Today is May 18th.
Traditional jazz bass player Pops Foster was born this day in 1892 in McCall, La. He worked with the best in jazz throughout his career, including Fate Marable, Kid Ory, Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, Mezz Mezzrow and Earl Hines. Pops Foster died in 1969.
Trombonist Kai Winding was born this day in 1922 in Aarhus, Denmark. Fame first came as a soloist in the Stan Kenton orchestra in 1946, eight years before he co-led a popular two-trombone quintet with J.J. Johnson. He died in 1983 in Spain.
Blues singer Big Joe Turner was born this day in 1911 in Kansas City. His classic 1956 album "Boss of the Blues" featured ace jazz players Pete Brown, Lawrence Brown and Pete Johnson.
Looking at today's hip happenings...
On the New York jazz scene... the Von Freeman-Chico Freeman quintet is at Iridium tonight. Kenny Barron and Regina Carter are at the Blue Note through Sunday. The Fred Hersch trio is at the Village Vanguard. Gonzalo Rubalcaba's trio is at Birdland tonight. Chick Corea's New Trio is at the Inter-Media Art Center tonight.
The Knitting Factory schedule tonight includes the Anticon "miracle mile" tour with Sole, Restiform Bodies and Kevin Blechdom, The Bad Plus Ethan Iverson, Reid Anderson and David King, and the bands Stupid and Huge. Frank Lacy's 14-Piece Vibe Tribe is at The Jazz tonight.
Spank! featuring Ron Levy and Fuzz and Eric Kalb from Deep Banana Blackout is at the El--N-Gee club in New London, Connecticut.
North Star Records' New England Jazz All-Stars quintet will be joined tonight by featured guest Mike Turk on harmonica at CAV in Providence, Rhode Island.
Kim Waters and Maysa are at Zanzibar Blue in Philadelphia tonight.
The Noel Freidline Quintet is at the Dancin' in the Streets series in Atlantic Beach, Fla., this afternoon.
Two legendary Chicago jazz musicians---saxophonists Roscoe Mitchell and Fred Anderson---will perform at a concert in Grand Rapids tonight to benefit of Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. The concert is at the Wealthy Theater.
In and around Chicago tonight... the Sam Burckhardt combo is at the Green Mill. Nicholas Payton's quintet has two more nights in its run at the Jazz Showcase. Bopology is at Joe's BeBop Café and Jazz Emporium tonight. Rankinfyle is at Philander's in Oak Park. The BMR4 is at Pops for Champagne.
In New Orleans... Lenny McDaniel is at Cobalt tonight. The Leroy Jones quintet is at Donna's. Dr. Bone and the Hepcats are at Dos Jefes. Jeremy Davenport is at the Ritz Carlton's French Quarter Bar. Devin Phillips' quartet is at the Funky Butt. Louis Ford and Topsy Chapman are at Satcbmo's jazz room at Harrah's.
Bob French is at Le Meridien. Roland Guerin and Ronald Markham are at Le Salon at Windsor Court. Lionel Ferbos leads the band at Palm Court. John Brunious is in charge tonight at Preservation Hall. Germain Bazzle is at Snug Harbor. Carl LeBlanc, Kiki Bonilla and Eddie Bo lead the bands at Storyville District Jazz Parlor.
Glen Andrews and Samirah Evans are showcased this afternoon at the Louisiana Music Factory. The New Wave Brass Band is at the French Market Complex today.
In California... pianist Michel Camilo's trio is at the Catalina in North Hollywood. The Claudia Acuna band is at the Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles through Sunday night. The Johnny Blas Latin jazz band is at Steamer's Jazz Café in Fullerton tonight. The Roy Hargrove Quintet is at Yoshi's in Oakland. The Banda Brothers sextet is at Club Brasserie tonight in West Hollywood's Wyndham Bel Age Hotel.
Bill Henderson, Eric Comstock and Dena deRose present their Hollywood Songbook show at The Plush Room in San Francisco. Drummer Vince Lateano's trio is at Jazz at Pearl's in San Francisco. The Walter Savage quintet is at Enrico's in San Francisco tonight.
The Pacifica Jazz Festival continues tonight at the Sanchez Art Center in Pacifica with Jim and Morning Nichols, and Mike Vax and his Great American Jazz Band.
Trumpeter Ray Vega's quintet brings its tour of Spain to Cifuentes (Guadalajara) tonight.