Today is June 10th.
Trombonist and singer Dickie Wells was born this day in 1907 in Centerville, Tenn. He brought to jazz a bubbling sense of humor, using his horn to create a variety of voice-like sounds. He was spotlighted in the Count Basie Orchestra for eight years beginning in 1938.
Bass player Charnett Moffett, son of onetime Ornette Coleman collaborator Charles Moffett, was born this day in 1967 in New York.
On this day in 1946, Dizzy Gillespie's first big band recorded Tad Dameron's song "Our Delight."
Erskine Hawkins recorded "After Hours" on this day in 1940.
Looking at today's hip happenings...
The Sidemen Steppin' Out series at the Screening Room tonight features the Ryan Kisor trio. The Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra is at Birdland. Les Paul is at Iridium. The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra is at the Village Vanguard tonight. Guitarist Ron Affif is at the Zinc Bar tonight.
Harry Connick Jr. is at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark.
Tony Bennett is at Symphony Hall in Boston tonight to benefit The Committee To End Elder Homelessness at its 10th anniversary celebration.
The Lou Natale Project is at Blues Alley in Washington, D.C., tonight.
In and around Chicago... Yoko Noge's Jazz Me Blues is at HotHouse. Kelly Brand is at Joe's BeBop Café and Jazz Emporium. Nadine Baxter is at Philander's in Oak Park. Judy Roberts and Greg Fishman are at Pops for Champagne.
On the New Orleans jazz scene... Bob French and Friends are at Donna's. Jason Marsalis and Jesse McBride are at the Funky Butt with their bands. Joe Krown Piano is at Le Bon Temps Roule. Dean Fransen and Victor Atkins are at Le Salon at Windsor Court. Philip Melancon plays the music of George Gershwin at the Neutral Ground Coffee House tonight. Reginald Koeller leads the band at Preservation Hall. Charmaine Neville is at Snug Harbor. Chucky C and the Mahogany Brass Band share the billing at the Storyville District Jazz Parlor. The Rob Wagner trio is at d.b.a.
Roy Ayers and Ubiquity open a week long run tonight at the Blue Note in Las Vegas.
In California... R.B. Harris is at The Catalina Bar and Grill in North Hollywood tonight. Big Band 2000 with Luretta McCray is at Steamer's Jazz Café in Fullerton tonight.
Elvin Jones' Jazz Machine is at the Blue Note in Tokyo tonight through Saturday.
Ledisi is at the Blue Note in Osaka, Japan, tonight through Wednesday.