackson: Street Priest
- Steve Douglas: Rainbow Suite
- Steve Khan: Eyewitness
- Wynton Marsalis: Wynton Marsalis
- Keith Tippett: Mujician
- Larry Carlton: Strikes Twice
- 21 – Russell Procope (72), American clarinettist and alto saxophonist
- 20 – Sonny Red (48), American alto saxophonist
- 29 – Cat Anderson (64), American trumpeter
- 12 – Frank Weir (70), British orchestra leader and saxophonist
- 28 – Mary Lou Williams (71), African-American pianist, composer, and vocalist
- 15 – Samuel Jones (57), American upright-bassist, cellist and composer
- 10 – Lars Horntveth, Norwegian multi-instrumentalist, band leader, and composer
- 16 – Øystein Moen, Norwegian pianist and keyboarder
- 3 – Jørgen Munkeby, Norwegian multi-instrumentalist and singer
- "Vossajazz". Vossajazz. Retrieved 2016-04-30.
- "Nattjazz" (in Norwegian). Nattjazz. Archived from the original on 2016-03-22. Retrieved 2016-04-30.
- "Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 1981". Montreal International Jazz Festival. Retrieved 2016-04-30.
- "Moers Festival 1982". Moers Festival. Retrieved 2016-04-30.
- "Montreux Jazz Festival 1981 Setlists". Setlist.fm. Retrieved 2016-04-30.
- "North Sea Jazz Festival 1981". North Sea Jazz Festival. Retrieved 2016-04-30.
- "Monterey Jazz Festival 1981 Poster". EarlNewmanPrints.com. Retrieved 2016-04-30.