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Ron Scott

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Jazz drummer Jimmy Cobb dies at 91

Jimmy Cobb, a jazz drummer whose subtle supporting role proved to be his significant sound that added to the uniqueness of such classic albums as Miles Davis’ “Kind of Blue,” died on May 24 in his Harlem home.

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Jazz Notes: Musicians talk

We are still adjusting to this twilight zone reality insane sane world of COVID-19.

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JAZZ HEROES, BMHC, DC JAZZFEST, ‘JAZZ IS DEAD’

As COVID-19 continues to hold us hostage and live music remains a pleasant memory that we pray will return soon, there are still things to cheer in the jazz community.

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MEMORIES: Sam Hargress, Bootsie Barnes, Little Richard

As COVID-19 continues to spread its deadly contagious germs around the world I sadly continue to report deaths of those committed to jazz and the world of music.

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JAZZ NOTES: Newport cancels, Jazz Gallery, Mixon, Papa Lou

Some jazz and folk fans were still holding out hoping the horrific COVID19 pandemic imposing a worldwide blanket of death and lockdowns or shelter-in-place would be contained with the many precautions set in place, but unfortunately that has not happened.

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JAZZ NOTES: Jazz gallery, grants, album review

As COVID-19 continues its horrific scourge across the world, musicians continue to come up with alternative concepts for performing live in the midst of jazz clubs, concert halls, and festivals still on lockdown.

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OBITUARIES: ONAJE ALLAN GUMBS, ANDY GONZALEZ

ONAJE ALLAN GUMBS, the pianist, composer, producer and arranger, whose fingers danced across the keys with nimble dexterity employing the genres of R&B, blues, smooth and straight-ahead jazz, died on April 6 at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Yonkers, New York.

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JAZZ NOTES: Obituaries: Manu Dibango, Wallace Roney, Bucky Pizzarilli, Ellis Marsalis, Bill Withers

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives forever, and we continue to grasp the reality of this horrific situation on a daily basis.

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LIVE STREAMS, MUSICIANS TALK, ALBUM REVIEW

As we move forward in the eye of this COVID-19 pandemic that has crippled the world, we find ourselves constantly improvising on a daily basis to adapt to new moment-to-moment health rules that keep us homebound.

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McCoy Tyner, influential jazz pianist, dies at 81

McCoy Tyner, the pianist whose percussive chords and serene harmony served as the hedge-pin to John Coltrane’s landmark quartet and his own career that became an inspired vehicle for generations of jazz musicians, died on March 6, at his home in northern New Jersey. He was 81.

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Dizzy’s Women in Jazz & Clave Con Fest, Grandma’s Quilt

Dizzy’s Club three-night Clave Con Jazz Festival celebrating Latin jazz concludes March 5 (tonight) with The Mambo Legends Orchestra.

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Jazz Notes: Cubana Jazz, Nona at Met, Parker’s Mayfield Project

The sound of the Cuban influence in jazz began in 1933, when drummer and bandleader Chick Webb hired Cuban trumpeter Mario Bauza.

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Diawara, Schomburg, Christine Jean Chambers Exhibit

Traditional African music will grace the stage of Town Hall on Feb. 21 as Malian singer, songwriter, guitarist, and actor Fatoumata Diawara brings her mesmerizing blend of Western pop, rock, Afrobeat, and R&B.

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Dianne Reeves, Dizzy’s, GroundUp, Trio 3, Pearl Cleage

NEA Jazz Master Dianne Reeves will once again set an ambiance of intimacy with her enchanting vocal instrument during a Valentine’s Day engagement on Feb. 14-15.

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Ginny's, Jazz Power, Raka

Ginny’s Supper Club (310 Lenox Ave.) located in the hub of Harlem happenings will present the singer, composer guitarist Natu Camara from 8 p.m.-10 p.m. on Feb. 8.

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WBGO jazz radio being petitioned

Since the explosive op-ed by Ronald S. Glover “Is there a Blackout at WBGO?” was printed in the Star Ledger on Nov. 19, the executive staff at the all jazz radio station has yet to respond.

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Jimmy Heath, saxophonist and arranger, dies at 93

Jimmy Heath, the tenor saxophonist with a deep honey-coated sound whose compositions like “Ginger Breadboy” became a jazz classic, died January 19 at his home in Loganville, Georgia. He was 93.

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Ginny’s, Post 398, Vanessa Rubin, JazzFest Review

Ginny’s Supper Club (310 Lenox Ave.) boosts a conclave of live jazz on a weekly basis, primarily on weekends.

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WINTER JAZZFEST, KOJO ADE AWARDED

January is not the most popular month once the spectacular New Year’s Eve “ball” drops; no one is looking forward to the oncoming snow, freezing rains and sleet.

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Jazz Gallert, NOJO, Mary Stallings

Since moving to Brooklyn in 2005 (from his native home state of Virginia), saxophonist and composer Darius Jones has recorded over eight albums.

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New Year's Eve happenings

It’s time to bring in another new year, celebrate like you’ve never partied before. Some of the jazz clubs available for you to bring in an explosive new year are listed below.

