Bandleader Jimmie Lunceford was born this day in 1902 in Fulton, Mo.
Trombonist Al Grey, the great Basie band veteran and the man who literally wrote the book on use of the plunger mute in jazz tromboning, was born this day in 1925 in Aldie, Va. He died earlier this year of complications from diabetes.
Pianist Monty Alexander was born this day in 1944 in Kingston, Jamaica.
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. Memphis Blood featuring the blues-rock guitarists James Blood Ulmer and Vernon Reid performs tonight through Saturday at the Jazz Standard.
Singer Shawnn Monteiro is at Scullers in Boston tonight and Friday with special guest Clark Terry. She will record a new CD live at Scullers with Terry and father, the bass player Jimmy Woode, plus her European rhythm section. The Patrice Williamson Group is at The Regattabar in Cambridge tonight. Metalwood is at Ryles in Cambridge.
Bassist Mario Pavone's Nu Trio and quintet perform tonight at the Bushnell Auditorium'' Autorino Great Hall in Hartford, Conn.
The Terence Blanchard quintet is at Blues Alley in Washington, D.C., tonight and Friday.
Rosario Cambria's wordjazz series takes a closer look at "Big Band Buddy Rich" at
Borders in Strongsville, Ohio, tonight.
Down to the Bone is at Peabody's Downunder in Cleveland tonight.
In and around Chicago... the Freddy Cole quartet is at the Jazz Showcase through Sunday. There's a jam session tonight at The Chambers in Niles with John Bany, Don Stille and Charles Braugham. Alan Gresik's Swing Shift Orchestra is at the Green Mill. Erwin Helfer and the Chicago Boogie Ensemble are at Joe's BeBop Café and Jazz Emporium. Temple Schultz is at Philander's in Oak Park tonight. The Tito Carrillo quartet is at Pops for Champagne.
In New Orleans... Dr. Bone and the Hepcats are at the Banks Street Bar and Grill. ''Breeze'' with David Ellington on piano is at Cobalt. Rebecca Barry is at Dos Jefes. David Dunbar is at El Matador. Jeremy Davenport is at the Ritz Carlton's French Quarter Bar. Ricky Sebastian is at the Funky Butt. Topsy Chapman sings at Satchmo's jazz room in Harrah's casino. The Soul Rebels Brass Band is at Le Bon Temps Roule. Jason Marsalis and Wendell Brunious lead tonight's bands at Le Salon at Windsor Court.
Johnny Vidacovich, George Porter Jr. and June Yamagishi continue their live recording session at the Old Point. The Crescent City Joymakers with Lloyd Washington are at the Palm Court. Dave Bartholomew leads then band at Preservation Hall tonight. Tony Green and the SUVs are at Snug Harbor. The Jesse Lewis trio is at the Stationhouse Grill. Lenny McDaniel and Sharon Martin and First Take are at the Storyville District Jazz Parlor. Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers are at Vaughn's tonight.
In California... Ray Barretto and New World Spirit are at the Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles tonight through Sunday. Singer Barbara Morrison is at The Catalina Bar and Grill in North Hollywood tonight through Saturday. The Ron Eschete trio is at Steamer's Jazz Café in Fullerton tonight. Isaac Delgado is at Yoshi's in Oakland tonight through Sunday.
The Pat Metheny Group is in Lausanne, Switzerland, tonight.