Today is Jan. 16.
This was a historic night in New York City in 1938. Jazz had no linkage to formal concert settings until Benny Goodman's orchestra played a concert in Carnegie Hall. It was considered the first formal jazz concert and it was recorded.
For that legendary performance, the King of Swing augmented his own band with members of the Count Basie and Duke Ellington orchestras. The concert featured big band and small-combo classics from the Goodman repertoire.
Singer Ivie Anderson was born this date in 1904 in Gilroy, Calif. She joined the Duke Ellington band on the night of Feb. 13, 1931, at the Paramount Theater in New York. The band broke every Paramount attendance record that night, so Ellington considered Anderson the band's good luck charm. She left the Ellington band in 1942 to open a restaurant in Los Angeles. She died in 1949.
Bass player Sandy Block was born this day in 1917 in Cleveland. He worked in the Alvino Rey, Tommy Dorsey and Jerry Wald big bands and recorded with Charlie Shavers, Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald.
Tenor saxophonist Spike Robinson was born this day in 1930 in Kenosha, Wis.
Looking at today's hip happenings...
On the New York jazz scene... there's a Three Tenor Saxophone Summit with Michael Brecker, Dave Liebman and Joe Lovano at Birdland tonight through Saturday. The Classical Jazz Quartet with Kenny Barron, Stefon Harris, Lewis Nash and Rufus Reid is at Iridium. Arturo Sandoval is at the Blue Note this week. Trumpeter Roy Hargrove's quintet is at the Village Vanguard all week.
Pianist Randy Weston's African Rhythms Sextet featuring Regina Carter is at the Jazz Standard through Sunday. Trombonist Chris Washburne and his SYOTOS Latin jazz band perform tonight at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. The Ralph Alessi quartet is at The Jazz Gallery tonight. Suzanne Pittson is at Chez Suzette tonight.
In the Boston area... Ahmad Jamal is at The Regattabar in Cambridge through Saturday. Andre Ward is at Scullers jazz club in Boston tonight. Bob Sinicrope and the World Leaders are at Ryles in Cambridge tonight.
Benny Golson is at Nighttown in Cleveland tonight.
In Chicago tonight... the 10th annual Marshall Vente Jazz Fest opens its weeklong run at the Jazz Showcase with the Orbert Davis quintet, Marshall Vente trio and Jeff Newell. The Mike Smith quintet is at Andy's. Judy Roberts is at The Chicago Firehouse tonight. The Barry Winograd trio is at The Foundry in Fox Valley Mall. Alan Gresik's Swing Shift Orchestra is at the Green Mill. The Paul Wertico-Andreas Kapsalis quartet is at HotHouse.
Erwin Helfer and the Chicago Boogie Ensemble are at Joe's BeBop Cafe and Jazz Emporium. John Brumbach, Randy Tressler, Matt Ferguson and Mike Raynor are at Katerina's. Alphonse Ponticelli and Swing Gitane are at Pete Miller's Steakhouse in Evanston. John Wright is at Philander's in Oak Park. The Dan Cay trio is at Pops for Champagne. Steve Ditzell is at Pops of Highwood. The Ernest Dawkins Ensemble is at the Velvet Lounge tonight.
On the New Orleans jazz scene... the Improvisational Arts Council's Acid Test is at the Blue Nile. Earl Brown's trio is at Cafe Sbisa. Lenny McDaniel is at Cobalt. New Orleans Street Beat is at the Crescent City Brewhouse. Evan Christopher and Tom McDermott are at Donna's. Los Tres Amigos are at Dos Jefes. John Boutte is at El Matador. The Evan Howard Band and the Funk 'n' Horns are the Funky Butt.
The Soul Rebels Brass Band is at Le Bon Temps Roule. The Rob Wagner trio is at Loft 523 tonight. Lloyd Washington and the Crescent City Joymakers are at the Palm Court. Dave Bartholomew leads tonight's band at Preservation Hall. Leslie Smith is at Rene Bistrot at the Pere Marquette. 'Horns and Hatchets' featuring the Dirty Dozen, ReBirth and Li'l Rascals Brass Bands, Bo Dollis and the Wild Magnolias, and Big Chief Peppy and the Golden Arrows are at Tipitina's tonight.
In California... singer Andy Bey is at the Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles this week. New Orleans drummer Earl Palmer is at Charlie O's in Valley Glen tonight for his retirement performance. The Theo Saunders sextet "Intergeneration" is at Spazio in Sherman Oaks. This is Mapson guitar night with Mundell Lowe, Ron Eschete, Joe Diorio and Frank Potenza at Steamer's Jazz Cafe in Fullerton. Germany's Christof Lauer and Jens Thomas bring their STING Project to the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz tonight. The Jacky Terrasson trio is at Yoshi's in Oakland tonight. Monk's Music with drummer Chuck Bernstein, pianist Si Perkoff and bassist Frank Pasantino is at Jazz at Pearl's in San Francisco tonight.
Guitarist Bill Coon's trio is at The Cellar in Vancouver, British Columbia, with saxophonist Ross Taggart tonight.
The first Bahamas Jazz Festival opens tonight. The four-night schedule includes the Humberto Ramirez Latin Jazz Project, Humberto Ramirez Salsa Orchestra and Adrian D' Aguilar and the LA Connection.