Today is Sept. 7.
Trumpeter Max Kaminsky was born this day in 1908 in Brockton, Mass. He was a classic lead trumpet stylist and striking master of the plunger mute within the Dixieland tradition, He also did considerable big band work in the 1930s and '40s.
Trumpet player Joe Newman, a highly regarded member of the Count Basie band on and off for many years, was born this day in 1922 in New Orleans.
English jazz pianist and arranger Harry South was born this day in 1929 in London. In the 1960s, he also worked with rhythm-and-blues singer Georgie Fame.
The man they call the saxophone colossus, Sonny Rollins, was born this day in New York in 1930. Rollins got his nickname, "Newk," because of his close physical resemblance to legendary baseball pitcher Don Newcomb.
Pianist and producer Bruce Barth was born this date in 1958 in Pasadena, Calif.
Pianist Paul Tobey was born this day in 1962 in Owen Sound, Ontario. A college field trip to Toronto hooked the then 18-year-old classical piano student on jazz when he heard Oscar Peterson playing in a club.
Looking at today's hip happenings...
On the New York jazz scene... soprano saxophonist Jane Bunnett is at the Jazz Standard tonight with her Spirits of Havana band. Bassist Ben Allison's band Peace Pipe is at the Jazz Standard through Sunday. Singer Mary Stallings is at the Village Vanguard this week with the Eric Reed trio. There's an all-star tribute to late bassist Ray Brown at the Blue Note this week. Sphere is at Iridium through Sunday. Ken Vandermark is at Tonic tonight.
Mark Harvey's Aardvark Jazz Orchestra is at The Regattabar in Cambridge, Mass., tonight.
Soulive, the Aaron Katz band, DJ Logic and Kay Hanley perform today at the 6th annual Redhook Music Festival in Portsmouth, N.H.
Singer Rene Marie closes out opening weekend at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts' KC Jazz Club in Washington D.C., tonight.
In Chicago... Judy Roberts is at the Chicago Firehouse tonight. The Heath Brothers are at the Jazz Showcase for two more nights. Bopology is at Joe's BeBop Cafe and Jazz Emporium tonight. Rankinfyle is at Philander's in Oak Park.
In New Orleans tonight... the Blue Universe Quartet and the New Orleans Klezmer Allstars are at the Blue Nile. The Leroy Jones quintet is at Donna's. Two Pan Sam is at Dos Jefes. The Devin Phillips quartet and Los Vecinos are at the Funky Butt.
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band plus Papa Grows Funk are at the House of Blues. The Wendell Brunious trio is at Le Salon at the Windsor Court tonight. The Acoustic Syndicate is at the Maple Leaf. Lionel Ferbos leads tonight's band at Palm Court. The Panorama Jazz Band is at the Seaport Cafe. Astral Project is at Snug Harbor.
Dr. Jazz and the New Orleans Dixieland Band are at the French Market Complex this afternoon. The Mahogany Brass Band is at the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park this afternoon.
In California... the Susie Hansen Latin jazz band is at Steamers Jazz Cafe in Fullerton tonight. The band Oregon is at The Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles. Scott Hamilton's quartet is at the Catalina Bar and Grill in North Hollywood tonight. Alan Broadbent's trio is at Spazio in Sherman Oaks tonight. Bassist Robb Fisher's quintet with saxophonist Bob Kenmotsu is at Jazz at Pearl's in San Francisco tonight, the Vince Lateano trio featuring pianist Glen Pearsan. Dr. John is at Yoshi's in Oakland. Omar Sosa is at the Merced Multicultural Arts Center with his quartet. Pianist Matt Clark's quintet is at Jazz at Pearl's in San Francisco.
Radisson Seven Seas Cruises brings the first jazz theme cruise to French Polynesia as the "Paul Gaugin" sails today from Papeete to Raiayea, Tahaa, Bora Bora and Moorea. The weeklong cruise features Dan Barrett, Rebecca Kilgore, Eddie Erickson, Tom Baker and Joel Forbes.