Drummer-bandleader Ben Pollack was born this day in Chicago in 1903. He was considered the father of big band swing, but never enjoyed even a fraction of the success of proteges Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Bob Crosby and Harry James who each spent time in his band.
On this date in 1939, the Artie Shaw Orchestra first recorded "Serenade to a Savage" on the Bluebird label.
This was also the day, in 1956, when Stan Kenton recorded Johnny Richards' "Cuban Fire."
Looking at today's hip happenings...
The Jazz Journalists Association held the 2002 edition of its Jazz Awards in New York this week. Trumpeter won the Lifetime Achievement in Jazz award and Dave Holland was named Musician of the Year. Fellow bassist and composer Charlie Haden took Album of the Year honors for his "Nocturne" CD. Omar Sosa's "Otir" was named Afro-Caribbean Jazz Album of the Year while "Partido Out" by Trio Da Paz was Brazilian Jazz Album of the Year. Henry Threadgill was named. Kurt Elling was named Male Singer of the Year. Female Singer of the Year honors went to Cassandra Wilson.
Jazz Journalism awards at the event at The Jazz Standard included the Lifetime Achievement Award to writer Ira Gitler, the Excellence in Jazz Broadcasting/the Willis Conover-Marian McPartland Award to Kenny Washington and the Excellence in Photography/the Lona Foote-Bob Parent Award to Enid Farber, who also won Photograph of the Year honors. Excellence in Newspaper, Magazine or Online Feature or Review Writing/the Helen Dance-Robert Palmer Award was given to Gary Giddins. "Calle 54" was a near unanimous winner as Best Film/Video Regarding Jazz of the Year. A listing of winners in every category can be found at www.jazzhouse.org.
On the New York jazz scene... the Kurt Rosenwinkel quartet is at the Village Vanguard. The Jackie McLean quintet is at Iridium. Guitarists Pat Martino and Larry Coryell are at the Blue Note through Sunday. Will Lee's Birdhouse band is at Birdland tonight. Singer Michael Camacho is at Shelly's tonight. The JVC Jazz Festival in New York tonight presents Joao Gilberto at Carnegie Hall. Tony Bennett is at Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay, Long Island tonight.
Drummer Max Roach is at the Artists Collective in Hartford, Conn., tonight.
Keyboardist Jetro DaSilva, the North Star Jazz Ensemble and jazz bands from East Greenwich, Bishop Hendricken and Scituate high schools perform this afternoon at the new Summer Start Jazz Festival in East Greenwich, R.I.
Faculty concerts at the Berklee College of Music tonight in Boston as part of its annual Saxophone Weekend and Brass Weekend feature trombonist Phil Wilson, trumpeter Charles Lewis and saxophonist Jim Odgren with students.
The Teresa Ines group is at Ryles jazz club in Cambridge, Massachusetts tonight. The Michael Musillami string trio with Ted Rosenthal and Dave Shapiro is at the Egremont Inn in South Egremont, Mass., tonight.
The 14th annual Clifford Brown Jazz Festival is in its final two days and nights in Wilmington, Delaware's Rodney Square. Today's lineup includes the Wilmington All Star Jazz Band, Marcus Printup and the Paradigm Shift Trio, Michael Austin and True Spirit featuring Dick Griffin, the Omar Sosa Octet, the Lynne Arriale Trio and the Delaware Symphony Orchestra featuring Marcus Miller and Terence Blanchard. Sunday's finale concert features the Bootsie Barnes Quintet, the Onaje Allan Gumbs Septet, Robert Jospé and John Scofield.
The Jamie Baum-Kenny Wessel-Jerome Harris trio is at The Waterwheel in Milford, Penn., tonight with special guest Jeff Hirshfield on drums.
The Roy Ayers group is at Blues Alley in Washington, D.C., tonight and Sunday.
Tower of Power, Angelique Kidjo, Yellowjackets, the Tommy Castro Band, Avalon Blues and T.S. Monk are at Wolf Trap in Vienna, Va., today.
Nancy Wilson and Ramsey Lewis are in concert tonight in Atlanta.
Joyce Cooling and Nelson Rangell are at Tangier in Akron, Ohio, tonight.
The Ray Brown trio is at the Bird of Paradise in Ann Arbor, Mich., tonight.
In and around Chicago, Benny Green and Russell Malone are at the Jazz Showcase. Bopology is at Joe's BeBop Café and Jazz Emporium on the Navy Pier. Rankinfyle is at Philander's in Oak Park and the Katherine Davis Group is at Pops for Champagne.
On the New Orleans jazz scene tonight... Fredy Omar con su Banda are at the Blue Nile. Bob Sunda and Jeff Naideau are at Charley G's. Egg Yolk Jubilee is at the Circle Bar. Lenny McDaniel is at Cobalt. Mark Braud is at Donna's. Wendell Brunious is at Dos Jefes. Jeremy Davenport is at the Ritz Carlton's French Quarter Bar. Delfeayo Marsalis and Devin Phillips are at the Funky Butt with their bands. Louis Ford and Topsy Chapman are at Satchmo's jazz room at Harrah's casino.
Joe Schlesinger is at Le Meridien tonight. The Chris Severin Trio and Ronald Markham are at Le Salon at Windsor Court. Leslie Smith is at the Old Point. John Brunious leads the band at Preservation Hall. The Panorama Jazz Band is at the Seaport Café. Quintology is at Snug Harbor. Humphrey Davis and Sharon Martin and First Take are at the Storyville District Jazz Parlor tonight.
Kal Turner is at Sweet Lorraine. The Rebirth Brass Band is at Tipitina's Jazz in the Vines series at Pontchartrain Vineyards north of Covington. The Last Straws perform trad jazz tonight in the Craig Klein and the Nightcrawlers Brass Band are at the French Market Complex this afternoon. The Young Jazz Composers with ABIEA are at the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park today.
On the California jazz scene... Bobby Hutcherson and his band are at The Catalina Bar and Grill in North Hollywood tonight. The Tom Harrell quintet is at the Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles through Sunday. The Jennifer York quartet is at Steamer's Jazz Café in Fullerton tonight. The Bob DeSena Latin Jazz Band will be at The Deck in Palm Springs tonight.
Elena Maya is at Main Street Station in Guerneville. Bill Frisell's Intercontinental Quartet is at Yoshi's in Oakland tonight through Sunday. The Con Alma Quintet is at the Hedley Club in the Hotel De Anza in San Jose tonight.
In San Francisco tonight, Larry Vuckovich is at Bistro 339, Mingus Amungus is at Bruno's, The Post Junk Trio is at Enrico's, Steve Ross is at the Plush Room, George Khouri is at the Bix Restaurant and Supper Club and the Paul Vorn Hagen Quintet is at Jazz at Pearl's.
The JVC Jazz Festival in Toronto tonight features Cuban singer Mayra Caridad Valdés and the Cimmaron Octet at the Harbourfront Centre Stage, where Reach, a collective of young and up-and-coming jazz composers in the Canadian scene, performs today. The Vancouver-based female jazz quintet Mother of Pearl and the Francois Carrier trio with special guest Jason Moran are in the NOW Late Night Lounge.
Toronto Downtown Jazz continues tonight with singer Ernestine Anderson.
The Vancouver Jazz Festival presents Charlie Haden and Nocturne, Los Hombres Calientes, Jane Bunnett, Ken Vandermark and the Meta 4 Collective tonight among its many acts.
The Pat Metheny Group is in Nice, France, tonight.