Alto saxophonist Lou Donaldson was born this day in 1926 in Badin, N.C. He first recorded as a leader on the classic Blue Note label in early 1950s. In those halcyon days, Donaldson's sidemen included Blue Mitchell, Horace Silver, Art Blakey and Clifford Brown. His career has included playing both bebop and funk at various points.
Tenor saxophonist Sam Margolis was born this day in Boston in 1923. He played in and around Boston with Vic Dickenson, Shad Collins, Bobby Hackett and Nat Pierce in the 1940s and '50s, and played and recorded with cornetist Ruby Braff off and on for more than 20 years.
Looking at today's hip happenings...
Trumpeter Dave Douglas has accepted the Artist-in-Residence position at the Banff Centre, a Canadian learning center. Douglas will head the Banff International Jazz Workshop, a role held in prior years by Dave Holland, Oscar Peterson, Anthony Braxton, Cecil Taylor, Kenny Werner, Steve Coleman and Ed Blackwell. The workshop will take place May 19-June 7, 2003 and will focus on the creation of original music. Douglas will have his student musicians think about music in new ways.
On the New York jazz scene... harmonica great Toots Thielemans' 80th birthday celebration continues tonight at the Blue Note with special guest George Shearing. The Illinois Jacquet Big Band celebrates Jacquet's 80th birthday this week at the Jazz Standard. Regina Carter's quintet is at the Village Vanguard this week.
Jazz at Lincoln Center continues its "Year of the Drum" celebration tonight through Saturday with performances honoring drummer Max Roach. This event in the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse is called "Freedom Now and Then: The Music of Max Roach." It features drummers Ali Jackson and Billy Hart performing music from Roach's career that has spanned more than 60 years.
Wallace Roney's All-Star Quintet with Patrice Rushen, James Spaulding, Buster Williams and Lenny White is at Iridium through Sunday. Guitarist Liberty Ellman's quartet is at the Jazz Gallery tonight.
In and around Boston... trumpeter Nicholas Payton is at Scullers in Boston tonight. Pianist Rick DellaRatta's trio with Eddie Gomez and Lenny White is at Ryles in Cambridge.
The Herbie Hancock quartet is at the Zellerbach Theater tonight in Philadelphia's Annenburg Center. Singer-pianist Freddy Cole is at Zanzibar Blue tonight and Saturday. Terence Blanchard is at the Pearleman Theater in Philadelphia tonight.
The Edge featuring Deb Alane and the Aaron Parks trio share tonight's billing at the Bird of Paradise in Ann Arbor, Mich.
In Chicago tonight... the Jesse Davis quartet is at the Jazz Showcase. Judy Roberts is at The Chicago Firehouse.
In New Orleans... the Treme Brass Band is at Donna's. Jeremy Davenport is at the Ritz Carlton's French Quarter Bar. James Rivers is at the Fine Arts Center. The Devin Phillips quartet is at the Funky Butt. Louis Ford and Topsy Chapman are at Satchmo's jazz room at Harrah's casino.
Sista Teedy's Bootleg Operation with Jesse Boyd and Gerald French is at Le Meridien. The Ernie Elly Slickshots with Thais Clark are at the Palm Court. Tim Green is at Rene Bistrot. The Panorama Jazz Band is at the Seaport Cafe tonight. Alvin Batiste and the Jazztronauts are at Snug Harbor. The Richie Moten trio and the Silverleaf Jazz Band are at the Sonesta's Mystick Den.
Henry Butler is at Hammons Hall in Springfield, Mo., tonight.
Guitarist Ron Affif is at the Blue Note in Las Vegas tonight and Saturday.
Tonight's schedule at the 20th anniversary edition of the San Francisco Jazz Festival features a "Sacred Space" concert at Grace Cathedral with James Carter and Huun-Huur-Tu. The Yusef Lateef-Adam Rudolph duo is at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater.
Elsewhere on the California jazz scene... the Chick Corea Elektric Band is at the Catalina Bar and Grill in Hollywood tonight through Sunday. The Joey DeFrancesco trio is at Steamer's Jazz Cafe in Fullerton tonight through Sunday. Singer Wesla Whitfield is at the Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles through Sunday. The Steve Wilkerson quartet presents its "Tribute to the Jazz Flute" tonight at Spazio in Sherman Oaks. Carlos Oliveira's Brazilian Origins band is at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz tonight. Saxophonist Anthony Ortega's quartet is at Jazz at Pearl's in San Francisco tonight and Saturday. Kenny Rankin is at Yoshi's in Oakland through Sunday.
The Herbie Nichols Project and solo pianist John Stetch are at the Capilano College Performing Arts Theatre in North Vancouver, British Columbia, tonight. The Ian McDougall sextet is at The Cellar restaurant and jazz club in Vancouver tonight and Saturday.
Austria's Jazz Roots in Salzburg opens its 10-day annual run today. This year's lineup includes Dave Brubeck, Dianne Reeves, Odetta, the Mingus Big Band, Mark Murphy, the Holmes Brothers and Lonnie Plaxico's group from the United States, plus many European talents. See viennaentertainment.com for schedule details.
The Omar Sosa octet is at Jazz Velannet in Lavelannet, France, tonight.
Australia's Wangaratta Festival of Jazz is scheduled for the next four days. It features more than 100 performances by 53 acts. The lineup includes Dave Douglas, Jim McNeely, Mark Isaacs, Mem Shannon, Jukka Perko, and Louis Sclavis.
On the recording front...
New York-based singer Laird Jackson is out with her first release since her 1994 debut "Quiet Flame." The new CD is called "Touched." It's on the Consolidation Artists Productions label and features Jackson with pianist Bruce Barth, alto saxophonist Joe Ford, bassist John Benitez, trumpeter Cecil Bridgewater and drummer Clarence Penn, The album showcases six originals, along with material by Stevie Wonder, Joni Mitchell, Bill Withers and Donovan.