Jazz Notes


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.


January is not the most popular month once the spectacular New Year’s Eve “ball” drops; no one is looking forward to the oncoming snow, freezing rains and sleet.

Jazz Gallert, NOJO, Mary Stallings

Since moving to Brooklyn in 2005 (from his native home state of Virginia), saxophonist and composer Darius Jones has recorded over eight albums.

New Year's Eve happenings

It’s time to bring in another new year, celebrate like you’ve never partied before. Some of the jazz clubs available for you to bring in an explosive new year are listed below.

Earl Spain, owner at St. Nick’s, dies at 89

Earl Spain, the astute and humorous owner of Harlem’s once internationally popular St. Nick’s Pub, died in New York City on Dec. 1. He was 89.

Zooid, Ellison Letters, Birdland, Owens Double Burn

From the very beginning the saxophonist, flutist, composer and arranger Henry Threadgill performed his perception jazz on the outer limits of its parameters.

Schomburg, Willie Jones III, Nicholson celebrates 70

Since 1925, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem has been one of the world’s leading cultural institutions through the Harlem Renaissance to preservation, and exhibition of materials (arts and culture) focused on global Black history, African ...

NYC Readers Jazz Awards, T.K. Blue’

The votes are in: 87,000 were counted for the upcoming 6th New York City Readers Jazz Awards to be held on Nov. 24 at one of Manhattan’s busiest jazz hubs Birdland (315 West 44th Street), at 4 p.m. Some of ...

Nublu Jazz Fest, Ma’jid, Audelco, Camille A. Brown

The Nublu Jazz Festival now in its 10th year can be described as an exhilarating roller coaster ride but much hipper than that Coney Island trip.

Rosewoman, Harlem Jazz, Jerome Jennings, Chucho & Chick

For pianist, composer, educator and arranger Michele Rosewoman, music serves two purposes...

Johannesburg Joy of Jazz Festival

The recent 22nd annual Joy of Jazz Festival held in Johannesburg, South Africa was an extended industrious program that began in New York City at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Hall “South African Songbook Celebrating 25 Years of Democracy”


The BRIC JazzFest, which has been running since Oct. 19 in Brooklyn, culminates with its well-anticipated three-day Marathon, Oct. 24-26. It features more than 20 artists, who are well worth seeing although some of their names may not be familiar ...

Hargrove tribute, Ginny’s, Lovano Appel Room, Taylor Made

When one mentions great trumpeters in jazz history like Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Clifford Brown and Freddie Hubbard, the name of Roy Hargrove must be included. He was the best trumpeter of his generation, as well as the most influential.