Today is July 17th.
Pianist Vince Guaraldi was born this day in 1928 in San Francisco. He won a Grammy in 1962 for writing "Cast Your Fate to the Wind." But he was best known for the jazz-oriented scores he wrote for the "Charlie Brown" television specials. Guaraldi died in 1976.
Drummer Joe Morello, for 11 years a member of the best-known edition of the Dave Brubeck Quartet, was born this day in 1928 in Springfield, Mass.
Drummer Ben Riley was born this day in 1933 in Savannah, Ga. He was Thelonious Monk's drummer from 1964 to 1967 and was a founding member of the Monk tribute band Sphere.
Jazz lost two of its greats on this day. Singer Billie Holiday died in 1959 and John Coltrane passed on in 1967.
On this day in 1939, Charlie Barnet's band first recorded "Cherokee" for the Bluebird label.
This also was the day, in 1952, when George Shearing recorded his jazz standard "Lullabye of Birdland" for MGM.
On this night in 1954, the first Newport Jazz Festival opened at the historic Newport Casino, a grass court tennis club. Eddie Condon's traditional band opened the program with "Muskrat Ramble." Headliners included Bobby Hackett, Pee Wee Russell, Lee Wiley, the Modern Jazz Quartet, Dizzy Gillespie, Lee Konitz, Oscar Peterson, Gerry Mulligan and Ella Fitzgerald.
On this day in 2001, Cuban pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba's seventh album for Blue Note records was released. It was called "Supernova." The session blended his strong chops with jazz, classical romantic piano, Yoruba religious beats, and Cuba's most serious music form, the danzon.
Looking at today's hip happenings...
On the New York jazz scene... Lucky Peterson is at the Jazz Standard tonight. The Yosuke Yamashita trio with Cecil McBee and Pheeroan Aklaff is at Iridium. Take 6 is at the Blue Note this week. The Mulgrew Miller trio is at the Village Vanguard. Juan Carlos Formell and Descemer Bueno are at the Zinc Bar tonight. Guitarist Dom Minasi's trio is at CBGB's Downstairs Lounge and Barbara Carroll is at Birdland tonight.
Dick Hyman and Jim Cullum's Jazz Band are featured tonight in Lincoln Center's Midsummer Night Swing series. The Knitting Factory schedule includes The Locust, Arab On Radar, Lightning Bolt, Orthrelm, Wolf Eyes, Romance, the Rick Parker Collective, the Rich Bennett quartet and trumpeter Tim Byrnes with Jason Hassenstab on saxophones, Rob Jost on bass and Dave Treut on drums.
Jonathan Butler is at Scullers in Boston tonight and Thursday. Pianist Laszlo Gardony's trio is at The Regattabar in Cambridge tonight.
In and around Chicago... Celia Cruz is at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, Ill., tonight. Tenor saxophonist George Coleman's quartet is at the Jazz Showcase through Sunday. Mike Finnerty and the Jazz Hippies are at Cafe Ennui tonight. The Bill Porter Orchestra with Rich Fudoli is at Green Dolphin Street. Ken Saydak is at Joe's BeBop Café and Jazz Emporium tonight. The Ryan Cohan trio is at Pops for Champagne. Andrew Blenderman is at Philander's in Oak Park tonight.
In New Orleans... Coup de Fire is at the Blue Nile. Joe Krown is at Dos Jefes. The Soul Rebels Brass Band is at El Matador. Ingrid Lucia is at the Ritz Carlton's French Quarter Bar. Larry Ankrum is at the Funky Butt. Topsy Chapman is at Satchmo's jazz room in Harrah's casino. Leigh "Little Queenie" Harris is at the House of Blues Crossroads room. Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers are at Le Bon Temps Roule. David Torkanowsky and Paul Longstreth are at Le Salon at Windsor Court.
Dr. Bone and the Hepcats are at Mid-City Lanes Rock'n'Bowl tonight. Johnny Vidacovich and George Porter Jr. are at the Old Point. John Brunious leads the band tonight at Preservation Hall. Michael Jenner is at Snug Harbor. Dr. Guitar and the Franklin Avenue Overpass and Loren Pickford and New Orleans Gamuk are at the Spotted Cat. Live Oak and Flywater are at Tipitina's. The Sheik Rasheed quartet is at d.b.a.
In California... Oleta Adams, Alan Cumming, Lea DeLaria, Donna Murphy, Dianne Reeves, Jimmy Scott and Tom Wopat are at the Hollywood Bowl tonight in a celebration of Billie Holiday. The Banda Brothers are at Steamers Jazz Cafe in Fullerton tonight. The Susie Hansen Latin Band is at Seventh and Figueroa Plaza in Los Angeles at midday. The Pharoah Sanders quartet is at the Catalina Bar and Grill in North Hollywood through Sunday. The Terrance Blanchard Sextet is at Yoshi's in Oakland. Bryce Rohde is at the Bix Restaurant and Supper Club in San Francisco tonight.
Trumpeter Ray Vega winds up a two-week engagement tonight at the Blue Note Jazz Cafe in Beirut, Lebanon.