Today is Feb. 24.
Pianist Clyde Hart was born this day in 1910 in Baltimore. After working with Stuff Smith, Roy Eldridge and Oscar Pettiford, he became a regular at Minton's Playhouse in Harlem where the bop style was being developed.
Tenor saxophonist Eddie Chamblee was born this day in 1920 in Atlanta. He grew up in Chicago and recorded with Lionel Hampton, Count Basie and Dinah Washington.
French arranger, songwriter, pianist and singer Michel Legrand was born this day in Paris in 1932. He has recorded on his own, and had his songs recorded by the best in the jazz world, including Miles Davis, Sarah Vaughan, and Stan Getz.
Tenor saxophonist David "Fathead" Newman was born this day in 1933 in Dallas. This Texas tenor, who now lives in upstate New York, built his chops on the rhythm and blues circuit before a 10-year stint with the Ray Charles band.
Looking at today's hip happenings...
Singer Dianne Reeves will sing at tonight's closing ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. She is scheduled to perform as part of a tribute to American music. She will perform George Gershwin's "Fascinating Rhythm" while figure skater Kurt Browning interprets the tune on ice.
Canada's first National Jazz Awards program is scheduled tonight at the Randolph Academy of the Performing Arts in Toronto. The gala event will be broadcast coast to coast live across Canada on CBC Radio2 in a special Sunday night edition of Ross Porter's After Hours jazz program.
Scheduled performers include the Joanne Brackeen Trio, D.D. Jackson trio, Jane Bunnett Group, Club Django Sextet, Michael Occhipinti's Creation Dream and vocalist Denzal Sinclaire with guitarist Bill Coon.
Tonight's event will also honor those inducted in the Canadian Jazz and Blues Hall of Fame, which is planned for Barrie, Ontario. Moe Koffman, Oscar Peterson, Jackie Washington and Dutch Mason are the first recipients.
On the New York jazz scene, Dr. John is at the Blue Note. Pianist Bruce Barth's trio is at the Village Vanguard. Pianist Jacky Terrasson's trio is at Iridium. The Chico O'Farrill Afro-Cuban Jazz Big Band is at Birdland. Guitarist Peter Leitch and bassist Ray Drummond team up tonight at Walker's. Drummer Bobby Sanabria will conduct the Manhattan School of Music Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra tonight at Makor. Trombonist Chris Washburne's SYOTOS Latin jazz band is at Smoke tonight.
Bassist Avery Sharpe's band is in the spotlight this afternoon in William Paterson University's Jazz Room series at the Shea Center for the Performing Arts in Wayne, N.J.
Guitarist John Scofield's band is at Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel in Providence, R.I., tonight.
Singer Donna Byrne is at the Oates Performing Arts Center at St. Paul's School in Concord, N.H., tonight with her band, featuring saxophonist Mike Monaghan.
Dave's True Story performs tonight at the IOTA Club and Café in Arlington, Va.
On the Chicago jazz scene, Joan Hickey performs in the Women in Jazz -- Cabin Fever Jazz Series at the Gorton Community Center in Lake Forest, Ill, this afternoon. Paulinho Garcia and Grazyna Auguscik team up tonight at HotHouse.
Tenor saxophonist Scott Hamilton winds down his weeklong run at the Jazz Showcase tonight. Sonny Turner's quintet is at Joe's BeBop Café and Jazz Emporium tonight. Rich Carpolongo is special guest with the Bruce Mack Big Band with this afternoon at the College of Lake Cook in Grayslake, Ill.
In New Orleans tonight, drummer Shannon Powell and friends team up with singer Topsy Chapman at Donna's. David Dunbar and Southern Peach Sweet Tart are at El Matador. Robin Boudreaux's quintet is at the Funky Butt. Trombonist Troy Andrews and his Trombone Shorty Brass Band are at the Maple Leaf.
Harold 'Duke' Dejean's Olympia Brass Band is at Preservation Hall. Barbara Shorts and clarinetist Tim Laughlin are in the spotlight at the Storyville District Jazz Parlor. Adonis Rose, Peter Martin, Roland Guerin and Brice Winston are featured in the jazz jam at Sweet Lorraine's.
On the California jazz scene, Mose Allison is at the Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles. Singer Karrin Allyson is at the Catalina Bar and Grill. The Mike Stern band is at Yoshi's in Oakland this afternoon and evening.
The Golden Eagle Dixieland Band is at Steamer's Jazz Café in Fullerton this afternoon. Gary Rowe is at the Downtown restaurant in Berkeley tonight. The Alcatraz Angels Jazz Band is at Dick's Restaurant in San Leandro this afternoon. The Dennis Wilson quintet is at the Palm Room in San Hose this afternoon. Mal Sharpe's Big Money in Dixieland band is at the No Name Bar in Sausalito for a musical matinee. Eugene Huggins and Chris Goddard are at Saylor's in Sausalito.
Jules Broussard is at Sweetwater in Mill Valley. SoVoSo is at the Jazzschool in Berkeley. Ed Polcer and his Jazz All-Stars perform for the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society in Half Moon Bay. Blue and Tan are at Cato's Ale House in Oakland.
In San Francisco, Larry Vuckovich and Noel Jewkes team up at Bistro 339 this afternoon. Paula West is at the Plush Room. Don Asher is at the Bix Restaurant and Supper Club tonight.
Guitarist Pat Martino's trio with Joey DeFrancesco and Byron Landham closes out a weeklong run at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley in Seattle.
The Jazz a Vienne winter series in Lyons, France, features bass clarinetist Michel Portal's band and the Heartland band with singer David Linx, pianist Diederik Wissels and trumpeter Paolo Fresu.