Swing drummer Specs Powell was born this day in 1922 in New York. He recorded with Gerry Mulligan and Teddy Wilson at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1957 and as a member of the Monday Night at Birdland all-star group with Lee Morgan, Curtis Fuller and Hank Mobley in 1958.
Also in 1922, guitarist Johnny Smith was born this day in Birmingham, Alabama.
Dutch pianist Misha Mengelberg was born this day in Kiev in 1935.
On this day in 1941, Gene Krupa recorded "After You've Gone" with trumpeter Roy Eldridge for the Okeh label.
The Harry James band recorded "James Session" on this day in 1942.
Looking at today's hip happenings...
On the New York jazz scene... the Pharoah Sanders quartet is at Iridium all week. Singer-pianist Diane Schuur is at the Blue Note. The Jacky Terrasson trio with bassist Sean Smith and drummer Al Foster is at the Village Vanguard this week. The Chicago Jazz Ensemble conducted by William Russo is at Birdland tonight and Thursday. Harvie S, the bassist formerly known as Harvie Swartz, is at the Zinc Bar tonight with his Latin band, Eye Contact. Chakra Tuning is at Tonic. Singer Nora York is at Joe's Pub tonight.
Singer Peter Eldridge and pianist Andy Ezrin are at Scullers in Boston tonight. The worldbeat band Natraj is at Ryles in Cambridge tonight.
Guitarist Chuck Redd is at Blues Alley in Washington, D.C. tonight with vibraphonist Chuck Redd and drummer Joe Byrd.
Clarinetist John Richmond's swingtet performs the music of Benny Goodman tonight in a free concert at the Cleveland Museum of Art.
In and around Chicago... Mike Finnerty and the Jazz Hippies are at Cafe Ennui tonight. The Phil Mosberg Quartet featuring Nate Bakkum, Jon Irabagon, and Vance Okraszewski is at the Empty Bottle. The Bill Porter Orchestra with Rich Fudoli is at Green Dolphin Street tonight. The Freddy Cole quartet is at the Jazz Showcase through Sunday. Ken Saydak is at Joe's BeBop Café and Jazz tonight. Andrew Blenderman is at Philander's in Oak Park. The Ryan Cohan trio is at Pops for Champagne.
In New Orleans... Groovopolis holds a CD release party at the Blue Nile tonight. Guitarist Brian ''Breeze'' Cayolle is at Cobalt with David Ellington on piano tonight through Friday. Leigh 'Little Queenie' Harris is at Dos Jefes. The Soul Rebels Brass Band is at El Matador. Ingrid Lucia sings at the Ritz Carlton's French Quarter Bar. Topsy Chapman is at Satchmo's jazz room at Harrah's. Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers are at Le Bon Temps Roule. Pianists Paul Longstreth and Victor Atkins are at Le Salon at Windsor Court.
Johnny Vidacovich, George Porter Jr. and June Yamagishi record their music live tonight at the Old Point. John Brunious leads the band tonight at Preservation Hall. Fredy Omar con su Banda are at the Red Room. Tom McDermott and Evan Christopher are at Snug Harbor. The Dukes of Dixieland play for the sinner crowd aboard the Steamboat Natchez. Lenny McDaniel, Walter Payton and Snapbeans are at the Storyville District Jazz Parlor tonight.
In California tonight...the Ron Eschete trio is at Steamer's Jazz Café in Fullerton tonight. Singer Curtis Stigers is at is at Yoshi's in Oakland tonight. The John Altman Big Band is at the Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles tonight. The Yuko Maruyama quintet is at the Catalina Bar and Grill in North Hollywood tonight.
Pat Metheny Group is in Munich, Germany tonight.