LOTS of great jazz birthdays today: South Africa's Abdullah Ibrahim (Dollar Brand), Cuba's Bebo Valdes, Detroit's Yusef Lateef and Detroit's other big birthday reedman, Kenny Garrett. Garrett is a jazz saxophonist. He was born in Detroit, MI in 1960. His father was a tenor saxophonist. Kenny's career took off when he joined the Duke Ellington Orchestra in 1978, then led by Duke's son, Mercer Ellington. Three years later he played in the Mel Lewis Orchestra (playing the music of Thad Jones) and also the Dannie Richmond Quartet (focusing on Charles Mingus's music).