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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George Wein jazz impresario dies at 95

George Wein, co-founder and creator of the Newport Jazz Festival and Newport Folk Festival that set the stage for music festivals throughout the world, died peacefully in his sleep, in his Manhattan apartment on Sept. 13. He was 95.

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Phil Schaap, jazz encyclopedic historian and broadcaster, dies at 70

Phil Schaap whose encyclopedic knowledge of jazz history with sidebar insight into musicians and their music led him to become a remarkable broadcaster, historian, archivist, educator and record producer, earning him six Grammy Awards in various categories died Sept. 7, at a hospital in Manhattan.

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Jazz By Water, Jazzmobile, Jazz Gallery, Steve Turre

Although summer has come and gone like a lit match on a windy night, there are still a few more outdoor concerts to enjoy. On Sept. 11 spend an afternoon (12 noon - 5:30 p.m.) on Governor’s Island (Colonels Row Green) swinging to Jazz By the Water.

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DC Jazz Feast, Nuyorican, Flushing, Charlie Parker

One thing this COVID-19 pandemic has made perfectly clear is we aren’t as far apart as we may think, but for New Yorkers it is more of a territorial thing.

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Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, Strata-East at 50

After a year of stage silence and birds chirping as opposed to live horns igniting outdoor audiences, the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival returns live to Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park, Richard Rodgers Amphitheater.

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Donald Harrison, Banana Pudding, Art Kane Place

Ironically, New York City jazz fans have to live with not being able to see the alto saxophonist, composer Donald Harrison Jr. on a regular basis. But one thing is for sure when he does hit the big apple his performances are always an exciting journey, regardless of where it leads, it swings eternal.

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Flushing Town Hall, Sugar Hill Jazz Festival

After a year-long intermission forced by COVID-19, the eclectic Flushing Town Hall (FTH) has opened its doors to in-person audiences for select events while continuing to live-stream all programs.

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Jeremy Pelt swings on West African tradition

In the midst of an on-going pandemic, police brutality, an attempted United States insurrection and the demolition of voter’s rights, trumpeter, composer and producer Jeremy Pelt comes forward with his latest recording “Griot: This is Important!” (High Note Records).

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Sunday Serenade, JFA, Harlem Week 2021

It is not surprising the octogenarian pianist and composer Joanne Brackeen will pay tribute to Sunday Serenade’s pianists and composers Thelonious Monk and Cecil Taylor.

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Vision 25, Sun Ra at SummerStage

Live music has thankfully returned throughout New York City with the Vision 25 Festival celebrating the best in avant garde jazz.

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