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The groove maker Mickey Roker dies at 84

The drummer Mickey Roker, whose distinctive groove placed him on the first-call list for such musicians as Sonny Rollins, Horace Silver, Tommy Flanagan, Herbie Hancock and Ella Fitzgerald, died May 22 in Philadelphia, where he had resided for many years.

Parlor jazz, La Lupe honored at CCCA, Blue Note Fest

During the 1920s, rent parties were considered the hipper happenings of Harlem.

Vision Fest, Hamiet Blueitt tribute and fundraiser

This year’s Vision Festival 22 runs now through June 3 at Judson Memorial Church (55 Washington Square South, in the West Village).

Boss tenors, ‘ReOcurring Dreams,’ Regina salutes Ella

When discussing the tenor saxophone’s soul or its rhythm and blues swing vernacular, it is necessary to bring both Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt into the conversation.

Matthew Whitaker, Four Miles, Abbey Tribute, SA Freedom Day

Matthew Whitaker, the 16-year-old pianist/organist and composer, can easily captivate his audience within minutes. He is that good.

T.K. Blue, HSA Dance, celebrating Ella

The multi-saxophonist, flutist, composer and arranger T.K. Blue has an unwavering sound that grew out of his parents’ Afro-Caribbean roots.

Palmieri Mondays, PR music, Bobbi Humphrey, Jazz Gallery

Those now controllable frenzy-dancing salsa fans will always have explosive memories of the master Afro-Caribbean and salsa master Eddie Palmieri during his days leading his Conjunto La Perfecta (1961), his album “Azucar Pa Ti” (“Sugar for Me”), which is in ...

Jazz Day, Conduction, Carl Bartlett, Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium

International Jazz Day will be celebrated as far away as Antarctica. The continent that contains 90 percent of all the ice on the planet and is the coldest. No fear. We hear the penguins have put together a dynamic bebop ...

Organ Monk, award for Plummer, Onaje Gumbs, Elombe tribute

When Greg Lewis (aka Organ Monk) plays the Hammond B-3 electric organ, it takes on the lively colors of soul, R&B and jazz with the accompaniment of electric guitar and drums. He has been swinging with this hip hypnotic style ...

Bob Cunningham, master bassist, dies at 83

Bob Cunningham, the consummate bassist and composer whose deep rhythmic sound became sought after by such bandleaders as Gary Bartz, Dizzy Gillespie and Frank Foster, died in New York April 1.

Ahmed Kathrada, South African activist dies at 87

When I learned that this humble man of fortitude who was an integral force within the long battle to end apartheid in South Africa died March 28, in Johannesburg, it was a very sad moment for me. He was 87.

Slide 85, Hoodoo Express, Esai’s Table, Harrison at Smoke

The Wilbur Ware Institute will celebrate the trombonist, composer and arranger Slide Hampton’s 85 birthday April 1, at the Bogardus Mansion, 75 Murray St., in the Tribeca section of Manhattan.

Panama Jazz Festival: Music, education and history

Although most jazz festivals have a difficult time just trying to keep jazz as their focal points, the Panama Jazz Festival, founded by the pianist and composer Danilo Pérez, has the perfect formula that brings music education to students, Panama’s ...

Adam,’ Belgrave, Chapin film, Altura at Jazz Gallery, Women’s History Month

Only a few days remain to see the dramatic tour de force one-man show “Adam,” performed by Timothy Simonson.

Eddie Palmieri at Rose, Banana Puddin’, Jazz & Democracy

Great bands are known for their perfected sound and a swinging style that is so undeniable.

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