Today is July 31.
Pianist Hank Jones, oldest musical brother in one of the foremost families in jazz, was born this day in 1918 in Vicksburg, Mississippi. The other brothers in the Jones triumvirate are drummer Elvin and the late trumpeter Thad Jones.
Bebop guitarist Kenny Burrell was born this day in 1931 in Detroit.
Guitarist Stanley Jordan was born this day in 1959 in Chicago. He opened up the contemporary possibilities for the jazz guitar with his technique of hammering on the guitar strings with his fingertips rather than plucking them.
On this day in 1942, Harry James recorded "I've Heard that Song Before" with Helen Forrest on vocals. It was his last recording until November 1944, coming just one day before a recording ban was imposed by the musicians' union in a prolonged battle over royalties.
Looking at today's hip happenings...
On the New York jazz scene... Cuban-born trumpeter Alfredo "Chocolate" Armenteros will be honored today with a special tribute reception at the Caribbean Cultural Center. His long career has included stints with Arsenio Rodriguez, Benny More, Rene Alvarez, Nat King Cole, Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, Eddie Palmieri, the Fania All-Stars, Wynton Marsalis and others.
Elsewhere in the Big Apple... the Bucky Pizzarelli trio with Bill Charlap and Jay Leonhart is at the Jazz Standard tonight. The Ravi Coltrane quartet is at Iridium this week. Pianist Bruce Barth is at the Village Vanguard through Sunday with his trio featuring drummer Al Foster and bassist Ugonna Okegwo. Singer Philip Bailey's band is at the Blue Note all week. The Jason Lindner quintet is at the Zinc Bar tonight. The Knitting Factory schedule tonight includes Ed Littman's Splat, the Lemon Juice Quartet, and Duets with Ghosts.
Kenny Werner and The Brussels Jazz Orchestra are at Scullers jazz club in Boston tonight.
Liquid Soul and PH Balance are at Pearl Street in Northhampton, Mass., tonight.
The Glenn Miller Orchestra is at Cain Park's Evans Amphitheater in Cleveland, Ohio, tonight. Pianist Eric Gould's quartet is at the Cleveland Museum of Art tonight.
In and around Chicago... drummer Roy Haynes' quartet is at the Jazz Showcase this week. Mike Finnerty and the Jazz Hippies are at Cafe Ennui tonight. The Bill Porter Orchestra with Rich Fudoli is at Green Dolphin Street. Ken Saydak is at Joe's BeBop Café and Jazz Emporium. The Ryan Cohan trio is at Pops for Champagne. Andrew Blenderman is at Philander's in Oak Park tonight.
In New Orleans tonight... the Soul Rebels Brass Band is at El Matador. Ingrid Lucia is at the Ritz Carlton's French Quarter Bar. Topsy Chapman is at Satchmo's jazz room at Harrah's casino. Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers are at Le Bon Temps Roule tonight. David Torkanowsky and Paul Longstreth are at Le Salon at Windsor Court.
Johnny Angel and the Swingin' Demons are at Mid-City Lanes Rock'n'Bowl. Johnny Vidacovich and George Porter Jr. are at the Old Point. John Brunious leads tonight's band at Preservation Hall. Clarinetist Tim Laughlin and pianist John Royen are at Snug Harbor. Dr. Guitar and the Franklin Avenue Overpass and Loren Pickford and New Orleans Gamuk are at the Spotted Cat.
On the California jazz scene... Celia Cruz and the Big Three Palladium Orchestra are at the Hollywood Bowl tonight. The Cedar Walton quartet is at the Catalina Bar and Grill in North Hollywood through Sunday. The Ian Vo all-star quintet is at Steamers Jazz Cafe in Fullerton tonight. The Bobby Hutcherson All-Star Quintet is at Yoshi's in Oakland this week. The Stanford Jazz Festival in Palo Alto features the Sasha Dobson Group tonight. In San Francisco, Bryce Rohde is at the Bix Restaurant and Supper Club.
Omar Sosa's octet is at the Festival de Jazz in Aix-en-Provence, France, tonight.