Today is Nov. 27.
Jazz violinist Eddie South was born this day in 1904 in Louisiana, Mo. South was one of the finest classical violinists ever to play jazz. He made a series of historic recordings in Paris in 1927 with guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist Stephane Grappelli. Eddie South died in 1962.
Tenor saxophonist Bootsie Barnes was born this day in 1937 in Philadelphia.
Trumpeter Randy Brecker, oldest of the two musical Brecker brothers, was born this day in 1945 in Philadelphia.
Jazz composer and orchestra leader Maria Schneider, a protege of the late Gil Evans, was born this day in 1960 in Windom, Minn. She was voted arranger of the year in the most recent DownBeat magazine reader's poll.
One of the greatest jazz singers of all time was just 17 when she made her recording debut on this date with Benny Goodman in 1933. The singer was Billie Holiday -- and the song was "Your Mother's Son-In-Law."
Looking at today's hip happenings...
On the New York jazz scene... Carla Cook is at The Jazz Standard tonight in a week spotlighting MaxJazz vocalists. The Jason Moran trio is at the Village Vanguard. Eddie Palmieri and La Perfecta II are at the Blue Note this week. Pharoah Sanders is at Birdland through Saturday. Mike Stern's band with Dave Weckl and Victor Wooten is at Iridium through Sunday. The Ed Cherry quartet is at the Zinc Bar tonight.
The Dalton Gang is at Trumpets in Montclair, N.J., tonight.
The Panorama Calypso and Soca ensemble is at The Regattabar in Cambridge, Mass., tonight. Gavin McGraw and the Sons of Grace and Leo Blanco and The Voyage Band are at Ryles jazz club in Cambridge tonight.
In Philadelphia... Tony Miceli, Kevin MacConnell and Kelly Meashey are at the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Great Stair Hall this evening. The Jimmy Bruno trio is at Chris's Jazz Cafe.
Keyboardist Benji Porecki's group is at Blues Alley in Washington, D.C., tonight.
The Sona Mo chorro ensemble is at the Bird of Paradise in Ann Arbor, Mich., tonight.
In Chicago ... the Roy Hargrove quintet is at the Jazz Showcase through Sunday. Henry Johnson's Organ Express with Chris Forman is at Andy's tonight. Mike Finnerty and the Jazz Hippies are at Cafe Ennui.
The Bill Porter Orchestra is at Green Dolphin Street. Jimmy Sutton's Four Charms are at the Green Mill.
The Brass Tracks Big Band is at Hackney's. Ken Saydak is at Joe's BeBop Cafe and Jazz Emporium. The Ted Hogarth Duo is at Michael's Jazz Bistro in Glen Ellyn. Jackie Allen and Judy Roberts are at Philander's in Oak Park. The Steve Evans quartet is at Pops for Champagne.
In New Orleans... the Earl Brown trio is at Cafe Sbisa tonight. Lenny McDaniel is at Cobalt. Leigh "Little Queenie" Harris is at Dos Jefes. The Soul Rebels Brass Band is at El Matador. Ingrid Lucia is at the Ritz-Carlton's French Quarter Bar. Jack Maheu and Friends are at Fritzel's European Jazz Pub. Louis Ford is at Satchmo's jazz room at Harrah's. Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers are at Le Bon Temps Roule.
Darrell Levigne and David Torkanowsky are at Le Salon at Windsor Court. Stanton Moore, Johnny Vidacovich and special guests are at the Maple Leaf. John Brunious leads tonight's band at Preservation Hall. The John Mahoney Big Band is at Snug Harbor. The Rob Wagner trio is at the Seaport Cafe. The ReBirth Brass Band is at Tipitina's. 3 Now 4 is at d.b.a.
On the California jazz scene... Cedar Walton is at The Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles this week with Curtis Fuller, Buster Williams and Jimmy Cobb. The Jack Sheldon California Quartet is at Charlie O's in Valley Glen tonight. The Banda Brothers are at Steamer's Jazz Cafe in Fullerton. The Bill Cunliffe sextet is at Spazio in Sherman Oaks tonight. The Vince Lateano trio featuring pianist Mark Levine is at Jazz at Pearl's in San Francisco. Tuck and Patti are at Yoshi's in Oakland this week.
Taj Mahal is at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley in Seattle tonight through Sunday.
Pianist David Haney is at Enrique Muino Hall in Buenos Aires, Argentina, tonight as part of his tour celebrating the 15th anniversary of "Fotojazzeando."
On the recording front...
Four80East, the Canadian duo comprised of Rob DeBoer on guitar and piano and Tony Grace on drums, is out with a new jazz-tinged CD called "Nocturnal." It's on the Higher Octave label. Guest musicians include trumpeter Ivana Santilli, tenor saxophonist Jon Stewart and flutist Andrew McPherson.
Singer Terry Blaine and pianist Mark Shane are out with their fifth major recording together. "Lonesome Swallow" is patterned after the rare late 1920's duet recordings of Ethel Waters and James P. Johnson.
Singer Samantha Siva has released "Masquerade" on her own Genie Entertainment label. Participating musicians include pianist David Benoit, guitarist Chieli Minucci, saxophonist Richard Elliot and drummer Poogie Bell.