Eric Dolphy was born this day in 1928 in Los Angeles. He defined a role in modern jazz for previously peripheral instruments like the flute and bass clarinet as well as being a virtuoso player on alto saxophone. The free jazz player died in Berlin in 1964 a week after his 36th birthday.
Trumpeter Lammar Wright was born this day in 1912 in Texarcana, Texas. He spent 17 years with the big bands of Benny Moten and Cab Calloway.
Looking at today's hip happenings...
The JVC Jazz Festival in New York presents Michael Feinstein at Carnegie Hall. 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. Singer Carol Sloane is at Birdland tonight. The Knitting Factory tonight presents the world premiere of a new concert-length work by pianist Cecil Taylor and the Sound Vision Orchestra. Dr. John performs tonight at the Prospect Park Bandshell as part of the Celebrate Brooklyn series.
Arturo Sandoval Scullers is at in Boston tonight. Darin Ames is at the Regattabar in Cambridge tonight. The Inner Orchestra is at Ryles in Cambridge tonight. Marcus Miller is at the Berklee Performance Center in Boston with his band. Pianist Brad Mehldau and Sweden's Esbjorn Svensson Trio, also known as E.S.T., appear tonight at Copley Plaza as part of the Boston Globe Jazz and Blues Festival.
The Patrick DeSantos group is at Blues Alley in Washington, D.C., tonight.
Roberto Ocasio's Latin jazz project performs a free concert tonight at Turning Point Park in Cleveland. Take 6 is at the Palace Theater in Cleveland tonight.
The Ray Brown trio is at the Bird of Paradise in Ann Arbor, Mich., tonight through Saturday.
In and around Chicago...there's a weekly jam session with John Bany, Don Stille and Charles Braugham tonight at the Chambers in Niles. Fred Longberg-Holm's Lightbox Orchestra is at the Empty Bottle. Alan Gresik's Swing Shift Orchestra is at the Green Mill. Benny Green and Russell Malone are at the Jazz Showcase. Erwin Helfer and the Chicago Boogie Ensemble are at Joe's BeBop Café and Jazz. Temple Schultz is at Philander's in Oak Park. The Tito Carrillo quartet is at Pops for Champagne tonight.
In New Orleans tonight... Dr. Bone and the Hepcats are at the Banks Street Bar and Grill. Radio Nation is at Checkpoint Charlie. Dave Dunbar and Company are at the Circle Bar. Lenny McDaniel is at Cobalt. Matt Lemmler and Don Vappie are at Dos Jefes. David Dunbar is at El Matador. Trumpeter Jeremy Davenport is at the Ritz Carlton's French Quarter Bar tonight. The Joe Krown Organ Combo is at the Funky Butt. Topsy Chapman is at Satchmo's jazz room in Harrah's casino.
The Soul Rebels Brass Band is at Le Bon Temps Roule. The Roland Guerin trio and the Wendell Brunious trio are at Le Salon at Windsor Court. The Crescent City Joymakers with Lloyd Washington are at Palm Court. Dave Bartholomew leads the band at Preservation Hall tonight. Spencer Bohren is at Snug Harbor. Eddie Bo and Humphrey Davis are at the Storyville District Jazz Parlor. Willie Metcalf and the Academy of Black Arts are at Sweet Lorraine. Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers are at Vaughn's.
On the California jazz scene... Bobby Hutcherson and his band are at The Catalina Bar and Grill in North Hollywood tonight through Sunday. The Tom Harrell quintet is at the Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles through Sunday. The Susan Krebs quartet is at Steamer's Jazz Café in Fullerton tonight. Nils Molin and Christian are at Main Street Station in Guerneville. Bill Frisell's Intercontinental Quartet is at Yoshi's in Oakland tonight through Sunday. Guitarist Rick Vandivier is at the Hedley Club in the Hotel De Anza in San Jose tonight.
In San Francisco tonight, Boca do Rio is at Butterfly, Eric Shifrin and the Shan Kenner Acoustic Guitar Ensemble is at Enrico's, Steve Ross is at the Plush Room, Bryce Rohde is at the Bix Restaurant and Supper Club and the Don Alberts Quartet with Frank Pasantino, Buddy Barnhill and Curt Moore is at Jazz at Pearl's. Que Calor is at the Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto.
Jovino Santos Neto's quartet performs at Jazz Night at the Coast tonight in Tacoma, Wash.
Los Hombres Calientes and vibraphonist Matthias Lupri's quartet with special guest Rick Margitza is at the Calgary Jazz Festival today.