Today is Oct. 6.
Pianist and singer Sammy Price was born this day in 1908 in Honey Grove, Texas. He recorded an influential series of solo boogie-woogie piano sessions in 1945 for Mezz Mezzrow's King Jazz label. Price died in 1992.
Guitarist Carmen Mastren was born this day in 1913 in Cohoes, N.Y. He worked with Wingy Manone, Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller's armed forces band and was a prolific radio and TV studio musician. He died in 1981.
Pianist Norman Simmons was born this day in Chicago in 1929. He remains on of the first-tier accompanists in jazz, having worked with singers Dakota Staton, Ernestine Anderson, Carmen McRae, Carrie Smith and Joe Williams.
On this day in 1927, Duke Ellington first recorded his early masterpiece, "Black and Tan Fantasy."
This was also the day, in 1941, when the Claude Thornhill orchestra recorded "Autumn Nocturne" for the Columbia label.
The jazz world jazz lost another creative force...
Composer and arranger Manny Albam died Tuesday night at his home in Croton, N.Y., after a two-month battle with cancer. He was 79. Albam was born in the Dominican Republic but was raised in New York, where he played baritone saxophone and began arranging for major jazz and big bandleaders starting in 1940. He gave up playing in 1951 to concentrate on arranging and composing.
He arranged for Terry Gibbs, Gerry Mulligan, Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie, Woody Herman, Stan Kenton, Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McRae and Dakota Staton, among many. His compositions included "The Blues is Everybody's Business" and the suite "Soul of the City."
Looking at today's hip happenings...
On the New York jazz scene, drummer Dafnis Prieto and his band are at The Jazz Gallery tonight. Bassist Ray Brown's all-star tribute to late jazz master Milt Jackson continues at the Blue Note with trumpeter Nicholas Payton as special guest tonight and Sunday. The Stefon Harris-Jacky Terrasson quartet is at Iridium.
Moving north of the city, the Ray Vega-Adam Weber quartet is at Ernaccio's "17 Main" Restaurant and Jazz Club located in Mt. Kisco tonight. Saxophonist David Sanchez's Melaza sextet tour makes a stop tonight at the Van Dyke in Schenectady.
In and around Boston, singer-pianist Bobby Short and his band are at Scullers tonight. Mili Bermejo and Claudio Ragazzi are at the Regattabar in Cambridge.
El Eco is at Chan's in Woonsocket, R.I., tonight.
On the Chicago jazz scene, alto saxophonist Lou Donaldson's quartet is at the Jazz Showcase for two more nights. The Everett Greene quintet is at Andy's this evening. Guitarist John McLean's CD release party is at the Green Mill tonight. The sixth annual Jump and Verve Jazz Festival continues tonight with Patricia Barber at Nevin's Live and Ron Surace and the Southport All-Stars at Pete Miller's Steakhouse in Evanston.
Tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano's nonet is at the Madison, Wis., Civic Center tonight.
On the New Orleans jazz scene, the Marc Adams trio is at Cobalt and the New Orleans Potholes Brass Band is at Donna's. Trumpeter Jeremy Davenport is at the French Quarter Bar tonight. Glen Andrews and the House Rockers are at the French Market Complex this afternoon. The Devin Phillips Group is at the Funky Butt tonight. Have Soul Will Travel is at Le Bon Temps Roule. Jason Marsalis is in the second floor spotlight at Snug Harbor. Piano marvel Eddie Bo leads the jazz jam at the Storyville District Jazz Parlor tonight.
Acoustic Alchemy is at the Isaac Hayes Club in Chicago tonight.
On the California jazz scene, trumpeter Tom Harrell's quintet is at the Jazz Bakery. Pianist Larry Vuckovich's trio is at Spiedo Ristorante in San Jose tonight. Toots Thielemans, Oscar Castro-Neves and Kenny Werner team up again tonight and Sunday at Yoshi's in Oakland. There is a friends of jazz ragtime fest this afternoon at Steamers Jazz Café in Fullerton, while Little Chris and the Nightcrawlers are in the spotlight tonight.
In San Francisco, Jeanne Hoffman is at Moose's, Paula West is at the Plush Room and the Don Alberts trio is at the Cypress Club. Rob Sudduth and the Vince Lateano trio are at Pearl's.