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.
Today (Thursday) is your last day to see “eMerge 2.0: Melvin Van Peebles & Artists on the Cusp.”
Ronald Shannon Jackson, one of the most influential avante-garde drummers of the 20th century
Jazz vocalist Gloria Lynne dies at 83
When early blues heroes are mentioned, the name discussed most often is guitarist-singer Robert Johnson. However, Tommy Johnson (1896-1956), his senior and no relation, was also a great guitarist-singer out of the Mississippi Delta. He influenced many aspiring musicians in Mississippi and around the country, including such artists as Howlin’ Wolf.
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 complicated life of America’s greatest female jazz singer is to see “Lady Day,” starring Dee Dee Bridgewater at the Little Schubert Theater (422 W. 42nd St.). As a singer, Bridgewater wastes no time getting into Holiday’s signature songs “Miss Brown to You,” “Them There Eyes” and “All of Me.”
The Steve Kroon Latin Jazz Sextet, Ray Charles and Michele Rosewoman coming to New York
In Harlem, it seems more restaurants are flirting with jazz on a somewhat regular basis. The Phil Young Experience and “The Jazz Masters in Harlem” were so good last month that they will return to Dinosaur BBQ (300 W. 125th St.) on Sept. 25, 6 p.m.-10 p.m. The first set starts at 7 p.m. in the Bridge Room (second floor).
On Sept. 17, the Joe Locke Group, featuring pianist Ryan Cohan, bassist David Finck, drummer Jaimeo Brown and special guest vocalist Kenny Washington, will hit the stage for one night at 54 Below (254 W. 54th St.).
The summer is over that quickly. It makes one contemplate relocating to Florida or California for perpetual sunlight, but then what happens to all that music that only New York City can offer?
The death of Sathima Bea Benjamin on Aug. 20 was mourned in both the U.S. and her homeland of South Africa. The 76-year-old vocalist and composer died in Cape Town, South Africa, and was buried there on Aug. 21, according to the South African Broadcasting Corporation.