Trumpeter Paul Webster was born this day in 1909 in Kansas City, Mo. He was the lead horn player in Jimmy Lunceford's orchestra from 1935 to 1943 and with Cab Calloway from 1944 to 1952.
On this day in 1951, the Milt Jackson Quartet recorded for Dizzy Gillespie's Dee-Gee records. That session with pianist John Lewis, bassist Ray Brown and drummer Kenny Clarke was the first recording by a group that one year later became better known as the Modern Jazz Quartet. By 1955, Percy Heath replaced Ray Brown on bass and Connie Kay succeeded Kenny Clarke at the drums, in an MJQ lineup that continued until Kay's death in 1994.
Looking at today's hip happenings...
On the New York jazz scene... the Harlem portion of the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival takes place today at Marcus Garvey Park. It features Jimmy Heath and Frank Wess, Jimmy Scott, the Earl May quintet and the Ray Vega sextet. The J&R Downtown Jazz Festival in City Hall Park today features Gabriela Anders, Christian McBride and Joshua Redman. Sonny Rollins and his band are at the Belleayre Music Festival upstate in Highmount tonight.
Pat Martino's quartet is at Birdland tonight. Paul Motian, Joe Lovano and Bill Frisell trio is at the Village Vanguard. The Ron Carter sextet with Benny Golsen and the Lonnie Plaxico group are at the Blue Note. McCoy Tyner's 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. Jonathan Kreisberg is at the Cornelia Street Cafe. Myron Walden is at Kavehaz. Danny Mixon is at the Lenox Lounge in Harlem tonight. Ursel Schlicht is at the Brecht Forum with Steve Swell, Tom Abbs and Geoff Mann.
The Preservation Hall Jazz Band is at the Long Island Summer Festival at Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay.
The Citizens Bank New Haven Jazz Festival continues its run of three consecutive Saturday night concerts on The Green tonight with Rene Marie and Nestor Torres. Diana Krall is at Foxwoods in Ledyard, Conn., tonight.
Chuck Mangione is at the Stadium Theater in Woonsocket, R.I., tonight.
Trumpeter Leroy Jones' quintet closes out the 2002 season of the Marblehead, Mass., Summer Jazz series tonight at Unitarian-Universalist Church. Kenny Barron and Stefon Harris are at the Regattabar in Cambridge tonight. The Bruce Katz band is at the House of Blues in Cambridge tonight.
The Mose Allison trio, the David (Fathead) Newman quintet, The Bronx Horns "Salute to Tito Puente," Spyro Gyra, the Bob Mintzer Big Band and the Matthias Lupri Group with Felipe Salles are at the Berkshire Jazz Festival at Butternut Ski Basin in Great Barrington, Mass., today. Find the full schedule at www.jazzforumarts.org.
In and around Chicago... there's a Sabertooth After Hours Jazz Party following Greg Osby's performance at the Green Mill. Saxophonist James Moody's quartet is at the Jazz Showcase for two more nights. Bopology is at Joe's BeBop Cafe and Jazz Emporium. Rankinfyle is at Philander's in Oak Park. The Bobby Lewis quartet is at the Backroom. Judy Roberts is at the Chicago Firehouse. The Katherine Davis Group is at Pops for Champagne.
In New Orleans... Rickie Castrillo is at the Blue Nile tonight. Samirah Evans is at the Bombay Club. New Orleans Streetbeat is at the Crescent City Brewhouse. Bo Dollis and the Wild Magnolias are at Donna's tonight. Harold Battiste presents the Next Generation at the Funky Butt tonight. Brian O'Neill and Louis Ford lead tonight's bands at Satchmo's jazz room in Harrah's casino. Norah Jones is at the House of Blues.
Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers are at Le Bon Temps Roule. Kim Prevost and Bill Solley are at Le Salon at Windsor Court. Lionel Ferbos and the Palm Court Jazz Band are at the Palm Court. John Brunious leads the band at Preservation Hall tonight. The Adonis Rose All-Stars featuring Mulgrew Miller, Terence Blanchard, Tim Warfield and Jason Stewart are at Snug Harbor. The Original Royal Players Brass Band is at the French Market Dutch Alley Tent this afternoon.
The ninth annual Idyllwild Jazz in the Pines festival opens today in the scenic 5,000-foot San Jacinto Mountain community of Idyllwild, Calif. It features more than 20 musicians including pianist David Benoit, guitarist Al Viola, Grammy award winning saxophonist Ernie Watts, vocalist Spanky Wilson and The York quartet, one of Southern California's hottest all female jazz bands, led by KTLA airborne traffic reporter Jennifer York. The festival also includes a taste of Latin jazz with Susie Hanson and Kokopelli.
Proceeds from the festival provide scholarship funds for Idyllwild Arts Academy, a prestigious boarding school that helps young musicians develop their talents in music and the arts.
Today's lineup includes Ernie Watts, the Jennifer York quartet with, Johnny Neptune, Johnny Meza, Andy Fraga, Daniel Jackson, Ana Lia Lenchantin and the Arts Academy Quartet. Sunday's lineup includes David Benoit, Jimmy and Jeannie Cheatham and the Sweet Baby Blues Band, Spanky Wilson, the Susie Hanson Latin Jazz Band, the Jennifer York Quartet, Henry Franklin, Jerry Rusch, Blues Monks, Marshall Hawkins and Seahawks, Johnny Neptune, Peter Pupping and the Arts Academy Quartet.
For more information, see the festival Web site at idyllwildjazz.com.
Elsewhere on the California jazz scene... pianist Andrew Hill is at the Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles tonight. Little Chris and the Nightcrawlers are 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.
Tokyo Jazz 2002 will take place today and Sunday at Tokyo Stadium. Herbie Hancock programmed the music, which includes his band plus Norwegian trumpeter Nils Petter Molvaer, Wayne Shorter, Michael Brecker, Omara Portuondo, Naoko Terai, the Tropical Jazz Big Band, Coba and Kei Kobayashi.