Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

By KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International  |  Oct. 10, 2001 at 4:45 AM
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Today is Oct. 10.

Trumpeter Harry "Sweets" Edison was born this day in 1915 in Columbus, Ohio.

Pianist and composer Thelonious Sphere Monk was born this day in 1917 in Rocky Mount, N.C. The modern jazz pioneer helped develop bebop in the late 1940s and is best known for "'Round Midnight" and other jazz classics. He died in 1982.

Another Monk, bass player "Monk" Montgomery, was born this day in 1921 in Indianapolis. He was a brother of guitar legend Wes Montgomery.

A happy 80th birthday to singer and pianist Roy Kral of the cabaret duo Jackie and Roy, who was born this day in 1921 in Chicago.

French horn player Julius Watkins was born this day in 1921 in Detroit. He was the first fluent bebop player on French horn, co-led the band Jazz Modes with Charlie Rouse and recorded with a veritable "who's who" in modern jazz.

Pianist Junior Mance was born this day in Chicago in 1928.

Looking at today's hip happenings...

Billie Holiday's handwritten lyrics to "Lady Sings the Blues," Louis Armstrong's boyhood cornet and nearly 150 rare posters and photos are up for grabs through Oct. 15 as part of Sotheby's Jazz Legends online auction.

On the New York jazz scene, guitarist Bill Frisell's trio was featured at the Village Vanguard last week, this week he's back with a quartet as violinist Jenny Scheinman joins Frisell, bassist Tony Scherr and drummer Kenny Wollesen on the bandstand. There's a tribute to Jimmy Sabater featuring the Tito Puente Orchestra and special guests at Birdland tonight.

In and around Boston, Richard Bona is at Scullers tonight. The John Payne Saxophone Choir is at the Regattabar in Cambridge. Trumpeter Greg Hopkins' 16-Piece Plus Jazz Orchestra is in concert tonight at the Berklee Performance Center. Drummer Steve Langone's band is at Limbo in Boston. The Kubota PowerJazz Unit presents a Louis Armstrong tribute featuring trumpeter Tiger Okoshi tonight at the Yangtzee China Inn in West Bridgewater.

Bassist Ron Brooks' trio is at The Bird of Paradise in Ann Arbor, Mich., tonight.

On the New Orleans jazz scene, pianist David Torkanowsky is at Cobalt tonight. Chip Wilson and Friends are at the Columns. Leigh "Li'l Queenie" Harris and Dave Ellington are at Dos Jefes Uptown Cigar Bar. New Orleans Streetbeat is at the Crescent City Brewhouse. Brent Rose is at the Dragon's Den. The Soul Rebels Brass Band is at El Matador. Continuum with Thaddeus Ford is at the Funky Butt. Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers are at Le Bon Temps Roule. The Quamon Fowler-Maurice Brown quintet is at Snug Harbor tonight. The Dukes of Dixieland serve up lots of traditional jazz aboard the Steamboat Natchez dinner cruise tonight. Ellis Marsalis is at the University of New Orleans' Sandbar club.

In Chicago tonight, pianist Danilo Perez and his Motherland Project are at Joe Segal's Jazz Showcase. Singer Kurt Elling's quartet is at the Green Mill. The Hannah Jon Taylor Artet is at HotHouse. Ken Saydak is at Joe's BeBop Café and Jazz Emporium.

On the California jazz scene, the Bobby Hutcherson quartet is at the Catalina Bar and Grill in North Hollywood through Sunday. Singer Laurel Masse is at The Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles this week with pianist Vinnie Martucci. Dennis Neill is featured with the Ron Stout quintet tonight at Steamers Jazz Café in Fullerton. Pianist Marian McPartland is at Yoshi's in Oakland through Sunday. The Bob Schoen Jazz Quartet is at Anna's Place in Berkeley.

In San Francisco, the Mark Stock trio with Gary Rowe is at the Cypress Club, Kim Nalley is at the Black Cat and Blue Bar, and the Vince Lateano Trio with Al Plank is at Pearl's.

On the recording front...

-- The Fantasy Jazz Label is out with 10 new limited edition releases in its Original Jazz Classics series. They include "This is Lucy Reed," a 1957 album by the Chicago vocalist performing arrangements by George Russell, Gil Evans and Eddie Higgins, and "The Sextet," a Lennie Niehaus recording with Bill Perkins, Jimmy Giuffre, Stu Williamson, Buddy Clark and Shelly Manne. Others are "The Cry!" by the Prince Lasha Quintet featuring Sonny Simmons and Gary Peacock; pianist Jaki Byard's "Sunshine of My Soul" and saxophonist Charles McPherson's "McPherson's Mood." The remaining titles are "Gemini" by Les Spann; "All Members," the only date as a leader for trumpeter Don Sleet; tenor saxophonist Don Wilkerson's debut "The Texas Twister," which was produced by Cannonball Adderley; "It's Time for Dave Pike," and tenor saxophonist Johnny Griffin's "The Kerry Dancers."

-- San Francisco-based singer Kitty Margolis is out with her latest recording, "Left Coast Life." Highlights include Kitty's take on the Brazilian flavored original "It's You," her haunting reading of the barbed lyric on Pink Floyd's "Money," a new twist on "Spring Will be a Little Late This Year" and a satirical version of Randy Newman's "It's Lonely at the Top."

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