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Master violinist John Blake Jr. dies at 67

John Blake Jr., who continued the early tradition of bringing the violin into the jazz arena and making its voice heard with the music of Africa to avant-garde, R&B, blues and spirituals, died Aug. 15 in Philadelphia.

Valley Jazz, Jazzmobile, Harlem Awakening, Johnny O’Neal

The Jazz in the Valley Festival, which commences Aug. 17, has an outstanding lineup of musicians to get Big Apple jazzheads out of their city complacency and on the highway or train to Poughkeepsie, N.Y., for the 14th annual festival ...

Abysinnian panel, Blackbyrd at Zinc, Vinx eclectic

The history and culture of jazz will be given a platform July 24 (tonight) at 7 p.m., when the Abyssinian Jazz Vespers, in association with the 2014 Harlem Music Fest, presents “Post ’50s Jazz, the Artists, the Culture, the Cool.” ...

Remembering Bobby Womack

Bobby Womack, who became a force on the R&B scene for over five decades, couldn’t be called a jazz vocalist, but during his reign, his gravelly, soulful voice surely influenced a host of R&B singers and inspired jazz vocalists along ...

Remembering Ruby Dee and Little Jimmy Scott

Upon hearing of Ruby Dee’s death at the age of 91 on June 11, I was saddened. I quietly remembered my mother who loved the actress. “I love me some Ruby Dee,” she would often say.

Children’s Museum jazz, five piano finalists, Kroon at Abyssinian

Recently, preschoolers were totally involved in their new activities as they were introduced to jazz through arts and crafts and live music by pianist and composer Jonathan Batiste.

Joe Wilder remembered, Dolphy fest

Joe Wilder, the understated trumpeter with the smooth tone, a longtime member of Count Basie’s Orchestra and one of the first African-American musicians to play in the pit bands of Broadway shows, died on May 9. Wilder was 92 years ...

Undead Music Festival’s Final Days, Sosa, Adujah, Palmieri

There are only two days left to the Undead Music Festival, which is taking place in Brooklyn and the Village.

Jazzmobile Harlem Shrines Festival, Stanley Clarke returns

Before Jazzmobile’s outdoor season begins traveling throughout city streets it will swing indoors from May 4-10 celebrating the fourth annual 2014 Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival.

Giving jazz its due

It’s a mystery how certain things get embraced by society like adages.

Sistas’ fundraiser, Savion tap instrument, Dr. Smith swings

Sistas’ Place will hold a fundraiser for jazz on April 24.

The year of Baldwin, Bronx Music Heritage Center

The novels, poems and essays of James Baldwin are stimulating words, sharpened with the truth, that instigate change and promote activism in some form or another. He was a word warrior-activist rallying for a change in society’s thinking.

Roy Hargrove, Aruan Ortiz, Uhadi South Africa

When the trumpeter Roy Hargrove first visited New York City in the 1980s, he was a teenaged young lion who was already impressing his elders.

Smithsonian, Coltrane and Stewart, jam at Ost, Masekela at 75

Recently, jazz fans from as far as Florida, Georgia and Connecticut traveled to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., for the formal donation of one of John Coltrane’s saxophones.

Reid Quiet Pride, Birkett at Mist, Iridium, Voza honored

The Jazz Standard was recently sold-out while bassist Rufus Reid was holding court

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