Jazz Notes


New Year's Eve 2021, PCR music for now, Kwanzaa

WHAT! NO New Year’s Eve? Well, not quite. This will be the first time this last column of the year will not feature an exciting fun list of New Year’s Eve jazz celebration happenings throughout New York City.

Stanley Cowell, pianist composed dies at 79

Stanley Cowell, an adaptive innovator pianist, composer and educator, who created his own destiny in music as well as in business as the co-founder of Strata-East Records, died Dec. 17 at Bayhealth Hospital in Dover, Delaware. He was 79.

Jazz Standard closes, Fenner on WHCR FM

New York City jazz clubs have been bobbing and weaving to stay alive despite the onslaught of deadly punches from the COVID-19 pandemic.

VTY Jazz, Douglas & Younger

As COVID-19 looms its continuous dark cloud over the world’s sky and with a vaccine seemingly just months away, “VTY Jazz Arts” anxiously invites a live audience under COVID-19 safety guidelines.

JAZZ NOTES: Alyson Williams more than just singing

The songbird stylist Alyson Williams was in the middle of recording her album when COVID-19 stamped stop on the world.

JAZZ NOTES: Monk on Palo Alto, AUDELCO awards

Over the years various recorded gems from live jazz club sets to concerts and even rehearsal sessions have been found behind dusty doors of memories.

Cándido––pioneer of Afro-Cuban jazz––dies at 99

Cándido, known as the innovative father of conga drumming, who was the first to play multiple congas, while mentoring and inspiring musicians for eight decades died on Nov. 7, at his home in New York City.

Al Howard owner of Showman's Café dies at 93

Al Howard, the laid-back owner of Harlem’s last remaining jazz club and bar Showman’s Café, where locals and tourists both national and international flocked for over 50 years, died October 21.

Another Brother Another Sister

Another innocent brother, Walter Wallace Jr., was killed by police today (October 26) in Philadelphia.

‘Who Ate The Pie,’ Harris welcomes audience

Elio Villafranca is one of the talents from Cuba, along with a few other countrymen, who is at the forefront of the latest generation of remarkable pianists, composers and bandleaders.

Living Jazz, Vision Festival Healing Soul

While the COVID-19 virus has halted live music around the world, ironically it seems to have drawn music lovers closer together.

Jazz for America, Cynthia Scott sings, Smoke

The last time jazz musicians came out in full force to support a presidential candidate was Oct. 12, 2012, Jazz for Obama.

Jeanne Parnell, Phenomenal Woman

The veteran radio air-personality Jeanne Parnell has spent over 25 years on the airways.

Jazz, Westerns and 2020

During the 1950s Miles Davis, who was still rising to the top, recorded his classic album “Round Midnight” with saxophonist John Coltrane and bassist Paul Chambers.

Iconoclast jazz critic Stanley Crouch dies at 74

Stanley Crouch, the iconoclast whose critical words roared and screeched like a fast-moving subway coming out of a dark echoing tunnel, died Sept. 16 at the Calvary Hospital in New York.