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Ahmed Kathrada, South African activist dies at 87

When I learned that this humble man of fortitude who was an integral force within the long battle to end apartheid in South Africa died March 28, in Johannesburg, it was a very sad moment for me. He was 87.

Slide 85, Hoodoo Express, Esai’s Table, Harrison at Smoke

The Wilbur Ware Institute will celebrate the trombonist, composer and arranger Slide Hampton’s 85 birthday April 1, at the Bogardus Mansion, 75 Murray St., in the Tribeca section of Manhattan.

Panama Jazz Festival: Music, education and history

Although most jazz festivals have a difficult time just trying to keep jazz as their focal points, the Panama Jazz Festival, founded by the pianist and composer Danilo Pérez, has the perfect formula that brings music education to students, Panama’s ...

Adam,’ Belgrave, Chapin film, Altura at Jazz Gallery, Women’s History Month

Only a few days remain to see the dramatic tour de force one-man show “Adam,” performed by Timothy Simonson.

Eddie Palmieri at Rose, Banana Puddin’, Jazz & Democracy

Great bands are known for their perfected sound and a swinging style that is so undeniable.

Apollo, American Son, Brooklyn Is Africa, Black designers

Feb. 25, The Apollo Theater presents “AFROPUNK Unapologetically Black: The African American Songbook Remixed, A Celebration of Black Protest Music” at 7:30 p.m.

The versatile vocalist Al Jarreau dies at 76

Al Jarreau, the only vocalist to win Grammys in pop, R&B and jazz through his deep sea of versatility, died Feb. 12 in Los Angeles.

Nicholas Payton, Jam, Marika Hughes, Weston at Medgar Evers

As part of Black History Month, the National Jazz Museum in Harlem will present Desert Island Discs with the trumpeter/composer Nicholas Payton (tonight) Thursday at 7 p.m.

Chuck Stewart, definitive jazz photographer, dies at 89

Chuck Stewart, whose portraits and improvisational photographs are recognized at a glance similar to identifying a Coltrane tune after a few notes, died Jan. 20, in Teaneck, N.J.

Sistas’ Place, Howard Johnson, Blue Note, ‘Trubone’

Like his fellow native Brooklynites (Cecil Payne, Max Roach and Randy Weston), the pianist Ed Stoute wears his Brooklyn badge of honor with distinction as he celebrates the jazz tradition with spirited inspiration.

Hendrix Apollo Tribute, Chambers at Smoke, WeBop HSA

Jimi Hendrix, the most influential guitarist in rock music history, who distinctly added to the genre’s then speeding comet with his electrifying brand of blues and funk, will be celebrated at the Apollo Theater Nov. 26, one-night only, with two ...

Candido retires, James Moody Fest, Chocolate Street

The influential Cuban musicians who introduced Latin sounds and Afro-Cuban rhythms to New York City began in the late 1930s, with the trumpeter and bandleader Mario Bauza, Machito’s foster sister and vocalist Graciela in the 1940s and Chano Pozo.

Sweet Lou at 90, Jane Bunnett and Maqueque

No one swings harder than Lou Donaldson on the alto saxophone, as he demonstrated last week celebrating his 90th birthday at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola. As usual, his smooth performance required multiple standing ovations, including one as he took the ...

The Brownstone, Il Caffe Latte, Monk at 100

Berta Indeed, a longtime Harlem resident and jazz promoter who is diligently keeping the music alive in the community, will present “Straight-Ahead Jazz in Harlem” on Oct. 7

JAZZ NOTES: Hope Way, Green Film, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Sistas’

The late pianist St. Elmo Sylvester Hope was ushered into jazz history based on his musicianship, and as a genius composer and arranger.