Today is March 13.
Bass player and composer Bob Haggart was born this day in 1914 in New York.
Swing band leader and singer Ina Ray Hutton was born this day in 1916 in Chicago. She died in 1984.
Pianist Dick Katz was born this day in 1924. He was a longtime collaborator with Lee Konitz and Roy Eldridge, and a record producer, before becoming a free-lance pianist.
Drummer Roy Haynes was born this day in 1925 in Boston. He spent two years in Charlie Parker's bop quintet in 1949 and 1950 before becoming singer Sarah Vaughan's regular drummer. He remains a busy and influential player and bandleader.
Trumpeter Blue Mitchell was born this day in 1930 in Miami. He originally was a rhythm-and-blues player who built his jazz identity in the company of Horace Silver and Chick Corea. Mitchell died of cancer in 1972.
Trumpeter Terence Blanchard was born this day in 1962 in New Orleans. He came to prominence in the 1980s as a member of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers and then as co-leader of a quintet with alto saxophonist Donald Harrison.
On this day in 1954, pianist Al Haig recorded "Jazz Will O' The Wisp" for the Esoteric label. It was a trio session with bassist Bill Crow and drummer Lee Abrams. Haig was a master of harmonics, but never got the attention he deserved as a player.
Looking at today's hip happenings...
On the New York jazz scene... the James Carter quintet is at Iridium all week with special guests Lonnie Smith and Steve Turre. Drummer Roy Haynes is at the Blue Note this week with Joshua Redman, Scott Colley and Dave Kokoski for his 78th birthday celebration. The Eric Reed septet is at the Village Vanguard through Sunday.
The 3rd annual Jazz Composers Collective Festival continues at The Jazz Standard tonight with the Frank Kimbrough trio and the Frank Kimbrough-Joe Locke duo. Trombonist Chris Washburne's SYOTOS Latin jazz band is at the Nuyorican Poets Café on Thursdays. Nora York sings at Joe's Pub tonight.
Singer Abbey Lincoln is at Scullers in Boston tonight through Saturday. The Christian McBride Band with Ron Blake, Geoff Keezer and Terreon Gully is at The Regattabar in Cambridge, Mass., through Saturday.
In Philadelphia... Bill Schenk and Mixed Company are at the Walnut Hill Inn tonight. George Burton and Wayne Smith are at Ortlieb's Jazzhaus. The Bobby Zankel quartet with Farid Barron, Dylan Taylor and Craig McIver is at Chris's Jazz Cafe.
Buddy DeFranco and Terry Gibbs are in Pittsburgh to celebrate the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild's 16th anniversary with a tribute to Lionel Hampton and Benny Goodman tonight through Sunday. They will be accompanied by Steve Rudolph on piano, Gerry Gibbs (Terry's son) on drums, Dwayne Dolphin on bass and the MCG Jazz Little Big Band.
Saxophonist David Sanchez is at Shank Hall in Milwaukee tonight with his sextet. The Dave Holland quintet is at the University of Wisconsin in Green Bay tonight.
In Chicago... the Ron Friedman quintet is at Andy's. Charlie Johnson is at the Backroom. John Bany, Don Stille and Charles Braugham are at The Chambers in Niles. Judy Roberts is at The Chicago Firehouse. The Barry Winograd duo is at The Foundry at Fox Valley Mall. Alan Gresik's Swing Shift Orchestra is at the Green Mill.
Ted Sirota's Rebel Souls are at HotHouse tonight. The Cyrus Chestnut trio is at the Jazz Showcase. Tim Tobias is at Joe's BeBop Cafe and Jazz Emporium. The John Brumbach quartet is at Katerina's. The Petropolous Organ Trio is at Pete Miller's Steakhouse in Evanston. John Wright is at Philander's in Oak Park.
On the New Orleans jazz scene... the Improvisational Arts Council's Acid Test with special guest drummer Mike Voelker is at the Blue Nile tonight. Earl Brown's trio is at Cafe Sbisa. Evan Christopher & Tom McDermott are at Donna's. Rebecca Barry is at Dos Jefes. John Boutte is at El Matador. Ryan Burrage and the Rhythm Makers are at Fritzel's. Evan Howard and the Joe Krown Organ Combo are at the Funky Butt.
Topsy Chapman is at Harrah's. The Soul Rebels Brass Band is at Le Bon Temps Roule. 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. The Michael White quartet is at Snug Harbor. Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers are at Vaughan's each Thursday night.
Singer Allan Harris is at the Colony restaurant in Aspen, Colo., tonight through Saturday.
In California... the Kevin Hays trio is at the Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles. The Phil Norman tentet is at Spazio in Sherman Oaks. James Linahon and the Japan All-Star Big Band are at Steamers Jazz Cafe in Fullerton. Bireli Lagrene is at Royce Hall at the University of California-Los Angeles Center for the Arts. Maye Cavallaro, Nicolas Bearde and Cookie Wong are at Jazz at Pearl's in San Francisco. Frank Morgan and Sonny Fortune are at Yoshi's jazz club in Oakland tonight through Sunday.
Pianist David Benoit is at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley in Seattle tonight through Sunday.
On the recording front...
Joe Wilder is just out with his latest CD, "Among Friends," on the Evening Star label. When recorded last August and September in New York, it was a continuation of the lengthy celebration of the trumpeter's 80th birthday on Feb. 22, 2002. His multi-generational guest artists included Bucky Pizzarelli, Bill Charlap, Russell Malone, Frank Wess, Chris Neville, Chuck Redd and Warren Vache -- plus a few more surprises.
Wilder and a guitarist started working on a duo version of the final track, when in walked bassist Jerry Bruno and drummer Joe Cocuzzo, who were at the studio awaiting another session. Along with pianist Skitch Henderson, who was just visiting, they turned the moment into an impromptu quintet jam as Pizzarelli spotted Henderson and called out, "You be Basie."