Today is Dec. 14.
Saxophonist Budd Johnson was born this date in 1910 in Dallas.
Trumpeter and jazz educator Clark Terry was born this date in 1920 in St. Louis. Terry pioneered use of the deeper-sounding flugelhorn in jazz.
Baritone saxophonist Cecil Payne was born this day in 1922 in Brooklyn, N.Y. Like Serge Chaloff, Payne was a pioneer in adapting the baritone horn to bebop and post-bop jazz.
Pianist Phineas Newborn Jr. was born this day in Memphis, Tenn., in 1931. He died in 1989.
Swing trombonist Dan Barrett was born this day in 1955 in Pasadena, Calif.
On this day in 1953, trumpeter and arranger Buck Clayton recorded the first of his famous jam session albums for Columbia. This Basie Band alumnus and his Swing Era colleagues played chorus after chorus of standard tunes. So long and so hard did they swing that they often filled a side with one tune.
Looking at today's hip happenings...
On the New York jazz scene... the Chris Potter quartet is at the Village Vanguard. Oscar Peterson's quartet is at the Blue Note this week. The Jazz Standard tonight features Pablo Ziegler "Tango Meets Jazz" quintet with special guest James Carter tonight and Paquito d'Rivera on Sunday. The Ron Carter quartet is at Iridium. The Rudresh Mahanthappa quartet is at The Jazz Gallery tonight. Chris Washburne and his new band Mambo Inc., featuring vocalist Herman Olivera, play dance music for a mambo party tonight at the Ballroom on 5th, a dance studio located at 32nd Street and Fifth Avenue.
Saxophonist Eric Alexander is at Trumpets in Montclair, N.J., tonight
Charlie Haden and Michael Brecker bring their American Dreams project with Alan Broadbent, Brian Blade and the Berklee String Chamber Orchestra to Boston's Berklee Performance Center tonight. The Charlie Kohlhase quintet is at the Center for the Arts in Natick, Mass.
On the Philadelphia jazz scene... Greg Osby's quartet is at the Painted Bride Art Center. Monnette Sudler is at the Larose Global Music Room. Terell Stafford is at Ortlieb's Jazzhaus with the Mickey Roker quartet. Barbara Montgomery is at Zanzibar Blue.
The Ai Hoenig-Dave Kikowski trio is at Chris's Jazz Cafe. Alo Brasil is at North by Northwest tonight. The Toshi Makihara-Jim Meneses duo presents live scores accompanying three videos of Philadelphia filmmaker Peter Rose at Tritone tonight with Chicago composer Eric Leonardson.
Slide Hampton brings his World of Trombones band co-featuring Bill Watrous to the Cleveland Museum of Art's Gartner Auditorium tonight.
On the Chicago area jazz scene... Patricia Barber is at the McAnich Arts Center at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn. Judy Roberts is at The Chicago Firehouse. The Ryan Schultz quintet is at the Green Mill. Spider Saloff and Nick Colionne are at Isaac Hayes. The Joey DeFrancesco trio is at the Jazz Showcase. Bopology is at Joe's BeBop Cafe and Jazz Emporium.
Henry Johnson's Organ Express is at Pops for Champagne tonight. The Ken Chaney Experience is at Pops of Highwood. Saxophonist Dave Koz brings sixth annual "Smooth Jazz Christmas Tour" with David Benoit, Rick Braun, Brenda Russell and Peter White to the Chicago Theatre tonight.
In New Orleans tonight... the Blue Universe Quartet and Rebecca Barry's Bust are at the Blue Nile tonight. Earl Brown's trio is at Cafe Sbisa. David Torkanowsky and Friends at Cobalt. Ellen Smith and Friends are at Donna's. Leroy Jones is at Dos Jefes. John Boutte is at El Matador. Jeremy Davenport is at the Ritz Carlton's French Quarter Bar.
Jack Maheu and Friends are at Fritzel's European Jazz Pub. The Devin Phillips quartet is at the Funky Butt. Louis Ford and Topsy Chapman are at Satchmo's jazz room in Harrah's. Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers are at Le Bon Temps Roule. Miss Yvonne Williams is at Lounge Lizards. Lionel Ferbos is at the Palm Court.
John Brunious leads the band tonight at Preservation Hall. The Panorama Jazz Band is at the Seaport Cafe. The John Mahoney Big Band with special guest Bob Shepard is at Snug Harbor. The Panorama Jazz Band is at the Seaport Cafe. Otra brings Afro-Cuban music to the Spotted Cat tonight. The New Wave Brass Band is at the French Market Complex this afternoon.
Trumpeter Kermit Ruffins is at Stubbs BBQ in Austin, Texas, tonight.
On the California jazz scene... Denny Zeitlin's trio is at The Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles through Sunday. Barbara Morrison is at Steamers Jazz Cafe in Fullerton tonight. The Gerald Clayton quartet featuring trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos is at Spazio in Sherman Oaks. The John Heard trio is at Charlie O's in Valley Glen tonight with saxophonist Rickey Woodard. Bob DeSena's Latin jazz group is at The Deck in Palm Springs.
Jing Chi featuring Robben Ford, Jimmy Haslip and Vinny Colaiuta is at Yoshi's in Oakland through Sunday. Mark Levine and Rob Reardon are at the De Anza Hotel in San Jose tonight. Singer Stephanie Nakasian and pianist Hod O'Brien present a June Christy tribute at the Jazz and Blues Company in Carmel. The Andrew Speight-Charles McNeal quintet is at Jazz at Pearl's in San Francisco tonight.