Today is Nov. 28.
Drummer George Wettling was born this day in Topeka, Kan., in 1906.
Trumpeter Dick Vance was born this day in 1915 in Mayfield, Ky. As a player and arranger, he made important contributions to many bands, including those of Fletcher Henderson and Duke Ellington. He died in 1985.
Alto saxophonist Gigi Gryce was born this day in 1927 in Pensacola, Fla. He joined the New York jazz scene in 1953 and soon recorded with Max Roach, Howard McGhee, Tadd Dameron and Clifford Brown. He left jazz in the 1960s to become a teacher. Gryce died in 1983.
Tenor saxophonist Gato Barbieri was born this day in 1934 in Rosario, Argentina. His birth name was Leandro, but as his fascination with jazz took hold, he became known as "Gato," which is Spanish for "The Cat." Because of his trademark fedora, some now call him jazz's "cat in the hat."
Looking at today's hip happenings...
On the New York jazz scene... Pharoah Sanders is at Birdland through Saturday. The Jason Moran trio is at the Village Vanguard. Eddie Palmieri and La Perfecta II are at the Blue Note this week. Mike Stern's band with Dave Weckl and Victor Wooten is at Iridium through Sunday. Trombonist Chris Washburne's SYOTOS Latin jazz band is at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe tonight.
In Chicago... the Roy Hargrove quintet is at the Jazz Showcase. The Ron Freidman quintet is at Andy's. Taku Akiyama is at the California Clipper. The Thursday night jam session at The Chambers features John Bany, Don Stille and Charles Braugham. Judy Roberts is at The Chicago Firehouse. Alan Gresik's Swing Shift Orchestra is at The Green Mill. Erwin Helfer and the Chicago Boogie Ensemble are at Joe's BeBop Cafe and Jazz Emporium. John Wright is at Philander's in Oak Park.
In New Orleans... Dr. Bone and the Hepcats are at the Banks Street Bar and Grill. The Improvisational Arts Council's Thanksgiving "Acid Test" takes place at the Blue Nile. The Earl Brown trio is at Cafe Sbisa tonight. Willie Tee is at Cobalt. Wendell Brunious is at Dos Jefes. John Boutte is at El Matador. Jeremy Davenport 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. The Soul Rebels Brass Band is at Le Bon Temps Roule.
Michael Pierce and Ronald Markham are at Le Salon at Windsor Court. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band is at the Maple Leaf. Lloyd Washington and the Crescent City Joymakers are at the Palm Court. Dave Bartholomew leads tonight's band at Preservation Hall. Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers are at Vaughan's.
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. There's a Surprise Jazz Group at Charlie O's in Valley Glen tonight. Phil Upchurch and Ernest Tibbs are at Spazio in Sherman Oaks tonight. Trumpeter Mark Wright's quintet is at Jazz at Pearl's in San Francisco. Tuck and Patti are at Yoshi's in Oakland this week.
Juan De Marcos' Afro Cuban All Stars are at The Centre for Performing Arts in Vancouver, British Columbia, tonight.
Pianist David Haney's trio is at "El Museo" for Hot Club Rosario performance tonight in Rosario, Argentina.
The Omar Sosa octet is at Jazz a Reims in Reims, France, tonight.
On the recording front...
The jazz-rock band Ghetto Love Sugar is out with "The Uncertainty Principle." It's a collaboration between the Tampa, Fla.-based quartet and New York brothers Jonathan Powell on trumpet and sampled effects and Jeremy Powell on reeds and sampled effects. It's a free-wheeling sonic journey reminiscent of Miles Davis's finest fusion explorations in the 1970s. Yet it bubbles with forward-thinking freshness. It's on Groovewell Records. The Florida team includes Philip Booth on acoustic bass, Joel Lisi on electric guitar, Jonathan Priest on drums and Raulton Reichel on keyboards.