Jazz Notes


Simpson and Stewart, no smiles for Miles, Chet Baker

In today’s cluttered world of flying plastic bags, where the paparazzi are idolized for stalking celebrities, photographers such as Coreen Simpson and Chuck Stewart take their world-renowned photographs the old fashioned way—with permission and creativity.

Prince the prolific musician/singer/composer dies at 57

Prince, the prolific artist who elevated the genres of funk, R&B, rock, blues and pop to greater explosive heights while implementing salacious sexual lyrics, love desire and political awareness died April 21, at his Paisley Park estate in Chanhassen, Minn.

Harlem Chamber, New Heritage and EMBCA, Hammons at Mnuchin

On April 14 the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, celebrating its 120th anniversary and New Heritage Theatre Group, celebrating its 52nd anniversary join forces with the Eastern Mediterranean Business Cultural Alliance to present a first-time gathering of Eastern Mediterranean musicians ...

Weston at Carnegie, Apollo’s ‘Africa Now,’ Heath Swings

March 19, the dean of African classical jazz piano Randy Weston will perform with his long-standing band African Rhythms in Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall at 9 p.m.

Jazz speaks on Grammy Awards

This year’s Grammy Award for Song of the Year was “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran. The song title is apropos for the following thoughts “Jazz” was pondering during this year’s awards ceremony.

Jack Johnson’s one-man show, Monterey Jazz All Stars

“Dare to Be Black: The Jack Johnson Story,” now playing at the Theater for the New City (155 First Ave. between Ninth and 10th streets), is one of the most important plays of 2016.

White Michael,Tulivu Donna-Henry at BAM

The Brits and some Americans became quite upset upon hearing whispers that the British actor Idris Elba could possibly become the first Black James Bond, the popular worldwide fictional secret agent 007, martini’s shaken, not stirred.

Charles Lloyd, the New Cookers, Bass at Dizzy’s

In 1965, when Charles Lloyd recorded his first album, “Dream Weaver” (Atlantic Records), as a leader he was already acknowledged as a rising star.

Pure Jazz Publisher Jo Ann Cheatham dies at 72

Jo Ann Cheatham, mentor, educator, photographer and pioneer founder and jazz publisher of Pure Jazz magazine, died Jan. 2 at Calvary Hospice in the Bronx.

Onaje Gumbs, Cassandra’s, Winter Marathon Jazzfest

Harlem native Onaje Allan Gumbs and New Vintage (featuring Trio Plus) will be returning to BamCafe at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Banana Puddin’, Jazz Gallery, Jazz Connect Conference

Rome Neal’s homemade banana puddin’ has become a staple in the jazz community just as soul food is the staple of Sylvia’s Restaurant.

Happenings about town

The bassist Richard Bona, whose music is tinged with world beats and jazz, will bring in the new year at his co-owned Club Bonafide (212 E. 52nd St.) for two sets at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Following Bona Group’s ...

New Year’s Eve happenings

Well, it’s time to bring in 2016, and hopefully everyone took notes to make adjustments for an even better year, good health, happiness and being an active member of society.

Nublu Jazz Fest a beehive of stinging proportions

With the graffiti painting and life-sized artwork of Charlie Chaplin on the steel gray door, who would think this is the home of Nublu, one of the hippest little music venues on the Lower East Side.

Tolliver at Sistas’, Chuchito Bonafide, Roy Ayers burns

Charles Tolliver, the trumpeter, composer and arranger who is constantly expanding his terrain of the jazz genre, will appear for one night only at Brooklyn’s Sistas’ Place (456 Nostrand Ave.) Dec. 5.