Drummer Tommy Benford was born this day in 1905 in Charleston, W.Va. Benford first made his mark with Elmer Snowden and Jelly Roll Morton in the 1920s, and contributed mightily to Morton's classic 1928 recordings "Kansas City Stomps" and "Shreveport."
On this day in 1960, Sarah Vaughan recorded with the Count Basie Orchestra for the Roulette label.
Looking at today's hip happenings...
On the New York jazz scene... singer-pianist Peter Cincotti is at Birdland tonight. The James Cotton blues band with special guest Shemekia Copeland is at the Blue Note tonight and Sunday. The Don Byron sextet is at the Village Vanguard. Los Hombres Caliente are at Sweet Rhythm through Sunday. Henry Threadgill's ZOOID is at The Jazz Gallery tonight and Sunday.
The Mike Stern Band, with special guests Richard Bona and Terri Lyne Carrington, is at Iridium tonight. Vibes player Stefon Harris's 12-piece Grand Unification Theory is at the Jazz Standard. The Russell Malone quartet is at Smoke tonight. The Swing Doctors, Jesse Gelber and Aisha Hosley, are at SWING46 tonight. Onaje Allen Gumbs quartet is at the Lenox Lounge in Harlem tonight. The Jazz Mandolin Project is at the Knitting Factory tonight.
The Carla White quartet is at Trumpets in Montclair, N.J., tonight. Juan de Marcos' Afro-Cuban All Stars are at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, N.J., tonight.
In the Boston area tonight... Gato Barbieri is at Scullers jazz club. Kenny Barron's "Canta Brasil" band, with Romero Lubambo, Nilson Matta, Duduka da Fonseca and Anne Drummond, is at The Regattabar in Cambridge. The Bebop Guitars are at Ryles in Cambridge tonight.
In greater Philadelphia tonight... Joshua Redman's Elastic Band with Brian Blade and Sam Yahel is at the Zellerbach Theatre. The Mark Kramer trio is at Chris's Jazz Cafe. Singer Barbara Walker is at Zanzibar Blue.
The Lose Your Memory Creative Music Festival continues tonight at Cleveland's Beachland Ballroom with the Jackson Moore trio, Joe Maneri, and Birth.
In the Chicago area... the Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra with Lew Tabackin is at the Jazz Showcase through Sunday. Judy Roberts is at The Chicago Firehouse. The Chuchito Valdes Afro-Cuban Ensemble is at the Green Mill tonight.
David Murray and the Gwo-Ka Masters are at HotHouse tonight. The Tom Muellner trio is at Houston's Restaurant tonight. Bopology is at Joe's BeBop Cafe and Jazz Emporium tonight. Dark Room Chemicals are at Pete Miller's Steakhouse in Evanston tonight. Rankinfyle is at Philander's in Oak Park.
In New Orleans... the Blue Universe Quartet featuring Sheik Rasheed is at the Blue Nile. Earl Brown is at Cafe Sbisa. The Leroy Jones quintet is at Donna's. Wendell Brunious is at Dos Jefes. Michael Ray and the Cosmic Krewe are at the Dragon's Den. Devin Philips and Kermit Ruffins are at the Funky Butt.
Rebecca Barry and Bust are at the Mermaid Lounge. Lionel Ferbos is at the Palm Court. John Brunious leads tonight's band at Preservation Hall. The Panorama Jazz Band is at the Seaport Cafe. Astral Project is at Snug Harbor. Chris Cortez and Friends are at The Water's Edge in Slidell. The Mahogany Brass Band is at the French Market Complex this afternoon.
On the California jazz scene... the Dave Holland quintet is at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts tonight. Saxophonist Lee Konitz is at the Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles for two more nights. The Chucho Valdes quartet is at California State University's Carpenter Center in Long Beach. Saxophonist Ricky Woodard is at Charlie O's in Valley Glen with the John Heard trio tonight. The Johnny Blas Latin jazz band is at Steamers Jazz Cafe in Fullerton tonight. The Jack Sheldon quartet is at Spazio in Sherman Oaks. Bob DeSena's Latin jazz group is at The Deck in Palm Springs tonight.
The SFJazz spring season features a Jazz Giants concert at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre tonight with Ray Bryant and Randy Weston's African Rhythms duo featuring John Handy. Cuban composer and pianist Omar Sosa is at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco with his new multi-media collaboration with London-based VJs Marc Silver and Nick Hillel, and Venezuelan percussionist Gustavo Ovalles. Trumpeter Mark Wright's sextet is at Jazz at Pearl's in San Francisco tonight. The Elvin Jones Jazz Machine is at Yoshi's in Oakland through Sunday.
Singer Steve Tyrell is at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley in Seattle through Sunday.
On the recording front...
The Satoko Fujii quartet has released its second CD, a fusion of free jazz and avant-garde rock called "Minerva." It's on the Libra label. Pianist Fujii's band includes Tatsuya Yoshida, the drummer/mastermind of the avant-rock duo The Ruins, Fujii's husband, the trumpeter Natsuki Tamura, and bassist Takeharu Hayakawa.
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