Today is Nov. 12.
Jazz trumpeter and arranger Buck Clayton was born this day in 1911 in Parsons, Kan. In the late 1930s, he was a leading soloist in the Count Basie Band. In the last decade of his life, he remained a prolific songwriter and arranger, leading his own big band long after he could no longer play the horn. Buck Clayton died in 1991.
Saxophonist Charlie Mariano was born this day in 1923 in Boston. A restless modernist, Mariano has done much in the fusion of jazz and rock music, and has worked to combine the principles of non-Western music with bebop.
Bass player Sam Jones was born this day in 1924 in Jacksonville, Fla. He was a member of the first Cannonball Adderley quintet and succeeded Ray Brown in the Oscar Peterson trio in 1966. He died in 1981.
On this day in 1925, Louis Armstrong made his first Hot Five recording in Chicago for the Okeh label.
On this night in 2001, Jazz at Lincoln Center held its sixth annual Awards Gala and Benefit Concert at Avery Fisher Hall in New York. It was a celebration of the music of Tito Puente, performed by the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and the Tito Puente Orchestra led by Johnny Rodriguez.
Looking at today's hip happenings...
On the New York jazz scene... singer Abbey Lincoln's quartet with John Ormand on bass, Jaz Sawyer on drums and Marc Cary on piano is at the Blue Note through Sunday, in week two of the club's Fall Vocal Festival. Avishai Cohen's International Vamp Band is at the Jazz Standard. The Hank Jones trio featuring Joe Lovano is at Iridium. Clark Terry's quintet is at the Village Vanguard. Grant Green Jr. is at the Zinc Bar tonight and Wednesday.
In the Boston area... Tierney Sutton's "Something Cool" tour visits Scullers jazz club in Boston tonight. The Cercie Miller quintet is at The Regattabar in Cambridge tonight with special guest Tiger Okoshi.
Roberta Piket and her electric band, Alternating Current, celebrate the release of their CD release, "I'm Back In Therapy And It's All Your Fault," at Dowes on 9th in Pittsburgh tonight.
Caetano Veloso is at Southern Theatre in Columbus, Ohio, tonight.
In and around Chicago... Men of Note are at Andy's tonight. Jimmy Sutton's Four Charms are at the Green Mill. The Sam Rivers trio is at the Jazz Showcase this week. Ken Cheney is at Joe's BeBop Cafe and Jazz Emporium tonight. Alfonso Ponticelli and Swing Gitan are at Katerina's. Marshall Vente is at Philander's in Oak Park. The Petropolous Organ Trio is at Pops for Champagne. Steve Frisbie and Liam Davis are at Pops of Highwood.
In New Orleans tonight... the Ian McPhail quartet and the Ted Hefko quartet are at the Blue Nile. Christian Marclay's "Graffitti Composition" is performed by Voo Doo Tek with Sanford Hinderlie, Tony Dagradi, Steve Masakowski, Larry Sieberth and Johnny Vidacovich at the Contemporary Arts Center. Ingrid Lucia is at the Ritz-Carlton's French Quarter Bar. Chi-Town Maurice Brown is at the Funky Butt. The ReBirth Brass Band is at the Maple Leaf. Greg Stafford leads tonight's band at Preservation Hall. Doug Bickel is at Rene Bistrot. The Rob Wagner trio is at the Seaport Cafe. Seth Kaufman is at Snug Harbor. The Joe Krown Organ Combo is at d.b.a. tonight.
In California... trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos' quartet opens the Tuesday night jam at the Onyx Room in San Diego. Marian McPartland is at The Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles tonight. The Don Menza quartet is at Charlie O's in Valley Glen. Cathy Segal-Garcia is at Steamer's Jazz Cafe in Fullerton with Mark Massey tonight. John Pisano's Guitar Night features Pat Kelley tonight at Spazio in Sherman Oaks. Renee Rosnes's quartet is at Yoshi's in Oakland this week. Jazz at Pearl's in San Francisco features guitarist Mundell Lowe tonight and Wednesday.
The Omar Sosa octet is at Theatre Duchamp Fleuri in Rouen, France, tonight.
On the recording front..
Saxophonist Gary Meek, a mainstay of Flora Purim and Airto Moreira's band, is out today with "Step 7" on the A440 MusicGroup label. Those joining Meek for this session include Flora and Airto, Jose Santos Neto, Jimmy Haslip and Christian Jacob.
David Gonzalez and The Poetic License Band, featuring Bobby Sanabria, release their first CD, "City of Dreams," today.
From the Pablo vaults today comes a new CD, "At Newport," presenting a July 1957 Newport Jazz Festival set by the George Shearing and Cannonball Adderley quintets. Adderley's group opens for Shearing's, then Cannonball and his trumpeter brother Nat sit in with the headliners for an extensive workout on "Soul Station," after which Shearing asks the audience, "You don't mind us enjoying ourselves for one night, do you? Whew!"
Also out today is "Concerts in the Sun," a Fantasy recording that combines two 1960 live recordings by vibist Cal Tjader. One was a spring performance at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium; the other was a fall concert at the Waikiki Shell in Honolulu. Pianist Lonnie Hewitt and drummer Willie Bobo (also featured on timbales) are heard throughout. Conguero Mongo Santamaria is aboard on several tracks -- including his own "Afro Blue."
"Paris Blues," a previously unreleased 1962 concert by Horace Silver is out today on Pablo. It was recorded at the Olympia Theater in Paris by producer Norman Granz. The CD features the pianist's great quintet with Blue Mitchell (trumpet), Junior Cook (tenor saxophone), Gene Taylor (bass), and Roy Brooks (drums).