Trombonist Jimmy Knepper was born this day in 1927 in Los Angeles. He worked for many different top big bands before gaining public attention as a member of the Charles Mingus band in the late 1950s.
Jazz composer, arranger, conductor and historian Gunther Schuller was born this day in 1925 in New York. Schuller began his career in jazz by recording as a French horn player with Miles Davis's nonet in 1949 and 1950. He also recorded with Davis in 1958 on the classic "Porgy and Bess" collaboration with arranger Gil Evans. He has won the Pulitzer Prize and a MacArthur Award for his compositions.
Clarinet and baritone saxophone player Ernie Cacares was born this day in 1911 in Rockport, Texas. Starting in 1938, he was a frequent collaborator with cornet player Bobby Hackett for more than 30 years. He died in 1971.
Looking at today's hip happenings...
On the New York jazz scene... Lou Donaldson's quartet is at the Village Vanguard this week. Jazz at Lincoln Center presents drummer Terri Lyne Carrington's band tonight and Saturday in its Jazz at the Penthouse series. Brazilian pianist and composer The Fred Hersch quintet with Kenny Wheeler, Mark Turner, Ben Street and Nasheet Waits is at the Jazz Standard.
Sergio Mendes is at the Blue Note with Brasil 2002 for the club's Fall Vocal Festival. The third annual Django Reinhardt Festival continues at Birdland, where tonight's special guest is Frank Wess. The Heath Brothers are at Iridium. Vijay Iyer and Dafnis Prieto are featured tonight with bassist Stomu Takeishi and guitarist Liberty Ellman in The Jazz Gallery's Composers Series. Caetano Veloso is at the Beacon Theatre.
Roberta Piket and Alternating Current are at One Station Plaza in Peekskill tonight.
Dave Samuels is at Trumpets in Montclair, N.J., tonight and Saturday. Kenny Barron's quintet is at Shanghai Jazz in Madison, N.J., tonight and Saturday.
In and around Boston... singer Diane Schuur is at Scullers jazz club in Boston tonight. Singer Luciana Souza and guitarist Romero Lubambo bring their Brazilian Duos project to The Regattabar in Cambridge.
In Philadelphia tonight... Rebecca Parris sings at the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Great Stair Hall with pianist George Mesterhazy. Al Jarreau is at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside. Tenor saxophonist Larry McKenna is at Ortlieb's Jazzhaus tonight with the Mickey Roker quartet. Drummer Dave Weckl is at Zanzibar Blue tonight with Dave Valentin, Dave Samuels and Steve Kahn. The Lars Hale Orchestra with trumpeter John Swana is at Chris's Jazz Cafe. The City Rhythm Orchestra is at North by Northwest. Niacin is at the Sedgwick Cultural Center. Harold E. Smith, Byard Lancaster, Elio Villafranca and Bert Harris are at Tritone.
Frank Morgan and Friends are at Blues Alley in Washington, D.C., tonight through Sunday.
Sammy Figueroa's Latin Explosion featuring Carlos Averoff is at Van Dyke's Cafe in Miami's South Beach tonight and Saturday.
Avishai Cohen's International Vamp Band is at the Allen Theater in Cleveland for a free concert this noon.
Singer Kevin Mahogany is at the Bird of Paradise in Ann Arbor, Mich., tonight and Saturday.
In and around Chicago... Bill Charlap's trio is at the Jazz Showcase this week with special guest Phil Woods. The Chris Lega-Pat Mallinger quintet is at Andy's. The Mike Allemana trio is at California Clipper. Judy Roberts is at The Chicago Firehouse. Bob Baglione's trio is at The Foundry in Fox Valley Mall. The George Freeman quartet is at the Green Mill. Skinny Williams is at Joe's BeBop Cafe and Jazz Emporium. The Bradley Young Quartet is at Katerina's. The Andre Earls trio is at Michael's Jazz Bistro in Glen Ellyn. Henry Johnson's Organ Express is at Pops for Champagne tonight and Saturday.
In New Orleans... Earl Brown's trio is at Cafe Sbisa. David Torkanowsky is at Cobalt. The Treme Brass Band is at Donna's. James Rivers is at the Fine Arts Center. Jeremy Davenport is at the Ritz-Carlton's French Quarter Bar. Jack Maheu and Friends are at Fritzel's. Devin Phillips' quartet and the New Orleans Night Crawlers are at the Funky Butt.
There's a Siren to Wail Benefit at Generations Hall tonight with Dr. John, Gatemouth Brown, Bobby Rush, Linda Hopkins, Irma Thomas, Eddie Bo, Cyril Neville, and Bo Dollis and the Wild Magnolias. Topsy Chapman and Tom Hook are at Satchmo's jazz room at Harrah's. The Soul Rebels Brass Band is at Le Bon Temps Roule. Ronald Markham and the Wendell Brunious trio are at Le Salon at Windsor Court.
Astral Project is at the Maple Leaf tonight. The Ernie Elly Slickshots with Thais Clark are at the Palm Court. Leroy Jones leads the band at Preservation Hall. Doug Bickel is at Rene Bistrot. The Panorama Jazz Band is at the Seaport Cafe. Ellis Marsalis is at Snug Harbor. The Richie Moten trio and the Silverleaf Jazz Band are at the Sonesta's Mystick Den. Harry Connick Sr. is at the Steak Knife.
In California... singer Tierney Sutton is at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts tonight, The Sam Rivers trio is at The Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles this week. The John Heard trio is at Charlie O's in Valley Glen tonight and Saturday with saxophonist Ralph Moore. The Frank Potenza-Shelly Berg quartet is at Steamer's Jazz Cafe in Fullerton. The Kim Richmond-Bob Florence Ensemble is at Spazio in Sherman Oaks tonight. The Kenny Burrell quintet at Yoshi's in Oakland tonight through Sunday. Saxophonist-vocalist Paul Vornhagen's quintet is at Jazz at Pearl's in San Francisco tonight and Saturday.
Pianist David Haney is at the Colon Theater Experimental Center in Buenos Aires, Argentina, tonight as part of a tour celebrating the 15th anniversary of "Fotojazzeando."
Bassist Drew Gress's quartet with Tim Berne, Uri Caine and Tom Rainey is at the Theatre de Vienne, in Vienne, France, tonight.
On the recording front...
Late singer Rosemary Clooney's last concert recording is scheduled for release today on Concord Records. She recorded it in Hawaii in December 2001 with Big Kahuna conducting the Honolulu Symphony Pops.
Martin Cohen, founder of the instrument company Latin Percussion Inc., has released "Montvale Rumba," his first recording in 20 years. It was titled and inspired by melodies and ancestral rhythms based on drum and vocal music indigenous to Cuba. The LP Rumba Ensemble includes conguero Little Johnny Rivero, percussionist-singer Pedro Martinez and percussionist Luisito Quintero.
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