This is a timeline documenting events of Jazz in the year 1989.
|1989 in jazz|
|Decade||1980s in jazz|
|Music||1989 in music|
|Standards||List of post-1950 jazz standards|
|See also||1988 in jazz – 1990 in jazz|
- 27 – Woody Shaw was struck by a subway car in Brooklyn, NY, which severed his left arm. By the late 1980s Shaw was suffering from an incurable degenerative eye disease and was losing his eyesight. Details of the accident are unclear.
- 12 – The 18th Moers Festival (May 12 – 15).
- 24 – The 17th Nattjazz started in Bergen, Norway (May 24 – June 7).
- 1 – The 33rd Newport Jazz Festival started in Newport, Rhode Island (July 1 – 3).
- 6 – The 23rd Montreux Jazz Festival started in Montreux, Switzerland (July 6 – 21).
- 14 – The 14th North Sea Jazz Festival started in The Hague, Netherlands (July 14 – 16).
- 28 – The 12th Jazz in Marciac started in France (July 28 – August 17).
- Abdullah Ibrahim: Blues for a Hip King
- Abdullah Ibrahim: African River
- Marty Ehrlich: Traveller's Tale
- Tim Berne: Fractured Fairy Tales
- Joe Maneri: Kalavinka
- Henry Threadgill: Rag, Bush and All
- 16-17: When All Else Fails
- Joe Lovano: Worlds
- Nimal: Nimal
- John Oswald: Plunderphonics
- Michael Shrieve: Stiletto
- Dave Holland: Extensions
- Andrew Hill: Eternal Spirit
- Christy Doran: Phoenix
- Henry Kaiser: Re-Marrying For Money
- Michael Shrieve: Big Picture
- Muhal Richard Abrams: Hearinga Suite
- Don Pullen: Song Everlasting
- Fred Hersh: Heartsongs
- Geri Allen: Twylight
- Leni Stern: Closer to the Light
- Ganelin Trio: Cantabile
- Marty Fogel: Many Bobbing Heads
- London Jazz Composers Orchestra:Harmos
- Montreaux: Let Them Say
- No Safety: This Lost Leg
- John Carter: Shadows on a Wall
- Ralph Peterson: Triangular
- Ray Anderson: Blues Bred
- King Ubu Orchestru: Binaurality
- Evan Parker: Conic Sections
- Dewey Redman: Living on the Edge
- Charles Earland: Third Degree Burn
- John Scofield: Time on My Hands
- Roy Hargrove: Diamond in the Rough
- Tom Harrell: Sail Away
- Tommy Flanagan: Jazz Poet
- Larry Carlton: On Solid Ground
- Neal Schon:Late Nite
- Egberto Gismonti: Dança Dos Escravos
- Chick Corea Akoustic Band: Chick Corea Akoustic Band
- Joe Sample: Spellbound
- Eliane Elias: So Far So Close
- Pat Metheny Group: Letter From Home
- Hugh Masekela: Uptownship
- 4 – Roberto Nicolosi, Italian upright bassist and leader (born 1914).
- 12 – Herbert Mills, American singer, Mills Brothers (born 1912).
- 10 – Woody Shaw, American trumpeter (kidney failure) (born 1944).
- 26 – Phineas Newborn, Jr., American pianist (born 1931).
- 5 – Lu Watters, American trumpeter and band leader, Yerba Buena Jazz Band (born 1911).
- 9 – Kenny Hagood, American singer (born 1926).
- 18 – Freddie Waits, American drummer (born 1943).
- 4 – Trond Bersu, Norwegian drummer and vocalist.
- 6 – Kristoffer Eikrem, Norwegian trumpeter, composer and photographer.
- 28 – Cécile McLorin Salvant, American singer.
- 27 – Jakob Terjesønn Rypdal, Norwegian guitarist.
- 2 – Isfar Sarabski, Azerbaijani pianist and composer.
- 20 – Magnus Skavhaug Nergaard, Norwegian upright bassist.
- 11 – KeyLiza or Kesita Elizabeth Massamba, German singer, dancer, DJ, composer and beatmaker.
- Unknown date
- James Mainwaring, English composer, saxophonist, and bandleader.
- "Woody Shaw, 44; Jazz Trumpeter". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2016-04-30.
- "Vossajazz". Vossajazz. Retrieved 2016-03-02.
- "18. Internationales New Jazz Festival Moers". PlanetGong.Altervista.org. Retrieved 2016-03-04.
- "Nattjazz" (in Norwegian). Nattjazz. Archived from the original on 2016-03-22. Retrieved 2016-03-02.
- "Newport Jazz Festival 1978 Setlists". Setlist.fm. Retrieved 2016-03-02.
- "Montreux Jazz Festival 1989 Setlists". Setlist.fm. Retrieved 2016-03-02.
- "North Sea Jazz Festival 1989". North Sea Jazz Festival. Retrieved 2016-03-02.
- "Jazz in Marciac – Depuis 1978" (PDF). Jazz in Marciac. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-03-08. Retrieved 2016-03-02.
- "Brecon Jazz Festival 1989". FriendsOfBreconJazz.com. Retrieved 2016-04-29.
- "The Monterey Jazz Festival Collections". EarlNewmanPrints.com. Retrieved 2016-04-29.
- Wilson, John S. (1989-02-28). "Roy Eldridge, 78, Jazz Trumpeter Known for Intense Style, Is Dead". The New York Times. Retrieved 2016-04-30.
- "Phineas Newborn Jr., 57, Top Jazz Pianist". The New York Times. 1989-05-28. Retrieved 2016-04-30.
- "Kenny (Pancho) Hagood; Jazz Singer and Balladeer". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2016-04-30.