Sonny Fortune, who played alto saxophone like an erupting volcano, with a flute sound reminiscent of a mysterious night covered by a full moon, died.
Hamiet Bluiett, the innovative musician and composer who gave new definition to the relevance of the baritone saxophone, died Oct. 4, at his home in Brooklyn, Ill. He was 78.
After the Joy of Jazz fest, Kevin Naidoo, the owner of The Orbit jazz club, a major Johannesburg jazz venue, had a “post jam session” for the remaining musicians in the city, as well as festival participants and local jazzheads. Those dynamic festival highlighters, the Nairobi Horns from Kenya, performed, and they were still fired up. “This is our first time playing in such a large festival and now Orbit,” said MacKinlay Mutsembi, the trumpeter and co-founder. “This is fantastic!”
As Mayor Herman Mashaba of Johannesburg stated, “What better place to have a jazz festival than in the heart of this great city, where music is a part of our life?”
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.
By the end of the 1940s into the 1950s, the smoky tenor-textured voice of Nat King Cole had all the young bobby-sox girls mesmerized.
The all-star ensemble will feature alto saxophonists Greg Osby, Vincent Herring and Jaleel Shaw and tenor saxophonist Jon Irabagon, with pianist Helen Sung, bassist Lonnie Plaxico and drummer Matt Wilson.
Randy Weston, the Brooklyn native and son of Africa, died peacefully Sept. 1, at his brownstone in Brooklyn. He was 92.
Randy Weston, the Brooklyn native and son of Africa, who made the history of the motherland a prerequisite to his live performances and many albums such as Uhuru Africa (1960) died peacefully Sept. 1, at his brownstone in Brooklyn. He was 92.
What happened? Summer is over already? Not fair. The winter seems to hang on like a hungry alligator, but the summer sun fads into the wintry night like a Billie Holiday blues song.
Camille Thurman was the second place winner of the Sarah Vaughan Vocal Competition, but the rising composer, tenor saxophonist and flutist assured me the brass instrument is her first love.
Aretha Franklin, the singer and pianist who, from her musical pulpit, spun her gospel upbringing into a spirited soulful sound, died August 16 at her home in Detroit. She was 76.
Since Harlem Week’s inception as “Harlem Day” in 1974, its metamorphosis has gradually blossomed into Harlem Month, from July 29 through Aug. 25.
The mezzo-soprano keys of Alicia Olatuja’s vocal instrument can easily dissolve into a rich honey flavored texture as she swings into her jazz element.
Covering the Umbria Jazz Festival was somewhat of a surreal experience.
Most recently, Umbria Jazz 18 celebrated its 45th anniversary as one of the most popular jazz festivals in the world. Aside from its wealth of participating musicians, the picturesque Perugia is the capital city of both the region of Umbria in central Italy, crossed by the river Tiber, and the province of Perugia (that dates back to 310 B.C.).
One Harlemite who keeps that jazz torch burning is Berta Indeed.
There was an abundance of Black-owned jazz clubs during the blood-drenched years of segregation, but now, because of that trickle down economy, Black clubs have dwindled drastically in this 21st century of openness, cloaked under smiling faces of eager racism.
No pianist has the distinctive soft percussive ever-roving touch like the eminent elder statesman Barry Harris.
Lorraine Gordon, owner of the iconic Village Vanguard jazz club in New York, and one of the few non-musicians to be named an NEA Jazz Master, died June 9, at Beth Israel Hospital in Manhattan.
The guitarist Russell Malone, whose pronounced pitched sound has caught the ear of anyone who listens, from New York to Europe, will be honored by Jack Kleinsinger’s “Highlights in Jazz.”
Since VTY started its jazz series, Sunday Serenade, at the West End Lounge on the Upper West Side (955 West End Ave. at 107th Street), it seems to be having a resurgence of popularity reminiscent of earlier times.Since VTY started its jazz series, Sunday Serenade, at the West End Lounge on the Upper West Side (955 West End Ave. at 107th Street), it seems to be having a resurgence of popularity reminiscent of earlier times.
