Today is Feb. 8.
Trombonist and bandleader Buddy Morrow was born this day in 1919 in New Haven, Conn. By the time he was 14, Morrow was playing with local bands, including the Yale Collegians. In the late 1970s, he began leading Tommy Dorsey's ghost band.
Alto saxophonist Joe Maini was born this day in 1930 in Providence, R.I. His brief career was focused on the West Coast in the 1950s and 1960s. His best-recorded work was on two albums cut during a 1954 jam session with Clifford Brown and Max Roach. Maini died in 1964 at age 34 after losing a game of Russian roulette.
On this night in 2001, the Manhattan School of Music and the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce honored Lionel Hampton and Ornette Coleman with the Harlem Jazz and Music Festival's first annual Legend Awards.
Looking at today's hip happenings...
On the New York jazz scene... the Jacky Terrasson trio is at the Village Vanguard through Sunday. John Scofield, Joe Lovano, Dave Holland and Al Foster bring their all-star band ScoLoHoFo into Iridium through Sunday. Charles McPherson's quartet is at The Jazz Standard. The Bob James trio is at the Blue Note. Peter Apfelbaum and the NY Hieroglyphics are at the Jazz Gallery tonight. Gary Bartz is at Smoke tonight.
Jazz at Lincoln Center's Jazz at the Penthouse presents Bone Structure featuring trombonists Wycliffe Gordon and Ron Westray tonight at the Kaplan Penthouse. Gordon also hosts today's Jazz for Young People concert "What is Improvisation?" at Alice Tully Hall.
David Chevan and Warren Byrd's duo, Avadim Hayinu, performs tonight at the Student Center at Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y.
Alto saxophonist Richie Cole is at Ryles in Cambridge, Mass., tonight.
In Philadelphia tonight... Abdou Mboup is at the Sedgwick Cultural Center tonight. The Greg Tardy quintet and special guest Tom Harrell are at the Painted Bride Art Center. The Free Expression Project is at Zanzibar Blue. The Peter Bernstein trio with Kurt Rosenwinkel is at Chris's Jazz Cafe tonight.
The Ofri Eliaz-Sahar Ensemble is at the Erie, Pa., Art Museum Annex tonight.
Charlie Haden's Nocturne is at the Cleveland Museum of Art's Gartner Auditorium tonight.
In and around Chicago... Von Freeman's quintet is at Andy's tonight. Lake Effect is at the Backroom through Sunday. Judy Roberts is at The Chicago Firehouse. The Brad Godde-Pat LaBarbera quintet is at the Green Mill tonight. The Hod O'Brien trio is at the Jazz Showcase. The Bob Baglione trio is at The Foundry at Fox Valley Mall.
Bopology is at Joe's BeBop Cafe and Jazz Emporium. The Henry Johnson Organ Express is at Michael's Jazz Bistro in Glen Ellyn tonight. The Scott Burns quartet is at Pete Miller's Steakhouse in Evanston. Rankinfyle is at Philander's in Oak Park.
Today's New Trier Jazz Festival in Winnetka, Ill., features the Count Basie Orchestra, following the Ryan Cohan sextet, the Air Force jazz ensemble Shades of Blue and jazz ensembles from schools from Illinois, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Wisconsin and Indiana.
In New Orleans tonight... the Blue Universe Quartet featuring Sheik Rasheed is at the Blue Nile. Earl Brown's trio is at Cafe Sbisa. Heather and the Monkey King are at Cobalt. The Leroy Jones Quintet is at Donna's. Wendell Brunious is at Dos Jefes. The Soul Rebels Brass Band is at the Dragon's Den.
Jeremy Davenport is at the Ritz Carlton's French Quarter Bar. Ryan Burrage and the Rhythm Makers are at Fritzel's. The Devin Phillips Quartet and Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers are at the Funky Butt. John Brunious leads tonight's band at Preservation Hall. Tim Green is at Rene Bistrot. Trumpeter Nicholas Payton is at Snug Harbor tonight and Sunday.
In California... the Steve Wilson trio is at The Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles through Sunday. Benn Clatworthy is at Charlie O's in Valley Glen tonight with the John Heard trio. The Pete Jolly trio is at Spazio in Sherman Oaks. The Bobby Redfield Latin jazz band is at Steamers Jazz Cafe in Fullerton.
The Bob DeSena Latin jazz group is at The Deck in Palm Springs. The Irvin Mayfield quintet is at the Powerhouse Brewing Co. in Sebastopol. Bill Cunliffe and Holly Hofmann are at the Jazz and Blues Company in Carmel tonight. Craig Chaquico is at Yoshi's in Oakland for two more nights.
Peter White s at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley in Seattle through Sunday.
Singer Kate Hammett-Vaughan is at the Wheelhouse Theatre in Vancouver, British Columbia, tonight.
Omar Sosa's duo is at the Barbican in London tonight.