Today is Dec. 7.
Tenor saxophonist and bandleader Teddy Hill was born this day in 1909 in Birmingham, Ala. Dizzy Gillespie's trumpet solos were first recorded with the Teddy Hill band in 1937. Hill quit his performing career in 1940 to manage Minton's Playhouse in New York. Its legendary jam sessions gave the club its reputation as the birthplace of bebop.
Trumpeter and big band leader Louis Prima was born this day in 1911 in New Orleans. He was a commercial sensation shortly after arriving in New York in the mid-1930s, an exuberant frontman with clarinetist Pee Wee Russell at the Famous Door jazz club. Prima died in 1978.
On this day in 1998, Cuban-born trumpeter Arturo Sandoval was sworn in as an American citizen after a two-year battle with the Immigration and Naturalization Service. Sandoval defected in 1990 while on tour in Europe with trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie and was granted asylum in the United States. His citizenship appeal involved his past membership in the Communist Party, which was required for him to find meaningful work as a musician in Cuba and to tour abroad.
Looking at today's hip happenings...
On the New York jazz scene, saxophonist Sam Newsome and Global Unity are at The Jazz Gallery tonight. Pianist Chick Corea is at the Blue Note with a second reunion appearance by his "Now He Sings, Now He Sobs" trio with bassist Miroslav Vitous and drummer Roy Haynes. Pianist Geri Allen's quartet is at the Village Vanguard. The New Spirit Quintet with Terence Blanchard, Donald Harrison, Eric Reed, Bob Hurst and Carl Allen is at Iridium. Joe Lovano's John Coltrane Revisited project is at Birdland, where they are preceded by Lew Anderson's All-American Big Band. Travis Laplante, John Carlson, Mike Formanek and Matt Wilson team up tonight at the Knitting Factory.
Saxophonist Greg Abate teams up tonight with Yasko Kubota and her Kubota Powerjazz Unit at the Yangtze China Inn in West Bridgewater, Mass.
Guitarist Stanley Jordan performs solo at Blues Alley in Washington, D.C., tonight through Sunday.
Organ marvel Joey DeFrancesco is at the Bird of Paradise in Ann Arbor, Mich., with his band tonight and Saturday.
On the Chicago jazz scene, there's a big band dance concert tonight with the T.S. Galloway Big Band in Portage Park. Pianist McCoy Tyner's trio is at the Jazz Showcase for three more nights. Katherine Davis is at Andy's tonight. Detour is at the Backroom. David Young's New Republic is at the Green Mill. Skinny Williams is at Joe's BeBop Café and Jazz Emporium. The Typhanie Monique quartet is at Pops for Champagne. Douglas Ewart and Inventions are at the Velvet Lounge tonight and Saturday.
In New Orleans tonight, Jerry and the Jazzmakers and New Orleans Streetbeat are at the Crescent City Brewhouse. Ingrid Lucia is at El Matador. Los Hombres Calientes are at Howlin' Wolf. Karin Miller is at Le Meridien Hotel tonight. Trumpeter Leroy Jones leads the band at Preservation Hall. Pianist Ellis Marsalis is at Snug Harbor. Marva Wright and the BMWs are at the Storyville District Jazz Parlor.
On the California jazz scene, pianist Abdullah Ibrahim's trio is at Yoshi's in Oakland tonight. The Stefon Harris-Jacky Terrasson quintet is at the Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles. Saxophonist David Sanchez's quartet is at the Catalina Bar and Grill in North Hollywood all week. Drummer Jeff Hamilton's trio is at Steamer's Jazz Café in Fullerton tonight and Saturday. Mimi Fox is at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz tonight. Jazz-funk keyboardist Robert Walter's 20th Congress band is at Harlow's in Sacramento tonight. Valerie Quevedo is at Spiedo Ristorante in San Jose with Larry Vuckovich and Nat Johnson. In San Francisco, Wesla Whitfield and Mike Greensill are at The Plush Room and Fred Frith plays solo guitar at the Meridian Gallery tonight.
Singer Ranee Lee performs tonight at the Capilano College Performing Arts Theatre in North Vancouver, Canada.
Cuban composer and pianist Omar Sosa performs today at Strictly Mundial in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, a four-day World music conference and cultural event bringing together artists, producers, festival directors, distributors and record companies to exchange views and listen to new music.