The play “Paradise Blue,” written by the award-winning playwright Dominique Morisseau (“Skelton Crew” and “Pipeline”) gets its title from Detroit’s Paradise Valley entertainment district that was prominent in the Black community known as Black Bottom during the 1940s through the early 1960s.
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.
For 23 years, the Vision Festival has been the mecca where enthusiasts gather to salute avant-garde’s future, present and past.
Miriam Makeba and Nina Simone (2018 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame) were the unapologetic revolutionary voices of the people of South Africa and America, both on and off the stage.
When young people and jazz come together, one can be assured it’s going to be a joyous fun-filled coaster ride.
The cellist and songwriter Marika Hughes is a stirring musician who might cover a variety of genres in one show.
The New York City-born vocalist and composer Allan Harris inherited a hip jazz cat street suaveness that simmers in every song he sets in motion.
The Jazz Foundation of America’s annual fundraiser held at the Apollo Theater (253 W. 125th St.) is one of the most varied musical events in Harlem.
Cecil Taylor, the pianist whose music was an intentional sound of revolutionary freedom, died April 5 at his home in Brooklyn. He was 89.
April is Jazz Appreciation Month throughout the world, and the big celebration day is International Jazz Day. Held April 30 and implemented by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in 2011, it highlights jazz and the diplomatic role it has played culturally throughout the world.
The 2018 Uncharted Concert Series, now running through May 12, is one of those unique jazz experiences multilayered with an assortment of possibilities to be explored.
St. Nick’s Pub had been a resounding jazz voice since its 1940 inception. It was known as Luckey’s Rendezvous, owned by Charles Luckeyeth Roberts, a pianist, composer and band leader.
If music were mandatory, everyone would be required to listen to Henry Threadgill’s music at least once or see him perform live.
Harry Belafonte’s life is a compilation of artistic and political channels that has affected America and the world—from his days of being dubbed “the king of calypso,” with a string of hits including his signature “Day-O” renamed “The Banana Boat Song” before its 1950s release.
Now through Oct. 1 Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Coca-Cola Generations in Jazz Festival is in full effect.
Hearing of Dick Gregory’s death on Aug. 19 was a real shocker. And pondering the fact that he was a vegetarian and so aware of living healthy, it just seemed impossible he would leave us at the age of 84.
Billy Hart is a stalwart drummer whose reputation is as noteworthy as a luminous full moon.
Jazzmobile’s Summerjazz fest, Great Jazz on the Great Hill, in Central Park, Aug. 5, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., is a rainbow jazz combustion.
When you attend a concert of the multireed player and flutist Rene McLean, his music will ascend the boundaries of the hard bop American tradition.
These days the only time you hear about Miami is in a political context on those rare occasions “the Orange Barron” visits from the “Crazy House” to cajole his loyal Cuban Republican supporters.
The drummer Mickey Roker, whose distinctive groove placed him on the first-call list for such musicians as Sonny Rollins, Horace Silver, Tommy Flanagan, Herbie Hancock and Ella Fitzgerald, died May 22 in Philadelphia, where he had resided for many years.
During the 1920s, rent parties were considered the hipper happenings of Harlem.
This year’s Vision Festival 22 runs now through June 3 at Judson Memorial Church (55 Washington Square South, in the West Village).
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.
The multi-saxophonist, flutist, composer and arranger T.K. Blue has an unwavering sound that grew out of his parents’ Afro-Caribbean roots.
Those now controllable frenzy-dancing salsa fans will always have explosive memories of the master Afro-Caribbean and salsa master Eddie Palmieri during his days leading his Conjunto La Perfecta (1961), his album “Azucar Pa Ti” (“Sugar for Me”), which is in the Library of Congress, and his collaborations with Cal Tjader.
International Jazz Day will be celebrated as far away as Antarctica. The continent that contains 90 percent of all the ice on the planet and is the coldest. No fear. We hear the penguins have put together a dynamic bebop band for the occasion.
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.