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Gary Keys, a force in documentary films, dies at 81

Gary Keys, the producer, writer and director who brought history and a lively perspective to his many popular documentaries on Count Basie and Duke Ellington, died Aug. 9 in Manhattan.

Charlie Parker Jazz Fest, Maxine Sullivan Way

The phrase “Bird lives” refers to Charlie “Bird” Parker’s iconic life as the most influential alto saxophone player in jazz.

Mixon’s ‘Pass It On,’ Cassandra’s Jazz Club

The pianist, arranger and composer Danny Mixon is underrated on the jazz radar screen, but his music and contributions to the field are a big deal.

Newport Jazz Fest, Regina Carter, Jazz House Kids

Before 1954, Newport, R.I., was a quiet resort town for the rich who loved sunshine, tennis, their sailboats, yachts and, of course, fresh seafood.

Salsa Sundays, Harlem Afternoon Jazz Series

The swinging bands of salsa flourishing with its big brass sound leaked out into the streets from social clubs to Bronx spots such as the Carlton Terrance and Concourse Plaza to Manhattan’s Corso and Riverside Plaza.

Axel Tosca (U)Nity, 92nd Street Y Jazz Fest

Don’t let his wild dyed-blond Afro fool you, pianist Axel Tosca Laugart from Cuba has skills.

The Vision Festival, Jazzmobile Summer Sets

If you are looking for a jazz scene that scares the jazz police and causes those smooth jazz heads to run in the opposite direction, then the Vision Jazz Festival is the place.

Bruce Lundvall, Blue Note president, dies at 79

Bruce Lundvall, the distinguished president of Blue Note Records, who played a major role in the world of jazz, died May 19 in Ridgewood, N.J.

Wayne Shorter Fest, ‘Essentially Ellington’ at 20

Wayne Shorter is an accomplished composer and superb saxophonist always in transition. Many of his compositions, such as “Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum,” “Infant Eyes” and “E.S.P.,” have become jazz standards.

Percy Sledge, ‘the Soul Man,’ dies at 74

Percy Sledge, the blues and soul singer who had both men and women unconsciously committed to singing the lyrics to his hit song “When a Man Loves a Woman,” died in Baton Rouge, La., April 14.

Miles, Michele Rosewoman, 2015 Jazz Masters

Ron Scott gives us this week's "Jazz Notes".

Lane, Uggams and Epps discuss history of Blacks in theater

Stewart F. Lane wrote a phenomenal book called “Black Broadway: African Americans on the Great White Way,” published by Square One Publishers. The book chronicles the history of Blacks in theater, and it is a marvelous, exciting, fascinating history.

Dr. Ben and Dale Fitzgerald farewell

On a misty morning of clouds, more than 1,000 people, dressed primarily in African garb, stood regally in a tremendously long line, waiting for admission into Harlem’s Abyssinian Baptist Church to celebrate the life of Dr. Yosef Alfredo Antonio ben-Jochannan, ...

Randy Weston, Maceo’s Funk, Donald Harrison

Randy Weston, the brilliant pianist and composer, will celebrate his 89th birthday at the Jazz Standard, 116 E. 27th St., April 2 through April 5, with sets at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Dee Dee Bridgewater; Trio 3 at Vanguard

During her recent engagement at the Blue Note, it became evident Dee Dee Bridgewater is the most dynamite female jazz vocalist of this century.

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