Jazz Notes


NYC bids farewell to Vaughn Harper

Vaughn Harper, the man who lent his velvet voice to the airways of WBLS-FM while inspiring and helping so many, died peacefully July 9 after a long, courageous battle with type 2 diabetes.

Trying Times

Suddenly, the television flashes a video of a young Black man, Alton Sterling, shot by a white police officer in Baton Rouge, La., Monday.

Turn Me Loose, Vision Festival

If you make one commitment for this early summer season, make it to see Joe Morton in “Turn Me Loose,” the greatest role of his acting career to date, as he portrays the comedian and activist Dick Gregory.

Chico Freeman returns, ‘Nina’ the film

Chico Freeman, the tenor saxophonist who has been a creative force in jazz for more than four decades, will return to New York City, where he released his first album “Morning Prayer” (1976), after living in Europe for the past ...

Cape Town Jazz Festival highlights

Covering the 2016 Cape Town International Jazz Festival was an emotional experience that broadened my concepts of South Africa during this first-time visit.

Simpson and Stewart, no smiles for Miles, Chet Baker

In today’s cluttered world of flying plastic bags, where the paparazzi are idolized for stalking celebrities, photographers such as Coreen Simpson and Chuck Stewart take their world-renowned photographs the old fashioned way—with permission and creativity.

Prince the prolific musician/singer/composer dies at 57

Prince, the prolific artist who elevated the genres of funk, R&B, rock, blues and pop to greater explosive heights while implementing salacious sexual lyrics, love desire and political awareness died April 21, at his Paisley Park estate in Chanhassen, Minn.

Harlem Chamber, New Heritage and EMBCA, Hammons at Mnuchin

On April 14 the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, celebrating its 120th anniversary and New Heritage Theatre Group, celebrating its 52nd anniversary join forces with the Eastern Mediterranean Business Cultural Alliance to present a first-time gathering of Eastern Mediterranean musicians ...

Weston at Carnegie, Apollo’s ‘Africa Now,’ Heath Swings

March 19, the dean of African classical jazz piano Randy Weston will perform with his long-standing band African Rhythms in Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall at 9 p.m.

Jazz speaks on Grammy Awards

This year’s Grammy Award for Song of the Year was “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran. The song title is apropos for the following thoughts “Jazz” was pondering during this year’s awards ceremony.

Jack Johnson’s one-man show, Monterey Jazz All Stars

“Dare to Be Black: The Jack Johnson Story,” now playing at the Theater for the New City (155 First Ave. between Ninth and 10th streets), is one of the most important plays of 2016.

White Michael,Tulivu Donna-Henry at BAM

The Brits and some Americans became quite upset upon hearing whispers that the British actor Idris Elba could possibly become the first Black James Bond, the popular worldwide fictional secret agent 007, martini’s shaken, not stirred.

Charles Lloyd, the New Cookers, Bass at Dizzy’s

In 1965, when Charles Lloyd recorded his first album, “Dream Weaver” (Atlantic Records), as a leader he was already acknowledged as a rising star.

Pure Jazz Publisher Jo Ann Cheatham dies at 72

Jo Ann Cheatham, mentor, educator, photographer and pioneer founder and jazz publisher of Pure Jazz magazine, died Jan. 2 at Calvary Hospice in the Bronx.

Onaje Gumbs, Cassandra’s, Winter Marathon Jazzfest

Harlem native Onaje Allan Gumbs and New Vintage (featuring Trio Plus) will be returning to BamCafe at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.