This is a timeline documenting events of Jazz in the year 1954.
This is a dynamic list and may never be able to satisfy particular standards for completeness. You can help by adding missing items with reliable sources.
- 17 – The very first Newport Jazz Festival started in Newport, Rhode Island (July 17 – 18).
- 8 – Following the release of Jazz Goes to College, Dave Brubeck is featured on the cover of Time magazine, with the accompanying article describing Brubeck as “the most exciting new jazz artist at work today”.
- Dave Brubeck Quartet: Jazz Goes to College
- Sarah Vaughan: Sarah Vaughan
- Chet Baker: Sextet
- Tal Farlow: The Tal Farlow Quartet
- Tal Farlow: The Tal Farlow Album
- John Serry Sr.: RCA Thesaurus
- Stan Kenton: Kenton Showcase