Today is Feb. 5.
Trumpeter Don Goldie was born this date in Newark, N.J., in 1930. He recorded brilliant solos with the Jack Teagarden Band during an association that began in 1959.
Pianist Art Lande, best known for his solo and small group work, was born this day in 1947 in New York.
On this day in 1940, the Glenn Miller Band recorded "Tuxedo Junction" on the Bluebird label. It fast became one of the band's most famous tunes, rivaling "In The Mood" in popularity.
Looking at today's hip happenings...
On the New York jazz scene, guitarist Mike Stern's trio with bassist John Patitucci and drummer Dennis Chambers opens a weeklong run at Iridium tonight. Singer Marlena Shaw is featured guest with the James Moody band this week at the Blue Note. Harvie S., the bassist formerly known as Harvie Swartz, brings his band Eye Contact into the Zinc Bar tonight and Wednesday. David Ostwald's Louis Armstrong Centennial Band warms things up at Birdland this evening before the Duke Ellington Orchestra takes the stage under the direction of Jack Jeffers. The Knitting Factory lineup tonight features the Brad Jones quartet and pianist Uri Caine performing solo and with his Bedrock3 trio.
Pianist Mike Pohjola's band ,featuring alto saxophonist Miguel Zenon and guitarist Ben Monder, is at the Berklee Performance Center in Boston tonight for a CD release concert celebrating his new recording "Landmark."
In New Orleans tonight, Quintology is at the Dragon's Den. The Jazz Vipers are at El Matador. Drummer James Alsanders' Jazz Project is at the Funky Butt. The Masters of Groove featuring Reuben Wilson, Bernard "Pretty" Purdie, Grant Green Jr., and Leo Gandelman is at the House of Blues. Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers are at Le Bon Temps Roule.
The ReBirth Brass Band is at the Maple Leaf. Henry Butler headlines a Dollars for Scholars benefit at the Palm Court. Gregg Stafford leads the band at Preservation Hall. Pianist Eddie Bo is in the spotlight at the Storyville District Jazz Parlor. Stride pianist Judy Carmichael is at Snug Harbor.
Wynton Marsalis leads The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra into the Tulsa, Okla., Performing Arts Center tonight.
On the California jazz scene, saxophonist Ronnie Laws' acoustic quartet is at the Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles through Sunday. Bassist Marcus Miller's band is at the Catalina Bar and Grill in North Hollywood all week. The Ron Kobayashi trio is at Steamer's Jazz Café in Fullerton tonight. Trumpeter Nicholas Payton's quintet is at Yoshi's in Oakland this week. Paula West is at the Plush Room in San Francisco.
Trumpeter Irvin Mayfield's quintet is at the A-Trane jazz club in Berlin tonight.
On the recording front...
-- Pianist Lynne Arriale's newest release "Inspiration" has been released today by the Swiss jazz label TCB music. Her trio includes drummer Steve Davis and bassist Jay Anderson. It is her sixth CD in eight years. Selections include Leonard Bernstein's "America," Duke Ellington's "It Don't Mean A Thing," Burt Bacharach's "A House Is Not A Home," Lennon and McCartney's "Bluebird" and Hoagy Carmichael's "Nearness of You." Arriale won the International Great American Jazz Piano Competition in Jacksonville, Fla., in 1993.
-- Bassist George Schuller is out today with "Ong Song: Music for Acoustic Bass" on papa, Gunther Schuller's GM Recordings label. This solo recording explores Schuller's lifelong relationship with the acoustic jazz bass on several multi-layered original tracks plus tunes by Albert Ayler and Ornette Coleman.
-- Canada's Justin Time label is out with three new releases today. They are violinist Billy Band's "Vietnam: The Aftermath," soprano saxophonist Jane Bunnett's "Spirituals and Dedications" and saxophonist David Murray's "Creole II" with the Gwo-Ka Masters.
-- Pianist David Berkman's third Palmetto release "Leaving Home" was released today. It includes music created through a grant from Chamber Music America and the Doris Duke Foundation. The only non-original on this sextet project is a solo piano version of "Embraceable You." His bandmates are bassist Ugonna Okegwo, drummer Brian Blade and saxophonists Chris Cheek, Sam Newsome and Dick Oatts.
-- The Chiaroscuro label is out with singer Kathy Kosins' newest recording "Mood Swings," along with solo pianist Mike Jones's fourth recording "Mike Jones - Stretches Out."
-- Chiaroscuro has also released a compilation of most music recorded in the mid-1970s by bassist Chuck Israels' National Jazz Ensemble. The band included Jimmy Maxwell, Tom Harrell, Lee Konitz, Bill Evans, Sal Nistico, Arnie Lawrence and Jimmy Knepper.
-- The Pablo label is out today with "J.A.T.P. Carnegie Hall, 1949," a previously unreleased Jazz at the Philharmonic concert recording featuring Charlie Parker, Sonny Criss, Coleman Hawkins and Fats Navarro. Pablo has also released a double-CD reissue of "The Joe Pass Trio Live at Donte's." The guitarist recorded it at the Los Angeles club in 1974 with Jim Hughart and Frank Severino.