Trumpeter and jazz violinist Ray Nance was born this day in 1913. He spent 23 years of his long career with the Duke Ellington band.
One of the finest clarinetists to emerge during the Swing Era was also born this day in 1913 in New Orleans. He was born Irving Henry Prestopnik, but the jazz world knew him as Irving Fazola.
Bandleader Louis Prima gave him the nom-de-plume Fazola (as in "do-re-mi-FAH-SO-LAH-tee-do"), a reference to Prestopnik's classical training. Irving Fazola played with Prima, Glenn Miller, Bob Crosby and Claude Thornhill. He died in 1949.
Bandleader, composer and trombonist Don Sebesky was born this day in 1937 in Perth Amboy, N.J.
Looking at today's hip happenings...
There's a memorial service at St. Peter's Church in midtown Manhattan tonight for pianist and composer Kimson Plaut, who died last month while on vacation with his family. He worked with several prominent Latin and Brazilian jazz artists, including Johnny Almendra and Los Jovenes del Barrio, Astrud Gilberto, Bebel Gilberto, Ana Caram, Gabriela Anders, Patato Valdés, Luis Bonilla and Ray Vega.
On the New York club and concert scene tonight, trumpeter Ray Vega's Latin jazz sextet is at Rhone. The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra is at the Village Vanguard. The Delphian Jazz Orchestra is at the Knitting Factory. Pianist Ethan Iverson performs solo tonight and Tuesday at the Greenwich House Music School and again on December 17th and 18th. The Scott Whitfield Jazz Orchestra and the Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra featuring Lew Tabackin are at Birdland tonight.
The Boston Jazz Repertory Orchestra performs at the Tremont Theatre.
Hammond B-3 organ ace Joey DeFrancesco's trio, featuring guitarist Paul Bollenback and drummer Byron Landham, is at Nighttown in Cleveland tonight.
On the Chicago jazz scene, singer-pianist Patricia Barber's trio is at the Green Mill tonight. Yoko Noge's Jazz Me Blues band is at HotHouse. The Bobby Lewis Quartet is at the through Saturday. The Nate Lepine trio is at California Clipper. Pianist Bill O'Connell's Big Band is at Fitzgerald's in Berwyn and the Centano-Ojeda All-Star Band is at The Chambers in Niles, Ill., tonight.
In New Orleans, Bob French and Friends are at Donna's. The Joe Krown Organ Combo is at Le Bon Temps Roule. New Orleans Spice is at the Storyville District Jazz Parlor. Trumpeter Reginald Koeller leads the band at Preservation Hall. Singer Charmaine Neville's band is at Snug Harbor. The Jazz Vipers are at the Spotted Cat. Brian Seeger's Jazz Hang is at the Stationhouse Grill.
On the California jazz scene, The Stefon Harris-Jacky Terrasson quartet is at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz tonight. Saxophonist David Sánchez's band is at Le Petit Trianon in San Jose tonight. Ponga is at Yoshi's in Oakland. The Renegade Sidemen are at Anna's Place in Berkeley. The Contemporary Jazz Orchestra is at Jazz at Pearl's in San Francisco. Big Band 2000 is at Steamer's Jazz Café in Fullerton. Larry Steen is at the Catalina Bar and Grill in North Hollywood tonight. French trumpeter Erik Truffaz and his Bending New Corners project are at the Knitting Factory in Hollywood.
Michael Brecker's quartet is at the Blue Note in Tokyo tonight through Saturday. David Sanborn's band is at the Blue Note in Fukuoka, Japan tonight through Wednesday.