Today is May 23.
Artie Shaw was born this day in 1910 in New York. He hasn't touched the clarinet in decades, but he is still active on the music scene as inspiration for the Dick Johnson-led Artie Shaw Orchestra.
Singer Rosemary Clooney was born this day in 1928 in Maysville, Ky.
Drummer Famoudou Don Moye was born this day in 1946 in Rochester, N.Y. Since 1969 he's been a member of the Art Ensemble of Chicago.
Trumpeter, bandleader, writer and broadcaster Humphrey Lyttleton was born this day in 1921 in Eton, England. His professional career began in 1947 with George Webb's Dixielanders. Lyttleton formed his own Louis Armstrong-inspired band a year later.
Electric guitarist and flute player Les Spann was born this day in 1932 in Pine Bluff, Ark.
Looking at today's hip happenings...
On the New York jazz scene... the McCoy Tyner trio with special guest Bobby Hutcherson is at Iridium through Sunday. The John Patitucci group is at the Jazz Standard through Sunday. Taj Mahal is at the Blue Note this week. The Uri Caine trio is at the Village Vanguard through Sunday.
The Marian McPartland trio is at Birdland through Saturday. The Eddie Henderson quartet is at Smoke tonight and Saturday. The Earl May quartet is at the Lenox Lounge in Harlem tonight and Saturday. The John Benitez group is at The Jazz Gallery tonight and Saturday.
The eighth annual Vision Festival continues tonight at the Center at St. Patrick's Old Cathedral with Kali Z. Fasteau, Mixashawn, Maria Mitchell and Newman Taylor-Baker; Roy Campbell, Joe McPhee, Warren Smith and William Parker; Andrew Cyrille, Kidd Jordan and William Parker; and the Raphe Malik quartet with Sabir Mateen, Larry Rolands and Warren Smith.
The Houston Person quartet is at Trumpets in Montclair, N.J., tonight and Saturday.
In and around Boston... The Rippingtons are at Scullers jazz club in Boston tonight Eddie Palmieri is at The Regattabar in Cambridge tonight. Patricia Adams is at Ryles in Cambridge tonight.
In Philadelphia... the Vanessa Rubin trio is at the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Great Stair Hall tonight. Saxophonist Larry McKenna is at Ortlieb's Jazzhaus with the Mickey Roker quartet. The Chris Farr-Tony Miceli quartet with trumpeter John Swana is at Chris's Jazz Cafe.
Singer Donna Byrne and tenor saxophonist Scott Hamilton are at the Gardner Theater in Meadville, Pa., tonight through Sunday with their quintet.
Guitarist Mike Stern returns to Blues Alley in Washington, D.C., tonight through Saturday with two of his favorite collaborators, drummer Dennis Chambers and bassist Victor Wooten, plus Stern's regular saxophonist, Bob Franceschini.
Cleveland's Great American Rib Cookoff, scheduled through Saturday at the Tower City Amphitheater, today features jazz by singer Laura Varcho, Morris Code and Roberto Ocasio.
In Chicago... Jack DeJohnette is at The Jazz Showcase this week with Danilo Perez and Jerome Harris. "Jazz Unites" presents its annual "Tribute to Duke Ellington" event tonight at the Chicago Cultural Center with Freddie Cole and his quartet, the Burgess Gardner sextet and the Curie High School Jazz Band. The Chris Lega-Pat Mallinger quintet is at Andy's tonight. Natalie Yoakley is at the Backroom.
The Malachi Thompson Freebop Band with Billy Harper and Gary Bartz is at the Green Mill tonight and Saturday. Skinny Williams is at Joe's BeBop Café and Jazz Emporium. The Tuey Connell organ trio is at Pete Miller's Steakhouse in Evanston. King Fleming is at Philander's in Oak Park. The Russell Alan Rowe-Alison Ruble quartet is at Pops for Champagne tonight.
In New Orleans... the Julia LaShae Jazz Combo is at the Bombay Club tonight. Earl Brown is at Cafe Sbisa. The Treme Brass Band is at Donna's. Have Soul Will Travel is at the Dragon's Den. Devin Philips is at the Funky Butt tonight.
Topsy Chapman and Loren Pickford are at Harrah's. The Rob Wagner trio is at Loft 523. The Ernie Elly Slickshots with Thais Clark are at the Palm Court. Leroy Jones leads tonight's band at Preservation Hall. Roland Guerin is at Snug Harbor. The Jazz Vipers are at the Spotted Cat.
On the California jazz scene... the Heath Brothers are at the Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles through Sunday. Drummer Steve Smith and Vital Information with special guest Bill Evans on sax are at Catalina's Bar and Grill in Hollywood this week.
The Sal Cracchiolo-Melanie Jackson sextet is at Steamers Jazz Café in Fullerton tonight. The CJS Quintet with Art Hillery is at Spazio in Sherman Oaks tonight. Saxophonist Charles Owens is at Charlie O's in Valley Glen tonight and Saturday with the John Heard trio.
Nicholas Payton and Sonic Trance are at Yoshi's in Oakland through Sunday. The SFJazz spring season continues at San Francisco's Herbst Theatre with a "New York Edge: What's Now?" concert featuring Jason Moran and Bandwagon and Ethan Iverson's The Bad Plus trio.
Keiko Matsui is at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley in Seattle though Sunday.