Today is Dec. 6.
Pianist Dave Brubeck was born this day in 1920 in Concord, Calif. A prolific performer and recording artist, Brubeck remains busy on the concert circuit.
Singer Annie Ross was born this day in 1930 in England. She is best known for her work with Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, the vocal trio that set rapid-fire lyrics to jazz instrumentals in a style known as called vocalese. Ross and Jon Hendricks began touring together again in 1998.
Tenor saxophonist Bob Cooper was born this day in 1925 in Pittsburgh. He spent six years in the Stan Kenton Orchestra starting in 1945, then became a busy freelance musician on the West Coast, including a stint in Howard Rumsey's All-Stars.
Bass player Jay Leonhart was born this day in 1940 in Baltimore, Md.
Bassist Harvie Swartz was born this day in 1948 in Chelsea, Mass. He's a busy bandleader, producer and sideman, working both in jazz and Latin contexts.
Looking at today's hip happenings...
On the New York jazz scene, Jazz at Lincoln Center presents Roland Hanna and Terry Waldo tonight through Saturday in a "Rags, Strides and Stomps" solo piano celebration. Trumpeter Brian Lynch's band is at the Jazz Gallery tonight. The Ted Nash quartet and the Frank Kimbrough trio perform tonight at a Jazz Composers Collective concert at the New School Performance Space. Pianist Chick Corea's extended 60th birthday celebration at the Blue Note changes gears tonight and Friday to a reunion of his "Now He Sings, Now He Sobs" trio with bassist Miroslav Vitous and drummer Roy Haynes. Pianist Geri Allen's quartet is at the Village Vanguard for four more nights. Saxophonist Tim Berne's Big Satan trio and Tim Berne Sextet are at the Knitting Factory tonight. Joe Lovano's John Coltrane Revisited project is at Birdland. The New Spirit Quintet with Terence Blanchard, Donald Harrison, Eric Reed, Bob Hurst and Carl Allen is at Iridium.
Saxophonist and composer Teo Macero -- best known for his work as a producer for Columbia recordings by Miles Davis. Dave Brubeck and Thelonious Monk -- will perform some of his own works tonight with the New England Conservatory Jazz Orchestra in Boston. He's been at the conservatory this week in a residency that included several master classes.
Elsewhere on the Boston area jazz scene, the Davis Square Jazz Festival, postponed from Sept. 11, goes on tonight at the Somerville Theater with drummer Charli Persip's quartet, alto saxophonist Sherman Irby's band and the Either/Orchestra.
Pittsburgh's Manchester Craftsmen's Guild presents a "Brothers in Jazz" event with concerts tonight through Sunday that feature Jimmy, Percy and Tootie Heath, Monty and Larry Alexander, Steve and trumpeter Ray Brown, and Marty and Jay Ashby.
On the New Orleans jazz scene, trumpeter Leon Brown's quintet is at Donna's tonight. Rebecca Barry sings at Dos Jefes Uptown Cigar Bar. Jeremy Davenport's band is at the Ritz Carlton Hotel's French Quarter Bar. The Soul Rebels Brass Band is at Le Bon Temps Roule. Pianist Ron Jones is at Le Meridien Hotel. John Brunious leads the band at Preservation Hall. Singer-pianist Davell Crawford is at Snug Harbor. The Panorama Jazz Band is at the Spotted Cat. Jesse Lewis's trio is at the Stationhouse Grill. Bob French and the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band are at the Storyville District Jazz Parlor. The Treme Brass Band is at Sweet Lorraine's. Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers are at Vaughn's.
In Chicago tonight, McCoy Tyner's trio is at the Jazz Showcase. The Mike Smith quintet is at Andy's. The Jeb Bishop trio is at California Clipper. Alan Gresik's Swing Shift Orchestra is at the Green Mill. Katalyst and Mike Ferro are at HotHouse. Erwin Helfer and the Chicago Boogie Ensemble are at Joe's BeBop Café and Jazz Emporium. Pianist Marshall Vente's trio is at the Fairmont Hotel's Metropole Room. Los Hombres Perdido are at Pops for Champagne. Savoir Faire is at the Velvet Lounge.
On the California jazz scene, the Stefon Harris-Jacky Terrasson quintet is at the Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles. Saxophonist David Sanchez's quartet is at the Catalina Bar and Grill in North Hollywood all week. Guitarist Ron Eschete's trio is at Steamer's Jazz Café in Fullerton tonight. Jazz-funk keyboardist Robert Walter's 20th Congress band is at Moe's Alley in Santa Cruz tonight. Pianist Abdullah Ibrahim's trio is at Yoshi's in Oakland. The Joshi Marshall Project is at Jupiter in Berkeley. Wanda Stafford and the Si Perkoff Band are at the Panama Hotel and Restaurant in San Rafael. In San Francisco, Frank Jackson is at the Cypress Club and singer Wesla Whitfield and pianist Mike Greensill continue their run at The Plush Room.
Singer Kurt Elling is at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley in Seattle with his band tonight through Sunday.