Jazz Notes

Jazz Notes

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Harlem series, Coltrane, South Africa Jalc, Celia Cruz

The Harlem Jazz Boxx, presenting the most adventurous jazz series in Harlem, continues with its Sept. 3, 10, 17, and 24 lineup featuring Craig Harris and Harlem Nightsongs Big Band.

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Harlem Jazz & Music, Miles Davis film, Melvis Santa

The Harlem Jazz & Music Festival began Aug. 10 and runs through Aug. 31. This first annual festival is being presented in a variety of venues throughout Harlem.

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Jazzmobile, Charlie Parker Fest, Newport highlights

On Aug. 23 Jazzmobile at Marcus Garvey Park swings with Harlem 100: Mwenso and the Shakes, vocalist Brianna Thomas, South African vocalist Vuyo Sotashe and special guest saxophonist Fred Wesley (James Brown band), and drummer Winard Harper & Jeli Possewith a show 7 p.m.-9 p.m.

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Jammin’ Monday’s, Savion Glover, Minton’s

Monday Night Jam sessions return to Patrick’s Place Restaurant & Lounge (2835 Frederick Douglass Blvd. on 151st Street) with the Benny Rubin Band,7 p.m.-10 p.m., no cover just great music. Berta the producer of this event tells me Rubin, a 19-year old alto saxophonist, is a smokin’ young gun.

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Jerry Gonzalez, Latin jazz genius, dies at 69

Jerry Gonzalez, the Latin jazz innovator, whose multi-instrumental talent effortlessly merged the genres of Afro-Cuban jazz, straight-ahead jazz, salsa and Latin jazz, died around midnight Oct. 1. He was 69.

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James Europe tribute, BAM R&B, Dylan tribute

Long before the outspoken voices of Miles Davis, Nina Simone and Thelonious Monk, who were determined to forge their own musical paths, there was bandleader, composer and arranger James Reese Europe.

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The passing of three giants in jazz

With my friend and colleague, and this paper’s eminent jazz authority, incapacitated the past several weeks, he has permitted me to substitute for him temporarily.

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New Heritage, Music Japan, Ron Carter, Jazzmobile, Monk

Voza Rivers and Jamal Joseph of the New Heritage Theatre Group will be the first honorees of the Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Hall of Fame in recognition of their illustrious history and the center’s 10th anniversary celebration, Oct. 6, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at Lt. the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Memorial Community Center, 34 W. 134th St. New Heritage is celebrating its 54th anniversary this month.

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Bronx Rising, Reggie Workman, Coltrane, Jazzmobile

At a point in jazz history, the Bronx was an enduring hard-bop borough, where that sound of hipness was the order of the day, and many musicians called it home.

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Faddis at Dizzy’s, Fred Staton at 102

Dizzy Gillespie was known for his high notes that reached into the stratosphere. No other trumpeter came near those stratospheric notes until the young Jon Faddis, who idolized Dizzy, came on the scene.

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Vision Fest, Hamiet Blueitt tribute and fundraiser

This year’s Vision Festival 22 runs now through June 3 at Judson Memorial Church (55 Washington Square South, in the West Village).

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Boss tenors, ‘ReOcurring Dreams,’ Regina salutes Ella

When discussing the tenor saxophone’s soul or its rhythm and blues swing vernacular, it is necessary to bring both Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt into the conversation.

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Matthew Whitaker, Four Miles, Abbey Tribute, SA Freedom Day

Matthew Whitaker, the 16-year-old pianist/organist and composer, can easily captivate his audience within minutes. He is that good.

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Organ Monk, award for Plummer, Onaje Gumbs, Elombe tribute

When Greg Lewis (aka Organ Monk) plays the Hammond B-3 electric organ, it takes on the lively colors of soul, R&B and jazz with the accompaniment of electric guitar and drums. He has been swinging with this hip hypnotic style for more than half a century.

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Adam,’ Belgrave, Chapin film, Altura at Jazz Gallery, Women’s History Month

Only a few days remain to see the dramatic tour de force one-man show “Adam,” performed by Timothy Simonson.

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Sistas’ Place, Howard Johnson, Blue Note, ‘Trubone’

Like his fellow native Brooklynites (Cecil Payne, Max Roach and Randy Weston), the pianist Ed Stoute wears his Brooklyn badge of honor with distinction as he celebrates the jazz tradition with spirited inspiration.

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Hendrix Apollo Tribute, Chambers at Smoke, WeBop HSA

Jimi Hendrix, the most influential guitarist in rock music history, who distinctly added to the genre’s then speeding comet with his electrifying brand of blues and funk, will be celebrated at the Apollo Theater Nov. 26, one-night only, with two dynamic performances at 7 p.m. and 11 p.m.

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Candido retires, James Moody Fest, Chocolate Street

The influential Cuban musicians who introduced Latin sounds and Afro-Cuban rhythms to New York City began in the late 1930s, with the trumpeter and bandleader Mario Bauza, Machito’s foster sister and vocalist Graciela in the 1940s and Chano Pozo.

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Harlem jazz, BRIC Fest, Un-Columbus celebration

Craig Harris, the trombonist, composer and arranger, is an innovative musician constantly exploring the realm of this music, which is easily experienced through his two diverse groups, The Tailgaters Tails and Nation of Imagination.

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The Brownstone, Il Caffe Latte, Monk at 100

Berta Indeed, a longtime Harlem resident and jazz promoter who is diligently keeping the music alive in the community, will present “Straight-Ahead Jazz in Harlem” on Oct. 7

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JAZZ NOTES: Hope Way, Green Film, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Sistas’

The late pianist St. Elmo Sylvester Hope was ushered into jazz history based on his musicianship, and as a genius composer and arranger.

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Mulatu Astatke, Elmo Hope Street, Carter in Newark

Most New Yorkers don’t think twice about the many jazz performances that take place in varied venues, such as Harlem bars, churches, restaurants and museums, throughout New York City.

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Generations Jazz Fest, Nuyorican Tuesdays, George Curry

The seventh annual Coca-Cola Generations in Jazz Festival brings together legendary jazz masters and emerging artists from Sept. 1 to Oct. 2 at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola (60th Street and Broadway).