Pianist and film composer Martial Solal was born this day in 1927 in Algiers. He settled in Paris in 1950 where he played and recorded with Django Reinhardt, Don Byas, Kenny Clarke, Lucky Thompson and Sidney Bechet.
Alto saxophonist Bobby Watson was born this day in 1953 in Lawrence, Kan. He served as musical director of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers from 1977 to 1981.
This was the day, in 1939, when the Glenn Miller Orchestra completed an astonishing 14-week summer run at New York's Glen Island Casino. Nightly radio broadcasts from the dance hall created a phenomenal following for the band.
On this day in 1972 tenor saxophonist Don Byas died of lung cancer in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He was 59. Byas settled in Europe in 1946 and was the first great American jazz superstar to move there after Coleman Hawkins' five-year stay in the 1930s.
Looking at today's hip happenings...
On the New York jazz scene... the J&R Downtown Jazz Festival in City Hall Park tonight features singer Nnenna Freelon. Gunther Schuller, Clarinets Play Mingus and the Mingus Big Band celebrate the legacy of Charles Mingus tonight at North Plaza as part of Lincoln Center's Out of Doors series. Fieldwork with Vijay Iyer, Aaron Stewart and Elliot Humberto Kavee is at the Knitting Factory. The Pat Martino quartet is at Birdland tonight. The Paul Motian-JoeLovano-Bill Frisell trio is at the Village Vanguard for three more nights.
The Ron Carter sextet with Benny Golsen and the Lonnie Plaxico group are at the Blue Note. The McCoy Tyner trio with George Mraz and Al Foster is at Iridium. Richard Bona is at the Jazz Standard. Jimmy Cobb's Mob is at Smoke. Jason Lindner is at the Jazz Gallery tonight. Oscar Feldman is at the Cornelia Street Cafe. Myron Walden is at Kavehaz. Singer Kendra Shank is at the Fifty-Five Bar. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is at B.B. King's Blues Club tonight. The Danny Mixon trio is at the Lenox Lounge in Harlem tonight and Saturday. David (Fathead) Newman's band is at the Belleayre Music Festival upstate in Highmount.
Trumpeter Ray Vega is at Trumpets in Montclair, N.J., with his quintet tonight.
Saxophonist Dan Moretti's band is at the B. B. King Blues Club at Foxwoods casino in Ledyard, Conn., tonight and Saturday.
The Citizens Bank New Haven Jazz Festival continues this noon in Connecticut with David Chevan and the Afro-Semitic Experience at Millennium Plaza.
In the Boston area... there's a tribute to the late bassist Ray Brown at Scullers jazz club in Boston featuring Marlena Shaw with Richard Evans on bass, David Hazeltine on piano and Ron Savage on drums. The Kenny Barron-Stefon Harris duo is at The Regattabar in Cambridge tonight The Matthias Lupri Group with saxophonist Felipe Salles is at the Acton Jazz Cafe tonight.
In western Massachusetts, the Jazz Forum All-Stars open the 2nd annual Berkshire Jazz Festival with a free concert tonight at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge.
In Cleveland, Ira Sullivan and Dominick Farinacci are at Nighttown tonight. Saxophonist Ernie Krivda brings his Swingtown Sextet to the Cleveland Museum of Art tonight. Boney James is at the Nautica Pavilion.
The Larry Nozero quintet plays the music of Eddie Russ tonight at the Bird of Paradise in Ann Arbor, Mich.
The B.B. King Music Festival at Chastain Park Amphitheater in Atlanta features King, the Fabulous Thunderbirds and George Thorogood and the Destroyers tonight.
On the Chicago jazz scene... James Moody's quartet is at the Jazz Showcase. Ben Rudolph is at the Green Mill. Skinny Williams is at Joe's BeBop Cafe and Jazz Emporium tonight. The King Fleming trio is at Philander's in Oak Park.
In New Orleans tonight... New Orleans Streetbeat is at the Crescent City Brewhouse. The Treme Brass Band is at Donna's. Rickie Castrillo and Dreamland are at Dos Jefes. Domenic Fusca is at El Matador. The James Rivers Movement is at the Fine Arts Center. Delfeayo Marsalis's band and the Devin Phillips quartet are at the Funky Butt. Brian O'Neill and Louis Ford lead tonight's bands at Satchmo's jazz room in Harrah's casino.
The Olivier Bou trio is at Le Salon at Windsor Court. The Ernie Elly Slickshots are at the Palm Court with singer Thais Clark. Leroy Jones leads tonight's band at Preservation Hall. The Panorama Jazz Band is at the Seaport Cafe. Ellis Marsalis is at Snug Harbor. The New Orleans Jazz Vipers are at the Spotted Cat tonight. Riccardo Crespo is at the Steak Knife. The ReBirth Brass Band and Schfvilkus are at Tipitina's.
On the California jazz scene... pianist Andrew Hill is at the Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles tonight. The Bill Cunliffe trio with Joe LaBarbera and Darek Oles is at Steamers Jazz Cafe in Fullerton tonight. Trumpeter Roy Hargrove's quintet is at the Catalina Bar and Grill in North Hollywood through Sunday. Saxophonist Anton Schwartz's quartet is at Jazz at Pearl's in San Francisco tonight. Sons of Bitches Brew are at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz tonight.
Omar Sosa collaborates with saxophonist David Murray, drummer Hamid Drake, bassist Jaribu Shahid, bata drummers Gustavo Ovalles, Miguel Rios "Puntilla Jr." Morales and Javier Campos, and singer Martha Galarraga tonight in Rocella Jonica, Italy