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, 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.
New York City jazz clubs have been bobbing and weaving to stay alive despite the onslaught of deadly punches from the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
The songbird stylist Alyson Williams was in the middle of recording her album when COVID-19 stamped stop on the world.
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, 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, 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 innocent brother, Walter Wallace Jr., was killed by police today (October 26) in Philadelphia.
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.
While the COVID-19 virus has halted live music around the world, ironically it seems to have drawn music lovers closer together.
The last time jazz musicians came out in full force to support a presidential candidate was Oct. 12, 2012, Jazz for Obama.
The veteran radio air-personality Jeanne Parnell has spent over 25 years on the airways.
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.
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.