Trumpeter Harry "Sweets" Edison was born this day in 1915 in Columbus, Ohio.
Pianist and composer Thelonious Sphere Monk was born this day in 1917 in Rocky Mount, N.C. The modern jazz pioneer helped develop bebop in the late 1940s and is best known for "'Round Midnight" and other jazz classics. He died in 1982.
Another Monk, bass player "Monk" Montgomery, was born this day in 1921 in Indianapolis. He was a brother of guitar legend Wes Montgomery.
Singer and pianist Roy Kral of the cabaret duo Jackie and Roy, was born this day in 1921 in Chicago. He died this year.
French horn player Julius Watkins was born this day in 1921 in Detroit. He was the first fluent bebop player on French horn, co-led the band Jazz Modes with Charlie Rouse and recorded with a veritable "who's who" in modern jazz.
Pianist Junior Mance was born this day in Chicago in 1928.
Looking at today's hip happenings...
On the New York jazz scene... Jazz at Lincoln Center's Jazz at the Penthouse series presents "Caribbean Classics -- Pan Drums" tonight through Saturday featuring an ensemble led by David "Happy" Williams, with Othello Molineaux on pan drums at the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse.
Bassist Dave Holland's 13-piece big band is at Birdland through Saturday. Guitarist Jim Hall is at the Village Vanguard through Sunday. The Arthur Blythe quartet is at the Jazz Standard this week. Iridium this week has the Sam Rivers trio and the Andrew Hill quartet.
Two duos... Gary Burton and Makoto Ozone plus Benny Green and Russell Malone... share the billing at the Blue Note this week. Chris Washburne's SYOTOS jazz band is at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe tonight. Diane Hubka is at Chez Suzette.
It's only fitting that a trumpeter, Ted Curson, hosts the monthly jam session at Trumpets in Montclair, N.J., tonight.
On the Boston area jazz scene... the John Scofield band is at the Orpheum Theater in Boston tonight. Larry Coryell's trio featuring drummer Paul Wertico and bassist Buster Williams is at Scullers tonight and Friday. The Laszlo Gardony quartet is at Ryles Jazz Club in Cambridge tonight. The Teresa Ines quintet with special guest Claudio Ragazzi is at the Regattabar in Cambridge. Guitarist Scott Henderson brings his "Well To The Bone" blues-rock tour to Johnny D's in Somerville.
Allan Harris is at the Jazz Corner in Hilton Head, S.C., tonight through Saturday.
In and around Chicago... pianist Cedar Walton's trio is at the Jazz Showcase this week. The Ron Freidman quintet is at Andy's tonight. John Bany, Don Stille and Charles Braugham lead the jam session at The Chambers in Niles. Judy Roberts is at the Chicago Firehouse Thursdays through Saturdays. The Bill Porter Orchestra with Rich Fudoli is at Green Dolphin Street. Alan Gresik's Swing Shift Orchestra is at the Green Mill. Erwin Helfer and the Chicago Boogie Ensemble are at Joe's BeBop Cafe and Jazz Emporium tonight. The Steve Million trio is at Pete Miller's Steakhouse in Evanston. John Wright is at Philander's in Oak Park. The Ken Saydak Band is at Pops for Champagne.
In New Orleans tonight... the Improvisational Arts Council's Acid Test is the Blue Nile tonight. Riccardo Crespo is at Cafe Matrix. Willie Tee is at Cobalt. New Orleans Streetbeat is at the Crescent City Brewhouse. George French is at Donna's. Los Tres Amigos are at Dos Jefes. Jeremy Davenport is at the Ritz Carlton's French Quarter Bar. The Blume Jazz Family is at Fritzel's European Jazz Pub. The Evan Howard Band and the Joe Krown Organ Combo are at the Funky Butt tonight. Topsy Chapman is at Satchmo's jazz room at Harrah's tonight.
The Soul Rebels Brass Band is at Le Bon Temps Roule. Lloyd Washington and the Crescent City Joymakers are at the Palm Court. Dave Bartholomew leads tonight's band at Preservation Hall. Leslie Smith is at the Rene Bistrot. The Rob Wagner trio is at the Seaport Cafe. John Mahoney's Big Band is at Snug Harbor. The Hot Club of New Orleans and the Panorama Jazz Band are at the Spotted Cat tonight. Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers are at Vaughan's. Five O'Clock Charlie featuring Charlie Dennard is at d.b.a.
Flutist Hubert Laws performs songs from his new Latin jazz compact disc, "Baila Cinderella," with guitarist Mark Towns' Latin Jazz Quintet at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts in Houston, Texas, tonight.
In California... Steve Tyrell is at the Catalina Bar and Grill in Hollywood tonight. The Shelly Berg trio is at Steamers Jazz Cafe in Fullerton. The Mike Melvoin trio is at Spazio in Sherman Oaks. Dave Weckl's band is at Yoshi's in Oakland tonight. Mark Levine and Lorenzo Farrell are at Paradise Pizza in San Francisco tonight. Carl Evans Jr.'s ensemble is at the Museum of Photographic Arts' After Dark jazz series tonight at Balboa Park in San Diego.
Omar Sosa's Fall Tour 2002 will kick off with his first ever concert in London at Queen Elizabeth Hall tonight.