Saxophonist Jimmy Heath was born this day in Philadelphia in 1926. He's a member of one of the first families of jazz, brother to bassist Percy Heath of Modern Jazz Quartet fame and to drummer Albert "Tootie" Heath.
Bass player Chubby Jackson was born in 1918. He was a mainstay in Woody Herman's First Herd in the early 1940s and worked with the band into the 1950s. His compositions included "Northwest Passage." He's the father of big band drummer Duffy Jackson.
New Orleans guitarist Edmond Souchon was born this day in 1897. His Six and Seven-Eighths Band, a nine-member string band that was started in 1911, was revived in 1945 and continued until the 1960s. He died in 1968.
Looking at today's hip happenings...
On the New York jazz scene... Kenny Rankin is at Birdland tonight and Saturday. The Kenny Barron sextet is at the Village Vanguard tonight. Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Stars with Jon Faddis, Randy Brecker. James Moody, Slide Hampton, Benny Green, John Lee, Jackie McLean and Dennis Mackrel are at the Blue Note tonight.
The Dee Dee Bridgewater big band is at Iridium through Sunday. Larry Goldings' trio with Peter Bernstein and Bill Stewart is at the Jazz Standard. The Robert Glasper trio is at the Jazz Gallery tonight. Kendra Shank is at the Fifty-Five Bar tonight with guitarist John Hart and bassist Dean Johnson. Jazz at Lincoln Center's new Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, led by Arturo O'Farrill, opens its 2002-03 season at the Hostos Center for the Arts and Culture in the Bronx tonight.
Pianist Rick DellaRatta is at Trumpets in Montclair, N.J., tonight.
Stacy Phillips and members of David Chevan's band, the Afro-Semitic Experience, are at the Center for the Arts at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn., tonight.
On the Boston area jazz scene... the Herbie Hancock quartet with Gary Thomas, Scott Colley and Terri Lyne Carrington is at the Berklee Performance Center tonight. Oleta Adams is at Scullers in Boston tonight and Saturday. The Jose Desantos-Val Ramos-Jose Ramos flamenco trio is at The Regattabar in Cambridge tonight. Pucho and his Latin Soul Brothers are at Ryles jazz club in Cambridge tonight.
The Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra is at the Iron Horse in Northampton, Mass., tonight.
Karrin Allyson is at Zanzibar Blue in Philadelphia tonight and Saturday.
The Terrace Theater bat Washington D.C.'s Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, will host the Regina Carter quintet tonight.
Detroit vocalist Shahida Nurullah appears with the Ron Brooks trio tonight at the Bird of Paradise in Ann Arbor, Mich. The Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts and the LaFontsee Galleries bring percussionist and composer John Hollenbeck's Claudia Quintet to the LaFontsee Galleries in Grand Rapids tonight.
On the Chicago jazz scene... the Asian American Jazz 2002 series features Jon Jang and David Murray, Joseph Jarman, Robbie Hunsinger and Tatsu Aoki tonight at the Museum of Contemporary Art. The Chris Lega-Pat Mallinger quintet is at Andy's tonight. Judy Roberts is at The Chicago Firehouse.
The Dave Liebman Quartet is at the Green Mill tonight and Saturday. The Mose Allison trio is at the Jazz Showcase this week. Skinny Williams is at Joe's BeBop Cafe and Jazz Emporium. The Mike Allemana quintet with Bob Dogan is at Katerina's tonight. The Steve Million trio is at Pete Miller's Steakhouse in Evanston. The King Fleming trio is at Philander's in Oak Park. Yoko Noge and Henry Johnson's Organ Express are at Pops for Champagne.
On the New Orleans jazz scene... Amy Adams is at Andrew Jaeger's House of Seafood tonight. Fredy Omar con su Banda are at the Blue Nile. Julia LaShae and her trio are at the Bombay Club. The Earl Brown trio is at Cafe Sbisa. Elizabeth Messina and Joe are at Charley G's Seafood Grill. David Torkanowsky is at Cobalt. Jerry and the Jazzmakers and New Orleans Streetbeat are at the Crescent City Brewhouse.
Bo Dollis and the Wild Magnolias are at Donna's. Wendell Brunious is at Dos Jefes. Jeremy Davenport is at the Ritz Carlton's French Quarter Bar. James Rivers is at the Fine Arts Center. The Devin Phillips Quartet and the New Orleans Night Crawlers are at the Funky Butt. Topsy Chapman is at Satchmo's jazz room at Harrah's casino. Have Soul Will Travel is at Le Bon Temps Roule. Sista Teedy's Bootleg Operation is at Le Meridien.
The Rob Wagner Trio is at Loft 523. The Ernie Elly Slickshots with Thais Clark are at the Palm Court. Tony Dagradi is at the Rene Bistrot. The Panorama Jazz Band is at the Seaport Cafe. Ellis Marsalis is at Snug Harbor. The New Orleans Jazz Vipers and Saudade are at the Spotted Cat. The Kim Prevost and Bill Solley trio is at the Windsor Court. Pianist Richard Carr is at the Unity Church of Metairie tonight.
Henry Butler is at Vaughn Auditorium at the University of Texas in Tyler tonight.
Tonight's schedule at the 20th anniversary edition of the San Francisco Jazz Festival features an evening with Ruben Blades at the Regency Center and Uma Noite and Caetano Veloso at Masonic Auditorium.
Elsewhere on the California jazz scene... tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander is at the Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles with his quartet, featuring pianist Harold Mabern. The Wallace Roney quintet with Gary Bartz, Patrice Rushen, Lenny White and Bob Hurst is at the Catalina Bar and Grill in Hollywood.
Singer Tierney Sutton is at Steamers Jazz Cafe in Fullerton. Larry Nash and the Jazz Symphonics are at Spazio in Sherman Oaks. Saxophonist Ralph Moore is featured with John Heard's trio tonight and Saturday at Charlie O's in Valley Glen.
Cuban singer-songwriter Juan-Carlos Formell is at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz tonight. Seattle-based vocalist Woody Woodhouse and the Glen Pearson trio are at Jazz at Pearl's in San Francisco tonight. Hiroshima is at Yoshi's in Oakland through Sunday.
Bobby Previte's Bump band and Michael Occhipinti's Creation Dream are at the Capilano College Performing Arts Theater in North Vancouver, British Columbia, tonight.
The Omar Sosa octet is at L'Aeronef in Lille, France, tonight.