Composer Hoagy Carmichael was born this date in 1899 in Bloomington, Ind. An associate of Bix Beiderbecke and the Dorsey Brothers, Carmichael is best known for the terrific standards he wrote, including "Stardust," "Skylark" and "Georgia On My Mind."
"Stardust" was first recorded in 1927. When Hoagy Carmichael wrote the piece it was a fast, ragtime-style tune. After he worked out a slower arrangement, it became one of the most-recorded tunes in the jazz and popular music repertoires.
Pianist and singer Mose Allison was born this day in 1927 in Tippo, Miss. He's a strong and sophisticated promoter of the country blues with a following that transcends the blues and jazz.
Singer Ernestine Anderson was born this day in 1928 in Houston, Texas. Her warmth and her blues intensity have developed a huge following for Anderson, who continues to pack clubs around the world.
Looking at today's hip happenings...
In the New York jazz scene... Jazz at Lincoln Center tonight presents Manhattan Rhapsody, its seventh annual awards gala and benefit concert featuring the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, joined by special guest vocalists at Avery Fisher Hall.
Drummer Max Roach will receive center's Award for Artistic Excellence. The Award for Lifetime Achievement will be presented to the historic jazz club The Village Vanguard -- with owner Lorraine Gordon accepting.
Metropolitan Opera star Denyce Graves, Tony Award-winning actress and singer Patti LuPone, music superstar Paul Simon, and actor/director Woody Allen with his New Orleans Jazz Band will perform in support of jazz music.
Elsewhere in the Big Apple... Mordy Ferber is at the Blue Note tonight as part of its Sound of Guitar Series. Singer and original M-Base crewmember Cassandra Wilson teams up with bassist Meshell Ndegeocello tonight at Carnegie Hall for a "You Rock My Soul" benefit concert for the Gay Men's Health Crisis organization. The Mili Bermejo-George Schuller octet is at the Cornelia Street Cafe. New School University's Jazz and Contemporary Music Program presents Reggie Workman and Andrew Cyrille tonight in its Jazz at 6:30 series.
On the Chicago jazz scene... there's a No Am/Pro Jam tonight at Andy's. The William Garcia quartet is at Cafe Bolera. Terry Callier and Beyond are at the Green Mill. Yoko Noge brings Jazz Me Blues to HotHouse on Mondays. Kelly Brand is at Joe's BeBop Cafe and Jazz Emporium. The Long Count Quartet is at Joy Blue. Sami Scott is at Philander's in Oak Park. Judy Roberts and Greg Fishman are at Pops for Champagne.
In New Orleans... the Panorama Jazz Band is at the Blue Nile. Two Pan Sam hosts the Jazz Jam at Checkpoint Charlie. Bob French and Friends jam at Donna's on Mondays. The Fresh Off the Boat Refugee Jazz Band is at the Funky Butt. Reginald Koeller leads tonight's band at Preservation Hall. Leslie Smith is at Rene Bistrot. Charmaine Neville is at Snug Harbor. The Rob Wagner trio is at d.b.a. tonight.
On the California jazz scene... Marian McPartland is at The Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles tonight and Tuesday. Big Band 2000 with Luretta McCray is at Steamer's Jazz Cafe in Fullerton tonight. The Pat Tuzzolino quartet is at Charlie O's in Valley Glen. The Teka Brazilian Jazz Quartet is at Spazio in Sherman Oaks. The Tomasz Stanko quartet is at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz. The Tierney Sutton Band is at Yoshi's in Oakland. The Contemporary Jazz Orchestra directed by Alex Budman is at Jazz at Pearl's in San Francisco.
Lee Ritenour and Ivan Lins are at the Blue Note in Tokyo tonight through Saturday.
On the recording front...
Justin Time Records is just out with a trio recording by Oscar Peterson called "Tenderly." Never before released, it features the pianist alongside guitarist Herb Ellis and bassist Ray Brown live in concert in 1958 at Vancouver, Canada's Orpheum Theatre. One of the most popular small groups in jazz delivers a rousing program that includes such favorites as "Alone Together," "A Foggy Day," "My Funny Valentine" and the title track. Also included are two Ellis originals, "Patricia" and "Pogo."
Justin Time also has unearthed "Good Morning Kiss," singer Carmen Lundy's long out-of-print debut recording first released on Blackhawk Records in 1985. The album has been a highly desirable collectible. Lundy's originals include the riveting "Time Is Love," the finger-popping "Perfect Stranger" and the tender title track. Among the standards are vibrant versions of Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Dindi" and Cole Porter's "Love For Sale."
There has always been a strong relationship between disc jockeys and jazz musicians. Broadcasters like Symphony Sid Torin and Oscar Treadwell had compositions written in their honor by Charlie Parker and Thelonious Monk. Now, the Canadian trombonist Rob McConnell and his terrific Tentet have released "Thank You Ted." It's a salute to the famed Toronto's Ted O'Reilly, who was the host of the long-running radio show, "The Jazz Scene." It's on Justin Time.