Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

By KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International  |  Oct. 18, 2001 at 4:45 AM
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Today is Oct. 18.

Singer Anita O'Day was born this day 1919. She earned her musical reputation as a member of Gene Krupa's band in the early 1940s, then worked with Stan Kenton. She made a comeback performance in June 1999 at New York's JVC Jazz Festival.

A happy 40th birthday to jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, who was born on this date in 1961 in New Orleans. Through his music, his demeanor and his words, Marsalis led the "young lions" movement, which helped reinvigorate jazz and expand its audience base during the late 1980s and early 1990s. He's become a powerful programming force as artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Looking at today's hip happenings...

On the New York jazz scene, the Jazz Composers Collective throws a 10th anniversary concert tonight at the New School University's jazz performance space. Tonight's performance features the collective's Herbie Nichols Project, which is just out with a new recording called "Strange City" on the Palmetto label.

Trombonist Chris Washburne's SYOTOS Latin jazz band is in the spotlight tonight at the Nuyorican Poets Café. Tonight's Knitting Factory schedule includes the Corn Sisters, the Joe Rosenberg Group and Bill Ware's Vibes. Saxophonist Jacques Schwartz-Bart's quartet is at The Jazz Gallery tonight.

In and around Boston, Natraj is at the Regattabar in Cambridge tonight. Singer Rita Moreno is at Scullers jazz club in Boston through Saturday. Tony Lada is at Ryles in Cambridge.

Los Gatos are at The Bird of Paradise in Ann Arbor, Mich., tonight. Saxophonist Gary Bartz joins Chicago trumpeter Malachi Thompson's Freebop Band tonight for a 75th birthday tribute to John Coltrane at UICA Theater in Grand Rapids.

On the Chicago jazz scene, the Kyle Asch organ trio is at the California Clipper. The Chicago Grandstand Big Band is at Fitzgerald's in Berwyn. Alan Gresik's Swing Shift Orchestra is at the Green Mill. Erwin Helfer and the Chicago Boogie Ensemble are at Joe's BeBop Café and Jazz Emporium. Pianist Marshall Vente's trio is at the Metropole Room in the Fairmont Hotel.

On the New Orleans jazz scene, trumpeter Leon Brown's quintet is at Donna's tonight. Rick Trolsen is in the spotlight at Dos Jefes Uptown Cigar Bar. The Soul Rebels Brass Band is at Le Bon Temps Roule. Singer Tricia "Sista Teedy" Boutte and pianist Paul Longstreth team up tonight at Le Meridien Hotel's jazz room.

There's a Wayne Shorter tribute event in the jazz underground series at Loyola University's Danna Center tonight featuring Tony Dagradi, Irvin Mayfield, Peter Martin, Chris Severin and Johnny Vidacovich. Pianist David Torkanowsky is at the Maple Leaf. Brazilian singer-songwriter Filo Machado is at Snug Harbor tonight. The Jesse Lewis trio is at the Stationhouse Grill.

Mathilda Jones is at the Storyville District Jazz Parlor. The Treme Brass Band is at Sweet Lorraine's. Kermit Ruffins and his Barbecue Swingers are at Vaughn's. The Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center's Creative Music Festival continues tonight with the Cambre/Landsnes duo and Germany's Konk Pack.

In California tonight, Ahmad Jamal is at Yoshi's in Oakland. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band is at the Powerhouse Brewing Company in Sebastopol. Ellen Johnson is at Steamers Jazz Café in Fullerton with the Mark Massey trio. The Jazz Mandolin Project opens a two-night run at San Francisco's Great American Music Hall. Elsewhere in San Francisco, Frank Jackson's duo is at the Cypress Club, Jimmy Stewart joins the Vince Lateano trio at Pearl's and Brenda Boykin is at John Lee Hooker's Boom Boom Room.

Acoustic Alchemy is at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley in Seattle tonight through Sunday.

The Dave Say-Levom Alaschuk quintet is at the Cellar in Vancouver, B.C., Canada, tonight.

Tenor saxophonist Branford Marsalis's quartet is at the Blue Note in Osaka, Japan, tonight.

Jazz singer Etta Jones died Tuesday in New York after a long battle with cancer. She was 72. Jones was an artful vocalist who brought both swing and an element of suspense into her phrasing and timing in the tradition of Billie Holiday.

She last performed Aug. 25 at the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival in Harlem's Marcus Garvey Park. She ended her performance with her trademark song, "Don't Go To Strangers," which she first recorded in 1960. It earned her a gold record and led to a recording contract with the Prestige label.

Jones was longtime musical partner of tenor saxophonist Houston Person, with whom she began performing and touring in 1976. A native of Aiken, S.C., she was raised in New York, where she made her first recording in 1944 with Barney Bigard's orchestra.

Jones's funeral will be held next Monday at Benta's Funeral Home in Harlem. A memorial service at St. Peter's Lutheran Church -- home of New York's jazz ministry in midtown Manhattan -- is scheduled for Nov. 25 at 7:30 p.m.

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