Today is May 17th.
On this day in 1939, the Glenn Miller Orchestra began a summer season engagement at the Glen Island Casino in New Rochelle, N.Y. After that stay, the band broke attendance records wherever it went.
Alto saxophonist Jackie McLean was born this day in 1932 in New York City. His most important musical lessons came as a teenager from one of his Harlem neighbors - pianist Bud Powell - and then from Thelonious Monk and Miles Davis. McLean first recorded with Davis at age 19 back in 1951.
Since 1970, McLean has expanded his career beyond performance to work tirelessly as a jazz teacher and inner city arts activist in Hartford, Conn. He continues to tour and record with his Hartford-based sextet and with pianist Cedar Walton's trio.
Looking at today's hip happenings...
On the New York jazz scene... the Von Freeman-Chico Freeman quintet is at Iridium tonight. Kenny Barron and Regina Carter are at the Blue Note through Sunday. The Fred Hersch trio is at the Village Vanguard. Gonzalo Rubalcaba's trio is at Birdland through Saturday. The Knitting Factory features Supersuckers, Bad Wizard, Muscular Christians, The Bad Plus Ethan Iverson, Reid Anderson and David King, the Cracow Klezmer Band, the Shoko Nagai Quintet with Greg Tardy, Sam Newsom, Dave Hertzberg and Satoshi Takeishi, plus Floriculture. Fred Anderson, Chad Taylor and Marc Ribot team up tonight at Symphony Space. The Dick Griffin quartet is at the Lenox Lounge in Harlem tonight and Saturday.
Trumpeter Lew Soloff is at Trumpets in Montclair, N.J., tonight and Saturday with Renee Rosnes, Lonnie Plaxico and Victor Lewis.
On the Boston area jazz scene... the Chick Corea New Trio is at the Berklee Performance Center. The Dane Vanatter band is at the Regattabar in Cambridge. Strunz and Farah are at Scullers in Boston. Conga player Eguie Castrillo is featured in a Tito Puente tribute at Ryles in Cambridge tonight.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts tonight presents "Songs for a New Millennium: Portraits in Jazz," songs by Cy Coleman performed by the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra.
The Miami Beach edition of the JVC Jazz Festival continues tonight with La India and Dr. Lonnie Smith. Tony Bennett and Randy Brecker appear on Saturday and Sally Townes on Sunday.
Kim Waters and Maysa are at Zanzibar Blue in Philadelphia tonight and Saturday.
Tenor saxophonist Scott Hamilton appears tonight, Saturday and Sunday afternoon at the Gardner Theater in Meadville, Pa.
The Chicago area jazz scene features Ben Rudolph and Steve Hashimoto's Suenos at the Green Mill. The Nicholas Payton Quintet is at the Jazz Showcase. Skinny Williams is at Joe's BeBop Café and Jazz Emporium tonight. The King Fleming Trio is at Philander's in Oak Park. The Bradley Yound quartet is at Pops for Champagne.
In New Orleans... Bob Sunda and Joe Krown are at Charlie G's. The Treme Brass Band is at Donna's tonight. Trumpeter Jeremy Davenport is at the Ritz Carlton's French Quarter Bar. The Devin Phillips quartet and Red Morgan are at the Funky Butt. Louis Ford and Topsy Chapman are featured at Satchmo's jazz room at Harrah's casino.
Jason Marsalis and Ronald Markham are at Le Salon at Windsor Court. The Ernie Elly Slickshots are at Palm Court. Leroy Jones leads the band at Preservation Hall. Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers are at the Red Room. Ellis Marsalis is at Snug Harbor. Eddie Bo, Leah Burton and Wanda Rouzan are featured tonight at the Storyville District Jazz Parlor. The ReBirth Brass Band is at Tipitina's.
In California... pianist Michel Camilo's trio is at the Catalina in North Hollywood. The Claudia Acuna band is at the Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles. Micki Rhyne is at Steamer's Jazz Café in Fullerton tonight with the Mark Massey trio in a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald. The Roy Hargrove Quintet is at Yoshi's in Oakland.
Bill Henderson, Eric Comstock and Dena deRose present their Hollywood Songbook show at The Plush Room in San Francisco. Drummer Vince Lateano's trio is at Jazz at Pearl's in San Francisco. The San Jose State Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble is at Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz. Mark Levine and the Latin Tinge are at the De Anza Hotel in San Jose tonight.
The Pat Metheny Group is in Hamburg, Germany, tonight.
The Neufeld-Occhipinti Jazz Orchestra is at the Western Front in Vancouver, British Columbia, tonight.
The Ray Vega quintet is in Godella (Valencia), Spain, tonight.