The man who invented the jazz technique known as the "walking bass line" was born this day in 1900 in Gallatin, Mo. Bass player Walter Page was a member of Count Basie's first rhythm section from 1935 to 1943, right after Basie took over the former Bennie Moten band in Kansas City.
It was a willing role reversal as Page moved from leader to sideman. Basie had been a member of Walter Page's Blue Devils a decade earlier (from 1925 to 1931). Page died in New York in 1954.
Looking at today's hip happenings...
On the New York jazz scene, bassist Matt Garrison's trio is at The Jazz Gallery tonight. Guitarist Mike Stern's trio and Ron Carter's quartet share the stage at Iridium. Tenor saxophonist James Moody is in the spotlight at the Blue Note. Pianist Mulgrew Miller's trio is at the Village Vanguard. Drummer Joe Chambers' quartet is at Birdland for two more nights.
Moving upstate, pianist Danilo Perez's trio opens the new Jazz at Bard series at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson. It's part of a Latin jazz weekend that will also include a lecture-demonstration this afternoon featuring percussionist Ray Mantilla with the Bard Percussion Ensemble. The weekend event closes out Sunday afternoon at Upstate Films in nearby Rhinebeck with a screening of "A Night in Havana," a John Holland documentary on Dizzy Gillespie's mid-1980s trip to Cuba.
Saxophonist Joe Maneri celebrates his 75th birthday in ambitious style and with special guests tonight at Tonic.
On the Boston area jazz scene, singer Rebecca Parris is at the Orpheum in Foxboro tonight and Sunday. Veteran jazz pianist Ran Blake performs a free solo concert tonight at New England Conservatory's Brown Hall. Acoustic bassist Mark Dresser is at the Institute for Contemporary Art with his trio and his eight-piece Modular Ensemble.
Singer-pianist Debra Mann's quartet featuring saxophonist Cercie Miller celebrates the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim tonight at Chan's in Woonsocket, R.I. Alto saxophonist Greg Abate's band is at CAV in Providence.
Cornetist Warren Vache is special guest at a CD release event with Pete Smyser and Larry McKenna tonight at Chris's Jazz Café in Philadelphia.
Wynton Marsalis leads The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra into the Curtis Philips Center for the Performing Arts in Gainesville, Fla., tonight.
Pianist Eliane Elias's trio is at the Cleveland Museum of Art's Gartner Auditorium tonight as part of the Jazz on the Circle series.
On the Chicago jazz scene, the Von Freeman quintet is at Andy's tonight. Pianist Lynne Arriale's trio is at the Jazz Showcase. Bopology is at Joe's BeBop Café and Jazz Emporium. Rankinfyle is at Philander's in Oak Park.
In New Orleans tonight, Mark Braud is at Donna's tonight. Trumpeter Jeremy Davenport is at the Ritz Carlton's French Quarter Bar tonight. Devin Phillips and the New Orleans Nightcrawlers Brass Band are at the Funky Butt tonight. The ReBirth Brass Band is at the House of Blues.
Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers are at Le Bon Temps Roule. Wendell Brunious leads the band at Preservation Hall. Idris Mohammed and Donald Harrison are at Snug Harbor. Dr. John plus Cyril Neville and the Uptown Allstars Funk are at Tipitina's.
Joe Krown and Marcel Richardson are at Frenchy's Gallery this afternoon. The Brent Rose quartet is at the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park this afternoon.
On the California jazz scene, saxophonist Ronnie Laws' acoustic quartet is at the Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles. Bassist Marcus Miller's band is at the Catalina Bar and Grill in North Hollywood. Trumpeter Nicholas Payton's quintet is at Yoshi's in Oakland for two more evenings. The Banda Brothers trio is at Elario's Jazz Bistro in La Jolla. Jeff Hamilton, Anthony Wilson and Joe Bagg are at Steamer's Jazz Café in Fullerton.
Saxophonist Eric Marienthal is at Sunvalley Shopping Center in Concord. Andre Speight, Larry Vuckovich, Nat Johnson and Hank Uribe are at Spiedo Ristorante in San Jose. The Christine Marie quartet is at the Hedley Club in San Jose. Anton Schwartz is at the Downtown Restaurant in Berkeley.
In San Francisco, Paula West is at the Plush Room. Rhonda Benin and Soulful Strut are at Enrico's. The Patrick Greene trio is at the Beach Chalet. The Black Market Jazz Orchestra is at the Top of the Mark. The Bill Bell quartet is at Jazz at Pearl's. Moodfood is at Bruno's.
There's a Brazilian jam tonight at Tost in Seattle featuring singer-guitarist Eduardo Mendonca, pianist Jovino Santos Neto, guitarist Randy Neal, drummer Jeff Busch and bassist Guil Guimaraes.
Singer-guitarist John Pizzarelli is at the Toronto Centre for the Arts tonight. The Mark Eisenman trio is at the Montreal Jazz Club and Bistro in Toronto tonight.
Trumpeter Irvin Mayfield's quintet is at the Jazzkeller in Frankfurt, Germany, tonight.