Jazz Notes


Ronald Shannon Jackson, jazz drummer, dies at 73

Ronald Shannon Jackson, one of the most influential avante-garde drummers of the 20th century

Lady Day, Coltrane House Fundraiser

There are two facts regarding Billie Holiday: She is the most controversial singer in the history of jazz; and she remains the best jazz and blues singer to ever walk across a stage. Today, the only way to comprehend the ...

Sun Ra turns 100

Sun Ra, the first musician to infuse a cosmic philosophy into his free jazz and world music, will turn 100 this year. In honor of the event, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Allen Room will host “Sun Ra Turns 100: Sun ...

Kroon at Vespers, Ray forever, Rosewoman at Dizzy’s

The Steve Kroon Latin Jazz Sextet, Ray Charles and Michele Rosewoman coming to New York

Jazz at Dinosaur BBQ, Lovelace Peace Concerts

In Harlem, it seems more restaurants are flirting with jazz on a somewhat regular basis. The Phil Young Experience and “The Jazz Masters in Harlem” were so good last month that they will return to Dinosaur BBQ (300 W. 125th ...

Joe Locke at 54 Below, Ahmad Jamal at Rose, Sista’s Place

On Sept. 17, the Joe Locke Group, featuring pianist Ryan Cohan, bassist David Finck, drummer Jaimeo Brown and special guest vocalist Kenny Washington, will hit the stage for one night at 54 Below (254 W. 54th St.).

Abyssinian jazz, jazzy thespians, Wynton HBO, conduction

The summer is over that quickly. It makes one contemplate relocating to Florida or California for perpetual sunlight, but then what happens to all that music that only New York City can offer?

South African jazz vocalist Bea Benjamin dies at 76

The death of Sathima Bea Benjamin on Aug. 20 was mourned in both the U.S. and her homeland of South Africa. The 76-year-old vocalist and composer died in Cape Town, South Africa, and was buried there on Aug. 21, according ...

Memories of Walton, McPartland and Murray

The writing of any obituary is done with a heavy heart, but it becomes an even more heartbreaking task in a case like last week, when four big deal contributors to jazz passed away in a three-day period.

Butch Morris music, Parker Fest, Bethelhem returns

Since the passing of conductor, musician and arranger Butch Morris in January, there has been a void in the creative domain of free music. Singers, wordsmiths and musicians find joy in his music as they listen to his genius concept ...

Creative jazz musician and producer George Duke dies at 67

George Duke, the uncomplacent keyboardist, arranger, producer and singer who stayed energized by crossing and mixing the genres of funk, jazz, fusion and R&B, died on Monday, Aug. 5 in Los Angeles. He was 67.

Harlem Week 2013 celebrates

August is the month that Harlem Week kicks into full blast. The 39-year-old event has become New York City’s prime family affair in Harlem. It’s running now through Aug. 24. There are events of interest for everyone, from New York ...

Ron Carter, Andy McCloud Jam Festival, Jazz on the Hill

Bassist Ron Carter is a jazz musician who uses his improvisational skills to explore the depth of the music.

Jazz Notes: Multi-instrumentalist and jazz activist Carline Ray dies at 88

Carline Ray, a multi-instrumentalist known primarily for her bass playing and as an outspoken activist for the increased recognition for women in jazz, died on July 18 at the Isabella House Nursing Home in Manhattan, according to a statement from ...

Celebrations of Miles Davis, Vision Festival, 'Blue Monday'

When it comes to creativity, Miles Davis took his music and listeners to higher ground....