Today is April 5.
Tenor saxophonist Stanley Turrentine was born this day in 1934 in Pittsburgh into a very musical family. His father Thomas played tenor with the Savoy Sultans in the 1930s and older brother Tommy played trumpet. The Turrentine brothers played side by side in the Max Roach Quintet in 1959 and 1960. Stanley Turrentine's wide-open bluesy sound is readily identifiable, even on his ballad recordings. Turrentine died in 2001.
Drummer Stan Levey, who spent time with the Woody Herman and Stan Kenton big bands, was born this day in Philadelphia in 1923.
Bass player Nabil "Nobby" Totah was born this day in 1930 in Ramallah, Jordan. After playing in Japan in 1953 with Hampton Hawes and Toshiko Akiyoshi while he was assigned to a U.S. Army Band, Totah began working in New York in 1955 with Gene Krupa and Johnny Smith, and later with Tal Farlow and Herbie Mann.
On this day in 1924, the Coon-Sanders Original Nighthawks recorded their theme "Night Hawk Blues" for the Victor label.
Looking at today's hip happenings...
On the New York jazz scene... there's a tribute to Lionel Hampton at Iridium this week featuring the Terry Gibbs quintet with David "Fathead" Newman, Joey DeFrancesco, Gerry Gibbs and Howard Alden. Pianist Eugene Maslov's trio opens the set each night.
The Heath Brothers are at the Village Vanguard through Sunday. The Claudia Acuna quintet Vanguard is at the Jazz Standard this week. Latin singer Albita is at the Blue Note. The John Hicks-Elise Woods sextet is at Birdland tonight with special guest Joe Lovano. The George Coleman quartet is at Smoke.
The Jazz Gallery presents the Frank Lacy quintet tonight. The Pete Malinverni duo is at the Knickerbocker through Sunday. Jazz at Lincoln Center's Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, led by pianist Arturo O'Farrill, performs tonight at a mambo-style dance party at the Copacabana in midtown Manhattan. The Crescent City Maulers are at the new Swing46 jazz and supper club tonight.
The spring edition of the Cape May, N.J., Jazz Festival continues its Clark Terry weekend celebration with jazz and blues jam sessions this afternoon followed by a full slate of evening concerts. They include singer Dianne Reeves with the Frank Foster Big Band, Slide Hampton's Trombone Choir, the Clark Terry Alumni Band, James Moody, Irene Reid, Oscar Brown Jr. and Edgardo Cintron's Latin jazz all-stars.
In greater Boston... Kendrick Oliver and The New Life Jazz Orchestra with Monica Lynk and special guest Kevin Mahogany are at The Regattabar in Cambridge tonight. The Highland Jazz series presents a 20th anniversary gala concert tonight at Newton North High School with Tim Ray, Paul Broadnax, Yoron Israel, Billy Pierce, Donna Byrne, Marshall Wood, Herb Pomeroy, Jon Wheatley Kenny Wenzel.
In greater Philadelphia... a Strings for Schools concert at Abington Friends School in Jenkintown tonight features violinists John Blake, Diane Monroe and Regina Carter plus the Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra. Saxophonist Eric Alexander is at Chris's Jazz Cafe tonight. Jeff Bradshaw is at Zanzibar Blue tonight.
Sex Mob, led by slide trumpeter Steve Bernstein, performs "Modern Myth: The Music of Little Richard, Duke Ellington and John Barry" and original music based on the writings of James Ellroy at the Painted Bride Art Center tonight.
Los Hombres Calientes are at Blues Alley in Washington, D.C., tonight and Sunday.
In the Chicago area... Judy Roberts is at The Chicago Firehouse. The Tom Muellner trio is at Houston's Restaurant. Bobby Hutcherson is at the Jazz Showcase for two more nights with Willie Pickens, Kelly Sill and Dana Hall. Bopology is at Joe's BeBop Cafe and Jazz Emporium. Rankinfyle is at Philander's in Oak Park.
On the New Orleans jazz scene... the Blue Universe Quartet featuring Sheik Rasheed is at the Blue Nile. Earl Brown is at Cafe Sbisa. The Leroy Jones quintet is at Donna's. Jacques Gauthe is at Fritzel's. Devin Philips is at the Funky Butt.
Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers plus the Joe Krown Organ Combo are at the Maple Leaf. Lionel Ferbos is at the Palm Court. John Brunious leads tonight's band at Preservation Hall. Brian Coogan is at Rene Bistrot. The Panorama Jazz Band is at the Seaport Cafe. Frank Morgan is at Snug Harbor.
Harry Connick Sr. is at the Steak Knife. The New Orleans Jazz Vipers are at the Spotted Cat. Kim Prevost and Bill Solley are at the Spotted Cat. Papa Grows Funk plus Bonerama are at Tipitina's tonight. The Water's Edge in Slidell features the Royal Rounders tonight. Dr. Jazz and the New Orleans Dixieland Sounds are at the French Market Complex this afternoon.
In San Antonio... Zarabande is at Carmen's de la Calle Cafe tonight. The Infidels are at the Dolores del Rio. The Jim Cullum Jazz Band is at The Landing. Europa is at Mark's on the Riverwalk. Henry Brun and the Latin Players are at Swig.
In California... vibes player Stefon Harris's 12-piece Grand Unification Theory group is at the Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles through Sunday. "Latin Jazz at the Luckman" features Jerry Gonzalez and the Fort Apache Band, Tolu, and Francisco Aguabella and his Latin jazz ensemble at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex at Cal State-Los Angeles tonight.
The Richard Allen Williams quintet with Justo Almario is at Spazio in Sherman Oaks tonight. Little Chris and The Nightcrawlers are at Steamers Jazz Cafe in Fullerton tonight. There's a Trumpet Summit featuring Bobby Rodriguez, Carl Saunders and Scotty Barnhart with The John Heard trio at Charley O's in Valley Glen tonight. The Sweet Baby J'ai Blue Quartet is at the Lunaria Restaurant in West Los Angeles tonight. The Bob DeSena Latin jazz group is at The Deck in Palm Springs tonight.
Spyro Gyra is at Yoshi's jazz club in Oakland. Singer Dottie Dodgion is at Jazz at Pearl's in San Francisco tonight. The SFJazz Spring Season presents bassist Edgar Meyer and violinist Mike Marshall in a string summit at the Herbst Theatre tonight.
Trumpeter Roy Hargrove's quintet is at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley in Seattle for two more nights.