Trumpeter Henry "Red" Allen was born this day in 1908 in New Orleans. Music came naturally to him. Allen's father ran a famous brass band in the Crescent City.
Baritone saxophonist Haywood Henry, a member of the Erskine Hawkins band for nearly 20 years, was born this day in 1913 in Birmingham, Ala. He died in 1994.
Longtime Ellington drummer Sam Woodyard was born this day in 1925 in Elizabeth, N.J. He was with Duke's band for 13 years.
Bass player Don Payne was born this day in 1933 in Wellington, Texas. He worked with Maynard Ferguson and Ornette Coleman and toured Africa with Herbie Mann. He also recorded bossa nova albums with Stan Getz and Astrud Gilberto in the 1960s.
Clarinetist Kenny Davern was born this day in 1935 in Huntington, N.Y. This busy traditional and mainstream player remains one of the most skilled and soulful clarinetists in jazz.
Looking at today's hip happenings...
On the New York jazz scene... Nicholas Payton and The Soul Patrol and the Danilo Perez trio are at the Blue Note tonight through Sunday. The Gonzalo Rubalcaba trio is at Iridium this week with special guest David Sanchez. Freddie Bryant and Kaleidoscope are at the Jazz Standard tonight.
Giga Shane is at North by Northwest in Philadelphia tonight.
In Chicago... Men of Note are at Andy's tonight. Jimmy Sutton's Four Charms are at the Green Mill. Ken Cheney is at Joe's BeBop Cafe and Jazz Emporium. Alfonso Ponticelli and Swing Gitan are at Katerina's. Von Freeman and Friends are at the New Apartment Lounge on Tuesdays.
The Bobby Broom trio is at Pete Miller's Steakhouse in Evanston. Marshall Vente is at Philander's in Oak Park. Typhanie Monique and Neal Alger are at Pops for Champagne. Matt Federman is at Pops of Highwood. The Kimberly Gordon quartet is at the Underground Wonder Bar.
In New Orleans... the Ted Hefko quartet and Two Pan Sam are at the Blue Nile. Earl Brown is at Cafe Sbisa tonight. Tom Hook is at Dos Jefes. Chi-Town Maurice Brown is at the Funky Butt. Los Vecinos are at Loft 523. The ReBirth Brass Band is at the Maple Leaf. Greg Stafford leads tonight's band at Preservation Hall. The Rob Wagner trio is at the Seaport Cafe. The Jason Marsalis quintet is at Snug Harbor.
On the California jazz scene... the Benny Golson quartet is at the Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles tonight through Sunday. The Ron Kobayashi trio with Debbi Ebert is at Steamer's Jazz Cafe in Fullerton tonight. Saxophonist Don Menza is at Charlie O's in Valley Glen tonight. This is John Pisano's Guitar Night at Spazio in Sherman Oaks. The Vince Lateano Trio featuring pianist Matt Clark is at Jazz at Pearl's in San Francisco. Steve Turre's Sanctified Shells with Pharoah Sanders and Jon Faddis are at Yoshi's in Oakland this week.
Shemekia Copeland is at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley in Seattle this week.
The Don Thompson Nine Piece Band is at the Montreal Bistro in Toronto tonight through Saturday.
On the recording front...
Pianist Jacky Terrasson's latest release "Smile" is out today on the Blue Note label. The trio session teams him with bassist Sean Smith and drummer Eric Harland. With their support, he craftily reconstructs and reinterprets a wide variety of classic and contemporary standards.
Blue Note also is out with Jane Bunnett's "Cuban Odyssey." It is Bunnett's first Cuban recording featuring musicians from outside of Havana. She selected three ensembles from outlying provinces; each representing a unique musical challenge and offering a fresh perspective on traditional Cuban music. Saxophonist Bunnett also included three originals and a bonus track featuring the powerful folkloric singer and her longtime friend, the late Merceditas Valdes.