Jazz Notes


Iconic songwriter, musician Allen Toussaint dies at 77

Allen Toussaint, the pianist, songwriter, arranger and record producer whose whimsical, funk-laced songs influenced the New Orleans R&B scene, died Nov. 10 while on tour in Madrid.

Grimes celebrates 80, BMHC, James Hurt, Masekela and Willis

Henry Grimes, the revered bassist who played a role in expanding the jazz language in the 1950s, along with Albert Ayler, Sonny Rollins, Charles Mingus and Cecil Taylor, recently celebrated his 80th birthday on the Upper East Side at Jan ...

Sistas’ Place, Black Violin, afternoon jazz, Harrison smokes

Sistas’ Place in Brooklyn is more than a jazz club. It is a jazz family that supports the music and is involved in community activism.

Jazzmobile, ‘In White America,’ Wilbur Ware benefit

Jazzmobile the nonprofit organization founded in the 1960s to bring live jazz to New York City communities, has moved indoors for the fall. Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m., its benefit concert “Keep the Music Playing” takes place at the Sanctuary ...

Kamasi at Bric, AACM celebrate Dr. Lonnie Smith Award

Since the early 1960s, Los Angeles has been acknowledged for its West Coast cool jazz sound perpetuated by the composer-pianist Dave Brubeck and the vibraphonist Cal Tjader.

Baraka celebration, Motley at Whitney

Recently, family, friends and followers came out to Newark Symphony Hall to celebrate Amiri Baraka.

Cary’s ‘Harlem Sessions,’ AACM 50th anniversary

Tiny pin-lights adorn the steep narrow staircase ascending to the top, where a young lady sits, politely greeting and taking cash ($10). As one pays, a thick black curtain blocks the view from the inside, although the enticing music, cheerful ...

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.