Jazz Notes


JAZZ NOTES: Jazz gallery, grants, album review

As COVID-19 continues its horrific scourge across the world, musicians continue to come up with alternative concepts for performing live in the midst of jazz clubs, concert halls, and festivals still on lockdown.


ONAJE ALLAN GUMBS, the pianist, composer, producer and arranger, whose fingers danced across the keys with nimble dexterity employing the genres of R&B, blues, smooth and straight-ahead jazz, died on April 6 at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Yonkers, New ...

JAZZ NOTES: Obituaries: Manu Dibango, Wallace Roney, Bucky Pizzarilli, Ellis Marsalis, Bill Withers

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives forever, and we continue to grasp the reality of this horrific situation on a daily basis.


As we move forward in the eye of this COVID-19 pandemic that has crippled the world, we find ourselves constantly improvising on a daily basis to adapt to new moment-to-moment health rules that keep us homebound.

Jazz lives in the midst of pandemic

Hopefully, everyone is safe and being very careful during this COVID-19 pandemic.

McCoy Tyner, influential jazz pianist, dies at 81

McCoy Tyner, the pianist whose percussive chords and serene harmony served as the hedge-pin to John Coltrane’s landmark quartet and his own career that became an inspired vehicle for generations of jazz musicians, died on March 6, at his home ...

JAZZ NOTES: Scott, Calhoun, Haynes 95 at Blue Note, Harris in Miami

For the month of March, Blue Note jazz club (131 W. 3rd St.) will present an engrossing lineup of inventive musicians; on March 10-15 New Orleans native trumpeter, composer Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah.

Dizzy’s Women in Jazz & Clave Con Fest, Grandma’s Quilt

Dizzy’s Club three-night Clave Con Jazz Festival celebrating Latin jazz concludes March 5 (tonight) with The Mambo Legends Orchestra.

Jazz Notes: Cubana Jazz, Nona at Met, Parker’s Mayfield Project

The sound of the Cuban influence in jazz began in 1933, when drummer and bandleader Chick Webb hired Cuban trumpeter Mario Bauza.

Diawara, Schomburg, Christine Jean Chambers Exhibit

Traditional African music will grace the stage of Town Hall on Feb. 21 as Malian singer, songwriter, guitarist, and actor Fatoumata Diawara brings her mesmerizing blend of Western pop, rock, Afrobeat, and R&B.

Dianne Reeves, Dizzy’s, GroundUp, Trio 3, Pearl Cleage

NEA Jazz Master Dianne Reeves will once again set an ambiance of intimacy with her enchanting vocal instrument during a Valentine’s Day engagement on Feb. 14-15.

Ginny's, Jazz Power, Raka

Ginny’s Supper Club (310 Lenox Ave.) located in the hub of Harlem happenings will present the singer, composer guitarist Natu Camara from 8 p.m.-10 p.m. on Feb. 8.

WBGO jazz radio being petitioned

Since the explosive op-ed by Ronald S. Glover “Is there a Blackout at WBGO?” was printed in the Star Ledger on Nov. 19, the executive staff at the all jazz radio station has yet to respond.

Jimmy Heath, saxophonist and arranger, dies at 93

Jimmy Heath, the tenor saxophonist with a deep honey-coated sound whose compositions like “Ginger Breadboy” became a jazz classic, died January 19 at his home in Loganville, Georgia. He was 93.

Ginny’s, Post 398, Vanessa Rubin, JazzFest Review

Ginny’s Supper Club (310 Lenox Ave.) boosts a conclave of live jazz on a weekly basis, primarily on weekends.