Today is Feb. 21.
Pianist and composer Tadd Dameron was born this day in 1917 in Cleveland. Under-acknowledged during his career, he is considered today to have been one of the first great jazz arrangers. He had a profound influence on composers Horace Silver, Benny Golson and others. Dameron died in 1965.
Cornet player Warren Vache Jr. was born this day in 1951 in Rahway, N.J. He's one of the premiere swing cornet players today, has toured with the Newport Jazz Festival All-Stars, and was a favorite sideman of singer Rosemary Clooney.
Looking at today's hip happenings...
In New York... Regina Belle is at The Blue Note this week. Nicholas Payton, Tom Harrell, Randy Brecker, Terrell Stafford and David Weiss celebrate the music of Lee Morgan, Booker Little and Freddie Hubbard through Sunday at Iridium. The Mark Turner trio is at the Village Vanguard through Sunday. Eddie Henderson's quartet is at Smoke tonight and Saturday. The Steve Lehman quintet is at The Jazz Gallery tonight.
Jazz at Lincoln Center presents the Louis Hayes All-Stars through Saturday at the Stanley H.H. Kaplan Penthouse. The Jazz Standard's "Winter Blues Week" series features Lucky Peterson tonight through Sunday. Pianists Eric Reed and Mulgrew and guest artists perform the music of Donald Brown tonight at Columbia University's Miller Theater. The Michael Musillami-Mario Pavone quintet and George Schuller and The Schulldogs are at the Knitting Factory tonight.
On the Massachusetts jazz scene... the Ron Carter quartet is at The Regattabar in Cambridge tonight through Saturday. Pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba is at Scullers in Boston tonight and Saturday with special guest David Sanchez. Drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts is at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton tonight.
In Philadelphia... the Eric Wortham trio is at the Sedgwick Cultural Center tonight. Singer Janet Barron's trio is at the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Cafe Degas tonight. The Will Brock quartet is at Zanzibar Blue tonight. The Grant Stewart-John Swana quintet with Ryan Kisor is at Chris's Jazz Cafe.
The Historic Strasburg Inn features John Brubaker, the Bob Ferguson quartet, CoCo amd Company and the David Maxwell band tonight. The Strasburg Jazz Festival continues through Sunday in Lancaster County, Pa.
In Chicago... Sonny Fortune is at the Jazz Showcase through Sunday. Detour is at the Backroom. Judy Roberts is at The Chicago Firehouse. Kenny Werner trio is at the Green Mill. Skinny Williams is at Joe's BeBop Cafe and Jazz Emporium.
The Hinda Hoffman quartet is at Katerina's. Union Circle is at Michael's Jazz Bistro in Glen Ellyn. Los Hombres Perdido are at Pete Miller's Steakhouse in Evanston. The King Fleming trio is at Philander's in Oak Park. The Gephart-Long quartet is at Pops for Champagne.
Pianist Lenore Raphael is at Cafe Del Mar in Miami Shores, Fla., tonight and Saturday.
In New Orleans... the Earl Brown trio is at Cafe Sbisa. David Torkanowsky is at Cobalt. The Treme Brass Band is at Donna's. Naked on the Floor are at the Dragon's Den. Jeremy Davenport is at the Ritz Carlton's French Quarter Bar. Ryan Burrage and the Rhythm Makers are at Fritzel's. The Devin Phillips quartet and Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers are at the Funky Butt.
Dr. Bone and the Hepcats are at Lounge Lizards. The Ernie Elly Slickshots with Thais Clark are at the Palm Court. Leroy Jones leads the band at Preservation Hall tonight. Brian Coogan is at Rene Bistrot. Leigh "Little Queenie" Harris is at Southport Hall. Ellis Marsalis is at Snug Harbor. The New Orleans Jazz Vipers are at the Spotted Cat. The Hot Club of New Orleans is at d.b.a.
The annual Lionel Hampton Festival at the University of Idaho campus in Moscow main stage concert tonight features Lou Rawls, Hank Jones, Jeff Hamilton, Bucky Pizzarelli, Russell Malone Lewis Nash, John Clayton, Kenny Barron, Roy Hargrove, Claudio Roditi, Igor Butman, George Mraz, James Moody, Ethel Ennis, Bill Watrous, Benny Powell and Jane Jarvis.
In California... Patricia Barber is Catalina's Bar & Grill in Hollywood through Sunday. Mose Allison is at the Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles. The Ernie Watts quartet is at Steamers Jazz Cafe in Fullerton. Larry Nash and The Jazz Symphonics are at Spazio in Sherman Oaks. Trumpeter Carl Saunders is at Charlie O's in Valley Glen tonight and Saturday with the John Heard trio. The James Carter trio is at Yoshi's in Oakland through Sunday with special guest David Murray.
The J.P. Carter trio, Little Stitches, Smoke Rings and Adios are at the Roundhouse Community Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia, tonight.
Omar Sosa trio is at Croydon Clock Tower in London tonight.