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Jazz Notes: Johannesburg Joy of Jazz Festival

As Mayor Herman Mashaba of Johannesburg stated, “What better place to have a jazz festival than in the heart of this great city, where music is a part of our life?”

Rihanna named ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of Barbados

Barbados Government Information Office has announced that Barbados native, pop star, actress and entrepreneur, Rihanna, has been named ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of Barbados.

Madeleine Yayodele Nelson—musician, educator, founder of Women of the Calabash—passes

A memorial and musical tribute to Madeleine’s memory will be held Sept. 30, 2018, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Peter Norton Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, at 95th Street, New York, N.Y.

Jazz Notes: Nat King Cole play, Andy Bey, Carolina Slim

By the end of the 1940s into the 1950s, the smoky tenor-textured voice of Nat King Cole had all the young bobby-sox girls mesmerized. Even my mother loved her some “Nat King Cole.”

Nat King Cole play, Andy Bey, Carolina Slim

By the end of the 1940s into the 1950s, the smoky tenor-textured voice of Nat King Cole had all the young bobby-sox girls mesmerized.

Arthur Mitchell: The man and his legacy

Arthur Mitchell, the internationally recognized dancer, artistic director, choreographer, educator and visionary, who made history in 1956 as the first Black member of the New York City Ballet and in 1969 as founder of the groundbreaking Dance Theatre of Harlem, ...

Aretha Franklin’s longtime musical director shares memories

I recently had the opportunity to catch up with H.B. Barnum, who had been Franklin’s musical director for more than 30 years, and he was glad to speak about this great lady.

Coltrane Thrice CPF review

The all-star ensemble will feature alto saxophonists Greg Osby, Vincent Herring and Jaleel Shaw and tenor saxophonist Jon Irabagon, with pianist Helen Sung, bassist Lonnie Plaxico and drummer Matt Wilson.

Randy Weston, jazz griot, dies at 92

Randy Weston, the Brooklyn native and son of Africa, died peacefully Sept. 1, at his brownstone in Brooklyn. He was 92.

Hip-hop commemorates 45 years

Although November is recognized as “Hip-Hop History Month” by many of the pioneers who laid the foundation for the Bronx-bred culture in November 1973, several months earlier, an 18-year-old Jamaican-born DJ was already hosting parties in the West Bronx.

Jazz Notes: Jazzmobile, Harlem Jazz, Sugar Hill, Matana Roberts

What happened? Summer is over already? Not fair. The winter seems to hang on like a hungry alligator, but the summer sun fads into the wintry night like a Billie Holiday blues song.

Concert to raise money for Puerto Rico Sept. 8

There is a desperate need for assistance in Puerto Rico and Prospect Theater Company in Manhattan is seeking to do something about it this Saturday, Sept. 8.

Homegoing services for Randy Weston, 92

The music world suffered another recent blow with the passing of legendary pianist and composer Randy Weston.

JAZZ NOTES: Aretha Franklin, definitive rhythm and blues singer, dies at 76

Aretha Franklin, the singer and pianist who, from her musical pulpit, spun her gospel upbringing into a spirited soulful sound, died August 16 at her home in Detroit. She was 76.

AmNews Archives: Aretha Franklin through the years

As tributes continue to pour in we open up our archives of our coverage of Aretha Franklin's career that spans six decades.

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