Tenor saxophonist and bandleader Teddy Hill was born this day in 1909 in Birmingham, Ala. Dizzy Gillespie's trumpet solos were first recorded with the Teddy Hill band in 1937. Hill quit his performing career in 1940 to manage Minton's Playhouse in New York. Its legendary jam sessions gave the club its reputation as the birthplace of bebop.
Trumpeter and big band leader Louis Prima was born this day in 1911 in New Orleans. He was a commercial sensation shortly after arriving in New York in the mid-1930s, an exuberant frontman with clarinetist Pee Wee Russell at the Famous Door jazz club. Prima died in 1978.
On this day in 1998, Cuban-born trumpeter Arturo Sandoval was sworn in as an American citizen after a two-year battle with the Immigration and Naturalization Service. Sandoval defected in 1990 while on tour in Europe with trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie and was granted asylum in the United States. His citizenship appeal involved his past membership in the Communist Party, which was required for him to find meaningful work as a musician in Cuba and to tour abroad.
Looking at today's hip happenings...
On the New York jazz scene... singer Freddy Cole is at Birdland tonight. The Ray Vega Latin jazz sextet is at The Jazz Standard. Guitarist Lee Ritenour is at the Blue Note. There's a double Hammond B-3 blowout at Iridium featuring Jimmy McGriff and Dr. Lonnie Smith with special guests Houston Person and Melvin Sparks.
This is "Soul Call" night at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall with Roy Ayers and Ubiquity, the Masters of Groove, and saxophonists Lou Donaldson and David "Fathead" Newman. The Geri Allen trio is at the Village Vanguard. Drummer Winard Harper's quartet is at The Jazz Gallery tonight. Pianist Arturo O'Farrill performs in the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music's Jazz at the Conservatory Series. Annette St. John and her trio are at the Lenox Lounge in Harlem tonight.
Singer Judi Silvano and friends present two evenings of the music and lyrics of Mark Murphy tonight and Sunday at the Cornelia Street Café in Greenwich Village. Those friends are Lincoln Briney, Linda Ciofalo, Marcelino Feliciano, Kyoko Kitamura, Mary Pearson, Barbara Sfraga, Tessa Souter, Gabriella Tranchina and Roseanna Vitro, with Joshua Wolff at the piano and Essiet Okun Essiet playing bass.
Harvie S. and Eye Contact are at Trumpets in Montclair, N.J., tonight.
Pianist James Williams is at TK's Jazz Cafe in Boston tonight and Sunday. The 20th annual Highland Jazz series marks saxophonist Dick Johnson's 77th birthday with a concert tonight at Christ Episcopal Church in Needham, Mass. Singer Rebecca Parris celebrates the release of her new holiday recording, "The Secret of Christmas." It takes place at the Marblehead Unitarian Church, where it was recorded.
The Waterwheel in Milford, Pa., presents the Jamie Baum, Kenny Wessel, Jerome Harris trio tonight with special guest Jeff Hirshfield.
Chris Washburne and the S.Y.O.T.O.S. Band bring Latin-jazz to the Rosslyn Spectrum Theatre in Arlington, Va.
The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra with singer Jamie Davis presents a "Basie And The Blues" concert tonight at the Fairmount Temple in Cleveland.
On the Chicago jazz scene... Monty Alexander, Russell Malone and John Clayton are at the Jazz Showcase. Judy Roberts is at The Chicago Firehouse. Eight Bold Souls and the Ron Surace trio are at HotHouse. Bopology is at Joe's BeBop Cafe and Jazz Emporium. Rankinfyle is at Philander's in Oak Park. The Corky McClerkin quartet is at Pops for Champagne. Leslie Byers and the Jazz Cats are at Pops of Highwood.
In New Orleans tonight... the Blue Universe Quartet and Rebecca Barry's Bust are at the Blue Nile. Earl Brown's trio is at Cafe Sbisa. The Willie Tee trio is at Cobalt. Bo Dollis and the Wild Magnolias are at Donna's. Rick Trolsen and the Usual Suspects are at Dos Jefes. 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. Soulive is at the House of Blues.
John Brunious leads tonight's band at Preservation Hall. Astral Project is at Snug Harbor. The Panorama Jazz Band is at the Seaport Café tonight. Dr. Bone and the Hepcats are at the Spotted Cat. Leigh Harris and Dave Ellington are at the Steak Knife tonight.
The Panorama Jazz Band is at the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park this afternoon. The Pfister Sisters are at the Old U.S. Mint this afternoon.
On the California jazz scene... Jimmy Scott is at The Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles through Sunday. The Pete Jolly trio is at Spazio in Sherman Oaks. The Johnny Blas Latin jazz band is at Steamers Jazz Cafe in Fullerton. Trumpeter Scotty Barnhart is at Charlie O's in Valley Glen tonight with the John Heard trio. The Stanley Clarke band is at Yoshi's in Oakland through Sunday.
Smooth-jazz saxophonist Dave Koz brings sixth annual "A Smooth Jazz Christmas Tour" with David Benoit, Rick Braun, Brenda Russell and Peter White to the Terrace Theatre in Long Beach tonight. The Bob DeSena Latinjazz group is at The Deck in Palm Springs tonight.
The Cornish Latin Ensemble, directed by Jovino Santos Neto, closing the Scores of Sound Music Marathon tonight at the Cornish College of the Arts' Poncho Concert Hall in Seattle.
The Orchestre National de Lyon, the Wayne Shorter quartet and the Christian Escoude quintet are scheduled in concert tonight at the Lyon, France, Auditorium.