Today is June 28th.
Trumpeter Pete Candoli was born this day in 1923 in Mishawaka, Ind. He paid his dues as a high-note trumpeter in many big bands before moving to the West Coast in the early 1950s and mixing studio work with jazz club dates, often with his trumpet-playing younger brother Conte Candoli.
Multi-instrumentalist Adrian Rollini was born this day in 1904 in New York City. He was a prodigious talent who played a Chopin concert at age four. Yet he is better known for his fascination with offbeat instruments including the goofus, the hot fountain pen, the bass saxophone and the vibes. In the 1930s, Rollini pioneered the use of four mallets on the vibes, two generations before Gary Burton popularized the playing technique. Rollini died in 1956.
Arranger and tenor saxophonist Jimmy Mundy was born this day in 1907 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was a staff arranger for Benny Goodman beginning in 1936 and arranged tunes for Gene Krupa, Count Basie and Dizzy Gillespie. He led his own band briefly in the late 1930s.
Jazz vocalist Tierney Sutton was born this day in 1963 in Omaha, Neb. She was raised in Milwaukee and found her niche as a vocalist on the Boston jazz scene in the early 1990s before moving to the West Coast.
On this day in 1965, trumpeter Red Nichols died at age 60 in Las Vegas.
On this day in 1928, Louis Armstrong recorded "West End Blues" for the Okeh label.
This was also the day, in 1965, when John Coltrane recorded his "Ascension" album for Impulse. It quickly moved him to the forefront of the experimental jazz realm. This energetic avant-garde recording featured seven horn players plus a rhythm section.
On this night in 2001, singer Diana Krall opened the 22nd annual edition of the Montreal International Jazz Festival. Tenor saxophonist Michael Brecker opens his half of the festival's acclaimed "Invitation" series with his quartet. Trumpeter Roy Hargrove was featured in four different context in the second half of the series, beginning July 4.
Looking at today's hip happenings...
The 23rd Montreal International Jazz Festival continues today and tonight with Omar Sosa, Charles Biddle, The Manhattan Transfer, the Dave Holland quintet, the Vienna Art Orchestra and Vernon Reid. Cuban pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba is joined by saxophonist Joe Lovano tonight as part of the festival's acclaimed Invitation series..
The JVC Jazz Festival in New York tonight presents Herbie Hancock, Michael Brecker and Roy Hargrove at Carnegie Hall. Bebel Gilberto and Angelique Kidjo are at the Beacon Theater.
Elsewhere on the New York scene... the Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Star Band performs at the Blue Note through Sunday. The Dave Douglas new quintet with Rick Margitza, Uri Caine,
James Genus and Clarence Penn is at the Village Vanguard tonight. Lea Delaria and her trio are at Iridium through Sunday. The Charles McPherson quartet is at Birdland tonight. The Hilton Ruiz trio is at the Lenox Lounge in Harlem tonight and Saturday.
The Gene Ludwig trio is at Trumpets in Montclair, N.J., tonight and Saturday.
In and around Boston... The Michel Camilo trio with Anthony Jackson and Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez is at Scullers tonight and Saturday. The Dianne Reeves quintet is at the Sanders Theatre in Cambridge tonight. Jazz-pop harpist Deborah Henson-Conant is at the Regattabar in Cambridge tonight and Saturday. Humberto Ramirez is at Ryles in Cambridge tonight. The Herman Johnson quartet is at Bob the Chef's in Boston tonight.
Reveille, an improvisational ensemble consisting of trombonists Abbie Conant, Julie Josephson and Sarah Cline, will present a free clinic-master class at Berklee College of Music this afternoon. Roomful of Blues is featured this evening as part of the Jazz at Sunset series at the Ecotarium in Worcester.
Tuck and Patti are at Zanzibar Blue in Philadelphia tonight and Saturday.
Trombonist Steve Turre's group is at Blues Alley in Washington, D.C., tonight.
This weekend's Hampton, Va., Jazz Festival features Patti LaBelle, Dave Koz, the O'Jays, Frankie Beverly and Maze, Oleta Adams, the Gap Band, Stephanie Mills and Fourplay. It runs tonight through Sunday. See hamptoncoliseum.org/jazz/.
Nnenna Freelon is at the Ann Arbor, Mich., Summer Festival tonight.
In and around Chicago... Ben Rudolph plays for the evening crowd, prior to the late night jam session at the Green Mill tonight. The Ray Brown trio is at the Jazz Showcase. Skinny Williams is at Joe's BeBop Café and Jazz Emporium tonight. The King Fleming trio is at Philander's in Oak Park tonight.
On the New Orleans jazz scene... the Soul Rebels Brass Band is at Café Brasil. Bill Solley is at Cobalt. New Orleans Streetbeat is at the Crescent City Brewhouse. The Potholes Brass Band is at Donna's. Jeremy Davenport is at the Ritz Carlton's French Quarter Bar. The Devin Phillips Quintet and Quintology are at the Funky Butt. Brian O'Neill and Louis Ford are at Satchmo's jazz room at Harrah's. Joe Schlesinger is at Le Meridien. The Chris Severin Trio and Ronald Markham Trio are at Le Salon at Windsor Court. The Joe Krown Organ Combo is at the Maple Leaf.
Ingrid Lucia plus Janet Lynn and the Red Hot and Blues Band are at the Mid-City Lanes Rock'n'Bowl. Leroy Jones leads the band at Preservation Hall tonight. Ellis Marsalis is at Snug Harbor. Leigh Harris and Dave Ellington are at the Steak Knife. Brian 'Breeze' Cayolle and Eddie Bo are at the Storyville District Jazz Parlor. Samirah Evans is at Sweet Lorraine. Matt Hampsey and Bruce 'Sunpie' Barnes present a workshop today on 'African-American Religious Music & Jazz' at the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park.
In California... the Toshiko Akiyoshi and Lew Tabackin trio is at The Catalina Bar and Grill in North Hollywood through Sunday. Bassist Scott Colley's quartet with saxophonist Ravi Coltrane is at the Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles all week. The Karen Gallinger quartet is at Steamer's Jazz Café in Fullerton tonight. Moodswing is at Main Street Station in Guerneville. The Tom Harrell quintet is at Yoshi's in Oakland through Sunday. The Philippe LeJeune Trio is at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz tonight. Steve Czarnecki's Soul Jazz Quartet is at the Hedley Club in the Hotel De Anza in San Jose tonight.
In San Francisco tonight, Larry Vuckovich is at Bistro 339, Orquesta del Sol is at Butterfly, the Mel Martin Quartet is at Enrico's, The Noel Jewkes Quartet with Vince Lateano, Matt Clark and John Wiitala is at Jazz at Pearl's, Steve Ross is at the Plush Room tonight and George Khouri is at the Bix Restaurant and Supper Club.
Tonight's Vancouver Jazz Festival lineup includes Brad Mehldau's trio, Alpha Yaya Diallo, Kate Hammett-Vaughan and Karin Plato, Lotte Anker and Marilyn Crispell, and Mike Henry and the Big Dawg Band.
On the recording front...
Canada's 6-year-old free-form groove jazz band Metalwood has released its first Telarc recording, "The Recline." The session features guest appearances on five of 10 tracks by guitarist John Scofield, percussionist Minu Cinelu and turntable player DJ Logic.