Jazz trumpeter and arranger Buck Clayton was born this day in 1911 in Parsons, Kan. In the late 1930s, he was a leading soloist in the Count Basie Band. In the last decade of his life, he remained a prolific songwriter and arranger, leading his own big band long after he could no longer play the horn. Buck Clayton died in 1991.
Saxophonist Charlie Mariano was born this day in 1923 in Boston. A restless modernist, Mariano has done much in the fusion of jazz and rock music, and has worked to combine the principles of non-Western music with bebop.
Bass player Sam Jones was born this day in 1924 in Jacksonville, Fla. He was a member of the first Cannonball Adderley quintet and succeeded Ray Brown in the Oscar Peterson Trio in 1966. He died in 1981.
On this day in 1925, Louis Armstrong made his first Hot Five recording in Chicago for the Okeh label.
Looking at today's hip happenings...
Jazz at Lincoln Center holds its sixth annual Awards Gala and Benefit Concert tonight at Avery Fisher Hall in New York. It will be a celebration of the music of Tito Puente, performed by the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and the Tito Puente Orchestra led by Johnny Rodriguez. Guest vocalists will include Cape Verde's barefoot diva, Cesaria Evora. Jazz at Lincoln Center will also use the evening to present its Award for Artistic Excellence to the late Chico O'Farrill. This year's Award for Leadership goes to Jazz at Lincoln Center founding Chairman Gordon Davis, and the Award for Lifetime Achievement will honor veteran festival producer George Wein.
Elsewhere on the Big Apple jazz scene, pianist Hilton Ruiz's band is in the Monday night spotlight at the Blue Note. The Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra featuring Lew Tabackin is at Birdland. He Vanguard Jazz Orchestra is at the Village Vanguard. Tonight's Knitting Factory lineup includes the ReBirth Brass Band, Federico Ughi and Steve Dalachinsky. Singer Whitney Marchelle is at the Cotton Club in Harlem tonight.
On the Chicago jazz scene, the South Shore Cultural Center presents part two of a film documentary called "When Jazz Was Jazz in Chicago." John Bany, John MacLean, Charlie Braugham and Art Davis are at Andy's tonight. Detour is at the Backroom. The William Garcia quartet is at Cafe Bolera tonight. Patricia Barber's trio is at the Green Mill. Yoko Noge's Jazz Me Blues band is at HotHouse and pianist Monty Alexander winds down a nine-night run at the Jazz Showcase.
In New Orleans tonight, Bob French leads the band at Donna's, where the red beans are free at midnight. The Hot Club of New Orleans brings its traditional and swing sounds to the Circle bar. New Orleans Streetbeat is at the Crescent City Brewhouse. Jason Marsalis is at the Funky Butt. The Brotherhood of the Groove is at the Maple Leaf. Trumpeter Reginald Koeller leads the Preservation Hall Jazz band on its home turf. Singer Charmaine Neville is at Snug Harbor. The Treme Band is at the Storyville District Jazz Parlor tonight.
On the California jazz scene, the Mike Barone Big Band is at The Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles tonight. The Instant Composer's Pool orchestra is at Yoshi's in Oakland tonight. The Renegade Sidemen are at Anna's Place in Berkeley. Big Band 2000 is at Steamer's Jazz Café in Fullerton tonight. In San Francisco, Opie Bellas is at The Plush Room and the Contemporary Jazz Orchestra is at Pearl's. Singer Izzy Chait holds a CD release party tonight at the Catalina Bar and Grill in North Hollywood for a new recording called "Once Upon a Time." His collaborators include Phil Upchurch, Will Kennedy, Louis Van Taylor, Phil Ronelin and Carl Saunders.