Trumpeter Sidney de Paris was born this day in 1905 in Crawfordsville, Ind. He succeeded Rex Stewart in the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra in 1931, then recorded several classics with Don Redman. From 1947 to 1966 he was a mainstay in brother Wilbur de Paris's New New Orleans Jazz Band.
Clarinetist and bandleader Benny Goodman was born this day in 1909 in Chicago. As a young relatively unknown player, Goodman used his studio recording income to support his mother and 11 siblings after his father died in a taxi accident.
Life changed dramatically for Goodman in 1934 when he and his band played a dance for students at the Palomar Ballroom in Los Angeles. The music was so hot the kids rioted, and Goodman was on his way to becoming the King of Swing.
Pianist Dave McKenna, renowned for his inventive medleys, thundering keyboard style and command of tunes from the American songbook, was born this day in 1930 in Woonsocket, R.I.
On this day in 1935, brothers Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey severed their musical relationship. It happened after a disagreement at New York's Glen Island Casino over the tempo on the tune "I'll Never Say Never Again." Tommy walked off the bandstand and took over the Joe Haymes band. The Dorseys were reunited in 1953 and co-led their band again for about two years.
Looking at today's hip happenings...
On the New York jazz scene... the Cyrus Chestnut trio is at the Jazz Standard this week. The Lou Donaldson quartet is the Village Vanguard through Sunday. Singer Michael Bublé is at the Blue Note. Drummer Billy Cobham's New Spectrum Band is at Iridium through Sunday. The Ron Carter nonet is at Birdland through Saturday.
The Jimmy Greene quartet is at The Jazz Gallery tonight. Dennis Chambers and Victor Wooten join Mike Stern at The Bottom Line through Saturday. Guitarist Rodney Jones' Soul Manifesto is at Smoke tonight and Saturday.
The Tribeca Performing Arts Center's fifth annual Lost Jazz Shrines series celebrates the piano tradition of Mary Lou Williams tonight with pianists JoAnne Brackeen, Bertha Hope and Francesca Tanksley. The Creative Arts Group is at the Lenox Lounge in Harlem tonight and Saturday.
Bob Devos and the Gene Ludwig trio are at Trumpets in Montclair, N.J., tonight and Saturday.
In and around Boston... the Phil Woods quintet is at Scullers in Boston tonight. Pianist Donal Fox's "Inventions in Blue" project with special guest Stefon Harris is at The Regattabar in Cambridge tonight. The Ken Clark organ trio is at Ryles in Cambridge tonight. World music meets free jazz tonight at Boston's Tremont Theater with Robert Labaree on Turkish harp, Jerry Leake on tabla and North Indian percussion, Juanito Pascual on flamenco guitar and Bill Lowe on bass trombone and tuba. The Cab Calloway Orchestra is at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Woburn tonight.
In Philadelphia... Harvie S and Eye Contact are at the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Great Stair Hall tonight. Pianist Orrin Evans' quintet is at Ortlieb's Jazzhaus tonight and Saturday. Marlon Simon's Latin jazz band is at Chris's Jazz Café tonight and Saturday. Allan Harris is at Zanzibar Blue tonight and Saturday.
Sammy Nestico conducts the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra tonight at the Cuyahoga Community College West Campus in Cleveland.
In Chicago... the Buster Williams quartet is at the Jazz Showcase through Sunday. Trumpeter Orbert Davis and the Arts Center Jazz Ensemble are at the College of DuPage's McAnich Arts Center in Glen Ellyn. The Chris Lega-Pat Mallinger quintet is at Andy's tonight. Bobby Lewis is at the Backroom.
The Paul Wertico trio is at the Green Mill tonight and Saturday. Skinny Williams is at Joe's BeBop Café and Jazz Emporium. The BMR4 is at Pete Miller's Steakhouse in Evanston tonight and Saturday. King Fleming is at Philander's in Oak Park. Henry Johnson's Organ Express is at Pops for Champagne tonight and Saturday.
In New Orleans... Earl Brown is at Cafe Sbisa. Big Chief Bo Dollis and the Wild Magnolias are at Donna's. Jacques Gauthe is at Fritzel's.
Devin Philips and Kermit Ruffins are at the Funky Butt tonight. Mark Braud is at Harrah's. The Rob Wagner trio is at Loft 523. The Ernie Elly Slickshots with Thais Clark are at the Palm Court. Leroy Jones leads tonight's band at Preservation Hall. The Panorama Jazz Band is at the Seaport Cafe. The Joey DeFrancesco trio is at Snug Harbor tonight and Saturday. The Jazz Vipers are at the Spotted Cat. The ReBirth Brass Band celebrates its 20th anniversary tonight at Tipitina's.
In San Antonio drummer Bobby Sanabria will perform his solo demonstration "Clave: the Key, A Rhythmic Journey from Africa to the New World" today at the Carver Center and lecture there tonight on the history of the Afro-Cuban jazz continuum. He and his band Quarteto Aché play the Carver Center tomorrow night.
On the California jazz scene... the Martial Solal trio is at the Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles through Sunday. Eddie Palmieri is at the Catalina Bar and Grill in Hollywood through Sunday. The Tamir Hendelman trio is at Steamers Jazz Café in Fullerton tonight. Larry Nash and the Jazz Symphonics are at Spazio in Sherman Oaks tonight.
Saxophonist George Harper is at Charlie O's in Valley Glen tonight and Saturday with the John Heard trio. The Diana Krall quartet is at Yoshi's in Oakland through Saturday. The SFJAZZ Spring Season continues tonight at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theatre with the Jim Hall-Charlie Haden duo.
Trumpeter Arturo Sandoval is at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley in Seattle through Sunday.
The 16th Curacao Jazz Festival gets underway tonight on the Caribbean island. This year's festival is a tribute to jazz and the Afro-Caribbean musical heritage. The three-day lineup includes Toby Foyeh and Orchestra Africa, the Dave Weckl band, Pierre Dunker and Expedition II, the Toots Thielemans quartet, Ernest Ranglin and Antonio Hart.