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Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

By KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International

Today is Sept. 3.


Alto saxophonist Ernie Henry was born this day in 1926 in Brooklyn, N.Y. His brief career included work with Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus and Tadd Dameron. He died in 1957.

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Drummer Mickey Roker was born this day in 1932 in Miami. He grew up in Philadelphia where he worked with Jimmy Heath and jammed with Lee Morgan, Reggie Workman, Kenny Barron and McCoy Tyner. His first New York gig and recording opportunity were with Gigi Gryce.


On this day in 1940, there were two recording sessions of note. Artie Shaw's Gramercy Five band recorded "Summit Ridge Drive" for the Victor label in Hollywood and Gene Krupa recorded "Rhumboogie" for the Okeh label.


Looking at today's hip happenings...


On the New York jazz scene... there's an all-star tribute to late bassist Ray Brown at the Blue Note this week. Sphere is at Iridium through Sunday. Mary Stallings is at the Village Vanguard this week with the Eric Reed trio. Soprano saxophonist Jane Bunnett is at the Jazz Standard through Thursday with her Spirits of Havana band. The Duke Ellington Orchestra led by Paul Ellington and Jack Jeffers is at Birdland on Tuesdays. Alto saxophonist Miguel Xenon's quartet is at the Zinc Bar tonight and Wednesday.

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In Chicago tonight... Men of Note are at Andy's. The Thread Quintet is at the Empty Bottle. Jimmy Sutton's Four Charms are at the Green Mill. The Heath Brothers open a weeklong run at the Jazz Showcase. Ken Cheney is at Joe's BeBop Cafe and Jazz Emporium. Von Freeman and Friends are at their regular Tuesday night locale, the New Apartment Lounge. Pianist Marshall Vente is at Philander's in Oak Park. The Dan Cray trio is at Pops for Champagne.


In New Orleans... Michael Skinkus's Moyuba and the Ted Hefko quartet are at the Blue Nile tonight. Maurice Brown's Hot Six are at the Funky Butt. Louis Ford is at Satchmo's jazz room in Harrah's Casino. Fred Sanders and Jessie McBride are at Le Salon at Windsor Court. The ReBirth Brass Band is at the Maple Leaf. The Rob Wagner trio is at the Seaport Café. Harold Battiste and the Next Generation are at Snug Harbor. The Ian McPhail quintet is at the Spotted Cat. The Hot Club of New Orleans swing band is at d.b.a.


In California... Oregon is at The Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles tonight through Saturday. Karrin Allyson is at Spazio in Sherman Oaks. The Ron Kobayashi trio is at Steamers Jazz Cafe in Fullerton. The Vince Lateano Trio featuring pianist Mark Levine is at Jazz at Pearl's in San Francisco. Dr. John opens a weeklong run tonight at Yoshi's in Oakland.

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On the recording front...


Guitarist Scott Henderson is out today with a new compact disc called "Well To The Bone" on the Blues Bureau International label. Singers Thelma Houston and Wade Durham are special guests on his third outing as a leader apart from Tribal Tech, the band that Henderson co-founded with bassist Gary Willis in the mid-'80s. "Well To The Bone" pays homage to the blues rock of the 60s and 70s while mixing in the guitarist's natural jazz leanings. Houston previously appeared on Henderson's 1997 outing, "Tore Down House."

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