Pianist Art Hodes was born this day in 1904 in the Ukraine. His family moved to Chicago when Hodes was 6 months old, and it was in Chicago that he spent much of his jazz career. He made his first recording in 1928 with trumpeter Wingy Manone, and also worked with Chicago traditionalists Frank Teschemacher and Bud Freeman.
Hodes was a prime exponent of stride and blues piano styles, which were richly displayed on a Muse album with Milt Hinton called "Just the Two of Us." At various stages, he also produced jazz television shows and published a fine jazz magazine. He died in March 1993 at age 88.
Pianist Don Ewell, a musical disciple of Jelly Roll Morton, was born this day in Baltimore, Md., in 1916. He came to the traditional jazz piano forefront in 1956 in Jack Teagarden's orchestra. Ewell died in 1983.
Pianist Ellis Marsalis, the patriarch of the musical Marsalis family, was born this day in New Orleans in 1934. He continues to perform after retiring as director of the jazz studies program at the University of New Orleans.
Looking at today's hip happenings...
On the New York jazz scene... The Joe Lovano quartet is at Iridium. Avishai Cohen's International Vamp Band is at the Jazz Standard this week. Singer Abbey Lincoln's quartet is at the Blue Note through Sunday in week two of the club's Fall Vocal Festival. Clark Terry's quintet is at the Village Vanguard.
Dave Liebman is at Birdland tonight through Saturday. Pianist Beegie Adair is at Detour tonight. The Robert Hurst trio is at The Jazz Gallery tonight. Trombonist Chris Washburne's SYOTOS Latin jazz band is at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe tonight. Marc Mommaas and Miles Okazaki are at La Vuelta in Queens tonight.
Italian new-music pianist Emanuele Arciuli will present 23 variations on Thelonious Monk's "'Round Midnight" tonight at Columbia University's Miller Theatre. Arciuli commissioned some of today's leading composers to write variations on Monk's most famous standard. Those composers include Eric Reed, Uri Caine, Alberto Barbero, Fred Hersch, Milton Babbitt, Aaron Jay Kernis, George Crumb and William Bolcom.
Trumpeter Ted Curson leads the Thursday night jam session at Trumpets in Montclair, N.J.
In and around Boston... Tower of Power is at Scullers jazz club in Boston tonight. The Nando Michelin Brazilian Project with Teresa Ines is at The Regattabar in Cambridge.
In and around Chicago... Caetano Veloso is at the Chicago Theatre tonight. The Sam Rivers trio is at the Jazz Showcase this week. Ron Freidman's quintet is at Andy's tonight. John Bany, Don Stille and Charles Braugham back the jam session at The Chambers in Niles on Thursdays. Judy Roberts is at The Chicago Firehouse. The Mark Colby duo is at The Foundry in Fox Valley Mall.
Alan Gresik's Swing Shift Orchestra is at the Green Mill tonight. Erwin Helfer and the Chicago Boogie Ensemble are at Joe's BeBop Cafe and Jazz Emporium. John Brumbach, Randy Tressler, Matt Ferguson and Mike Raynor are at Katerina's. John Wright is at Philander's in Oak Park. The Ryan Cohan quartet is at Pops for Champagne.
In New Orleans... Dr. Bone and the Hepcats are at the Banks Street Bar and Grill. The Improvisational Arts Council's Acid Test and trumpeter Michael Ray's Cosmic Krewe are at the Blue Nile. Riccardo Crespo brings Brazilian jazz to Cafe Matrix this afternoon. The Earl Brown Trio is at Cafe Sbisa tonight. Willie Tee is at Cobalt. Evan Christopher and Tom McDermott are at Donna's tonight.
Loren Pickford is at Dos Jefes. John Boutte is at El Matador. Jeremy Davenport is at the Ritz-Carlton's French Quarter Bar. Jack Maheu and Friends are at Fritzel's European Jazz Pub. Adonis Rose and Stratosphere and the Evan Howard Band are at the Funky Butt. Tom Hook is at Satchmo's jazz room at Harrah's. The Soul Rebels Brass Band is at Le Bon Temps Roule.
Olivier Bou and Ronald Markham are at Le Salon at Windsor Court. Lloyd Washington and the Crescent City Joymakers are at the Palm Court. Dave Bartholomew leads tonight's band at Preservation Hall. Tim Green is at Rene Bistrot. Howard Alden is at Snug Harbor. Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers are at Vaughan's. David Torkanowsky is at d.b.a. tonight.
In California... singer Mark Murphy is at The Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles tonight. New Orleans drummer Earl Palmer is at Charlie O's in Valley Glen. The Jon Mayer trio is at Steamer's Jazz Cafe in Fullerton tonight. Jamey Tate's band featuring Alan Pasqua is at Spazio in Sherman Oaks. Marian McPartland is at Yoshi's in Oakland tonight. The Vince Lateano trio featuring pianist Matt Clark is at Jazz at Pearl's in San Francisco. Daniel Jackson is in the spotlight tonight in the After Dark jazz series at the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego's Balboa Park.
McCoy Tyner's trio is at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley in Seattle through Sunday. Trombonist Julian Priester and pianist Jovino Santos Neto bring Platypus Music to Seattle's Rainbow Bar and Grill tonight.
Pianist David Haney opens an extensive tour in central and western Argentina tonight to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the "Fotojazzeando" jazz performance series. He will be accompanied by local jazz musicians Jorge Hernaez on bass and Diego Chamy on drums at the Quintanilla Theater in Mendoza and at other stops over the next two weeks in and around San Rafael City in Argentina's wine country, as well as in Buenos Aires.