Today is June 8th.
Big band and bebop trumpeter Freddie Webster was born this day in 1916 in Cleveland. He was a big influence on younger players who heard him, including Kenny Dorham and Miles Davis.
As Davis once put it, "I used to love what he did to a note. He didn't play a lot of notes. He didn't waste any." Freddie Webster died of a heart attack in 1947 at age 31.
West Coast trombonist Bill Watrous, considered a technically brilliant player on his instrument, was born this day in 1939 in Middletown, Conn.
On this day in 1939, Sidney Bechet recorded his classic version of "Summertime" for the Blue Note label.
Blues shouter Jimmy Rushing died in New York on this day in 1972. He was 69.
Looking at today's hip happenings...
On the New York jazz scene... singer Kevin Mahogany is at Birdland tonight. The Pharoah Sanders quartet is at Iridium all week. Singer-pianist Diane Schuur is at the Blue Note. The Jacky Terrasson trio with bassist Sean Smith and drummer Al Foster is at the Village Vanguard this week. Memphis Blood featuring the blues-rock guitarists James Blood Ulmer and Vernon Reid performs tonight at the Jazz Standard. Singer Michael Camacho is at Shelly's tonight with Frank Wess, James Chirillo, Gregg August and Joe Ascione. The Joe Lovano trio heads upstate to perform tonight at the Van Dyck in Schenectady.
Singer-pianist Daryl Sherman is at Chan's in Woonsocket, R.I., tonight with tenor saxophonist Harry Allen as featured guest.
As part of its 100-year celebration, the Providence Federation of Musicians will present a mini-jazz concert tonight at the Warwick campus of the Community College of Rhode Island featuring tenor saxophonist Scott Hamilton, jazz/blues singer-pianist Mose Allison and guitarist Howard Alden.
Singer Chiara Civello's quartet is at the Regattabar in Boston tonight. Saxophonist Herman Johnson's band is at Ryles jazz club in Cambridge tonight. Stan Strickland is at Bob the Chef's in Boston tonight. The Alloy Orchestra is at the Boch Center for the Performing Arts in Mashpee.
Drummer Louis Hayes' Cannonball Legacy band is at Blues Alley in Washington, D.C., tonight and Sunday.
Singer Dianne Reeves is at the Spoleto Arts Festival in Charleston, S.C., tonight.
Pianist Johnny O'Neal's trio with drummer Lewis Nash and bassist Peter is at the Bird of Paradise in Ann Arbor, Mich., tonight.
Nachito Herrera and Puro Cubano are at the Dakota jazz club in St. Paul, Minn., tonight.
In and around Chicago... Freddy Cole's quartet is at the Jazz Showcase for two more nights. Tom Muellner is at Houston's Restaurant. Bopology is at Joe's BeBop Café and Jazz Emporium tonight. Rankinfyle is at Philander's in Oak Park. The John Paris-Steve Thomas quartet is at Pops for Champagne.
In New Orleans... Bob Sunda and Joe Krown are at Charley G's. ''Breeze'' is at Cobalt with David Ellington on piano. The George French band is at Donna's. Wendell Brunious is at Dos Jefes. Trumpeter Jeremy Davenport is at the Ritz Carlton's French Quarter Bar. The Devin Phillips quintet and the New Orleans Nightcrawlers Brass Band are at the Funky Butt. Louis Ford and Topsy Chapman are at Satchmo's jazz room in Harrah's casino tonight.
Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers are at Le Bon Temps Roule. The Roland Guerin trio and Ronald Markham are at Le Salon at Windsor Court. Russell Batiste is at the Old Point. Lionel Ferbos and the Palm Court Jazz Band are at the Palm Court. Pete Fountain is at his club in the New Orleans Hilton. John Brunious leads the bands tonight at Preservation Hall. Fredy Omar con su Banda are at the Red Room.
Jason Marsalis is at the Steak Knife. Marva Wright & the BMWs are at Bleu Orleans is at Sweet Lorraine. The Bob O'Rourke Superband is at the French Market Complex this afternoon. Matt Perrine and Craig Klein, and Karin Williams are at the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park today. The Wardell Williams Blues Showband performs tonight in the Jazz on the Vines series at nearby Pontchartrain Vineyards north of Covington.
In California... Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz holds it's annual fundraising event at Monterey Bay Aquarium. This evening features the Bobby Hutcherson Quartet, featuring world famous vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson and his group featuring pianist Matthew Clark, bassist Jeff Chambers and drummer Eddie Marshall. Also performing are Brazilian duo Claudia Villela and Ricardo Peixoto, the Modern Gypsies, the Ron Kaplan trio, Weber Iago, accordionist Morgani, the Margo LeDuc trio and D'bop.
Ray Barretto and New World Spirit are at the Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles tonight through Sunday. Singer Barbara Morrison is at The Catalina Bar and Grill in North Hollywood tonight. The Joey DeFrancesco trio with Ron Eschete and Ramon Banda is at Steamer's Jazz Café in Fullerton tonight. Isaac Delgado is at Yoshi's in Oakland tonight through Sunday.
The Pat Metheny Group is in Paris tonight.