Lester Young's drum-playing younger brother, Lee Young, was born this day in 1917 in New Orleans.
Bass player Alcide Pavageau was born this day in 1888 in New Orleans. His nickname was "slow drag" and his musical partners included Bunk Johnson and George Lewis.
On this day in 1963, saxophonist John Coltrane and singer Johnny Hartman recorded a classic jazz album as musical partners on the Impulse! label. The album, called "John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman," contains what some consider the definitive vocal version of Billy Strayhorn's composition "Lush Life."
On this night in 2002... Jazz at Lincoln Center opened a three-night concert celebration of the music of singer-songwriter Abbey Lincoln at New York's Alice Tully Hall with special guests Freddy Cole, Marc Cary, Savion Glover, Joe Lovano and Steve Coleman.
Looking at today's hip happenings...
In New York... The Blue Note features the Latin side of Paquito d'Rivera. The Ahmad Jamal trio is at Iridium this week. The Kurt Rosenwinkel quartet is at the Village Vanguard. Singer Jeffrey Smith's group is at The Jazz Standard. The Yosvany Terry trio with Avishai Cohen and Dafnis Prieto is at The Jazz Gallery tonight.
In and around Boston... Joshua Redman is at Scullers jazz club tonight and Saturday. The Charles Mingus Big Band is at The Regattabar in Cambridge tonight and Saturday. Louie Bellson is at Ryles in Cambridge tonight and Saturday.
Singers Ron Murphy and Eula Lawrence join Stanley Swann's quintet for an evening featuring music by great jazz drummers at the National Heritage Museum in Lexington. Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis is at the Calvin Theater in Northampton, Mass., tonight.
In Philadelphia... saxophonist Sonny Rollins' 2003 concert season begins tonight at The Kimmel Center's Verizon Hall. Barbara Montgomery is at the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Cafe Degas tonight. The Barbara Walker Story is at Zanzibar Blue. The Joey DeFrancesco trio is at Chris's Jazz Cafe.
The Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts presents the five-member Cuban group Habana Sax tonight at Chilli Peppers in Kitty Hawk, N.C.
In Chicago... the Pat Martino quartet is at the Jazz Showcase this week. Skinny Williams is at Joe's BeBop Cafe and Jazz Emporium.
In New Orleans... the Earl Brown trio is at Cafe Sbisa. The Treme Brass Band is at Donna's. Quintology is at the Dragon's Den. Ryan Burrage and the Rhythm Makers at Fritzel's. Devin Phillips and Henry Butler are at the Funky Butt. Mark Braud and Topsy Chapman are at Harrah's. Henry Butler is at the Maple Leaf.
The Ernie Elly Slickshots with Thais Clark are at the Palm Court. Leroy Jones leads tonight's band at Preservation Hall. Brian Coogan is at Rene Bistrot. Germaine Bazzle and Ed Petersen are at Snug Harbor. The Jazz Vipers are at the Spotted Cat. The Hot Club of New Orleans swing band is at d.b.a.
In California... The Masters of Groove, featuring Grant Green Jr., Ruben Wilson and Clyde Stubblefield, are at the Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles through Sunday. Trumpeter Bobby Rodriguez is at Charlie O's in Valley Glen tonight and Saturday with the John Heard trio. Gerald Clayton is at Spazio in Sherman Oaks with the Gilbert Castellanos trio.
Singer Anna Callahan and pianist Shelly Berg are at Steamers Jazz Cafe in Fullerton. Singer Jamie Davis is at Jazz at Pearl's in San Francisco tonight and Saturday. Bireli Lagrene is at Yoshi's jazz club in Oakland tonight through Sunday.
Billy Cobham's Art of 5 is at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley in Seattle through Sunday.
Omar Sosa is at Sala Clamores in Madrid, Spain, tonight with Gustavo Ovalles and Childo Tomas.