Drum Roll Please: The All-Stars of May

One month after JazzFest …

May is considered the last month of spring, but folks, it’s hot out there! This month you can cool off at the May Jazz Gumbo.

The Music of Grant Green!

Clint Hall will be playing the music of Grant with an awesome band. Featuring Clint on guitar, the great Steve Gilmore on bass, Chris Gardner on keys and Charles Pagano on drums. Guaranteed to be an awesome show, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Monday, May 21, at Phineas Phogg’s, Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St.

Jazz luminaries with birthdays in May include Fats Waller (upper left), Dee Dee Bridgewater (upper right), Miles Davis (lower left) and Benny Goodman.

May is also the birth month of many jazz greats.

May 1

Shirley Horn, James Newton

May 2

Richard “Groove” Holmes, Eddie Louis

May 3

John Lewis, Jymie Merritt

May 4

Ron Carter, Maynard Ferguson

May 5

Stanley Cowell

May 6

David Friessen, Till Bronner

May 7

Arthur Blythe, Teresa Brewer

Michael Formanek, Vic Berton

May 8

Keith Jarrett, Red Nichols

May 9

Tania Marie, Dennis Chambers

May 10

Mel Lewis, Ahmed Abdullah

May 11

King Oliver, Carla Bley

May 12

Gerald Wiggins, Gary Peacock

Krause Doldinger, Marshall Royal

May 13

Gil Evans, Red Garland

May 14

Sidney Bechet, Jay Beckenstein

May 15

Joe Gordon, Jimmy O’Bryant

May 16

Woody Herman, Betty Carter, Billy Cobham

May 17

Jackie McKean, Dewey Redman

May 18

Big Joe Turner

May 19

Cecil McBee, Tom Scott, Sonny Fortune

May 20

Victor Lewis, Louis Smith

May 21

Fats Waller, Bill Holman

May 22

Sun Ra

May 23

Artie Shaw

May 24

Archie Shepp, Charles Earland

May 25

Wallace Roney

May 26

Miles Davis, Lew Tabackin

May 27

Ramsey Lewis, Dee Dee Bridgewater

May 28

T-Bone Walker

May 29

Sean Jones, Kenny Washington

May 30

Benny Goodman, Dave McKenna

May 31

Christian McBride, Red Holloway

Louis Hayes

Imagine an all-star band from the month of May!

I remember an older jazz musician friend of mine … great pianist named Nick Janus.

He would always have something cool to say about everything!!!

“First Of May, first of May … outside music starts today!”


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