Jazz Notes


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 ...

Bassist Dwayne Burno dies at 43

Dwayne Burno, one of the more creative bassists of his generation who explored the full realm of the jazz idiom—a practice that allowed him to handle any musical challenge as a band leader or first call bassist—died on Dec. 28, ...

Wynton’s street cred, Chris Botti

The Wynton Marsalis Septet was a hot holiday ticket in town. Marsalis was playing at Dizzy’s Club Coca–Cola (Jazz at Lincoln Center) for two weeks, including New Year’s Eve.

Coltrane Fest, Bartlett at Kitano’s, Frank Wess memorial

While Coltrane passed away on July 17, 1967, his music continues to influence generations of musicians and listeners.

Harris at Ginny’s, Jazz Thursdays, Fortune awarded

On Dec. 21, Harris and the Harlem Night Songs Big Band will take the audiences of Ginny’s Supper Club (310 Lenox Ave., 125th and 126th streets) on an adventurous musical journey that stretches to the outer limits of jazz.

Kimonos and jazz, Chico Hamilton celebration, ‘Nutcracker Suite’

Jazz events around the city

Swing Street forever

Harlem, known in some circles as “the Black cultural capital of the world,” is consistently losing its Black flair and cultural identity to the giant bites of gentrification

Billy Strayhorn, Pacheco, Blythe Benefit, Tolliver Sistas

Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn remain one of the most significant collaborative teams in jazz history. Billy Strayhorn Orchestra and the Johnny Pacheco Latin Music and Jazz Festival

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