Saxophonist Joe Garland was born this day in 1903 in Norfolk, Va. Louis Armstrong once called Garland one of the greatest musicians he ever worked with. He wrote Glenn Miller's hit song "In the Mood" and Les Brown's band theme "Leapfrog." Garland died in 1977.
Piano powerhouse Oscar Peterson was born this day in 1925 in Montreal. Peterson remains one of the most technically proficient players in jazz, having recovered with amazing fortitude from a stroke several years ago that affected his left hand.
On this day in 1941, singer Peggy Lee made her first record with Benny Goodman's band in Chicago. The song, recorded for Columbia, was called "Elmer's Tune."
Looking at today's hip happenings...
The Barry Harris quintet with Charles Davis are at Birdland tonight. Charlie Haden and Gonzalo Rubalcaba are at the Blue Note. The Ahmad Jamal trio is at Iridium. The Bill Frisell trio is at the Village Vanguard. The Monty Alexander trio is at the Jazz Standard. The Louis Belogenis and Tony Malaby quartet with Mark Helias and Ryan Sawyer are at Tonic. David Gilmore is at the Jazz Gallery tonight. Ned Goold is at Kavehaz. Chris Washburne and the SYOTOS Band are at the Nuyorican Poets Café tonight. The Jason Moran Trio is at the Huntington Summer Arts Festival.
The Houston Person quartet is at Trumpets in Montclair, N.J., tonight and Friday.
The Bobby Hutcherson quartet is at The Regattabar in Cambridge, Mass., through Saturday. Former Jefferson Airplane guitarist Craig Chaquico is at Scullers in Boston with his contemporary jazz band.
Guitarist Jimmy Bruno's trio is at Blues Alley in Washington, D.C., tonight. Recently back from their U.S. State Department-Jazz Ambassador tour to India, Sri Lanka ,Thailand and the Maldives, flute player Jamie Baum, guitarist Kenny Wessel and bass guitarist Jerome Harris perform tonight at The Millennium Stage at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington.
Virginia's Jazz Norfolk series continues tonight with the Jae Sinnett trio at the Chrysler Museum of Art.
There's also "Late Night Jazz" live at the Blues Alley Bistro Cafe.
Singer Barbara Rosene is at Nighttown in Cleveland tonight.
In the Chicago area... Tony Bennett is at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, Ill., tonight and Friday.
Alan Gresik's Swing Shift Orchestra is at the Green Mill tonight. The Lou Donaldson quartet is at the Jazz Showcase. Erwin Helfer and the Chicago Boogie Ensemble is at Joe's BeBop Cafe and Jazz Emporium. There's a jam session with John Bany, Don Stille and Charles Braugham tonight at The Chambers in Niles. The Jeff Parker trio is at Pete Miller's Steakhouse in Evanston. John Wright is at Philander's in Oak Park.
In New Orleans tonight... New Orleans Streetbeat is at the Crescent City Brewhouse. Jason Marsalis is at Dos Jefes. The David Dunbar trio is at El Matador. The Evan Howard band and Ronald Markham quartet are at the Funky Butt. The Soul Rebels Brass Band is at Le Bon Temps Roule. The Matt Lemmler trio and Roland Guerin trio are at Le Salon at Windsor Court. Dave Bartholomew leads tonight's band at Preservation Hall. The Rob Wagner trio is at Snug Harbor. The Hot Club of New Orleans swing band and the Panorama Jazz Band featuring Ben Schenk are at the Spotted Cat. Brian Seeger's Jazz Hang is at the Station House Grill. Willie Metcalf is at Sweet Lorraine.
On the California jazz scene... organ player Joey DeFrancesco's trio is at the Catalina Bar and Grill in North Hollywood through Sunday. Trumpeter Marcus Printup's quintet is at the Jazz Bakery. The "Lineup" is at Steamers Jazz Cafe in Fullerton tonight with Gary Foster on alto sax, David Sills on tenor sax, Tom Ranier on piano, Zak Matthews on bass and Dean Koba on drums. Susie Hansen's Latin Jazz Band is at Heritage Park in Cerritos tonight. The Vince Lateano trio featuring pianist Matt Clark is at Jazz at Pearl's in San Francisco.
Mark Levine and The Latin Tinge are in Xalapa and Veracruz, Mexico, for the next three days for a series of festivals and clinics.
On the recording front...
Cuban guitarist-singer Eliades Ochoa -- a mainstay of the original Buena Vista Social Club band -- is out today with "Estoy Como Nunca" on the Higher Octave World label. The Quarteto Patria also is featured, as are special guests including trumpeter Anibal Avila, guitarist David Hidalgo from Los Lobos and Raul Malo of Mavericks fame.