Lester Young's drum-playing younger brother, Lee Young, was born this day in 1917 in New Orleans.
Bass player Alcide Pavageau was born this day in 1888 in New Orleans. His nickname was "slow drag" and his musical partners included Bunk Johnson and George Lewis.
On this day in 1963, saxophonist John Coltrane and singer Johnny Hartman recorded a classic jazz album as musical partners on the Impulse! label. The album, called "John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman," contains what some consider the definitive vocal version of Billy Strayhorn's composition "Lush Life."
Looking at today's hip happenings...
On the New York jazz scene, Jazz at Lincoln Center opens a three-night concert celebration tonight of the music of singer-songwriter Abbey Lincoln. She will perform different material and with different musicians tonight, Friday and Saturday at Alice Tully Hall with special guests including Freddy Cole, marc Cary, Savion Glover, Joe Lovano and Steve Coleman. She will perform more than 35 of her best-known songs, including "Bird Alone," "A Circle of Love," "People in Me," "Who Used to Dance" and "Wholly Earth."
Trumpeter Roy Hargrove's quintet is at the Village Vanguard. Pianist Cyrus Chestnut's All-Stars are at Iridium this week. Willie Colon's band is at the Blue Note through Sunday as the club continues its month-long Latin jazz festival series. Kevin Hays and Bill Stewart team up tonight in the Jazz Gallery's month long Duo Piano series. Trombonist Chris Washburne's SYOTOS Latin jazz band is at the Nuyorican Poets Café tonight.
Drummer Lewis Nash's trio is at Birdland tonight through Saturday. Benny Green and Russell Malone, Frank Wess, Benny Powell and Carol Sloane are featured tonight in Jack Kleinsiger's Highlights in Jazz concert series at the Pace Downtown Theater. Mary Cleere Haran and Fred Ho's Monkey Orchestra perform in a Jazz Theatre presentation at the Great Hall of Cooper Union tonight. The Mingus Big Band is at the Fez.
In Boston tonight, singer Keely Smith opens a three-night run at Scullers jazz club. Trumpeter Darren Barrett's quartet is at Bob the Chef's in Boston tonight. Bassist Bob Sinicrope and the World Leaders are at Ryles jazz club in Cambridge tonight. Bombay Jim Porcella and the Swinging Sapphires are at the Good Life in Boston tonight. Saxophonist Dave Liebman is in concert at the New England Conservatory.
The Philip Hamilton Jazz Quartet is at the Capital Center for the Arts in Concord, N.H., tonight.
The Brian Woestehoff trio is at Chris's Jazz Café in Philadelphia tonight.
Composer-arranger Vince Mendoza is special guest with the University of Miami Concert Jazz Band tonight at Gusman Concert Hall in Coral Gables, Fla.
On the Chicago jazz scene, the Ron Freidman quintet is at Andy's tonight. Charlie Johnson is at the Backroom. Taku Akiyama is at the California Clipper. Dewey Redman is at the Jazz Showcase. Erwin Helfer and the Chicago Boogie Ensemble are at Joe's BeBop Café and Jazz Emporium on the Navy Pier. The Jeff Parker trio is at Pete Miller's Steakhouse in Evanston. Temple Schultz is at Philander's in Oak Park. The Tito Carrillo quartet is at Pops for Champagne.
In New Orleans, Rebecca Barry is at Dos Jefes tonight. 3 Now 4 is at the Dragon's Den. Ingrid Lucia and the Flying Neutrinos swing into El Matador. Trumpeter Jeremy Davenport is at the Ritz Carlton's French Quarter Bar. The Soul Rebels Brass Band is at Le Bon Temps Roule. John Brunious leads the band at Preservation Hall. Spencer Bohren is at Snug Harbor. Bob French and the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band are at the Storyville District Jazz Parlor. Kermit Ruffins and his Barbecue Swingers are at Vaughn's.
On the California jazz scene, guitarist Ron Eschete's trio is at Steamer's Jazz Café in Fullerton tonight. Jerry Gonzalez and the Fort Apache Band are at the Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles tonight. Steve Smith and Vital Information are at the Catalina Bar and Grill in North Hollywood tonight through Sunday with saxophonist Bill Evans as special guest. Hugh Masekela is at Yoshi's in Oakland tonight through Sunday.
Wanda Stafford and the Si Perkoff Band are at the Panama Hotel and Restaurant in San Rafael tonight. Paula West is at the Plush Room in San Francisco.
Trumpeter Ray Vega's Latin jazz quintet is at the Jazzclub in Eisenach, Germany, tonight as its European tour nears the midway point.
On the recording front...
Brazilian singer Astrud Gilberto, made famous through her "The Girl from Ipanema" recording with Stan Getz in 1963, is out with a new CD called "Jungle." It primarily includes original compositions. Her collaborators include co-producer, guitarist and vocalist Mark Lambert and singer John Margolis, who joined Gilberto on a duet on the track "In Spite of the Odds." It was released by Magya Productions.