Ron Scott

Ron Scott writes a weekly column “Jazz Notes” for the Amsterdam News, and contributes to the monthly publications Positive Community and Network Journal.

He is the senior editor of “Forever Harlem,” (Starlight Press L.L.C., 2006), a pictorial history of Harlem from 1896-2006. Most recently he was writer and editor for the Community Works exhibit “Harlem is… Music,” exhibited at the Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts and the Museum of the City of New York

As a freelance writer Scott has written for the New York Times, Vogue Magazine, the Daily News, Time Out New York, Johnson Publications and ABC Radio.

He is a member of the Jazz Journalists Association, New York Association of Black Journalists (NYABJ), National Writers Union, and a graduate of Florida A&M University, and New York University’s Graduate School of Social Work.

He has lectured at the City University of New York, Howard University and shared his expertise on music panels throughout the United States.



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Johnny Pacheco Latin music visionary dies at 85

Johnny Pacheco, multi-instrumentalist, arranger and composer, who instigated the sound of salsa to a generation of young teenagers in the Bronx that swung around the world along with his co-founding of the Fania Record label and forming the Fania All-Stars, died on Feb. 15, in Teaneck, New Jersey.

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Junior Mance, Blue Touch jazz pianist dies at 92

Junior Mance, a pianist whose soft floating touch always accented the blues and made him a first call musician with such artists as Dinah Washington, Dizzy Gillespie, Gene Ammons and Cannonball Adderley died Jan. 17, 2021 at his home in Manhattan.

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JAZZ NOTES: Bullard at Flushing Town Hall

Ask any Manhattanite or tourist to name the most popular concert halls in town and they will likely mention Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall and Lincoln Center.

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Marcus Gilmore, Persiani CD, Community Cares

The drummer Marcus Gilmore arrived on the jazz scene as a young gun…or maybe he was a teenage virtuoso. He was touring with Clark Terry’s band while still attending Manhattan’s LaGuardia High School.

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Howard Johnson tuba innovator dies at age 79

Howard Johnson, the multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger and actor, who took the tuba into the inner circle of jazz, died Monday, Jan. 11, at his home in Harlem. He was 79.

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Jazz Mask, Harrison's Soul Book

In the hot summer sun at the outdoor Charlie Parker Jazz Festival in Marcus Garvey Park, during the winter at the Visions Jazz Festival on the lower eastside, at a host of jazz clubs or at the Newport Jazz Festival the hardest working woman capturing the history of jazz in the moment through her lens is Enid Farber.

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New Year's Eve 2021, PCR music for now, Kwanzaa

WHAT! NO New Year’s Eve? Well, not quite. This will be the first time this last column of the year will not feature an exciting fun list of New Year’s Eve jazz celebration happenings throughout New York City.

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Stanley Cowell, pianist composed dies at 79

Stanley Cowell, an adaptive innovator pianist, composer and educator, who created his own destiny in music as well as in business as the co-founder of Strata-East Records, died Dec. 17 at Bayhealth Hospital in Dover, Delaware. He was 79.

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Jazz Standard closes, Fenner on WHCR FM

New York City jazz clubs have been bobbing and weaving to stay alive despite the onslaught of deadly punches from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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VTY Jazz, Douglas & Younger

As COVID-19 looms its continuous dark cloud over the world’s sky and with a vaccine seemingly just months away, “VTY Jazz Arts” anxiously invites a live audience under COVID-19 safety guidelines.

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