Jazz Notes


Young Lords exhibit, Christian Scott at Harlem Stage

The 1960s were heavily colored with shaded overtones of rebellious youth implementing revolutionary tactics against an indifferent government.

Nicholas Payton at Birdland, Bob Stewart Tuba Competition

With the summer dispersing, it’s fast leaving us with just memoires of those wonderful outdoor jazz concerts that featured the sounds of nature with Gotham’s chirping bird solos and those long improvised notes of the crickets that sometimes persisted for ...

Mary Lou Williams film, Bartz at Dizzy’s, Coltrane’s birthday

The independent filmmaker Carol Bash began her early career working at CBS’s “60 Minutes” (receptionist and production assistant).

Black Panthers, Sista’s Place, Bronx Tour and Jazz

Over the years, there has been an abundance of information written on the Black Panthers, as well as a few off-Broadway plays and short film clips.

Dizzy’s Club Jazz Fest, Randy Weston residency

As the long hot summer sun bows to the shorter brisk days of fall and winter, jazz enthusiasts fold up their leisure chairs as the outdoor free jazz concerts become a warm, swinging memory.

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.