Jazz Notes


Joe Wilder remembered, Dolphy fest

Joe Wilder, the understated trumpeter with the smooth tone, a longtime member of Count Basie’s Orchestra and one of the first African-American musicians to play in the pit bands of Broadway shows, died on May 9. Wilder was 92 years ...

Undead Music Festival’s Final Days, Sosa, Adujah, Palmieri

There are only two days left to the Undead Music Festival, which is taking place in Brooklyn and the Village.

Jazzmobile Harlem Shrines Festival, Stanley Clarke returns

Before Jazzmobile’s outdoor season begins traveling throughout city streets it will swing indoors from May 4-10 celebrating the fourth annual 2014 Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival.

Giving jazz its due

It’s a mystery how certain things get embraced by society like adages.

Sistas’ fundraiser, Savion tap instrument, Dr. Smith swings

Sistas’ Place will hold a fundraiser for jazz on April 24.

The year of Baldwin, Bronx Music Heritage Center

The novels, poems and essays of James Baldwin are stimulating words, sharpened with the truth, that instigate change and promote activism in some form or another. He was a word warrior-activist rallying for a change in society’s thinking.

Roy Hargrove, Aruan Ortiz, Uhadi South Africa

When the trumpeter Roy Hargrove first visited New York City in the 1980s, he was a teenaged young lion who was already impressing his elders.

Smithsonian, Coltrane and Stewart, jam at Ost, Masekela at 75

Recently, jazz fans from as far as Florida, Georgia and Connecticut traveled to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., for the formal donation of one of John Coltrane’s saxophones.

Reid Quiet Pride, Birkett at Mist, Iridium, Voza honored

The Jazz Standard was recently sold-out while bassist Rufus Reid was holding court

Okaru performs, Donald Byrd tribute, Motown at Schomburg

Jazz is happening on Sundays at Harlem’s famous Paris Blues!

Haynes Burns at Blue Note, ‘Sinners and Saints’

Anytime Roy Haynes performs, the venue becomes a sold-out happening, but his recent two-day engagement at the Blue Note became even more significant with the appearance of bassist Ron Carter

Nasheet Waits, Chip Shelton, Eddie Gale remake, ‘Jazz Meets Sports’

Nasheet Waits' ongoing group, Equality, featuring Darius Jones, David Virelles and Mark Helias, will perform two shows on Feb. 28 at at the Cornelia Street Cafe in the West Village.

MAXJAZZ founder Richard McDonnell dies

Richard McDonnell, who started the small independent record label MAXJAZZ in his living room in St. Louis and went on to gain international attention in the jazz world, died on Feb. 8 at St. Louis University Hospital.

Abyssinian Jazz Vespers, Sake and Jazz, McFerrin ‘Spirityouall’

With all the new venues in Harlem, jazz seems to be making some new headway in the community where it was once king.

Amiri Baraka remembered

Amiri Baraka, a riveting force armed with words that scurried the battle fields of life and pierced the curtains of falsehoods with hard-hitting truth, died on Jan. 9 at Beth Israel Medical Center, confirmed his son Ras Baraka, a member ...