Trumpeter Henry "Hot Lips" Levine was born this day in 1907 in London. He replaced Nick LaRocca in the Original Dixieland Jazz Band and also was a bandleader and longtime staff musician for NBC.
Looking at today's hip happenings...
On the New York jazz scene... Eddie Palmieri and La Perfecta II are at the Blue Note this week. Carla Cook is at The Jazz Standard tonight and Wednesday. The Jason Moran trio is at the Village Vanguard. The Duke Ellington Orchestra, co-led by Paul Ellington and Jack Jeffers, is at Birdland. Mike Stern's band with Dave Weckl and Victor Wooten is at Iridium through Sunday.
Armandinho and The Tucan Trio are at The Regattabar in Cambridge, Mass., tonight. Patricia Vlieg is at Ryles jazz club in Cambridge.
In Philadelphia tonight... the Tony Miceli trio is at North by Northwest. The Chris Farr trio is at Chris's Jazz Cafe.
The David Bach Consort is at Blues Alley in Washington, D.C., tonight.
Pianist David Berkman is at Nighttown in Cleveland tonight with bassist Kip Reed and drummer Matt Perko.
In Chicago... the Roy Hargrove quintet is at the Jazz Showcase through Sunday. Men of Note are at Andy's tonight. Jimmy Sutton's Four Charms are at the Green Mill. Ken Cheney is at Joe's BeBop Cafe and Jazz Emporium. Alfonso Ponticelli and Swing Gitan are at Katerina's. Von Freeman and Friends are at the New Apartment Lounge on Tuesdays. Marshall Vente is at Philander's in Oak Park. The Petropolous Organ Trio is at Pops for Champagne.
In New Orleans... the Ian McPhail quartet and the Ted Hefko quartet are at the Blue Nile tonight. Ingrid Lucia is at the Ritz-Carlton's French Quarter Bar. Chi-Town Maurice Brown is at the Funky Butt. Topsy Chapman is at Satchmo's jazz room at Harrah's. Fred Sanders and Victor Atkins are at Le Salon at Windsor Court. The ReBirth Brass Band is at the Maple Leaf. Greg Stafford leads tonight's band at Preservation Hall. The Albert-Ankrum Project is at Snug Harbor.
On the California jazz scene... Cedar Walton is at The Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles this week with Curtis Fuller, Buster Williams and Jimmy Cobb. The Don Menza quartet is at Charlie O's in Valley Glen. The Gina Saputo quintet is at Steamer's Jazz Cafe in Fullerton. John Pisano's Guitar Night features Jim Fox tonight at Spazio in Sherman Oaks. The Vince Lateano trio featuring pianist Leonard Thompson is at Jazz at Pearl's in San Francisco. Tuck and Patti are at Yoshi's in Oakland this week. Trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos leads the weekly jam on Tuesday nights at the Onyx Room in San Diego.
Taj Mahal is at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley in Seattle tonight through Sunday.
On the recording front...
Mambo Maniacs Records has just released a two-CD set called "50 Years of Mambo." It features the Mambo All Stars Orchestra recorded live at Town Hall in New York. It's a tribute to Mambo creator Perez Prado and contains a 16-minute percussion feature called "Conceirto Para Bongos," which was one of the last songs written by Prado and never before recorded live. The band included Carlos Averhoff, Paquito Hechevarria, Candido Camero, Bobby Sanabria, Ray Mantilla, Tony Barrero, Mitch Frohman, Aryam Vasquez, Tony Barrero and Reynaldo Jorge.
Columbia Legacy Jazz is out today with two new DVD titles, "The Miles Davis Story" and "Herbie Hancock's 'Future to Future Live.'" The British-produced two-hour Davis documentary features vintage performance footage and interviews with family members and musicians from every phase of his career. Hancock's 104-minute concert video was filmed at the sold-out Knitting Factory in Los Angeles this year. His techno-funk band included Terri Lyne Carrington, Wallace Roney, Matthew Garrison, Darrell Diaz and DJ Disk.
Columbia's RPM imprint has released "A Wonderful World, a duet collaboration by Tony Bennett and k.d. lang, backed by Bennett's touring quartet -- and a 50-piece orchestra. All of the material has a Louis Armstrong connection. As Bennett explains: "Even as a kid, I could hear one or two notes of a song and know it was him -- there was so much feeling and honesty and humbleness. He's a great teacher for a musician to listen to."