Trumpeter, singer and big band leader Jack Sheldon was born this day in 1931 in Jacksonville, Fla.
On this day in 1940, Charlie Parker made his first recording with the Jay McShann Band. It happened at radio station KFBI in Wichita, Kan. The song was "I've Found a New Baby."
On this night in 2001, the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation presented its 8th annual Living Legacy Jazz Award to violinist Joe Kennedy Jr. at Washington, D.C.'s Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Kennedy was one of the first black American musicians admitted to the Richmond Symphony, where he was resident violinist for nearly 20 years. He has also performed and recorded extensively as a jazz band leader and sideman and has been deeply involved in music education.
Looking at today's hip happenings...
On the New York jazz scene... the Jason Moran trio is at the Village Vanguard. Rene Marie is at The Jazz Standard through Sunday in a week spotlighting MaxJazz vocalists. Pharoah Sanders is at Birdland tonight. Eddie Palmieri and La Perfecta II are at the Blue Note this week. Mike Stern's band with Dave Weckl and Victor Wooten is at Iridium. Henry Threadgill's "Zooid" is at The Jazz Gallery tonight.
Trumpeter Jack Walrath is at Trumpets in Montclair, N.J., tonight.
Monty Alexander, Russell Malone and John Clayton team up tonight at Scullers jazz club in Boston. The New Black Eagle Jazz Band is at The Regattabar in Cambridge, Mass., tonight,
In Philadelphia... trumpeter Russell Gunn is at Zanzibar Blue. Barbara Walker joins the Ortlieb's Hausband at Ortlieb's Jazzhaus tonight. The Pat Martino quartet is at Chris's Jazz Cafe.
There's a Brazilian Thanksgiving Samba Party at the Bird of Paradise in Ann Arbor, Mich., tonight.
In Chicago tonight... Judy Roberts is at The Chicago Firehouse. Chevere is at the Green Mill. The Roy Hargrove quintet is at the Jazz Showcase. Bopology is at Joe's BeBop Cafe and Jazz Emporium. The Layni Katz trio is at Katerina's. Rankinfyle is at Philander's in Oak Park. The Edwin Daugherty quartet is at Pops for Champagne.
In New Orleans... the Blue Universe Quartet and the New Orleans Klezmer Allstars are at the Blue Nile. The Earl Brown trio is at Cafe Sbisa tonight. David Torkanowsky is at Cobalt. Leroy Jones Quintet is at Donna's. The Mark Braud trio 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 European Jazz Pub. Devin Phillips' quartet is at the Funky Butt. Louis Ford and Topsy Chapman are at Satchmo's jazz room at Harrah's. Have Soul Will Travel is at Le Bon Temps Roule.
Bob French and the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band are at Le Meridien. Darrell Levigne and Ronald Markham are at Le Salon at Windsor Court. Lionel Ferbos is at the Palm Court. John Brunious leads tonight's band at Preservation Hall. Brian Coogan is at Rene Bistrot. The Panorama Jazz Band is at the Seaport Cafe. Henry Butler and his Steamin' Syncopators are at Snug Harbor. Richie Moten's trio is at the Sonesta's Mystick Den tonight. The New Orleans Jazzmen Brass Band is at the French Market Complex this afternoon.
On the California jazz scene... Cedar Walton is at The Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles this week with Curtis Fuller, Buster Williams and Jimmy Cobb. Saxophonist Zane Musa is at Charlie O's in Valley Glen tonight with the John Heard trio. The Fred Ramirez Latin jazz band is at Steamer's Jazz Cafe in Fullerton. Alan Broadbent's trio is at Spazio in Sherman Oaks. Bill Bell's Jazz Connections Quartet is at Jazz at Pearl's in San Francisco. Tuck and Patti are at Yoshi's in Oakland this week.
Paul Rutherford, Torsten Muller and Dylan van der Schyff are at The Western Front in Vancouver, British Columbia, tonight.