Today is May 10th.
Mel Lewis was born this day in 1929 in Buffalo, N.Y. The late drummer was co-founder of the original Thad Jones-Lewis Orchestra which in 1966 started the Monday night "off night" big band tradition that still thrives in many jazz clubs in New York and beyond.
On this day in 1940, vibes player Lionel Hampton teamed up with the Nat King Cole trio to record "Central Avenue Breakdown" and "Jack the Bellboy" on the Victor label.
Looking at today's hip happenings...
On the New York jazz scene... saxophonist T. K. Blue's band is at The Arkadia Music Center tonight. The Nicholas Payton quintet is at Iridium. Pianist Cedar Walton's band is at the Village Vanguard this week. Saxophonist David Sanborn is at the Blue Note. The Houston Person quartet is at the Jazz Standard this week.
Vijay Iyer and Rudresh Mahanthappa are at The Jazz Gallery tonight. The Bruce Barth quartet is at Smoke tonight and Saturday. The Knitting Factory features Mario Pavone, Steven Bernstein, Tony Malaby, Craig Taborn and Michael Sarin, along with Les Fauves, These Bones and This Radiant Boy.
There's a John Coltrane tribute tonight with saxophonist Gary Bartz and others at Flushing Town Hall in Queens. Zakir Hussain's Masters of Percussion are at Alice Tully Hall tonight. Bobby Short is in residence at the Café Carlyle. Blossom Dearie is at Danny's Skylight Room tonight through Sunday.
In and around Boston.. the Aaron Goldberg quartet with Mark Turner is at the Regattabar in Cambridge tonight. The Yellow Jackets are at Scullers in Boston tonight and Saturday. Pianist Laszlo Gardony's trio with bassist John Lockwood and drummer Yoron Israel is at the Acton Jazz Café tonight.
Singer Diane Schuur is at Zanzibar Blue in Philadelphia tonight and Saturday.
Trumpeter Clora Bryant is in Washington tonight to receive this year's Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival Award at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as part of the center's Women In Jazz Festival.
On the New Orleans jazz scene... trumpeter Michael Ray and the Cosmic Funk Quartet are at the Blue Nile. Bob Sunda and Joe Krown are at Charley G's. Bill Solley is at Cobalt. The Treme Brass Band is at Donna's. Rickie Castrillo and Dreamland are at Dos Jefes. Devin Phillips is at the Funky Butt. Brice Winston and Ronald Markham are at Le Salon at the Windsor Court. Ernie Elly and the Slickshots with Thais Clark are at Palm Court. Pete Fountain headlines his three nights a week club. Trumpeter Leroy Jones calls the tunes at Preservation Hall tonight. Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers are at the Red Room tonight. Ellis Marsalis is at Snug Harbor. George French and Chucky C lead the bands at the Storyville District Jazz Parlor.
Sharon Martin is at the French Market Complex this afternoon. Clarinetist Michael White talks about 'The Legacy of King Oliver' and performs this afternoon at the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park.
On the California jazz scene... Gonzalo Rubalcaba is at the Catalina in North Hollywood tonight through Sunday. Guitarist Russell Malone's quartet is at the Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles through the weekend. The Jennifer York quartet is at Steamer's Jazz Café en Fullerton tonight.
Pianist Brad Mehldau's trio is at Yoshi's in Oakland tonight through Sunday. Claudia Acuna is at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz. Bill Henderson, Eric Comstock and Dena deRose bring their Hollywood Songbook show to The Plush Room in San Francisco tonight. Drummer Vince Lateano's trio is at Jazz at Pearl's in San Francisco.