Today is Jan. 1.
Bass player Al McKibbon was born this day in 1919 in Chicago. This wide-ranging player replaced Ray Brown in Dizzy Gillespie's first jazz orchestra. He also worked with Miles Davis, including the important "Birth of the Cool" recording sessions.
Vibes player Milt Jackson, a founding member of the Modern Jazz Quartet, was born this day in 1923 in Detroit. He died in 1999 from cancer.
Electric guitarist Sonny Greenwich was born this day in 1936 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He played rhythm and blues in Toronto before joining forces with a number of jazz players, including John Handy, Hank Mobley and Miles Davis.
Saxophonist Chris Potter was born this day in 1971 in Chicago. He grew up in South Carolina, where trumpeter Red Rodney discovered him and took him on the road for four years starting at age 18. These days, he leads his own band and tours frequently as a member of the Dave Holland Quintet.
Looking at today's hip happenings...
On the New York jazz scene, clarinetist Michael White's Original Liberty Jazz Band of New Orleans is at the Village Vanguard through Sunday. Pianist Eliane Elias's trio with Mark Johnson and Satoshi Takeshi is at Iridium this week. Bassist Santi Debriano and Circle Chant are at the Zinc Bar tonight and Wednesday. Trombonist Jack Jeffers conducts the Duke Ellington Orchestra tonight at Birdland, where there's an early evening set by David Ostwald's Louis Armstrong Centennial Band. The Knitting Factory welcomes in 2002 with an eight-hour Alternative New Year's Day Spoken Word-Performance Extravaganza featuring more than 150 poets, musicians, dancers and performance artists.
Hammond B-3 organ player Bruce Katz's band performs at today's New Year's Day Brunch at the House of Blues in Cambridge, Mass.
On the New Orleans jazz scene, the Jazz Vipers are at El Matador tonight. Drummer James Alsanders' Jazz Project is at the Funky Butt. Greg Stafford leads the band at Preservation Hall. Charmaine Neville is in the spotlight at Snug Harbor. The ReBirth Brass Band is at the Maple Leaf. The Dukes of Dixieland play for the dinner crowd aboard the Steamboat Natchez tonight. Pianist David Torkanowsky and the Treme Brass Band perform this afternoon at the Storyville District Jazz Parlor. Pianist John Royen is at Sweet Kathleen's tonight.
In California tonight, Mark Massey is at Steamers Jazz Café in Fullerton. The Mark Stock Trio with Gary Rowe is at the Cypress Club in San Francisco.