Today is May 25.
Contrary to information in many jazz reference materials, today is not the birthday of jazz trumpeter Miles Davis. He was born May 26, 1926, in Alton, Ill.
Reed player Jimmy Hamilton was born this day in 1917 in Dillon, S.C. He was best known for his 25 years in the Duke Ellington Orchestra. Hamilton had two different playing personalities. On clarinet, his fluent sound always had a conservatory-correct tone and surety. On those rare occasions when he picked up the tenor sax, he played with the grit of a rhythm-and-blues man. Hamilton died in 1993.
Looking at today's hip happenings...
On the New York jazz scene... the Uri Caine trio is at the Village Vanguard. The John Patitucci group is at the Jazz Standard. Taj Mahal is at the Blue Note. The McCoy Tyner trio with special guest Bobby Hutcherson is at Iridium. The Chico O'Farrill Afro-Cuban Jazz Big Band is at Birdland. Trombonist Chris Washburne's SYOTOS Latin jazz band is at Smoke on Sunday nights. Guitarist Peter Leitch is at Walker's tonight with bassist Ugonna Okegwo.
The eighth annual Vision Festival continues tonight at the Center at St. Patrick's Old Cathedral with Thomas Buckner, Roscoe Mitchell, Jerome Cooper and Harrison Bankhead, Patricia Nicholson's PaNic Dance Music with Joseph Jarman and Cooper Moore, the Matthew Shipp quartet, Whit Dickey with Rob Brown, Roy Campbell and Joe Morris and John Zorn's Masada String Trio.
In Philadelphia... the Eric Mintel quartet is at The Kimmel Center this evening. New Treehouse is at Tritone.
Singer Donna Byrne and tenor saxophonist Scott Hamilton are at the Gardner Theater in Meadville, Pa., tonight with their quintet.
The Lynne Arriale trio is at the Spoleto Arts Festival in Charleston, S.C., tonight and Monday.
Today's schedule at the 26th annual Atlanta Jazz Festival at Piedmont Park in Atlanta features Wild Rice, Kathleen Bertrand, the Matthias Lupri group, Richard Bona, Soulive and Eddie Palmieri with his band, La Perfecta.
In Chicago... Jack DeJohnette is at The Jazz Showcase tonight with Danilo Perez and Jerome Harris. Judy Roberts and Greg Fishman are at The Chambers in Niles this evening. The Chicago Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra and the Naperville North Jazz Band are at Fitzgerald's in Berwyn.
The Chicago Improvisers Group is at the Green Mill this afternoon and the Kimberly Gordan trio is at the Green Mill tonight. David Boykin, Karl Seigfried and Mike Reed are at the Hungry Brain tonight with Keefe Jackson, Frank Rosaly and Jim Baker. The Sonny Turner quintet is at Joe's BeBop Café and Jazz Emporium.
The Tim Green and Tim McNamara trio is at Katerina's this noon. Kara Kesselring is at Philander's in Oak Park. The Russell Alan Rowe trio is at Pops for Champagne tonight. Jim Clark's Jazz People are at Seul's Tavern and Grill in Northfield tonight.
In New Orleans... Milonga Tango is at the Blue Nile tonight. Earl Brown is at Cafe Sbisa. The Hot Club of New Orleans swing band is at the Circle Bar. The Shannon Powell quartet is at Donna's. Walter Payton is at Dos Jefes. Rob Wagner's New Thing is at the Dragon's Den. Warren Battiste and Friends are at El Matador.
Ryan Burrage and His Rhythmakers are at Fritzel's. Big Sam's Funky Nation and Evan Howard are at the Funky Butt tonight. Lucien Barbarin and the Sunday Night Swingsters are at the Palm Court. The Olympia Brass Band is at Preservation Hall on Sunday nights. Davell Crawford is at Snug Harbor tonight. Rob Block is at the Spotted Cat.
On the California jazz scene... the Heath Brothers are at the Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles tonight. Drummer Steve Smith and Vital Information with special guest Bill Evans on sax are at Catalina's Bar and Grill in Hollywood. The Golden Eagle Dixieland jazz band is at Steamers Jazz Café in Fullerton this afternoon.
The Ramon Banda quartet is at Spazio in Sherman Oaks tonight. Saxophonist Roger Neumann is at Charlie O's in Valley Glen tonight. Bob DeSena's Latin jazz group is at The Deck in Palm Springs tonight.
Nicholas Payton and Sonic Trance are at Yoshi's in Oakland. The SFJazz spring season continues tonight at the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco with the Martial Solal trio and the Moutin Reunion Band.
Keiko Matsui is at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley in Seattle tonight.