Today is April 28.
Cuban trumpeter and bandleader Mario Bauza was born this day in Havana in 1911. He died in 1993. Bauza gave trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie a major career lift in 1939 by bringing him into Cab Calloway's high profile band.
Pianist Norma Teagarden, younger sister of trombone master Jack Teagarden, was born this day in 1911 in Vernon, Texas.
Singer-pianist Blossom Dearie was born this day in 1926 in East Durham, N.Y.
Drummer Oliver Jackson was born this day in 1933 in Detroit. He died in 1993.
This was also the day, in 1940, when the Glenn Miller Band recorded its hit "Pennsylvania 6-5000" for the Bluebird label. Jerry Gray wrote the song.
On this day in 1987, Ray Charles testified before Congress on behalf of increased funding for hearing research, telling lawmakers: "My eyes are my handicap, but my ears are my opportunity."
Sting, Dr. John, the Allman Brothers Band, the Neville Brothers, the Staple Singers and the Radiators were among the headliners at the 31st annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in 2000.
Looking at today's hip happenings...
On the New York jazz scene... Steven Bernstein's Millennial Territory Orchestra is at the Jazz Standard. Les Paul is at Iridium on Mondays. The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra is at the Village Vanguard. Frank Lacy's Vibe Tribe is at the Blue Note. The Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra is at Birdland tonight.
The John Allmark Jazz Orchestra is at Bovi's in East Providence, R.I., tonight.
The Tony Miceli trio is at Chris's Jazz Cafe in Philadelphia tonight.
The Billy Bang-Frank Lowe quintet is at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts in Grand Rapids, Mich., tonight.
In the Chicago area... the William Garcia quartet is at Cafe Bolera tonight. The Patricia Barber quintet is at the Green Mill tonight. Yoko Noge's Jazz Me Blues are at HotHouse on Mondays. David Boykin, Karl E. H. Seigfried, and Mike Reed are at the Hotti Biscotti Cafe. Kelly Brand is at Joe's BeBop Cafe and Jazz Emporium tonight.
The Long Count Quartet is at Joy Blue. The Marc Pompe trio is at the 100 South Chop House tonight and Tuesday. The Mike Kocur trio is at Pete Miller's Steakhouse in Evanston tonight. Sami Scott is at Philander's in Oak Park tonight. Typhanie Monique and Dale Prasco are at Pops for Champagne tonight.
The Dave Holland quintet is at The Dakota in St. Paul, Minn., tonight and Tuesday.
In New Orleans... Earl Brown is at Cafe Sbisa. Bob French and Friends are at Donna's. The Soul Rebels Brass Band is at the Dragon's Den. Jeesok Kim and Kermit Ruffins are at the Funky Butt tonight.
This is Piano Night at Generations Hall with Pinetop Perkins, Marcia Ball, Jon Cleary, Davell Crawford, John Gros, Joe Krown, Magnolia, Peter Martin, Lenny McDaniel, Tom McDermott and David Torkanowsky.
The Southern Frequinox, featuring Robert Walter, Stanton Moore, Robert Mercurio, Will Bernard and Donald Harrison, is at Howlin' Wolf tonight. The Fareed Haque group is at Mama's Blues. The Charlie Hunter trio and DJ Logic are at the Mermaid Lounge tonight.
Sam Butera is at the Palm Court. Reginald Koeller leads the band at Preservation Hall. The Dixie Trio is at the Seaport Café. Charmaine Neville is at Snug Harbor. The New Orleans Jazz Vipers are at the Spotted Cat. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band is at TwiRoPa. Rob Wagner's trio is at d.b.a.
On the California jazz scene... drummer Babatunde Lea's quintet, with Hilton Ruiz, Frank Lacy and Ernie Watts, is at the Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles tonight through Wednesday. Singer Julie Kelly and her trio are at Charlie O's in Valley Glen tonight.
Terry Federoff's Jazz Lite Octette is at Steamers Jazz Cafe in Fullerton. The Ray Armando Latin jazz sextet is at Spazio in Sherman Oaks. Avotcja and Modupue (Gratitude) are at Yoshi's in Oakland tonight. The Cyrus Chestnut trio is at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz.