Jazz Notes



Rome Neal’s Banana Puddin’ Jazz Jam will celebrate its 17th anniversary on Aug. 9.

Oliver Lake Masks, Tolliver release, ALA.NI Lament

During this ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Oliver Lake the alto saxophonist, composer, arranger, big band leader, poet, and visual artist has found another way to supplement his income.

Jazz promoter Nat White dies at 90, ambassador of jazz Eddie Gale dies at 78

NAT WHITE, a renowned New York City jazz promoter, who’s been presenting outstanding jazz shows since the 1960s and for the past 12 years presented a Sunday Jazz Series, died on July 6,.

JAZZ NOTES: Keystone Korner, Smalls' livesteam

As recently reported, Keystone Korner jazz club in Baltimore, Maryland reopened to a live audience on June 25.

Jazz Notes: Live streaming jazz gallery and Village Vanguard

Just recently, The Jazz Gallery started livestreaming after a successful 10-week presence online (TJG Online Home Series) presenting a unique series of live performances.

Freddy Cole, the jazz crooner, dies at age 88

Freddy Cole, whose sophisticated soft baritone timbre turned every song into a heartfelt novella.

Keystone reopens, Locke talk, DCJazzFest

Last Week (June 13) the Keystone Korner jazz club in Baltimore, Maryland opened its doors for the first time since closing three months ago due to the onslaught of COVID-19.

Geri celebrates 99

Recently, a good friend Laverne Perry-Kennedy called and said, “Hey, we have to do a three-way, today is Geri’s birthday,” (May 23).


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Jazz drummer Jimmy Cobb dies at 91

Jimmy Cobb, a jazz drummer whose subtle supporting role proved to be his significant sound that added to the uniqueness of such classic albums as Miles Davis’ “Kind of Blue,” died on May 24 in his Harlem home.

Jazz Notes: Musicians talk

We are still adjusting to this twilight zone reality insane sane world of COVID-19.


As COVID-19 continues to hold us hostage and live music remains a pleasant memory that we pray will return soon, there are still things to cheer in the jazz community.

MEMORIES: Sam Hargress, Bootsie Barnes, Little Richard

As COVID-19 continues to spread its deadly contagious germs around the world I sadly continue to report deaths of those committed to jazz and the world of music.

JAZZ NOTES: Newport cancels, Jazz Gallery, Mixon, Papa Lou

Some jazz and folk fans were still holding out hoping the horrific COVID19 pandemic imposing a worldwide blanket of death and lockdowns or shelter-in-place would be contained with the many precautions set in place, but unfortunately that has not happened.

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.