Today is Aug. 31.
Saxophonist, arranger and composer Edgar Sampson was born this day in 1907 in New York City. While he played with the early Duke Ellington, Fletcher Henderson, Rex Stewart and Chick Webb bands, Sampson was one of the most widely heard but least celebrated writers of Swing Era music. His classic tunes included "When Dreams Come True," "Blue Lou," "Stompin' at the Savoy," and "Don't Be That Way."
Saxophonist Paul Winter was born this day in 1939 in Altoona, Pa. This pioneer in world and environmental music began combining jazz with animal noises and human voices on his albums some 30 years ago.
Looking at today's hip happenings...
On New York jazz scene... Kenny Wheeler is at Birdland. The Don Byron sextet is at the Village Vanguard. The Caribbean Jazz Project with Dave Samuels and Dave Valentin is at the Jazz Standard. Houston Person is at the Blue Note. Hamiet Bluiett's Baritone Nation with James Carter is at Iridium. Jason Moran is at the Jazz Gallery. The Al Foster quartet is at Smoke. Liberty Ellman is at Triad. Poncho Sanchez and his award winning Latin jazz band are at B. B. King's tonight. Bobby Sanabria and Quarteto Ache are at the Nuyorican Poets Café tonight. Aaron Goldberg is at the Knitting Factory's Old Office space.
Singer Jennifer Minuto is at CAV in Providence, R.I., tonight with her trio.
Mango Blues is at Ryles in Cambridge, Mass., tonight. The New Black Eagle Jazz Band is at the Regattabar in Cambridge.
The Jimmy McGriff quartet and the Joey DeFrancesco trio, David "Fathead" Newman, Marian McPartland, Roland Hanna, Diana Krall Trio, Roy Haynes and Birds of a Feather are on the lineup today or tonight at the Tanglewood Jazz Festival in Lenox, Mass.
Philadelphia's McCoy Tyner tribute features a gala concert tonight at the Annenberg Center with Pat Martino, Peter Washington, Marcus Belgrave, Oscar Peterson, James Moody, Horace Silver, Donald Byrd, Randy Weston, Donald Byrd, Cedar Walton, Carmen Lundy, Rene Marie, Yusef Lateef, Steve Turre, Freddie Hubbard, Randy Weston, Joe Ford, Ray Bryant, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Robin Eubanks and many more scheduled to perform, attend and-or receive awards.
Chicago Jazz Festival 2002 continues today with Grazyna Auguscik with Jarek Bester's "Past Forward," Butch Thompson, the Ron Perillo quartet, David Hernandez and Street Sounds, Yoko Noge's Jazz Me Blues, Oliver Lake and Mal Waldron, Jimmy Heath with Chicago Jazz Orchestra, the Carla Cook quintet and the Wayne Shorter quartet.
Elsewhere on the Chicago jazz scene... the Chuchito Valdes Afro-Cuban Ensemble is at the Green Mill, followed by a Sabertooth After Hours Jazz Party from midnight 'til dawn. Ira Sullivan hosts the "after-fest" jam sessions at the Jazz Showcase. Bopology is at Joe's BeBop Café and Jazz Emporium. Rankinfyle is at Philander's in Oak Park tonight.
There's an open rehearsal this afternoon at HotHouse by George Lewis and the N.O.W. Orchestra with Fred Anderson, Billy Brimfield, James Johnson, and Roscoe Mitchell, while Mitchell, Harrison Bankhead, Vincent Davis and Corey Wilkes perform there tonight. Joanie Pallatto and the Machine Band are at Pops for Champagne tonight.
In New Orleans tonight... the Hot Club of New Orleans swing band is at the Blue Nile. Samirah Evans is at the Bombay Club. The Leroy Jones quintet is at Donna's. Trumpeter Jeremy Davenport is at the Ritz Carlton's French Quarter Bar. 3 Now 4 is at the Funky Butt. Brian O'Neill and Louis Ford are at Satchmo's jazz room at Harrah's casino. Have Soul Will Travel is at Le Bon Temps Roule. Kim Prevost and Bill Solley are at Le Salon at the Windsor Court.
Lionel Ferbos leads tonight's band at the Palm Court. Michael Ray and the Cosmic Krewe hold a "Funkalicious Funk Fest" at Polynesian Joe's. John Brunious leads the band tonight at Preservation Hall. The Panorama Jazz Band is at the Seaport Cafe. Leah Chase is at Snug Harbor. The Washboard Chaz Blues Trio is at the Spotted Cat. Bruce Elsensohn is at the Steak Knife. The Treme Brass Band is at the French Market's Dutch Alley Tent this afternoon.
On the California jazz scene... drummer Jeff Watts' band is at the Catalina Bar and Grill in North Hollywood tonight. The Bobby Rodriguez quartet is at the Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles. The Johnny Blas Latin Jazz Band is at Steamers Jazz Cafe in Fullerton. Vibraphonist Yancy Taylor's Jazztet is at Jazz at Pearl's in San Francisco. The band Oregon is at Yoshi's in Oakland tonight.