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Very Threadgill, Bebo Valdes exhibit, Haynes and McBride reviews

Saxophonist-composer Henry Threadgill has been a significant member of the avant-garde movement.

Gerald Wilson, influential jazz composer, dies at 96

Gerald Wilson, a big band leader and trumpeter whose fountain of jazz compositions and arrangements became a pivotal force, influencing eight generations of musicians, died Sept. 8 in his home in Los Angeles.

Detroit Jazz Festival, no fillers

Rain, the demon of outdoor jazz festivals, spread its hysterical tears over the Detroit Jazz Festival last week, denying bassist Stanley Clarke and Dr. Lonnie Smith’s octet the opportunity to close the festival on its Labor Day finale.

Patience Higgins and the Sugar Hill Quartet

It’s very difficult for any band to maintain a high profile for an extended period of time, but saxophonist Patience Higgins and the Sugar Hill Quartet have kept Harlem swinging for more than 20 years.

Master violinist John Blake Jr. dies at 67

John Blake Jr., who continued the early tradition of bringing the violin into the jazz arena and making its voice heard with the music of Africa to avant-garde, R&B, blues and spirituals, died Aug. 15 in Philadelphia.

Valley Jazz, Jazzmobile, Harlem Awakening, Johnny O’Neal

The Jazz in the Valley Festival, which commences Aug. 17, has an outstanding lineup of musicians to get Big Apple jazzheads out of their city complacency and on the highway or train to Poughkeepsie, N.Y., for the 14th annual festival ...

Abysinnian panel, Blackbyrd at Zinc, Vinx eclectic

The history and culture of jazz will be given a platform July 24 (tonight) at 7 p.m., when the Abyssinian Jazz Vespers, in association with the 2014 Harlem Music Fest, presents “Post ’50s Jazz, the Artists, the Culture, the Cool.” ...

Remembering Bobby Womack

Bobby Womack, who became a force on the R&B scene for over five decades, couldn’t be called a jazz vocalist, but during his reign, his gravelly, soulful voice surely influenced a host of R&B singers and inspired jazz vocalists along ...

Remembering Ruby Dee and Little Jimmy Scott

Upon hearing of Ruby Dee’s death at the age of 91 on June 11, I was saddened. I quietly remembered my mother who loved the actress. “I love me some Ruby Dee,” she would often say.

Children’s Museum jazz, five piano finalists, Kroon at Abyssinian

Recently, preschoolers were totally involved in their new activities as they were introduced to jazz through arts and crafts and live music by pianist and composer Jonathan Batiste.

Joe Wilder remembered, Dolphy fest

Joe Wilder, the understated trumpeter with the smooth tone, a longtime member of Count Basie’s Orchestra and one of the first African-American musicians to play in the pit bands of Broadway shows, died on May 9. Wilder was 92 years ...

Undead Music Festival’s Final Days, Sosa, Adujah, Palmieri

There are only two days left to the Undead Music Festival, which is taking place in Brooklyn and the Village.

Jazzmobile Harlem Shrines Festival, Stanley Clarke returns

Before Jazzmobile’s outdoor season begins traveling throughout city streets it will swing indoors from May 4-10 celebrating the fourth annual 2014 Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival.

Giving jazz its due

It’s a mystery how certain things get embraced by society like adages.

Sistas’ fundraiser, Savion tap instrument, Dr. Smith swings

Sistas’ Place will hold a fundraiser for jazz on April 24.

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