Today is Dec. 6.
Pianist Dave Brubeck was born this day in 1920 in Concord, Calif. A prolific performer and recording artist, Brubeck remains busy on the concert circuit.
Singer Annie Ross was born this day in 1930 in England. She is best known for her work with Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, the vocal trio that set rapid-fire lyrics to jazz instrumentals in a style known as called vocalese. Ross and Jon Hendricks began touring together again in 1998.
Tenor saxophonist Bob Cooper was born this day in 1925 in Pittsburgh. He spent six years in the Stan Kenton Orchestra starting in 1945, then became a busy freelance musician on the West Coast, including a stint in Howard Rumsey's All-Stars.
Bass player Jay Leonhart was born this day in 1940 in Baltimore.
Bassist Harvie Swartz was born this day in 1948 in Chelsea, Mass. He's a busy bandleader, producer and sideman, working both in jazz and Latin contexts.
Looking at today's hip happenings...
On the New York jazz scene... Freddy Cole is at Birdland tonight and Saturday. The Andrew Hill sextet is at The Jazz Standard tonight. Guitarist Lee Ritenour is at the Blue Note through Sunday. There's a double Hammond B-3 blowout at Iridium this week featuring Jimmy McGriff and Dr. Lonnie Smith with special guests Houston Person and Melvin Sparks. The Geri Allen trio is at the Village Vanguard through Sunday. Pianist Jason Moran is at Symphony Space. Chris Washburne's SYOTOS Latin jazz band is at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. Brandon Ross's "Language" band is at The Jazz Gallery tonight.
Pianist James Williams is at TK's Jazz Cafe in Boston tonight through Sunday. Tenor sax ace Jerry Bergonzi guests with the Ryles Jazz Orchestra tonight at Ryles in Cambridge, Mass. The Matthias Lupri Group is at the Acton Jazz Cafe celebrating his new Summit Records release "Same Time Twice." Dane Vanatter and the Dick Johnson Big Band are at the National Heritage Museum in Lexington, Mass.
The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra with singer Jamie Davis presents a "Basie and the Blues" concert tonight at Cuyahoga Community College's West Campus auditorium. Liquid Soul and Colorwheel are at Peabody's Downunder in Cleveland.
In and around Chicago tonight... The Arts Center Jazz Ensemble presents "The Basie Songbook" featuring trumpeter Bob Ojeda at the McAnich Arts Center at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn. The Chris Lega-Pat Mallinger quintet is at Andy's. Judy Roberts is at The Chicago Firehouse. Alex Martinez's Latin Experience is at The Foundry at Fox Valley Mall. Guitarist John McLean's quintet is at the Green Mill tonight.
Monty Alexander, Russell Malone and John Clayton are at the Jazz Showcase. Skinny Williams is at Joe's BeBop Cafe and Jazz Emporium. Erwin Helfer and Barrelhouse Chuck are at Katerina's. The King Fleming trio is at Philander's in Oak Park. The Russell Alan Rowe-Steve Evans quartet is at Pops for Champagne. The Steve Ditzell duo is at
Pops of Highwood
In New Orleans tonight... Earl Brown's trio is at Cafe Sbisa. David Torkanowsky is at Cobalt. The Treme Brass Band is at Donna's. Ingrid Lucia is at El Matador. Jeremy Davenport is at the Ritz-Carlton's French Quarter Bar. Jack Maheu and Friends are at Fritzel's. The Devin Phillips quartet is at the Funky Butt. Louis Ford and Topsy Chapman are at Satchmo's jazz room in Harrah's.
Sista Teedy is at Le Meridien. The Ernie Elly Slickshots with Thais Clark are at the Palm Court. Leroy Jones leads tonight's band at Preservation Hall. Ellis Marsalis is at Snug Harbor. The Panorama Jazz Band is at the Seaport Cafe. The New Orleans Jazz Vipers are at the Spotted Cat. The Hot Club of New Orleans is at d.b.a.
On the California jazz scene... Jimmy Scott is at The Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles through Sunday. The Rickey Woodard quartet is at Spazio in Sherman Oaks. The Anthony Wilson nonet featuring Benny Wallace on sax is at Steamers Jazz Cafe in Fullerton. Trumpeter Scotty Barnhart is at Charlie O's in Valley Glen tonight and Saturday with the John Heard trio. The Stanley Clarke band is at Yoshi's in Oakland through Sunday. Farmers Market and Estradasphere are at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz tonight.
Smooth-jazz saxophonist Dave Koz brings sixth annual "A Smooth Jazz Christmas Tour" with David Benoit, Rick Braun, Brenda Russell and Peter White to San Diego's East County Performing Arts Center tonight.
The Ottawa International Jazz Festival will hold its annual fundraiser tonight. One of the many items on the auction block is a seat the festival custom-made for Brad Mehldau for his performance last July 24 at Confederation Park. The Bill Charlap trio will perform.