Pianist and composer Claude Bolling was born this day in 1930 in Cannes, France. He won an amateur jazz contest in Paris when he was 14, then formed his own Ellington-style small band. Bolling's fame reached American shores in 1975 with his "Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano" recording with Jean Pierre Rampal.
Pianist Denny Zeitlin, a true jazz doctor, was born this day in Chicago in 1938. In addition to playing some excellent keyboard, he is also a practicing psychiatrist.
On this day in 1939, Glenn Miller's band recorded "Little Brown Jug" and "Sunrise Serenade" for Bluebird records.
This was also the day, in 1941, when singer Jimmy Rushing recorded his classic version of "Goin' to Chicago" with the Count Basie Orchestra for the Okeh label.
On this day in 2001, Blue Note released the soundtrack to the documentary film "Calle 54." Those featured in this Fernando Trueba tribute to Latin jazz included the late Tito Puente, Jerry Gonzalez, Chano Domingues, Eliane Elias, Chico O'Farrill, Gato Barbieri, Paquito D'Rivera, Michel Camilo, Israel "Cachao" Lopez, Carlos "Patato" Valdez, and father and son Cuban pianists Bebo Valdes and Chucho Valdes.
Looking at today's hip happenings...
Plans have been announced for the third annual Verizon Music Festival, which opens May 16 in New York for three days and will continues with four-day festivals in Tampa, Fla., Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles in June and July.
The New York concerts are scheduled at Alice Tully Hall and Josie Robertson Plaza at Lincoln Center, The Apollo Theater and The Copacabana. The New York festival kicks off May 16 with George Benson and Dee Dee Bridgewater at Alice Tully Hall.
India and Tono Rosario are at The Copacabana the same night. Erykah Badu is at Harlem's Apollo Theater on May 17. The New York festival concludes May 18 with a free outdoor concert at the Josie Robertson Plaza featuring the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Sherrie Maricle and the orchestra Diva, and the Ray Vega Latin jazz sextet.
The Verizon Music Festival continues in Tampa, June 11-14; Washington, June 27-29; and in Los Angeles, July 24 -27.
On the New York jazz scene... The Drummonds with special guests Gary Bartz and Steve Wilson are at The Jazz Standard this week. Kenny Garrett's quartet is at Iridium through Sunday. The Ray Barretto sextet and Benny Golson quartet share this week's billing at the Blue Note. The Buster Williams quartet is at the Village Vanguard.
Jason Lindner and Undertow are at Sweet Rhythm tonight. Trumpeter Clark Terry's quintet is at Birdland tonight through Saturday. The Jim Rotondi-David Hazeltine Electric Band is at Smoke tonight.
Singer Orna Lyambiko performs tonight at Jack Kleinsinger´s "Highlights in Jazz" series at the Pace Downtown Theater with Randy Sandke's "Inside Out" collective. Warren Vache and Howard Alden are at SWING46 tonight. The J.D. Allen quartet is at The Jazz Gallery tonight. Tenor saxophonist Harry Allen and pianist Bill Charlap are at The Knitting Factory's Old Office tonight.
The Smithsonian's new bilingual traveling exhibition "Latin Jazz: La Combinacion Perfecta," opens tonight at Flushing Town Hall in Queens. It's on a four-year, 11-city tour across the United States.
In the Boston area... pianist McCoy Tyner's trio with Al Foster and Chasrnett Moffett is at Ryles in Cambridge tonight and Friday. The Mike Stern quartet with Bob Franceschini, Lincoln Goines and Terri Lyne Carrington, is at The Regattabar in Cambridge tonight and Friday. The Caribbean Jazz Project with Dave Samuels, featuring Ray Vega, Dario Espanazi, Ruben Rodriguez, Dave Eskanazi and Dafnis Prieto is at Scullers tonight.
Pianist Michel Camilo has begun his appointment as a Herb Alpert Visiting Professor at Berklee College of Music. He performs tonight with some of the college's top students at the Berklee Performance Center in Boston. Camilo is the fourth Herb Alpert Visiting Professor at Berklee, following pianist Alan Broadbent, bassist Abe Laboriel Sr. and guitarist Pat Metheny.
In Philadelphia... the Jessica Lurie Ensemble is at North by Northwest tonight. George Burton and Wayne Smith are at Ortlieb's Jazzhaus. George Jenna and the Billy Jones trio are at Chris's Jazz Cafe.
Pittsburgh's Manchester Craftsmen's Guild features Gary Burton and Makoto Ozone, and Ali Ryerson and Joe Beck tonight through Sunday.
The Jazz Mandolin Project and The Slip are at the 20th Century Theater in Cleveland tonight.
In greater Chicago... the Ron Friedman quintet is at Andy's. Judy Roberts is at The Chicago Firehouse. Alan Gresik's Swing Shift Orchestra is at the Green Mill. Benny Green and Russell Malone are at the Jazz Showcase this week. The John Brumbach quartet is at Katerina's tonight.
Jim Clark's Jazz People are at the Landmark Inn in Northbrook. The Petropolous Organ Trio is at Pete Miller's Steakhouse in Evanston. John Wright is at Philander's in Oak Park. The Dan Cray trio is at Pops for Champagne.
On the New Orleans jazz scene... the Improvisational Arts Council, the New Orleans Jazz Vipers plus Hot Club of New Orleans are at the Blue Nile. Earl Brown is at Cafe Sbisa. Evan Christopher and Tom McDermott are at Donna's.
Rebecca Barry is at Dos Jefes and Ian McPhail is at the Dragon's Den. Jack McLaughlin and the OZ Band and the Hurricane Jazz Band are at Fritzel's. Evan Howard and the Joe Krown Organ Combo are at the Funky Butt.
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 the band tonight at Preservation Hall. Willie Metcalf and Betty Shirley are at Snug Harbor.
The Pacific Conservatory and the Brubeck Institute present the Brubeck Festival 2003 at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif., tonight through Monday. The series will celebrate the musical legacy of Dave Brubeck. Tonight features a performance by the Stockton Symphony featuring Dave Brubeck on piano and his son Chris Brubeck on trombone.
Bassist Christian McBride, the Brubeck Institute's artistic director, will perform with his trio on Saturday. Other performances include the Turtle Island String Quartet at the Haggin Museum on Sunday and the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet at Yoshi's in Oakland on Monday. For complete details on the five-day festival, consult the Institute's Web site at brubeckinstitute.org/special-events.html
Elsewhere on the California jazz scene... Ernie McDaniel, Frank Wilson and Tateng Katindig are at Charlie O's in Valley Glen tonight. The Peggy Duquesnel trio with special guest Greg Vail is at Steamers Jazz Cafe in Fullerton.
The Kim Richmond-Bob Florence Ensemble is at Spazio in Sherman Oaks. Michael Wolff and Impure Thoughts are at Yoshi's in Oakland tonight. The Michael Zisman, Andrew Speight, Modesto Brisno, Matt Clark, Akira Tana quintet is at Jazz at Pearl's in San Francisco tonight and Friday. Along Came Betty is at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz tonight.
Guitarist Larry Carlton is at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley in Seattle through Sunday.