Today is Oct. 8.
Pianist Clarence Williams was born this day in 1893 in Plaquemine, La. He's better remembered for writing "Royal Garden Blues," "Gulf Coast Blues" and a rowdy blues called "I Ain't Gonna Give Nobody None of My Jellyroll."
Drummer J.C. Heard was born in Dayton, Ohio, this date in 1917. He played with Cab Calloway's band in the early 1940s, with Erroll Garner's trio in 1948, and toured with world with Jazz at the Philharmonic. He led his own small group and big band in Detroit from the 1960s until his death in 1988.
Drummer Sonny Igoe was born this day in 1923 in Jersey City, N.J. He came to prominence with Woody Herman and Benny Goodman.
Baritone saxophonist Pepper Adams was born this day in 1930 in Highland Park, Mich. He died in 1986.
On this day in 1927, Mackenzie Condon's Chicagoans recorded "Nobody's Sweetheart Now."
On this day in 1951, bandleader Shorty Rogers recorded "Four Mothers" for Capitol records.
Looking at today's hip happenings...
On the New York jazz scene... the Arthur Blythe quartet is at the Jazz Standard through Sunday. The Jim Hall band is at the Village Vanguard this week, subbing for Cuban pianist Chucho Valdes, who had problems getting an entry visa. Iridium this week has a "titans of '60's jazz" double feature with the Sam Rivers trio and the Andrew Hill quartet. The Duke Ellington Orchestra conducted by Paul Ellington and Jack Jeffers is at Birdland on Tuesdays. Two duos... Gary Burton and Makoto Ozone plus Benny Green and Russell Malone... share the billing at the Blue Note this week.
There's a benefit concert at The Jazz Gallery tonight for author, poet and jazz writer Zoe Anglesey to help her defray the treatment costs in her battle against lung cancer. The participants include pianists Bruce Barth and Matthew Shipp, drummers Rashied Ali, Willie Jones III and Cooper Moore, bassists John Benitez, Dwayne Burno, and Brian Smith, saxophonists Abraham Burton and Ravi Coltrane, trumpeters Roy Hargrove and Duane Eubanks, guitarist Brandon Ross, singers Pamela Knowles and Alete Hays, and percussionist Susie Ibarra.
The Lynne Arriale trio is at Scullers jazz club in Boston tonight.
Singer Jimmy Scott and biographer David Ritz are at Borders in Washington, D.C., tonight in conversation with jazz broadcaster Reuben Jackson.
Joshua Redman's new Elastic band is at the Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland tonight.
In Chicago... pianist Cedar Walton's trio is at the Jazz Showcase this week. Men of Note are at Andy's tonight. Jimmy Sutton's Four Charms are at the Green Mill. Ken Cheney is at Joe's BeBop Café and Jazz Emporium tonight. Von Freeman and Friends are at the New Apartment Lounge every Tuesday. Guitarist Bobby Broom's trio is at Pete Miller's Steakhouse in Evanston. Marshall Vente is at Philander's in Oak Park. Yoko Noge is at Pops for Champagne with John and Sonny.
In New Orleans tonight... the Ian McPhail quartet and Ted Hefko quartet are at the Blue Nile. Tom Hook is at Dos Jefes. Ingrid Lucia is at the Ritz Carlton's French Quarter Bar. Maurice Brown's Chi-Town is at the Funky Butt tonight. Topsy Chapman is at Satchmo's jazz room at Harrah's. The ReBirth Brass Band is at the Maple Leaf. Greg Stafford leads tonight's band at Preservation Hall. The Rob Wagner trio is at the Seaport Cafe. John Mahoney's Big Band is at Snug Harbor. The Ian McPhail quintet and the Latin band Son del Pantano are at the Spotted Cat tonight. The Joe Krown Organ Combo is at d.b.a.
In California... singer Steve Tyrell is at the Catalina Bar and Grill in Hollywood tonight. The Campbell-Cassedy-Cruse trio is at Steamers Jazz Cafe in Fullerton. Saxophonist Pete Christlieb is at Charlie O's in Valley Glen tonight. The Vince Lateano trio with Mark Levine is at Jazz at Pearl's in San Francisco tonight. Drummer Dave Weckl's band is at Yoshi's in Oakland through Sunday.
On the recording front...
The latest compact disc by pianist Wayne Gorbea's band, Salsa Picante, is being released today by Shanachie Records. It's called" Fiesta en el Bronx."