Today is April 23.
Clarinetist and bandleader Jimmie Noone was born this day in New Orleans in 1895. He was one of the most significant New Orleans reed players and became a vital link between the older Crescent City style of playing and the Chicago swing style.
Trumpeter-composer Benny Harris was born this day in New York in 1919. He was a vital contributor to the bebop repertoire. Harris combined the chord changes of "How High The Moon" with Charlie Parker's solo on "Jumpin' Blues" to create the classic Parker-inspired tune called "Ornithology."
Drummer Bobby Rosengarden was born this day in Elgin, Ill., in 1924. As a New York studio musician, he worked with Duke Ellington, Mile Davis, Benny Goodman and the Gil Evans orchestra before signing on with the World's Greatest Jazz Band and Soprano Summit.
On this day in 1943, the Earl Hines Band, with Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker and Sarah Vaughan in its ranks, opened at New York's Apollo Theater.
Looking at today's hip happenings...
On the New York jazz scene... the Larry Coryell Power Trio, featuring special guests Mark Egan and Paul Wertico, is at Iridium tonight. Carol Sloane is at the Village Vanguard through Sunday. Diane Schuur is at the Blue Note this week. Reuben Wilson and the Masters of Groove are at the Jazz Standard tonight through Sunday.
Saxophonist Lew Tabackin and the International Jazz Trio are at The Jazz Gallery tonight. Bassist Santi Debriano and Circle Chant are at the Zinc Bar tonight. The Stan Rubin Orchestra and the Antonia Bennett quartet are at SWING46 tonight. Jane Getter is at Sweet Rhythm tonight.
Annette A. Aguilar and Stringbeans are at Trumpets in Montclair, N.J., tonight.
In the Boston area... alto saxophonist Kenny Garrett is at Scullers tonight. Brian Auger's Oblivion Express is at Ryles in Cambridge tonight. Gargonz with George Garzone, Jerry Bergonzi, Bruce Gertz, John Lockwood, Bob Gullotti and Bob Kaufman is at The Regattabar in Cambridge tonight. The Pete Robbins and Dan Blake Kalifactors are at Ryles in Cambridge.
In Philadelphia... the Dave Holland quintet is at the Zellerbach Theatre tonight. The Jimmy Bruno trio is at Chris's Jazz Cafe tonight. Craig Ebner is at the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Cafe Degas with Tony Miceli and Lee Smith.
In the Chicago area... the Ira Sullivan quartet is at the Jazz Showcase this week. Henry Johnson's Organ Express with Chris Forman is at Andy's tonight. Mike Finnerty and the Jazz Hippies are at Cafe Ennui. The Bill Porter Orchestra with Rich Fudoli is at Green Dolphin Street. The Kurt Elling quartet is at the Green Mill. The Brass Tracks Big Band is at Hackney's.
Ken Saydak is at Joe's BeBop Cafe and Jazz Emporium tonight. The Sketches in Blue Trio is at the 100 South Chop House tonight. The Bobby Broom trio is at Pete Miller's Steakhouse in Evanston. Jackie Allen and Judy Roberts are at Philander's in Oak Park. The Steve Evans trio is at Pops for Champagne.
In New Orleans... the Frank Zappatistas and Martin Krush's Electric Pagoda are at the Blue Nile. Earl Brown is at Cafe Sbisa. Leigh "Little Queenie" Harris is at Dos Jefes. The Soul Rebels Brass Band is at El Matador. Lusher is at the Funky Butt tonight. Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers are at Le Bon Temps Roule.
The Johnny Vidacovich trio is at the Maple Leaf tonight. Clive Wilson, Freddie Jon, Butch Thompson, Norman Emberson and Tommy Sancton are at the Palm Court tonight. John Brunious leads tonight's band at Preservation Hall. The John Mahoney big band is at Snug Harbor tonight.
On the California jazz scene... Elvin Jones Jazz Machine is at the Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles tonight through Sunday. The Jack Sheldon California Cool Quartet is at Charlie O's in Valley Glen tonight. Soraya Shaw is at Steamers Jazz Cafe in Fullerton tonight with the Mark Massey trio. The Elliot Caine quintet is at Spazio in Sherman Oaks. The Brian Bromberg band is at Yoshi's in Oakland tonight.
Pianist Chucho Valdes' quartet is at the Winspear Centre in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, tonight with his sister, singer Mayra Caridad Valdes, as special guest.
Pianist Jean-Michel Pilc is at the Sunside jazz club in Paris tonight, Saturday and Sunday.
On the recording front...
Telarc and 3 Deuces Records have released "The Ozell Tapes: The Official Bootleg," a two-CD live recording compiled from bassist Marcus Miller's 2002 octet tour. As Miller explains, the project was compiled from concert soundboard tapes without remixes or overdubs. In his words, "There's always somebody sneaking recording equipment into our shows and releasing unauthorized CDs. This time, I decided to beat the pirates to the punch."
Telarc is also out today with singer-guitarist John Pizzarelli's "Live at Birdland," a two-CD package celebrating his trio's 10th anniversary, and pianist Hiromi Uehara's label debut "Another Mind." Hiromi graduates next month from the Berklee College of Music in Boston.
Basin Street Records is out this week with "Evolution Revolution" by the Headhunters featuring Bill Summers, Mike Clark and Paul Jackson. Their special guests on this project, some 30 years after their "Head Hunters" album debut, are Donald Harrison, Nicholas Payton, Bennie Maupin, Jack Walrath and Harvey Mason.
Bassist Gerald Veasley's newest CD is "Velvet" on the Heads Up label. It's his sixth CD for Cleveland-based Heads Up. Guest artists include singers Jaguar Wright, John Stephens, Mikki Kornegay and Warren Cooper, guitarist Randy Bowland, and organists Benji Porecki and Michael Aharon.
West Coast singer Michelle Conte has made her recording debut on Jen Bay Records, the label run by her brother, guitarist Mark Elf. She's a crisp and confident singer, riding a wonderful cushion provided by Elf, pianist Allen Farnham, bassist Neal Minor, saxophonist Walt Weiskopf and drummer Jon Wikan. They explore a wide array of standards on Conte's "Lucky Me!".
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