A happy 75th birthday to saxophonist Jimmy Heath, who was born this day in Philadelphia in 1926. He's a member of one of the first families of jazz, brother to bassist Percy Heath of Modern Jazz Quartet fame and to drummer Albert "Tootie" Heath.
Bass player Chubby Jackson was born in 1918. He was a mainstay in Woody Herman's First Herd in the early 1940s and worked with the band into the 1950s. His compositions included "Northwest Passage." He's the father of big band drummer Duffy Jackson.
New Orleans guitarist Edmond Souchon was born this day in 1897. His Six and Seven-Eighths Band, a nine-member string band was started in 1911, was revived in 1945 and continue until the 1960s. He died in 1968.
Looking at today's hip happenings...
Italian jazz trumpeter Enrico Rava has been named the 2002 winner of Denmark's JAZZPAR prize, created in 1980 to encourage the creation and appreciation of jazz. He follows a long line of recipients, including Muhal Richard Abrams, Miles Davis, Roy Haynes, Geri Allen, Jim Hall, Chris Potter and Marilyn Mazur. JAZZPAR will be awarded, with a $25,000 cash prize, at a concert next April in Copenhagen featuring Rava's music.
On the New York jazz scene, trombonist Chris Washburne's SYOTOS Latin jazz band is at the Nuyorican Poets Café tonight. Tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander's quartet is at the Village Vanguard through Sunday. Singer Napua Davoy is at Marika tonight through Saturday. Marya Lawrence and Metamorphosis perform tonight at The Jazz Gallery as part of its "Heartsong" vocal series. The Knitting Factory's schedule tonight includes Anne Dudley, Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre and The Light, Jonathan Best, Jesse Johnson, Acetaminophen and vibes player Bill Ware's band.
Hammond B-3 organ player Bruce Katz's band is at Black Eyed Sally's in Hartford, Conn., tonight.
Singer Dee Dee Bridgewater is at Scullers jazz club in Boston tonight and Friday. Guitarist Issi Rozen's band is at the Regattabar in Cambridge tonight.
Los Gatos are at the Bird of Paradise in Ann Arbor, Mich., tonight.
Saxophonist Bobby Ramirez performs with his band tonight at the Satchmo Blues Bar and Grill in Coral Gables, Fla.
On the Chicago jazz scene, the Asian-American Jazz 2001 series opens tonight with the Manodharma Trio and Miya Masaoka Trans-Timbarl Literation Trio at the Chicago Cultural Center. David Sanchez's Melaza sextet is at the Jazz Showcase tonight through Sunday.
Alan Gresik's Swing Shift Orchestra is at the Green Mill tonight. The Chicago Boogie Ensemble is at Joe's BeBop Café and Jazz Emporium. The Marshall Vente trio is at the Fairmont Hotel's Metropole room tonight.
In New Orleans tonight, trumpeter Leon "Kid Chocolate" Brown's quintet is at Donna's, Banu Gibson and her New Orleans Jazz Band are at the Ritz Carlton's French Quarter Bar. The Joe Krown Organ Combo is at the Funky Butt. The Soul Rebels Brass band is at Le Bon Temps Roule. Singer Tricia "Sista Teedy" Boutte and pianist Paul Longstreth are at Le Meridien Hotel. David Torkanowsky, George Porter Jr., and Johnny Vidacovich funk up the jazz at the Maple Leaf. John Brunious leads the band at Preservation Hall tonight. The Jesse Lewis trio is at the Stationhouse Grill. Kermit Ruffins is at Vaughan's. The Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center's Creative Music Festival lineup tonight includes Live Animals featuring Kevin O'Day plus Unit One with Sheik Rasheed and Mikhail Williams.
The 19th annual San Francisco Jazz Festival continues tonight with a Herbst Theatre duo event featuring the pairings of pianist Kenny Barron and violinist Regina Carter and saxophonist Harvey Wainapel and bassist John Wiitala. The David Murray-Odean Pope quartet is at the Green Romo at the San Francisco War Memorial.
Elsewhere on the California jazz scene, singer Barbara Morrison is at the Catalina Bar and Grill in North Hollywood for two more nights. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band is at the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach tonight. Guitarist Ron Eschete and singer Dewey Erney team up tonight at Steamers Jazz Café in Fullerton. Hiroshima is at Yoshi's in Oakland.
On the San Francisco club scene, Frank Jackson is at the Cypress Club, Jonah with Wishbone is at the Black Cat and Blue Bar, Sharon McNight is at the Plush Room, the Vince Lateano trio is at Pearl's and Brenda Boykin is in the spotlight at John Lee Hooker's Boom Boom Room.
The Earshot Jazz festival opens its 11-night run tonight in Seattle. This year's wide-ranging lineup includes Keith Jarrett's standards trio, Dave Brubeck, Wayne Krantz, Living Daylights, Odeon Pope, Richard Bona, Kenny Werner, Charles Gayle, Myra Melford's Crush, Bill Frisell, Von Freeman, the Hamid Drake-William Parker-Fred Anderson trio, James Carter, Frank Morgan, Ingrid Jensen and George Cables. (See the full schedule at earshot.org)
Herbie Hancock, Michael Brecker and Roy Hargrove make their six-week coast-to-coast "Directions in Music" tour an international odyssey tonight with a performance at historic Massey Hall in Toronto.
Drummer Chico Hamilton is scheduled to perform tonight at the Free Jazz Festival at the Museum of Modern Art Club in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Cuban composer and pianist Omar Sosa's septet performs tonight at Jazz 'n' Jazz in Tourcoing, France.
On the recording front...
Trombonist Robin Eubanks is just out with a new recording by his Mental Images band on the REM label. The recording, called "Get 2 It," is dedicated to his mentor -- the late trombonist and composer J.J. Johnson. Eubanks' band includes pianist George Colligan, trumpeter (and brother) Duane Eubanks, bassist Lonnie Plaxico and drummer Gene Jackson. Special guests include the other Eubanks brother, Kevin on guitar, and Robin's frequent boss, bassist Dave Holland.