Composer, arranger and trumpeter Billy May was born this date in Pittsburgh in 1916. He is best known for his arrangements for the Charlie Barnet band. May's version of Ray Noble's "Cherokee" became a Swing Era standard. It also became Barnet's signature tune.
Pianist Paul Bley was born this day in 1932 in Montreal. In the late 1950s he became associated with the developing avant-garde jazz movement, collaborating with Charles Mingus, Ornette Coleman, Don Cherry and others.
Flute player Hubert Laws was born this day in 1939 in Houston. The versatile player in both jazz and classical spheres got his first jazz job at age 15 with the Jazz Crusaders and stayed with the band from 1954 until 1960.
Tenor saxophonist Mark Turner was born this day in 1965 at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Fairborn, Ohio.
On this day in 1947, Lionel Hampton recorded "Midnight Sun" for the Decca label.
Looking at today's hip happenings...
On the New York jazz scene... Mose Allison's quartet is at Iridium. Saxophonist Greg Osby's band is at the Village Vanguard this week. Week one of the Blue Note's Fall Vocal Festival continues tonight with Jon Hendricks and Company while Shoko Amano is featured today at the club's East Meets West Jazz Brunch. The Gary Bartz Quintet plus String Quartet are at The Jazz Standard through Sunday. The Marc Copland-Dave Liebman duo is at The Jazz Gallery tonight. Trombonist Chris Washburne's SYOTOS Latin jazz band is at Smoke tonight. Vicki Solas' annual jam is at La Maganette tonight.
Caetano Veloso is at Verizon Hall in Philadelphia's new Kimmel Center tonight.
In and around Chicago... Mike Finnerty and the Jazz Hippies are at Cafe Ennui tonight. Pete Benson's trio is at the California Clipper. Judy Roberts and Greg Fishman are at The Chambers in Niles. The Kimberly Gordan trio is at the Green Mill tonight. HotHouse features Sunday Songs with Lucy Smith this afternoon. The Louis Bellson quintet is at the Jazz Showcase. The Sonny Turner quintet is at Joe's BeBop Café and Jazz Emporium. Aram Shelton's Dragons 1976 are featured this afternoon in the No Exit Cafe's Jazz at 4 series. Kara Kesselring is at Philander's in Oak Park. The Russell Alan Rowe trio is at Pops for Champagne.
In New Orleans... the Hot Club of New Orleans is at the Circle Bar. The Shannon Powell quartet is at Donna's. Linnzi Zaorski and the Night Blooming Jazzmen, and Warren Battiste's band are at El Matador. Johnny Vidacovich's trio with Brian Coogan on organ and Tim Green on sax and the Trombone Shorty brass band are at the Maple Leaf. Lucien Barbarin and the Sunday Night Swingsters are at the Palm Court. The Olympia Brass Band is at Preservation Hall. The Dixie Trio is at the Seaport Cafe. Irvin Mayfield is at Snug Harbor tonight.
Tonight's finale at the 20th anniversary edition of the San Francisco Jazz Festival features hip singers Mark Murphy and Kurt Elling at the Herbst Theatre. The day opens with a San Francisco Bay brunch cruise featuring Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers and the Quintet of the Hot Club of San Francisco.
Elsewhere on the California jazz scene... the Elvin Jones Jazz Machine is at the Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles. Flora Purim and Airto Moreira are at the Catalina Bar and Grill in Hollywood. The Sunday Jazz Band at Charlie O's in Valley Glen tonight features Larry Covelli on saxophone along with drummer Sherman Ferguson, pianist Marty Harris and bassist Adrian Rosen. Jon Mayer and Friends are at Spazio in Sherman Oaks. The Cedar Walton trio is at Yoshi's in Oakland this week with Vincent Herring and Nicholas Payton.