Jazz Notes


Jazz Notes: Uncharted, Weston at 92, Brown at Gallery

The 2018 Uncharted Concert Series, now running through May 12, is one of those unique jazz experiences multilayered with an assortment of possibilities to be explored.

Jazz Notes: FDNY fireman dies battling St. Nick’s fire

St. Nick’s Pub had been a resounding jazz voice since its 1940 inception. It was known as Luckey’s Rendezvous, owned by Charles Luckeyeth Roberts, a pianist, composer and band leader.

Jazz Notes: Weston’s sound, Haynes at 93, Younger at Jazz Museum

When it comes to expressing the sounds of jazz as it relates to the African Diaspora, no one is more capable than the pianist and composer Randy Weston.

Jazz Notes: Threadgill speaks, Chihiro Watanabe in U.S.

If music were mandatory, everyone would be required to listen to Henry Threadgill’s music at least once or see him perform live.

The passing of three giants in jazz

With my friend and colleague, and this paper’s eminent jazz authority, incapacitated the past several weeks, he has permitted me to substitute for him temporarily.

New Heritage, Music Japan, Ron Carter, Jazzmobile, Monk

Voza Rivers and Jamal Joseph of the New Heritage Theatre Group will be the first honorees of the Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Hall of Fame in recognition of their illustrious history and the center’s 10th anniversary celebration, Oct. 6, ...

Jazz Notes: Dizzy’s, Donald Harrison, Freddie Cole, Russell Malone, Kara Walker

Now through Oct. 1 Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Coca-Cola Generations in Jazz Festival is in full effect.

Bronx Rising, Reggie Workman, Coltrane, Jazzmobile

At a point in jazz history, the Bronx was an enduring hard-bop borough, where that sound of hipness was the order of the day, and many musicians called it home.

Jazz Notes: Donald Byrd Street, Lana and Wendell, Tain Watts

It is a big deal when the arranger, composer and trumpeter Donald Byrd, a native of Detroit, is so loved and respected in New York that a street is named in his honor.

Memories of Dick Gregory, satirist and activist

Hearing of Dick Gregory’s death on Aug. 19 was a real shocker. And pondering the fact that he was a vegetarian and so aware of living healthy, it just seemed impossible he would leave us at the age of 84.

JAZZ NOTES: Billy Hart, Basie, Parker Fest, McCloud tribute, Farafina

Billy Hart is a stalwart drummer whose reputation is as noteworthy as a luminous full moon.

The Great Hill, Cornelia Street, Summerstage, Melvis live

Jazzmobile’s Summerjazz fest, Great Jazz on the Great Hill, in Central Park, Aug. 5, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., is a rainbow jazz combustion.

Faddis at Dizzy’s, Fred Staton at 102

Dizzy Gillespie was known for his high notes that reached into the stratosphere. No other trumpeter came near those stratospheric notes until the young Jon Faddis, who idolized Dizzy, came on the scene.

Mclean, Belgrave, Jazzmobile, Saxton and Dr. Lonnie

When you attend a concert of the multireed player and flutist Rene McLean, his music will ascend the boundaries of the hard bop American tradition.

Geri Allen, the adventuresome pianist, dies at 60

Geri Allen, the pianist, composer and bandleader, whose music was too varied to be categorized, from straight-ahead to her engaging Motown interpretations to the brilliant colors of her avant-garde melodies, died June 27, in Philadelphia. She was 60.