Jazz Notes


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.

Banana Puddin’, Jazz Gallery, Jazz Connect Conference

Rome Neal’s homemade banana puddin’ has become a staple in the jazz community just as soul food is the staple of Sylvia’s Restaurant.

Happenings about town

The bassist Richard Bona, whose music is tinged with world beats and jazz, will bring in the new year at his co-owned Club Bonafide (212 E. 52nd St.) for two sets at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Following Bona Group’s ...

New Year’s Eve happenings

Well, it’s time to bring in 2016, and hopefully everyone took notes to make adjustments for an even better year, good health, happiness and being an active member of society.

Nublu Jazz Fest a beehive of stinging proportions

With the graffiti painting and life-sized artwork of Charlie Chaplin on the steel gray door, who would think this is the home of Nublu, one of the hippest little music venues on the Lower East Side.

Tolliver at Sistas’, Chuchito Bonafide, Roy Ayers burns

Charles Tolliver, the trumpeter, composer and arranger who is constantly expanding his terrain of the jazz genre, will appear for one night only at Brooklyn’s Sistas’ Place (456 Nostrand Ave.) Dec. 5.

Iconic songwriter, musician Allen Toussaint dies at 77

Allen Toussaint, the pianist, songwriter, arranger and record producer whose whimsical, funk-laced songs influenced the New Orleans R&B scene, died Nov. 10 while on tour in Madrid.

Grimes celebrates 80, BMHC, James Hurt, Masekela and Willis

Henry Grimes, the revered bassist who played a role in expanding the jazz language in the 1950s, along with Albert Ayler, Sonny Rollins, Charles Mingus and Cecil Taylor, recently celebrated his 80th birthday on the Upper East Side at Jan ...

Sistas’ Place, Black Violin, afternoon jazz, Harrison smokes

Sistas’ Place in Brooklyn is more than a jazz club. It is a jazz family that supports the music and is involved in community activism.