Tenor saxophonist Albert Ayler was born this day in 1936 in Cleveland, Ohio. He played within the jazz format but rejected most of the prevailing conventions of the bebop and avant- styles for what has best been described as uncompromising abstractions.
Albert Ayler died under mysterious circumstances. Twenty days after he was last seen, his body was found floating in New York's East River in November 1970.
West Coast bass player Leroy Vinnegar was born this day in 1928 in Indianapolis.
Johnny Hartman, one of the great baritones in the history of jazz singing, was born this day in 1923 in Chicago. His best known recording was a 1963 ballad album with John Coltrane. Hartman died in 1983.
Looking at today's hip happenings...
On the New York jazz scene... the Hilton Ruiz band is at the Jazz Standard this week. The George Coleman quartet is at Iridium. Flora Purim and Airto Moreira are at the Blue Note through Sunday. Paul Motian's Electric Bebop Band is at Birdland tonight. The Lonnie Plaxico Group is at the Jazz Gallery tonight.
Coco Merenson performs tonight in Lincoln Center's Midsummer Night Swing series. The Havana Carbo trio is at the Lenox Lounge in Harlem tonight.At the Knitting Factory tonight... the lineup includes Silkworm, Consonant, Saturnine, Knee-coal Beth and the Mike Pride Trio with Trevor Dunn and Mary Halvorson.
The Belleayre Music Festival upstate in Highmount features the Mambo Kings and the Big Three Palladium Orchestra tonight.
In the Boston area... the Chucho Valdes quartet is at The Regattabar in Cambridge. Walter Beasley is at Scullers tonight with his band. Toni Lynn Washington is at Ryles jazz club in Cambridge.
Los Hombres Calientes are at Verizon Hall tonight in Philadelphia's new Kimmel Center.
In and around Cleveland, Ohio, the Cain Park Arts Festival today features trumpeter Tony Carmen's Dixieland band. Singer Debbie Gifford is at Amhearst Town Square tonight with trumpeter Kenny Davis and bassist Dave Morgan. James Dapogny's Chicago Jazz Band and The Chenille Sisters are at Hoover Auditorium in Lakeside tonight.
In metropolitan Chicago... saxophonist David Fathead Newman's quartet is at the Jazz Showcase. Bopology is at Joe's BeBop Café and Jazz Emporium tonight. Rankinfyle is at Philander's in Oak Park.
Henry Butler is at Humphrey's Bar and Grill in Huntsville, Ala., tonight.
In New Orleans... Ellen Smith and Friends are at Donna's. The Adonis Rose Band and the Devin Phillips Quartet are at the Funky Butt. Louis Ford and Topsy Chapman are at Satchmo's jazz room at Harrah's casino. The Olivier Bou Trio is at Le Salon at Windsor Court. The Johnny Vidacovich Trio is at the Maple Leaf. John Brunious leads the band tonight at Preservation Hall. The Panorama Jazz is at the Seaport Cafe. The Ellis Marsalis Trio is at Snug Harbor.
The Li'l Stooges Brass Band is at the French Market Complex this afternoon. Ingrid Lucia and the Flying Neutrinos are at the New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park this afternoon.
On the California jazz scene... saxophonist Brian Levy & his quintet featuring trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos are at Dizzy's in San Diego tonight. Saxophonist Sonny Fortune is at the Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles. Singer Karrin Allyson is at the Catalina Bar and Grill in North Hollywood tonight. The Johnny Blas Latin jazz band is at Steamer's Jazz Café in Fullerton tonight. The Susie Hansen Latin Band will be at Huntington Beach Pier this afternoon and at Woodbridge Village Lake in Irvine tonight.
Alto saxophonist Phil Woods leads a tribute to Ray Brown at Yoshi's in Oakland, where the late bassist had been scheduled to play this week. Pianist Hank Jones' trio and the Taylor Eigsti Trio perform tonight at the Stanford Jazz Workshop and Festival in Palo Alto. The Yancy "Vibes" Taylor Jazz Trio is at Main Street Station in Guerneville. In San Francisco, Larry Vuckovich is at Bistro 339. George Khouri is at the Bix Restaurant and Supper Club and Mingus Amungus is at Bruno's.
Lonnie Smith's organ trio is at Dimitriou's in Seattle with special guest Arthur Blythe through Sunday.
The Gary Bartz-Stefon Harris quintet is the main attraction tonight, the final night for the 2002 edition of Portugal's Estoril Jazz Festival.