Today is Jan. 14.
Drummer Jimmy Crawford was born in Memphis this day in 1910. He was a fixture in the Jimmy Lunceford band from 1929 to 1942.
Reed player and singer Joe Muranyi was born this day in 1928 in Martins Ferry, Ohio. He worked with many prominent Dixieland groups through the years and formed the traditional jazz group The Village Stompers in 1963. Muranyi was also the last clarinetist to perform and record regularly with the Louis Armstrong All Stars.
Trumpeter Kenny Wheeler was born this day in 1930 in Toronto, Canada.
Looking at today's hip happenings...
On the New York jazz scene, singer Kurt Elling is at Birdland tonight, where the Scott Whitfield Jazz Orchestra warms things up with an early evening set. The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra is at the Village Vanguard. Guitar legend Les Paul is at Iridium with his trio. The Don Preston trio is at The Knitting Factory tonight. Roy Campbell and Tazz are at the Lenox Lounge in Harlem.
Trumpeter John Allmark's Jazz Orchestra is at Bovi's Town Tavern in East Providence, R.I., tonight.
In and around Chicago, singer-pianist Patricia Barber's trio is at the Green Mill. Yoko Noge's Jazz Me Blues is at HotHouse. Katherine Davis is at Joe's BeBop Café and Jazz Emporium on the Navy Pier. Judy Roberts and Greg Fishman team up tonight at Pops for Champagne. The Typhanie Monique duo is at Pete Miller's Steakhouse in Evanston. Nadine Baxter is at
Philander's in Oak Park.
On the New Orleans jazz scene, Bob French is at Donna's with his band. Drummer Jason Marsalis's quartet is at the Funky Butt tonight. Joe Krown presides over Piano Night at Le Bon Temps Roule. Trumpeter Reginald Koeller leads the band at Preservation Hall. Singer Charmaine Neville is in the spotlight at Snug Harbor. The Dukes of Dixieland perform for the dinner crowd aboard the Steamboat Natchez. The Treme Brass Band is at the Storyville District Jazz Parlor.
In California tonight, the Banda Brothers Latin jazz sextet is at Spazio in Sherman Oaks. Big Band 2000 is at Steamers Jazz Café in Fullerton. The University of Southern California Faculty Guitar Summit, featuring Frank Potenza, Pat Kelley and John Stowell is at The Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles. The Chris Steele quartet is at The Catalina Bar and Grill in North Hollywood. Trumpeter Russell Gunn's nonet Ethnomusicology is at Yoshi's in Oakland tonight. Cuban singer Ibrahim Ferrer's Orquesta is at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz. Alex Budman directs the Contemporary Jazz Orchestra at Jazz at Pearl's in San Francisco.
Singer and bassist Richard Bona opens a three-night run tonight at the Blue Note jazz club in Osaka, Japan, tonight.