Singer Dave Lambert, the middle-third of the great jazz vocal trio Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, was born this day in Boston in 1917. He died in 1967 in Connecticut, when he stopped to help another motorist change a tire - and was struck and killed by a passing truck.
Trumpeter Darren Barrett was born this day in 1967 in Manchester, England. His parents returned to their native Jamaica when he was nine months old but moved to Toronto five years later. That's where he grew up, and his father, a part-time musician, encouraged all four sons to become musicians. Barrett won the 1997 Thelonious Monk International Trumpet Competition.
Tenor saxophonist Jerry Jerome was born this day in 1912 in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Tenor saxophonist Joe Thomas was born this day in 1909 in Uniontown, Pa.
On this day in 2001, Verve released tenor saxophonist Michael Brecker's multi-Grammy Award-winning album "The Nearness of You: The Ballad Book." It was produced by Pat Metheny and teamed Brecker with Metheny, Herbie Hancock, Charlie Haden, Jack DeJohnette and singer James Taylor, who got a vocal pop Grammy out of the project.
Looking at today's hip happenings...
New York's JVC Jazz Festival presents a free show at Bryant Park tonight with the William Paterson University Jazz Quintet, New England Conservatory of Music Quartet and University of the Arts Jazz Quartet.
Elsewhere on the New York jazz scene... the Kurt Rosenwinkel quartet is at the Village Vanguard this week. The Jackie McLean quintet is at Iridium all week. Guitarists Pat Martino and Larry Coryell bring their trios into the Blue Note through Sunday. The Marcus Strickland quartet is at the Zinc Bar tonight. Singer Carol Sloane is at Birdland tonight and Thursday. Singer Allan Harris and pianist Cyrus Chestnut team up tonight at Sotheby's. The Knitting Factory tonight presents Gina Holsopple and Satlah.
Arturo Sandoval is at Scullers in Boston tonight and Thursday. Singer Kris Adams and her quartet are at the Regattabar in Cambridge tonight. The Sandra Aran jazz quartet is at Ryles in Cambridge tonight. DJ Logic and Project Logic appear tonight at Copley Plaza as part of the Boston Globe Jazz and Blues Festival.
EST, Swedish pianist Esbjorn Svensson's trio, is at Blues Alley in Washington, D.C., tonight.
The Ray Brown trio with flutist Holly Hofman is at Nighttown in Cleveland tonight. The Jesse Dandy Jazz Ensemble is at the Cleveland Museum of Art for a free early evening show.
In metropolitan Chicago... Benny Green and Russell Malone are at the Jazz Showcase through Sunday. Mike Finnerty and the Jazz Hippies are at Cafe tonight. The Bill Porter Orchestra with Rich Fudoli is at Green Dolphin Street. Ken Saydak is at Joe's BeBop Café and Jazz Emporium on the Navy Pier. Andrew Blenderman is at Philander's in Oak Park. The Ryan Cohan trio is at Pops for Champagne.
In New Orleans tonight... Lenny McDaniel is at Cobalt. New Orleans Streetbeat is at the Crescent City Brewhouse. Leigh 'Little Queenie' Harris is at Dos Jefes. The Soul Rebels Brass Band is at El Matador. Ingrid Lucia is at the Ritz Carlton's French Quarter Bar tonight. Jesse McBride is at the Funky Butt. Topsy Chapman is at Satchmo's jazz room in Harrah's casino. Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers are at Le Bon Temps Roule. Darell Levigne and Paul Longstreth are at Le Salon at Windsor Court. Johnny Vidacovich and George Porter Jr. are at the Old Point. John Brunious leads tonight's band at Preservation Hall. The Red Morgan quartet is at Snug Harbor. Humphrey Davis and New Orleans Vintage are at the Storyville District Jazz Parlor.
On the California jazz scene... Sandra Booker is at The Catalina Bar and Grill in North Hollywood tonight and Wednesday. The Tom Harrell quintet is at the Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles through Sunday. Ron Eschete and Mort Weiss are at Steamer's Jazz Café in Fullerton tonight. Eric Wiley and Vickie Lynn Guillory are at Main Street Station in Guerneville.
Bill Frisell's Intercontinental Quartet is at Yoshi's in Oakland tonight through Sunday. The Quito All-Stars are at the Hedley Club in the Hotel De Anza in San Jose tonight.
In San Francisco tonight, Eric Shifrin and the In Crowd are at Enrico's, Steve Ross is at the Plush Room, Bryce Rohde is at the Bix Restaurant and Supper Club and the Dick Hindman trio with Seward McCain and Scott Morris is at Jazz at Pearl's.
The JVC Jazz Festival in Toronto tonight features The Herbaliser at Harbourfront Centre.
The Pat Metheny Group is in Pesaro, Italy, tonight.
On the recording front...
Hipnotic Records is just out with "Circles" the debut recording of bassist Matthew Parrish. He's supported by saxophonist Joel Frahm, pianist Vincent Bourgeyx and drummer Steve Hass.
Singer-guitarist Jonathan Butler is out this week with "Surrender" his 10th recording as a leader and first for Warner Bros. Saxophonist Boney James is special guest on the title track.
Pianist and arranger Bob Baldwin has created a contemporary jazz tribute in the aftermath of the World Trade Center attacks last September 11. The new compilation album is called "The American Spirit: A Smooth Jazz Celebration." Featured artists include Chuck Loeb, Kim Waters, Phil Perry and Nestor Torres.
Epic/Legacy Jazz has released additional recordings in its reissue of classic material from the CTI label founded and produced by Creed Taylor. They are "Red Clay" by Freddie Hubbard, "Bad Benson" by George Benson, "Deodato 2" by Brazilian keyboardist Eumir Deodato, Kenny Burrell's "God Bless the Child," Hank Crawford's "Wildflower," Grant Green's "The Main Attraction" and Esther Phillips' "What A Diff'rence A Day Makes."