West Coast jazz pianist and arranger Clare Fischer was born this day in 1928. Fischer won critical acclaim for his big-band arrangements on Dizzy Gillespie's 1960 album "A Portrait of Duke Ellington."
On this day in 1937, Benny Goodman took his band into the studio to record a song called "Pop Corn Man." If you have an original 78, it may be worth a small fortune. Historians say only 10 remain in existence after a mysterious "recall."
Looking at today's hip happenings...
On the New York jazz scene... the Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Stars with Jon Faddis, Randy Brecker, James Moody, Slide Hampton, Benny Green, John Lee and Dennis Mackrel are at the Blue Note this week. Paquito D'Rivera is special guest tonight and Wednesday, Jackie McLean on Thursday and Friday nights.
The Kenny Barron sextet is at the Village Vanguard. Larry Goldings' trio with Peter Bernstein and Bill Stewart is at the Jazz Standard. The Dee Dee Bridgewater big band is at Iridium through Sunday. The John Benitez quartet is at the Zinc Bar tonight and Wednesday.
Jazz historian Arnold Jay Smith's "The Legacy of Charlie Parker" course at the Guitar Study Center of the New School University features guest musician Pete Yellin tonight.
In and around Boston... Jose Feliciano is at Scullers in Boston tonight and Wednesday. The Matthias Lupri quintet with Mark Turner, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Reuben Rogers and Greg Hutchinson, with special guest Greg Osby, is at The Regattabar in Cambridge tonight.
In Cleveland tonight... pianist Eric Reed is at Nighttown and guitarist Al Dimeola is at the Odeon.
On the Chicago jazz scene... Men of Note are at Andy's tonight. Jimmy Sutton's Four Charms are at the Green Mill. The Mose Allison trio is at the Jazz Showcase this week. Ken Cheney is at Joe's BeBop Café and Jazz Emporium. Von Freeman and Friends are at the New Apartment Lounge. The Bobby Broom trio is at Pete Miller's Steakhouse in Evanston. Marshall Vente is at Philander's in suburban Oak Park. Yoko Noge is at Pops for Champagne with John and Sonny.
On the New Orleans jazz scene... the Ian McPhail quartet and the Ted Hefko quartet are at the Blue Nile. John Rankin and Company are at the Columns Hotel. New Orleans Streetbeat is at the Crescent City Brewhouse. Tom Hook is at Dos Jefes. Ingrid Lucia is at the Ritz Carlton's French Quarter Bar. Maurice Brown's Chi-Town is at the Funky Butt. Topsy Chapman is at Satchmo's jazz room at Harrah's casino.
Los Vecinos are at Loft 523. The ReBirth Brass Band is at the Maple Leaf. Greg Stafford leads tonight's band at Preservation Hall. The Rob Wagner trio is at the Seaport Cafe. Ricky Sebastian and Cayenne are at Snug Harbor. The Ian McPhail quintet and Son del Pantano are at the Spotted Cat. David Torkanowsky and Matt Lemmler are at the Windsor Court.
Saxophonist Joshua Redman's Elastic Band is at the Blue Note in Columbia, Mo., tonight.
In California... tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander is at the Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles with his quartet, featuring pianist Harold Mabern. The Wallace Roney quintet with Gary Bartz, Patrice Rushen, Lenny White and Bob Hurst is at the Catalina Bar and Grill in Hollywood this week. John Pisano's Guitar Night series at Spazio in Sherman Oaks tonight celebrates Eddie Lang's 100th birthday. Saxophonist Pete Christlieb is at Charlie O's in Valley Glen. The Vince Lateano trio featuring guitarist Calvin Keys is at Jazz at Pearl's in San Francisco tonight. Bobby Previte's band Bump is at Yoshi's in Oakland through Wednesday.
On the recording front...
Blue Note Records today released "Grant Green Retrospective," a four-CD boxed set that brings to light the prolific career of a musician recently called one of the 10 Most Underrated Guitarists in the History of Jazz. The 39 tracks on this set were drawn from 32 Blue Note albums led by Green, Jimmy Smith, Stanley Turrentine, Hank Mobley, John Patton, Lou Donaldson, Larry Young, Ike Quebec, Horace Parlan, Lee Morgan and others.
Disc one and two are dedicated to Green's work with the great organists Baby Face Willette, Jimmy Smith, John Patton and Larry Young. Disc three features quartet sessions with the guitarist supported by pianists Sonny Clark, Herbie Hancock and McCoy Tyner. Disc four contains quintets and sextets that put Green alongside saxophonists Hank Mobley, Stanley Turrentine, Ike Quebec, Booker Ervin and Joe Henderson.
Blue Note also is out today with a two-CD compilation of "The Classic Blue Note Recordings of Wayne Shorter." It was culled from his work for the label as a leader or sideman with other artists from 1960 to 1989. Those other leaders included Art Blakey, Miles Davis, Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard, and Jim Hall and Michel Petrucciani.
Canada's Justin Time label is out today with the Rob McConnell Tentet's "Thank You, Ted" and the Montreal Jubilation Choir's "Goin' Up Yonder."
The Dreyfus jazz label is just out with new recordings by two of Europe's top guitarists. Belgian guitarist Philip Catherine has released "Summer Night," a follow-up to his fine 2001 recording, "Blue Prince." And Gypsy guitarist Bireli Lagrene is out with "Gypsy Project and Friends," his latest tip of the cap to late Gypsy guitar legend Django Reinhardt. Violinist Florin Nivulescu swings alongside Lagrene much like Stefan Grappelli interacted with Reinhardt. Special guest Henri Salvador sings the ballad "Envie de Toi."
Saxophonist Michael Lington is out today with his third album, "Everything Must Change," on the Three Keys Music record label. The first single, "Still Thinking Of You," is already getting airplay at smooth jazz radio. Lington wrote the tune with Brian Culbertson, who produced and played keyboards on the track. The recording includes covers of Chaka Khan's "Through The Fire" and Stevie Wonder's hit "Everything Must Change." Lington has toured extensively with Little Richard, Gary "U.S." Bonds, Bobby Caldwell and Randy Crawford.