Trombonist J.J. Johnson was born this date in 1924 in Indianapolis. His virtuosity, pure sound and harmonic sophistication helped bring the trombone to the frontline in bebop. His best-known composition, recorded by many contemporary musicians, is "Lament."
Valve trombonist, composer and arranger Juan Tizol was born this day in 1900 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He joined the Duke Ellington Orchestra in 1929 and fast became a close friend. Tizol provided the Ellington band with popular music themes, including "Caravan," "Perdido" and "Moonlight Fiesta." He retired from touring in 1960 and died in California in 1984.
Reed player and trumpeter Pud Brown was born this day in 1917 in Wilmington, Del. In the early 1930s, he moved to Chicago where he played with Bud Freeman, Jimmy Dorsey and Pete Daily. In the 1950s, he recorded in California with Kid Ory, Teddy Buckner and Jack Teagarden.
On this day in 1947, the Gene Krupa Orchestra recorded the Gerry Mulligan tune "Disc Jockey Jump." Mulligan was saxophonist and arranger in the Krupa band at the time.
Looking at today's hip happenings...
On the New York jazz scene... the Joe Zawinul Syndicate is at the Blue Note through Sunday. There's a guitar spectacular double billing at Iridium this week featuring the Pat Martino band with special guest Joey DeFrancesco plus the Great Guitar Trio of Bucky Pizzarelli, Howard Alden and Frank Vignola. The Cindy Blackman quartet is at the Jazz Standard through Thursday. Barbara Carroll is at Birdland tonight.
Trumpeter Roy Hargrove's quintet is at the Village Vanguard through Sunday. Singer-pianist The Paulo Braga quintet is at the Zinc Bar. Jazz at Lincoln Center begins Jazz 101, a four-week jazz introductory course hosted by tenor saxophonist Loren Schoenberg and trumpeter Wynton Marsalis. This is a Cubansoul Wednesday at Nell's, featuring the Cuban pianist-percussionist Lisandro and his band Tradado.
Electric Breakwater is at Trumpets in Montclair, N.J, tonight.
In and around Boston... The Fred Hersch trio is at the Regattabar in Cambridge tonight. The Legends Of The Bandstand, featuring Cedar Walton on piano, Louis Hayes on drums, Earl May on bass, Bobby Watson on alto sax and Curtis Fuller on trombone, are at Scullers jazz club in Boston tonight and Thursday. The John Baboian quartet is at Ryles in Cambridge tonight.
In Chicago... Henry Johnson's Organ Express with Chris Forman is at Andy's tonight. The Bob Baglione trio is at Bistro America in Batavia. Mike Finnerty and the Jazz Hippies are at Cafe Ennui. The Bill Porter Orchestra with Rich Fudoli is at Green Dolphin Street. The Brass Tracks Big Band is at Hackney's. Ken Saydak is at Joe's BeBop Cafe and Jazz Emporium.
The Ron Smith duo is at Michael's Jazz Bistro in Glen Ellyn. The Ron Perrillo trio is at Pete Miller's Steakhouse in Evanston. Jackie Allen and Judy Roberts are at Philander's in Oak Park. The Alison Ruble trio is at Pops for Champagne. The Dave Flippo duo is at Pops of Highwood. Vincent Davis and friends are at the Velvet Lounge.
In New Orleans tonight... Brian Prunka is at the Blue Nile. Earl Brown is at Cafe Sbisa. New Orleans Street Beat is at the Crescent City Brewhouse. Leigh "Little Queenie" Harris is at Dos Jefes. The Soul Rebels Brass Band is at El Matador. The Albert/Ankrum Project is at the Funky Butt. Jim Hlavac is at Giovanni's. Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers are at Le Bon Temps Roule. The Johnny Vidacovich trio is at the Maple Leaf. John Brunious leads the band tonight at Preservation Hall. Tom McDermott is at Snug Harbor.
There's a festival by the New York-based Jazz Composer's Collective tonight through Saturday at Jazz at the Bistro in St. Louis.
In California... pianist Jacky Terrasson's trio is at the Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles tonight through Sunday. Beryl Davis is at Spazio in Sherman Oaks with the Karen Hernandez trio. The Dennise Neill quintet with Ron Stout is at Steamer's Jazz Cafe in Fullerton tonight. The Vince Lateano trio, featuring pianist Matt Clark, is at Jazz at Pearl's in San Francisco tonight. Yoshi's in Oakland features pianist McCoy Tyner tonight as part of his ninth annual two-week residency.
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