Jazz Notes


The Brownstone, Il Caffe Latte, Monk at 100

Berta Indeed, a longtime Harlem resident and jazz promoter who is diligently keeping the music alive in the community, will present “Straight-Ahead Jazz in Harlem” on Oct. 7

JAZZ NOTES: Hope Way, Green Film, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Sistas’

The late pianist St. Elmo Sylvester Hope was ushered into jazz history based on his musicianship, and as a genius composer and arranger.

Mulatu Astatke, Elmo Hope Street, Carter in Newark

Most New Yorkers don’t think twice about the many jazz performances that take place in varied venues, such as Harlem bars, churches, restaurants and museums, throughout New York City.

Generations Jazz Fest, Nuyorican Tuesdays, George Curry

The seventh annual Coca-Cola Generations in Jazz Festival brings together legendary jazz masters and emerging artists from Sept. 1 to Oct. 2 at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola (60th Street and Broadway).

Bobby Hutcherson, influential vibraphonist dies at 75

Bobby Hutcherson, who changed the vernacular of jazz vibraphone and influenced generations of aspiring musicians in the process died Aug. 15 at his home in Montrara, Ca. He was 75.

Cyro Baptista, William Parker, Axel in Brooklyn

Established jazz clubs such as Dizzy’s very seldom venture past the traditional gates of jazz.

Jazzmobile, Blanchard, SummerStage, Dr. Taylor

Blazing sun rays are in full force, radiating this summer’s first heatwave as jazz fans lie peacefully in wait for early evening to make their way to Jazzmobile.

NYC bids farewell to Vaughn Harper

Vaughn Harper, the man who lent his velvet voice to the airways of WBLS-FM while inspiring and helping so many, died peacefully July 9 after a long, courageous battle with type 2 diabetes.

Trying Times

Suddenly, the television flashes a video of a young Black man, Alton Sterling, shot by a white police officer in Baton Rouge, La., Monday.

Turn Me Loose, Vision Festival

If you make one commitment for this early summer season, make it to see Joe Morton in “Turn Me Loose,” the greatest role of his acting career to date, as he portrays the comedian and activist Dick Gregory.

Chico Freeman returns, ‘Nina’ the film

Chico Freeman, the tenor saxophonist who has been a creative force in jazz for more than four decades, will return to New York City, where he released his first album “Morning Prayer” (1976), after living in Europe for the past ...

Cape Town Jazz Festival highlights

Covering the 2016 Cape Town International Jazz Festival was an emotional experience that broadened my concepts of South Africa during this first-time visit.

Simpson and Stewart, no smiles for Miles, Chet Baker

In today’s cluttered world of flying plastic bags, where the paparazzi are idolized for stalking celebrities, photographers such as Coreen Simpson and Chuck Stewart take their world-renowned photographs the old fashioned way—with permission and creativity.

Prince the prolific musician/singer/composer dies at 57

Prince, the prolific artist who elevated the genres of funk, R&B, rock, blues and pop to greater explosive heights while implementing salacious sexual lyrics, love desire and political awareness died April 21, at his Paisley Park estate in Chanhassen, Minn.

Harlem Chamber, New Heritage and EMBCA, Hammons at Mnuchin

On April 14 the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, celebrating its 120th anniversary and New Heritage Theatre Group, celebrating its 52nd anniversary join forces with the Eastern Mediterranean Business Cultural Alliance to present a first-time gathering of Eastern Mediterranean musicians ...