Today is Nov. 23.
Composer and arranger Johnny Mandel was born this day in 1925 in New York. Like Tyree Glenn, Mandel played trombone. He also played trumpet. Mandel first came to prominence as an arranger for Woody Herman. His most famous composition, "The Shadow of Your Smile," was written for the 1965 movie "The Sandpiper."
Bass player Ray Drummond, nicknamed "The Bulldog," was born this day in 1946 in Brookline, Mass. His jazz career began on the West Coast after several cycles in which he worked in corporate America as an insurance and food service executive.
Looking at today's hip happenings...
On the New York jazz scene tonight ... Lou Donaldson's quartet is at the Village Vanguard this week. The Fred Hersch quintet with Kenny Wheeler, Mark Turner, Ben Street and Nasheet Waits is at the Jazz Standard. Jazz at Lincoln Center presents drummer Terri Lyne Carrington's band for a final night in its Jazz at the Penthouse series.
Brazilian pianist and composer Sergio Mendes is at the Blue Note with Brasil 2002 for the club's Fall Vocal Festival. The third annual Django Reinhardt Festival continues at Birdland, where tonight's special guest is Charles Wizen. The Heath Brothers are at Iridium. Jason Lindner and Dafnis Prieto are featured tonight in The Jazz Gallery's Composers Series with Hans Glawischnig on bass, Peter Apfelbaum on reeds and Avishai E. Cohen on trumpet. Sex Mob performs tonight at Sweet Rhythm, formerly Sweet Basil.
Caetano Veloso is at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark. Kenny Barron's quintet is at Shanghai Jazz in Madison, N.J., tonight. Dave Samuels is at Trumpets in Montclair, N.J., tonight. David Chevan and Warren Byrd bring their duo version of the Afro-Semitic Experience to the Havdallah Cafe at Temple Ner Tamid in Bloomfield, N.J., tonight.
On the Boston area jazz scene... Eliane Elias is at Scullers jazz club in Boston tonight. The Donna Byrne quintet with special guest Harry Allen is at The Regattabar in Cambridge. Guitarist Julien Kasper from the Bruce Katz Band is at the Center For the Arts in Natick tonight.
In Philadelphia tonight... Byard Lancaster and Barbara Walker are at the Larose Global Music Room tonight. Conjunto 23 is at Mokas. Cecil Payne is at Ortlieb's Jazzhaus with the Ortlieb's Hausband. Dave Weckl is at Zanzibar Blue. Mary Ellen Desmond and Meg Clifton are at Chris's Jazz Café with the Larry McKenna quartet
Alto saxophonist Frank Morgan and Friends are at Blues Alley in Washington, D.C., through Sunday.
Sammy Figueroa's Latin Explosion featuring Carlos Averoff is at Van Dyke's Cafe in Miami's South Beach tonight. The Arthur Barron Afro Blue Band is at Gil's Cafe in Miami Beach for a rare club appearance by the South Florida bandleader.
Singer Nnenna Freelon is at the Stephens Performing Arts Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham tonight.
Avishai Cohen's International Vamp Band is at the Tri-C Eastern Campus in Highland Hills, Ohio, tonight.
Singer Kevin Mahogany is at the Bird of Paradise in Ann Arbor, Mich., tonight.
In and around Chicago... Bill Charlap's trio is at the Jazz Showcase with special guest Phil Woods. Bill Russo leads his Chicago Jazz Ensemble of Columbia College in a performance of "Sketches of Spain" and his own work, "Jubilatum," tonight at the Beverly Arts Center. Judy Roberts is at The Chicago Firehouse. The George Freeman quartet is at the Green Mill. Bopology is at Joe's BeBop Cafe and Jazz Emporium. The Ron Cooper Combo with Lou Marini is at Katerina's. Rankinfyle is at Philander's in Oak Park tonight.
In New Orleans... the Blue Universe Quartet is at the Blue Nile. Earl Brown's trio is at Cafe Sbisa. Willie Tee's trio is at Cobalt. Coolbone is at the Delta Blues Grill. 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. Greg Stafford and the Heritage Hall Jazz Band are at Fritzel's. Devin Phillips' quartet and Have Soul Will Travel are at the Funky Butt. Topsy Chapman and Tom Hook are at Satchmo's jazz room at Harrah's.
Ronald Markham and the Samirah Evans trio are at Le Salon at Windsor Court. Lionel Ferbos is at the Palm Court. Riccardo Crespo is at the Pirate's Alley Cafe. John Brunious leads the band at Preservation Hall. Leslie Smith is at Rene Bistrot. The Panorama Jazz Band is at the Seaport Cafe. Michael Wolf and Impure Thoughts are at Snug Harbor. The Richie Moten trio and the Silverleaf Jazz Band are at the Sonesta's Mystick Den. The New Orleans Night Crawlers Brass Band are at the French Market Complex this afternoon.
In California... the Sam Rivers trio is at The Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles this week. The John Heard trio is at Charlie O's in Valley Glen tonight with saxophonist Ralph Moore. The Francisco Aguabella Latin jazz band is at Steamer's Jazz Cafe in Fullerton. The Pete Jolly trio is at Spazio in Sherman Oaks tonight. Singer Shanna Carlson and the Kenny Stahl quartet are at The Jazz and Blues Co. in Carmel tonight. The Kenny Burrell quintet at Yoshi's in Oakland tonight through Sunday. Saxophonist-vocalist Paul Vornhagen's quintet is at Jazz at Pearl's in San Francisco.
The Jovino Santos Neto quartet with Hans Teuber on woodwinds, Chuck Deardorf on bass and Mark Ivester on drums is at Crossroads Mall in Bellevue, Wash., tonight.
The Omar Sosa octet is at Le Cap in Aulnay-sous-Bois, France, tonight.