Jazz Notes


George Wein jazz impresario dies at 95

George Wein, co-founder and creator of the Newport Jazz Festival and Newport Folk Festival that set the stage for music festivals throughout the world, died peacefully in his sleep, in his Manhattan apartment on Sept. 13. He was 95.

Phil Schaap, jazz encyclopedic historian and broadcaster, dies at 70

Phil Schaap whose encyclopedic knowledge of jazz history with sidebar insight into musicians and their music led him to become a remarkable broadcaster, historian, archivist, educator and record producer, earning him six Grammy Awards in various categories died Sept. 7, ...

Jazz By Water, Jazzmobile, Jazz Gallery, Steve Turre

Although summer has come and gone like a lit match on a windy night, there are still a few more outdoor concerts to enjoy. On Sept. 11 spend an afternoon (12 noon - 5:30 p.m.) on Governor’s Island (Colonels Row ...

DC Jazz Feast, Nuyorican, Flushing, Charlie Parker

One thing this COVID-19 pandemic has made perfectly clear is we aren’t as far apart as we may think, but for New Yorkers it is more of a territorial thing.

Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, Strata-East at 50

After a year of stage silence and birds chirping as opposed to live horns igniting outdoor audiences, the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival returns live to Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park, Richard Rodgers Amphitheater.

Donald Harrison, Banana Pudding, Art Kane Place

Ironically, New York City jazz fans have to live with not being able to see the alto saxophonist, composer Donald Harrison Jr. on a regular basis. But one thing is for sure when he does hit the big apple his ...

Flushing Town Hall, Sugar Hill Jazz Festival

After a year-long intermission forced by COVID-19, the eclectic Flushing Town Hall (FTH) has opened its doors to in-person audiences for select events while continuing to live-stream all programs.

Jeremy Pelt swings on West African tradition

In the midst of an on-going pandemic, police brutality, an attempted United States insurrection and the demolition of voter’s rights, trumpeter, composer and producer Jeremy Pelt comes forward with his latest recording “Griot: This is Important!” (High Note Records).

Sunday Serenade, JFA, Harlem Week 2021

It is not surprising the octogenarian pianist and composer Joanne Brackeen will pay tribute to Sunday Serenade’s pianists and composers Thelonious Monk and Cecil Taylor.

Vision 25, Sun Ra at SummerStage

Live music has thankfully returned throughout New York City with the Vision 25 Festival celebrating the best in avant garde jazz.

Summer of Soul Festival, Harris Cooks

Some folks, friends actually, were outraged to learn that 52 years ago to be exact they missed a series of the most significant outdoor music concerts to be presented in Harlem.

Jazzmobile SUMMERFEST, Birdland reopens

After missing last summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic Harlem’s favorite jazz series returns, Jazzmobile SUMMERFEST celebrating its 57th annual festival, dedicated to co-founder Dr. Billy Taylor in honor of his 100th birthday

JITV, Detroit Jazz, Isley's Way

After being on lockdown for 15 months avoiding that horrendous COVID-19 pandemic, the doors have opened just in time for the summer we are free to return to live music venues in-doors and out but wear masks in case. Outdoor ...

Black Music Month is 24/7

Black musicians are the artistic warriors whose continuous soundtracks reflect the goings-on of this Amerikan Plantation.

Jazz Gallery, The Shed, Step Afrika, Bobby Rish

The Jazz Gallery, the little jazz club with a forceful sound that tends to be in the forefront when it comes to introducing incredible young musicians to the scene have an exciting line-up for the weekend; for live audiences and ...