Jazz Notes



As COVID-19 continues to hold us hostage and live music remains a pleasant memory that we pray will return soon, there are still things to cheer in the jazz community.

MEMORIES: Sam Hargress, Bootsie Barnes, Little Richard

As COVID-19 continues to spread its deadly contagious germs around the world I sadly continue to report deaths of those committed to jazz and the world of music.

JAZZ NOTES: Newport cancels, Jazz Gallery, Mixon, Papa Lou

Some jazz and folk fans were still holding out hoping the horrific COVID19 pandemic imposing a worldwide blanket of death and lockdowns or shelter-in-place would be contained with the many precautions set in place, but unfortunately that has not happened.

JAZZ NOTES: Jazz gallery, grants, album review

As COVID-19 continues its horrific scourge across the world, musicians continue to come up with alternative concepts for performing live in the midst of jazz clubs, concert halls, and festivals still on lockdown.


ONAJE ALLAN GUMBS, the pianist, composer, producer and arranger, whose fingers danced across the keys with nimble dexterity employing the genres of R&B, blues, smooth and straight-ahead jazz, died on April 6 at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Yonkers, New ...

JAZZ NOTES: Obituaries: Manu Dibango, Wallace Roney, Bucky Pizzarilli, Ellis Marsalis, Bill Withers

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives forever, and we continue to grasp the reality of this horrific situation on a daily basis.


As we move forward in the eye of this COVID-19 pandemic that has crippled the world, we find ourselves constantly improvising on a daily basis to adapt to new moment-to-moment health rules that keep us homebound.

Jazz lives in the midst of pandemic

Hopefully, everyone is safe and being very careful during this COVID-19 pandemic.

McCoy Tyner, influential jazz pianist, dies at 81

McCoy Tyner, the pianist whose percussive chords and serene harmony served as the hedge-pin to John Coltrane’s landmark quartet and his own career that became an inspired vehicle for generations of jazz musicians, died on March 6, at his home ...

JAZZ NOTES: Scott, Calhoun, Haynes 95 at Blue Note, Harris in Miami

For the month of March, Blue Note jazz club (131 W. 3rd St.) will present an engrossing lineup of inventive musicians; on March 10-15 New Orleans native trumpeter, composer Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah.

Dizzy’s Women in Jazz & Clave Con Fest, Grandma’s Quilt

Dizzy’s Club three-night Clave Con Jazz Festival celebrating Latin jazz concludes March 5 (tonight) with The Mambo Legends Orchestra.

Jazz Notes: Cubana Jazz, Nona at Met, Parker’s Mayfield Project

The sound of the Cuban influence in jazz began in 1933, when drummer and bandleader Chick Webb hired Cuban trumpeter Mario Bauza.

Diawara, Schomburg, Christine Jean Chambers Exhibit

Traditional African music will grace the stage of Town Hall on Feb. 21 as Malian singer, songwriter, guitarist, and actor Fatoumata Diawara brings her mesmerizing blend of Western pop, rock, Afrobeat, and R&B.

Dianne Reeves, Dizzy’s, GroundUp, Trio 3, Pearl Cleage

NEA Jazz Master Dianne Reeves will once again set an ambiance of intimacy with her enchanting vocal instrument during a Valentine’s Day engagement on Feb. 14-15.

Ginny's, Jazz Power, Raka

Ginny’s Supper Club (310 Lenox Ave.) located in the hub of Harlem happenings will present the singer, composer guitarist Natu Camara from 8 p.m.-10 p.m. on Feb. 8.