Today is Nov. 2.
Trumpeter Bunny Berigan was born this day in 1908 in Hilbert, Wis. His distinctive, uninhibited playing style graced many important big bands during the 1930s, including those of Paul Whiteman, the Dorsey Brothers and Benny Goodman. Berigan died in New York in June 1942. He was 33.
Composer, arranger and bandleader Johnny Richards was born this day in 1911 in Queretaro State in Mexico and was raised in upstate New York. This progressive jazz pioneer led his own big band during the early 1940s.
In 1952, he joined Stan Kenton, for whom he wrote many pieces. His song "Young at Heart" was a 1954 hit for Frank Sinatra. He also led his own bands again from 1956 to 1960 and in 1964 and 1965. Johnny Richards died in New York in 1968.
Alto saxophonist Phil Woods was born this date in 1931 in Springfield, Mass. Woods has been leading his own acoustic quintet for the past 30-some years.
Alto saxophonist Herb Geller, formerly a Claude Thornhill and Benny Goodman sideman, was born this day in 1928 in Los Angeles.
On this night in 2001, saxophonist Charles Lloyd and Indian tabla player Zakir Hussain premiered Lloyd's new work dedicated to late drummer Billy Higgins at the "Sacred Space" concert at Grace Cathedral as part of the 19th annual San Francisco Jazz Festival.
Looking at today's hip happenings...
On the New York jazz scene... violinist Regina Carter's quintet is at the Village Vanguard through Sunday. 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.
Jazz at Lincoln Center's "Year of the Drum" celebration tonight honors 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. Yosvany Terry and The Latino Collective are at The Jazz Gallery tonight.
The Raices Latin Music Museum presents a panel discussion this afternoon at the Museum of the City of New York on "That Latin Beat: A Short History of Latin Music from the l930s to the 1960s." It is hosted by
collector and researcher, Henry Medina who has a rare collection of films and video music segments dealing with Cuban and Puerto Rican musical artists and bands.
Kenny Barron's trio is at The Chapel at Colgate University in Hamilton tonight and Sunday.
Terence Blanchard is at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark tonight.
The Phil Sargent quartet is at CAV in Providence, R.I., tonight. Saxophonist Greg Abate is at Chan's in Woonsocket.
In and around Boston... the Michael Shea quartet is at TK's Jazz Cafe in Faneuil Hall tonight. Singer Karrin Allyson is at Tuckerman Hall in Worcester. Trumpeter Greg Hopkins' trio is at the Grand Cru Wine Bar in the Cape Codder Resort in Hyannis tonight.
In support of his latest ECM Records project "Soul of Things," Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stanko begins an eight-city U.S. tour tonight at Tritone in Philadelphia. Stanko will be joined by an all-Polish trio, pianist Marcin Wasilewski, double-bassist Slawomir Kurkiewicz, and drummer Michal Miskiewicz. The tour ends Nov. 11 at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz, Calif.
The Herbie Hancock quartet is at the Germantown, Tenn., Performing Arts Center tonight.
The Tampa Bay, Fla., edition of the Verizon Music Festival today features a free afternoon concert at Coachman Park with Al Jarreau, Kevin Ceballo, Shemekia Copeland, Chris Botti and Halcyon. The Bruce Katz band is at the Bradfordville Blues Club in Tallahassee, Fla., tonight.
Singer Sunny Wilkinson is the Bird of Paradise in Ann Arbor, Mich., tonight.
Henry Butler is at the Hemmons Cultural Center in Elgin, Ill., tonight.
In Chicago tonight... the Jesse Davis quartet is at the Jazz Showcase. Judy Roberts is at The Chicago Firehouse. Rankinfyle is at Philander's in Oak Park. Bopology is at Joe's BeBop Cafe and Jazz Emporium.
In New Orleans... the Blue Universe Quartet is at the Blue Nile. The ReBirth Brass Band and Rebel Souljahare at Cafe Brasil. The Earl Brown trio is at Cafe Sbisa. David Torkanowsky and Friends are at Cobalt. George French's band featuring Germaine Bazzle is at Donna's. Jeremy Davenport is at the Ritz Carlton's French Quarter Bar. Soulive, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe plus Michael Franti and Spearhead, and Los Hombres Calientes are at the House of Blues tonight. Louis Ford and Topsy Chapman are at Satchmo's jazz room at Harrah's casino.
Lionel Ferbos leads tonight's band at the Palm Court. Riccardo Crespo is at the Pirates Alley Cafe. John Brunious leads the band at Preservation Hall. Tim Green is at Rene Bistrot. The Panorama Jazz Band is at the Seaport Cafe tonight. Astral Project is at Snug Harbor. The Richie Moten trio and the Silverleaf Jazz Band are at the Sonesta's Mystick Den.
Caetano Veloso is at Centennial Hall in Tucson, Ariz., tonight.
Tonight's schedule at the 20th anniversary edition of the San Francisco Jazz Festival features Shirley Horn and her trio and the Ahmad Jamal trio at Masonic Auditorium. Eric Reed will replace Jason Moran as pianist with the Greg Osby quartet at the Herbst Theatre. The Herbie Nichols Project will open. The Lynne Arriale trio is at the Florence Gould Theatre this afternoon.
Elsewhere on the California jazz scene... the Chick Corea Elektric Band is at the Catalina Bar and Grill in Hollywood through Sunday. The Joey DeFrancesco trio is at Steamer's Jazz Cafe in Fullerton through Sunday. Singer Wesla Whitfield is at the Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles through Sunday. Saxophonist Teddy Edwards' 17-piece big band, the "Brasstring Ensemble," performs tonight at Spazio in Sherman Oaks. Bob DeSena's Latin jazz group is at Nic's Restaurant and Martini Lounge in Beverly Hills tonight. Saxophonist Anthony Ortega's quartet is at Jazz at Pearl's in San Francisco. Kenny Rankin is at Yoshi's in Oakland through Sunday.
The Omar Sosa octet is at the Arenberg Theater in Antwerp, Belgium, tonight.