Today is May 14th.
Drummer Zutty Singleton was born this day in 1898 in Bunkie, La. While he played in several of the important early New Orleans jazz bands, Singleton was best known through his late 1920s record with Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton and Barney Bigard.
He was an important link from the New Orleans style to the swing drummers who came on the scene in the 1930s. He was one of the first drummers to use wire brushes and the sock cymbal, the forerunner of the hi-hat cymbal.
Soprano saxophone master (and clarinetist) Sidney Bechet was born this day in 1897 in New Orleans. Throughout his career he was one of the strongest musicians on the classic jazz scene. He created the prime jazz vocabulary for the soprano sax. Bechet also died on this day in 1959 in Paris. He was 62.
Looking at today's hip happenings...
On the New York jazz scene... the Von Freeman-Chico Freeman quintet opens at Iridium tonight. Kenny Barron and Regina Carter are at the Blue Note through Sunday. The Fred Hersch trio is at the Village Vanguard. The Knitting Factory lineup features Ultimate Fakebook, Schatzi, Duvall, Cordelene, Elektra Kurtis and Ensemble Elektra, Color and Talea tonight. Pianist Dave Kikoski's trio is at the Zinc Bar tonight and Wednesday. The revived Ellington Orchestra is at Birdland tonight. Kathy Kosins is in the spotlight tonight in the Jazz Standard's Discover Vocalists series.
Fabrizio Scotti is at Trumpets in Montclair, N.J., tonight.
In Chicago... Jimmy Sutton's Four Charms are at the Green Mill. The Nicholas Payton quintet is at the Jazz Showcase. Ken Cheney is at Joe's BeBop Café and Jazz Emporium tonight.
Guitarist Bobby Broom's trio is at Pete Miller's Steakhouse in Evanston. Elizabeth Doyle is at Philander's in Oak Park. The Juli Wood trio is at Pops for Champagne.
In New Orleans... the Jazz Vipers are at El Matador. Ingrid Lucia is at the Ritz Carlton's French Quarter Bar. James Alsanders' Jazz Project and Evan Howard's Jazz Party are at the Funky Butt. Paul Longstreth is at Le Meridien. Arnett Hayes and Matt Lemmler are at Le Salon at Windsor Court.
The ReBirth Brass Band is at the Maple Leaf. Pete Fountain plays at his club. Gregg Stafford leads the band at Preservation Hall. The John Mahoney Big Band is at Snug Harbor. Kid Merv, Eddie Bo and Leah Burton lead the musical adventures at the Storyville District Jazz Parlor tonight. Riccardo Crespo is at the Red Bike.
In California... pianist Michel Camilo's trio opens at the Catalina in North Hollywood. The
Claudia Acuna band is at the Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles. The Gina Saputo quartet is at Steamer's Jazz Café in Fullerton tonight. The Roy Hargrove Quintet is at Yoshi's in Oakland. Bill Henderson, Eric Comstock and Dena deRose bring their Hollywood Songbook show to The Plush Room in San Francisco. The Vince Lateano Trio is at Jazz at Pearl's in San Francisco.
Arturo Sandoval is at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley in Seattle through Sunday.
The Pat Metheny Group is in Brussels, Belgium tonight.
Drummer Bobby Previte's Bump The Renaissance band is in Strassbourg tonight.
On the recording front...
Malandro Records has released "Café," a second album by Trio Da Paz, the New York City-based unit/ Trio members guitarist Romero Lubambo, bassist Nilson Matta, and drummer Duduka Da Fonseca all natives of Rio de Janeiro.
Canada's Justin Time label is out with "Spirituals and Dedications," a leaderless collective album featuring Jane Bunnett, Larry Cramer, Stanley Cowell, Dewey Redman, Dean Bowman, Kieran Owens and Mark McLean.
Columbia-Legacy Jazz today issues expanded and remastered editions of four classic Weather Report albums. They are "Tail Spinnin'," "Mysterious Traveller," "Black Market" and "The Best of Weather Report."
The newly formed Lemon Juice Quartet is out with "Peasant Songs" on the Piadrum Records label. The band includes guitarist Eyal Maoz, trumpeter Avishai E. Cohen, bassist Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz and drummer Kevin Zubek. The bold new CD includes jazz interpretations of the music of Bela Bartok and Erik Satie.
Singer Jane Blackstone is out today with "Natural Habitat/nyc" on Motief Records. Her collaborators include pianist Tino Derado, bassist Ratzo Harris, drummers Jamey Haddad or Steve Johns, guest pianists Roland Hanna and Bob Albanese, saxophonist Bob Mover and trombonist Sam Burtis.