Tenor saxophonist Ike Quebec was born this day in 1918 in Newark, N.J. This Blue Note recording artist worked extensively through the 1940s with Benny Carter, Coleman Hawkins, Roy Eldridge and the Cab Calloway bands. He spent much of the 1950s with another sort of cab -- driving one. Quebec died in 1963, four years after making a musical comeback that included recordings and work as Blue Note's assistant musical producer.
Pianist Derek Smith was born this day in 1931 in London. He moved to the United States in 1957, led a trio with Connie Kay and Percy Heath, and performed with Benny Goodman.
Bass player George Duvivier was born this day in 1920 in New York. He recorded with Bud Powell, Eric Dolphy, Benny Goodman, Chico Hamilton, Hank Jones and Betty Carter. He died in 1985.
Pianist Duke Pearson was born this day in 1932 in Atlanta. He got his nickname from an uncle who admired Duke Ellington's music. Trumpeter Donald Byrd first recorded Pearson's best known compositions, "Jeannine" and "Cristo Redentor," when Duke was in his group. Pearson died in 1980.
On this day in 1956, drummer Shelly Manne, pianist Andre Previn and bassist Leroy Vinnegar recorded the first jazz version of "My Fair Lady." That session on the Contemporary label was the first in a series of jazz interpretations of material from Broadway musicals.
Looking at today's hip happenings...
On the New York jazz scene... the Barry Harris quintet with Charles Davis is at Birdland. Charlie Haden and Brad Mehldau 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 tonight. Steve Turre's quintet is at Smoke.
Yosvany Terry is at the Jazz Gallery. Harris Eisenstadt's "Fight or Flight" compact disc release party with Mark Dresser is at the Knitting Factory's Old Office tonight. Thomas Marriott is at Kavehaz. Joe Morris is at Triad. Carlos Garnett's band is at the Lenox Lounge in Harlem tonight.
Bela Fleck and the Flecktones are at the Long Island Summer Festival at Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay. The John Pizzarelli trio with singer Jessica Molaskey is at the Belleayre Music Festival in Highmount.
The Citizens Bank New Haven Jazz Festival continues its run of three consecutive Saturday night concerts on The Green tonight with Mark Whitfield and David Sanborn.
The Debra Mann quartet with guitarist Jeff Cashen is at Chan's in Woonsocket, R.I., tonight.
On the Boston are jazz scene... the Warren Hill-Jeff Golub band is at Scullers in Boston tonight. The Bobby Hutcherson quartet is at the Regattabar in Cambridge. The Teresa Ines group brings its Brazilian jazz sound to Ryles in Cambridge tonight. The Gerry Beaudoin-Frank Vignola trio is at Roberts Restaurant in Waltham tonight.
Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Deep Banana Blackout, Jazz Is Dead with special guest Vince Welnick, and the North Mississippi All Stars are the main attractions for the seventh annual Pocono Gathering on the Mountain this weekend at northeastern Pennsylvania's Big Boulder Ski Area. It also features ekoostik hookah, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Lorin Rowan and Rattlebox, David Nelson Band, and the Wailers.
The Caribbean Jazz Project is at Blues Alley in Washington, D.C., tonight.
In northeastern Ohio... Yoel Sharr is at Nighttown in Cleveland tonight. Roberto Ocasio's Latin Jazz Project is at the Top Of Cedar Hill in Cleveland Heights. Trombonist Harold Betters' band is at Swingo's On The Lake tonight.
In greater Chicago... there's a Sabertooth After Hours Jazz Party at the Green Mill starting at midnight. The Lou Donaldson quartet is at the Jazz Showcase for two more nights. Bopology is at Joe's BeBop Cafe and Jazz Emporium tonight. Rankinfyle is at Philander's in Oak Park tonight.
In New Orleans... Kidd Jordan is at the Blue Nile with Andrew Cyrille and Elton Heron. The Leroy Jones quintet is at Donna's tonight. Astral Project and the Devin Phillips quartet are at the Funky Butt tonight. Louis Ford and Topsy Chapman are at Satchmo's jazz room in Harrah's casino. The George French Trio is at Le Salon at Windsor Court.
The Soul Rebels Brass Band is at the Mermaid Lounge. John Brunious leads the band tonight at Preservation Hall. The Panorama Jazz Band is at the Seaport Cafe. Alvin Batiste is at Snug Harbor. Harry Connick Sr. is at the Steak Knife. Will Smith and the Jazz Kats Brass Band are at the French Market's Dutch Alley Tent this afternoon.
On the California jazz scene... trumpeter Marcus Printup's quintet is at the Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles through Sunday. Steamers Jazz Cafe in Fullerton features the Bill Watrous quartet with Shelly Berg tonight. Organ player Joey DeFrancesco's trio is at the Catalina Bar and Grill in North Hollywood.
The JVC Jazz Festival with Fourplay, Dave Koz, Norman Brown, Brian Culbertson, James Ingram, Chris Botti and Wayman Tisdale is at the Concord Pavilion. The 5th annual O.C. Smith Summer Jazz Festival takes place today and Sunday at City of Angels in Los Angeles. Today's lineup includes Ernie Andrews, George Bohannon, Kenny Burrrell Powell, Herman Riley and Kevin Toney.
The Banda Brothers sextet, Al Williams' Jazz Society with Barbara Morisson, and pianist David Benoit perform for KLON and The Garden Grove Community Foundation at Village Green Park in Garden Grove tonight. Pianist Don Alberts' quintet is at Jazz at Pearl's in San Francisco tonight.
Singer Shirley Horn is at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley in Seattle tonight and Sunday.