Today is Aug. 25.
Bass player Leonard Gaskin was born this day in 1920 in Brooklyn, N.Y. His wide-ranging bosses included Miles Davis and Eddie Condon.
Another former Miles Davis sideman, saxophonist Wayne Shorter, was born this day in 1933 in Newark, N.J. Shorter was a key member of Davis's pivotal 1960's quintet.
Guitarist Pat Martino was born this day in 1944 in Philadelphia. After working in small groups with Philly area organ players and hot tenors, Martino made his recording debut at age 22 with "El Hombre" on the Prestige label. He quickly became one of the foremost modern jazz guitarists.
Serious illness sidelined Martino in 1980. He had a congenital brain aneurysm that erased his memory and playing skills. A series of new releases and extensive touring over the past seven years have shown Martino is back in fine form, much to the excitement of his legions of loyal listeners.
Stan Kenton, the leader whose orchestra was a key incubator for progressive jazz in the 1940s, '50s and '60s, died this day in 1979. He was 67.
Looking at today's hip happenings...
On the New York jazz scene... the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival moves to Tompkins Square Park this afternoon with performances by the Charles McPherson quartet with Jimmy Knepper and Tom Harrell, the Winard Harper sextet, the Greg Osby quartet with Jason Moran, plus Jimmy Cobb's Mob.
Raoul Bjorkenheim is at the Downtown Music Gallery. Paul Motian, Joe Lovano and Bill Frisell are at the Village Vanguard. The Ron Carter sextet and Lonnie Plaxico group are at the Blue Note. The McCoy Tyner trio is at Iridium. Richard Bona is at the Jazz Standard.
Matt Darriau and Yuri Lemeshev are at the Knitting Factory. Ari Hoenig is at the Cornelia Street Cafe. The Chico O'Farrill Afro-Cuban Jazz Big Band is at Birdland. The Freestyle Avant Jazz and Other Musics Sunday Series features Chump Change, Daniel Levin, Dave Ballou, Ras Moshe's Space Probe, Joe Morris and Jason Moran at CB's Lounge tonight. Chris Washburne and the SYOTOS Band are at Smoke tonight.
Chuck Mangione and the Feels So Good Band, Maynard Ferguson and the Big Bop Nouveau Band, Hank Jones Trio, Kevin Mahogany Group, Chico Hamilton and Euphoria, the Caribbean Jazz Project, the Sai Ghose quartet and the Bob Mintzer Big Band. are at the Berkshire Jazz Festival at Butternut Ski Basin in Great Barrington, Mass., today.
The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra is at the Gazebo in Hudson, Ohio, tonight. The Sun Ra Arkestra directed by Marshall Allen is at the Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland tonight.
In and around Chicago... Mary Cleere Haran and Kevin Cole are featured tonight and Monday at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park. Mike Finnerty and the Jazz Hippies are at Cafe Ennui tonight. The Kimberly Gordan trio is at the Green Mill tonight. Judy Roberts and Greg Fishman are at The Chambers in Niles. Sonny Turner is at Joe's BeBop Cafe and Jazz Emporium. Kara Kesselring is at Philander's in Oak Park tonight. Charlie Johnson is at the Backroom. The Chicago Grandstand Big Band is at Fitzgerald's in Berwyn. The Russell Alan Rowe trio is at Pops for Champagne.
In New Orleans tonight... the Hot Club of New Orleans swing band is at the Circle Bar tonight. The Shannon Powell quartet is at Donna's. The David Dunbar quartet is at El Matador. The JMO Jazz Band is at the Ritz Carlton's French Quarter Bar. Big Sam's Funky Nation and the Evan Howard band are at the Funky Butt. Dean Fransen and Fred Sanders are at Le Salon at Windsor Court. The Johnny Vidacovich trio, featuring George Porter Jr., is at the Old Point.
Lucien Barbarin and the Sunday Night Swingsters are at the Palm Court. Dejan's Olympia Brass Band is at Preservation Hall. The Adonis Rose All-Stars featuring Mulgrew Miller, Terence Blanchard, Tim Warfield and Jason Stewart are at Snug Harbor tonight. Charles Brewer and the Washboard Chaz Jazz Band are at the Spotted Cat tonight. There's a brass band showdown this afternoon at the Popp Bandstand in City Park.
On the California jazz scene... Jazz Pilgrimage 2002 features Justo Almario and the Jazz on the Latin Side All-Stars tonight at the John Anson Ford Amphitheater in Los Angeles. Pianist Andrew Hill is at the Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles tonight. The Golden Eagle Dixieland jazz band is at Steamers Jazz Cafe in Fullerton this afternoon. Trumpeter Roy Hargrove's quintet is at the Catalina Bar and Grill in North Hollywood tonight. Susie Hansen's Latin Jazz Band is at the Monterey Hills Jazz Festival in Los Angeles this evening.
The ninth annual Idyllwild Jazz in the Pines festival today features David Benoit, Jimmy and Jeannie Cheatham and the Sweet Baby Blues Band, Spanky Wilson, the Susie Hanson Latin jazz band, the Jennifer York quartet, Henry Franklin, Jerry Rusch, Blues Monks, Marshall Hawkins and Seahawks, Johnny Neptune, Peter Pupping and the Arts Academy Quartet. For more information, see the festival website at idyllwildjazz.com.