Composer and arranger Billy Strayhorn was born this date in 1915 in Dayton, Ohio. The longtime collaborator with Duke Ellington wrote many classic tunes including "Lush Life" and "Take the A Train."
Swing and bebop guitarist Ed Bickert was born this day in 1932 in Manitoba, Canada.
Trumpeter Chuck Mangione was born this date in 1940 in Rochester, N.Y. He worked with Woody Herman and Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers before forming his own band in 1968.
Versatile British saxophonist Tony Coe was born this day in 1934 in Canterbury, England. He was the 1994 winner of Denmark's prestigious JazzPar jazz prize.
Drummer Bobby Donaldson was born this day in 1929 in Boston. He was very active on the New York jazz scene in the 1950s, recording as a leader, and as a sideman with Buck Clayton, Mel Powell, Ruby Braff, Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Herbie Mann, Kenny Burrell and Frank Wess. He died in 1971.
This was the day, in 1926, when Duke Ellington's Kentucky Club Orchestra recorded the classic "East St. Louis Toodle-Oo." This early composition showed the band's growing originality.
On this night in 2001, Jazz at Lincoln Center presented "Jammin' on the Hammond -- An Organ Summit" featuring organists Dr. Lonnie Smith, Jimmy McGriff, Rhoda Scott and Joey DeFrancesco -- along with veteran organ combo sidemen Hank Crawford, Houston Person, and James Carter on saxophone, guitarists John Abercrombie and Randy Johnston, and drummer Idris Muhammad. The four Hammond players performed individually and then together for a jam-style finale.
Looking at today's hip happenings...
On the New York jazz scene... Rene Marie is at The Jazz Standard tonight through Sunday in a week spotlighting MaxJazz vocalists. Pharoah Sanders is at Birdland through Saturday. The Jason Moran trio is at the Village Vanguard. Eddie Palmieri and La Perfecta II are at the Blue Note this week. Mike Stern's band with Dave Weckl and Victor Wooten is at Iridium through Sunday. Henry Threadgill's "Zooid" is at The Jazz Gallery tonight and Saturday.
In and around Boston... the Jane Monheit quintet is at Sanders Theatre in Cambridge tonight. The Bruce Katz Band is at The Regattabar in Cambridge. Monty Alexander, Russell Malone and John Clayton team up tonight and Saturday at Scullers jazz club in Boston.
In Philadelphia tonight... Izaline Calister is at the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Great Stair Hall. The Elio Villafranca quartet is at Ortlieb's Jazzhaus. Russell Gunn is at Zanzibar Blue tonight and Saturday. The Pat Martino quartet is at Chris's Jazz Cafe tonight and Saturday.
Los Angeles singer DeeDee McNeil is at the Bird of Paradise in Ann Arbor, Mich., tonight.
In Chicago ... the Roy Hargrove quintet is at the Jazz Showcase through Sunday. The Chris Lega-Pat Mallinger quintet is at Andy's tonight. Judy Roberts is at The Chicago Firehouse. The Bob Baglione trio is at The Foundry in Fox Valley Mall. Chevere is at the Green Mill. Mwata Bowden's Sound Spectrum is at HotHouse with a performance of "Damn Right, I'm a Black Superhero." Skinny Williams is at Joe's BeBop Cafe and Jazz Emporium. The Hinda Hoffman quartet is at Katerina's. The King Fleming trio is at Philander's in Oak Park. The Ryan Cohan quartet is at Pops for Champagne.
In New Orleans... Basin Street Records holds a 5th anniversary party at Tipitina's Uptown tonight with Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers and Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen, plus Irvin Mayfield, Bill Summers, Victor Atkins, Ricky Sebastian and Michael White.
Elsewhere in the Crescent City... the Earl Brown trio is at Cafe Sbisa tonight. David Torkanowsky is at Cobalt. Brian Coogan is at Rene Bistrot.
The Pinettes All-Girl Brass Band holds a CD release party at Donna's. Matt Lemmler and Don Vappie are at Dos Jefes. 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 European Jazz Pub. Devin Phillips' quartet is at the Funky Butt. Louis Ford and Topsy Chapman are at Satchmo's jazz room at Harrah's. The Soul Rebels Brass Band is at Le Bon Temps Roule.
Bob French and the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band are at Le Meridien. The Kim Prevost-Bill Solley trio and Ronald Markham are at Le Salon at Windsor Court. The Ernie Elly Slickshots with Thais Clark are at the Palm Court. Leroy Jones leads tonight's band at Preservation Hall. The Panorama Jazz Band is at the Seaport Cafe. Ellis Marsalis is at Snug Harbor. Richie Moten's trio is at the Sonesta's Mystick Den tonight. Riccardo Crespo brings Brazilian jazz to the Steak Knife.
Saxophonist Dave Koz opens his sixth annual "Smooth Jazz Christmas Tour," which again features David Benoit, Rick Braun, Brenda Russell and Peter White, tonight at the Nevada's Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Incline Village. He's there again on Saturday.
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. Saxophonist Zane Musa is at Charlie O's in Valley Glen tonight with the John Heard trio. The Susie Hansen Latin jazz band is at Steamer's Jazz Cafe in Fullerton. Joe LaBarbera's trio is at Spazio in Sherman Oaks tonight. Bill Bell's Jazz Connections Quartet is at Jazz at Pearl's in San Francisco. Tuck and Patti are at Yoshi's in Oakland this week.