Today is Jan. 12.
Pianist and bandleader Jay McShann, a strong exponent of the Kansas City blues, was born this day in 1909 in Muskogee, Okla. He gave young saxophonist Charlie Parker his first break.
Trombonist Trummy Young was born this date in 1912 in Savannah, Ga. His musical talents matured during a six-year stint in the Jimmy Lunceford Orchestra from 1937 to 1943. Trummy Young doubled as one of the band's singers. He died in 1984.
Drummer Ronald Shannon Jackson was born this day in 1940 in Fort Worth, Texas. Jackson played with Ornette Coleman and Cecil Taylor before forming his own Decoding Society band in 1981.
Keyboard player and record producer George Duke was born this day in 1946 in San Rafael, Calif. He has toured with such diverse groups as Cannonball Adderley and Frank Zappa. He also was a producer on Miles Davis's 1986 album "Tutu."
Looking at today's hip happenings...
On the New York jazz scene... Joe Lovano is at Birdland tonight, where the Chico O'Farrill Afro-Cuban Jazz Big Band performs the late show. The Terence Blanchard Group and singer Raya Yarbrough's band are at the Jazz Standard tonight. Gonzalo Rubalcaba's trio is at Iridium with special guest David Sanchez.
Nicholas Payton and The Soul Patrol and the Danilo Perez trio are at the Blue Note, where the Shunzo Ohno quintet is featured this afternoon in the East Meets West jazz brunch. Trombonist Chris Washburne and his SYOTOS band bring Latin jazz to Smoke on the Upper West Side each Sunday night.
The Danish Radio Big Band is at Ryles jazz club in Cambridge, Mass., tonight and Monday.
In Chicago... guitarist Larry Coryell is at the Jazz Showcase tonight with bassist Larry Gray and drummer Paul Wertico. Judy Roberts and Greg Fishman are at The Chambers in Niles. Bill O'Connell's Chicago Skyliners Big Band is at Fitzgerald's in Berwyn. The Kimberly Gordan trio is at the Green Mill for the Sunday Night Late Show. The Sonny Turner quintet is at Joe's BeBop Cafe and Jazz Emporium. Kara Kesselring is at Philander's in Oak Park tonight. The Russell Alan Rowe trio is at Pops for Champagne. Tim Green and Tim McNamara are at Katerina's this noon.
On the New Orleans jazz scene tonight... New Orleans Street Beat is at the Crescent City Brewhouse. Earl Brown is at Cafe Sbisa. Heather and the Monkey King are at Cobalt. Warren Battiste and Friends are at El Matador.
Big Sam's Funky Nation and Evan Howard are at the Funky Butt. Trombone Shorty is 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. Naked on the Floor is at Snug Harbor.
In California... the Benny Golson quartet is at the Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles tonight. The Sunday Jazz Band in January features saxophonist Zane Musa at Charlie O's in Valley Glen tonight. Jon Mayer and Friends are at Spazio in Sherman Oaks. Steve Turre's Sanctified Shells with Pharoah Sanders and Jon Faddis are at Yoshi's in Oakland.