Jo Jones, the jazz drummer who was the Count Basie Orchestra's original rhythm ace, was born this day in 1911 in Chicago. "Papa Jo" forever changed the role of the jazz drummer by transferring the basic beat from the bass drum to the hi-hat cymbals.
Drummer Alvin Stoller was born this day in 1925 in New York City.
On this day in 1924, trumpeter Louis Armstrong recorded with Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra for the first time. That New York session for Columbia produced the tune "Go 'Long Mule."
Looking at today's hip happenings...
The current issue of "Rolling Stone" includes the results of a magazine readers' poll of the 100 greatest records of all time. There was only one jazz listing... at No. 61... which was Miles Davis's "Kind of Blue." That shouldn't be surprising or of too much concern given the magazine's readership demographic. Still, jazz lovers wondering about the absence of John Coltrane's "A Love Supreme" or Giant Steps" or some other favorite might take heart in another curious fact. There were no classical or country records listed.
On the New York jazz scene.... Les Paul and his trio are at Iridium on Mondays. Ron McClure is in the Monday night spotlight at the Blue Note. The Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra is at Birdland. The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra is at the Village Vanguard. Jimmy Scott and biographer David Ritz are at the Barnes and Noble in Chelsea for a 7 p.m. "Conversation" with jazz broadcaster and historian Phil Schaap.
The Afro-Semitic Experience is at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, Conn., tonight.
Guitarist John Scofield's band and saxophonist Karl Denson's Tiny Universe are at Lupo's in Providence, R.I., tonight. The Duke Bellaire Big Band is at Bovi's Town Tavern in East Providence, R.I.
Lee Ritenour and Gerald Albright are at Scullers jazz club in Boston tonight.
In Chicago... the William Garcia quartet is at Cafe Bolera tonight. Yoko Noge's Jazz Me Blues is at HotHouse. Kelly Brand is at Joe's BeBop Cafe and Jazz Emporium. The Typhanie Monique duo is at Pete Miller's Steakhouse in Evanston. Sami Scott is at Philander's in Oak Park. Judy Roberts and Greg Fishman are at Pops for Champagne.
In New Orleans tonight... Otra and the Frank Zappatistas are at the Blue Nile. Two Pan Sam hosts the Jazz Jam at Checkpoint Charlie. New Orleans Streetbeat is at the Crescent City Brewhouse. Bob French and Friends are at Donna's, where during the Monday night jam session there are free red beans and barbecue between sets. The Fresh Off the Boat Refugee Jazz Band is at the Funky Butt. Riccardo Crespo is at the Neutral Ground Coffee House. Reginald Koeller leads tonight's band at Preservation Hall. Charmaine Neville sings at Snug Harbor. The New Orleans Jazz Vipers and Ryan Burrage and the Rhythm Masters are at the Spotted Cat and the Rob Wagner trio is at d.b.a.
The Dave Weckl band is at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz, Calif., tonight. Bitches Brew is at Yoshi's in Oakland. The John Peace Superband is at Steamers Jazz Cafe in Fullerton. The Pat Tuzzolino trio is at Charlie O's in Valley Glen tonight.
On the recording front...
Savoy Jazz, is releasing two new multi-disc packages by Charlie Parker and Billy Eckstine as part of the label's 60th anniversary celebration. "Charlie Parker -- The Complete Savoy and Dial Master Takes 1944-1948," is a three-CD package that includes many of his greatest recorded performances. This definitive album marks the first release of the complete Dial and Savoy "master takes" in a combined and comprehensive fashion. Parker is heard with players who laid bebop's foundation, including trumpeters Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis, trombonist J.J. Johnson, guitarist Tiny Grimes, pianists Bud Powell, Erroll Garner, Duke Jordan, John Lewis and drummer Max Roach.
"Billy Eckstine -- The Legendary Big Band" documents an important part of early modern jazz history. Eckstine made a name as a richly voiced singer of ballads and blues with Earl Hines's orchestra in the late '30s and early '40s. When the innovations of bebop began, Eckstine, who also played trumpet and valve trombone, wanted to be a part of it. From 1944-1947, he led the first bebop big band, an ensemble that included trumpeters Gillespie, Davis, Fats Navarro and Kenny Dorham, saxophonists Dexter Gordon, Gene Ammons and Wardell Gray, drummer Art Blakey and singer Sarah Vaughan.