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Earl Spain, owner at St. Nick’s, dies at 89

Earl Spain, the astute and humorous owner of Harlem’s once internationally popular St. Nick’s Pub, died in New York City on Dec. 1. He was 89.

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Zooid, Ellison Letters, Birdland, Owens Double Burn

From the very beginning the saxophonist, flutist, composer and arranger Henry Threadgill performed his perception jazz on the outer limits of its parameters.

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Schomburg, Willie Jones III, Nicholson celebrates 70

Since 1925, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem has been one of the world’s leading cultural institutions through the Harlem Renaissance to preservation, and exhibition of materials (arts and culture) focused on global Black history, African diaspora and African American experiences.

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NYC Readers Jazz Awards, T.K. Blue’

The votes are in: 87,000 were counted for the upcoming 6th New York City Readers Jazz Awards to be held on Nov. 24 at one of Manhattan’s busiest jazz hubs Birdland (315 West 44th Street), at 4 p.m. Some of these awardees/winners will perform.

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Nublu Jazz Fest, Ma’jid, Audelco, Camille A. Brown

The Nublu Jazz Festival now in its 10th year can be described as an exhilarating roller coaster ride but much hipper than that Coney Island trip.

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Johannesburg Joy of Jazz Festival

The recent 22nd annual Joy of Jazz Festival held in Johannesburg, South Africa was an extended industrious program that began in New York City at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Hall “South African Songbook Celebrating 25 Years of Democracy”

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BRIC JAZZFEST, MCLEAN AT SISTA’S, MWENSO & SHAKES, MINTON’S

The BRIC JazzFest, which has been running since Oct. 19 in Brooklyn, culminates with its well-anticipated three-day Marathon, Oct. 24-26. It features more than 20 artists, who are well worth seeing although some of their names may not be familiar but like them you have to be adventurous and check them out.

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Hargrove tribute, Ginny’s, Lovano Appel Room, Taylor Made

When one mentions great trumpeters in jazz history like Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Clifford Brown and Freddie Hubbard, the name of Roy Hargrove must be included. He was the best trumpeter of his generation, as well as the most influential.

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Randy Weston Way, Ron Carter at Birdland

One year after pianist and composer Randy Weston was called by the ancestors his neighborhood street, the corner of Lafayette and Grand Avenues in Brooklyn was co-named Randy Weston Way on Sept. 29.

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Akiko, Betty Carter, Sista’s, Theo Croker

As the summer sun transforms to autumn leaves, Jazzmobile at Minton’s Playhouse (206 West 118th Street) continues on Sept. 19

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Jlco & Joy of Jazz, Howard Johnson Concert

From September 12-14, “The South African Songbook: Celebrating 25 Years of Democracy” proudly continues at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola (60th Street and Broadway) with special South African guest pianists; the established composer Hilton Schilder and the young gun Bakari Dyer.

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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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BMHC, Harlem week, jazz in the valley

On Aug. 8, Bronx Music Heritage Center at 1303 Louis Nine Blvd., will present its new series New Voices in Latin Music, at 7 p.m. New Bojaira (Bo-hi-ra) blends jazz improvisation with flamenco rhythms and singing to create a combination a multi-cultural excursion.

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MONTCLAIR JAZZ FESTIVAL, YOUNG LORDS 50TH

Summertime for jazz lovers offers as many opportunities to see great outdoor concerts and festivals as birds chirping their favorite songs.

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Jazzmobile, Blue Swamini, Settepani, Persip at 90

These opening weeks for Jazzmobile are a testimony to why the nonprofit organization has maintained its reputation as the best jazz Summerfest in the Big Apple.

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Jazzmobile Summerfest, Newport Jazz Festival

Despite the metamorphoses of Harlem—or plain old forced gentrification—there has been one constant mainstay in Harlem and that is Jazzmobile, since 1964.

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Salon Africana, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Cape Town Tour

The vocalist, songwriter Somi, whose music has become a definitive source in the realm of jazz, will present her second ongoing performing arts program, Salon Africana.

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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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Jazz Power Initiative

The Jazz Power Initiative is one of the significant organizations filling the void left by New York City’s public schools not offering all students classes in the arts from theater, dance and music.

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Bronx Rising, Brooklyn Jazz, free jazz, Nicole Mitchell

James Reese Europe was a pioneering phenomenon in the world of Black music that translated into ragtime and early jazz.

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Jazz Notes: Jazz Museum, Art & Origins, Harrison & Eliot Jazz Heroes, P’s Place

Arturo O’Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble featuring the French American singer, lyricist Malika Zarra will appear at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem (58 West 129th Street) April 18 at 8 p.m.

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FORTUNE, LADY GOT CHOPS, CARNEGIE, SANABRIA AT WBGO, O’NEAL BLAZES

To carry on the legacy of his former band mate, Sonny Fortune, the trumpeter Kamau Adilifu Quartet will present a concert in his honor March 22 at 7:30 p.m. at The Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space (West 97th Street & Broadway, Manhattan).

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Havana Jazz Festival 2019 in Review

The women of Havana, Cuba move with a lyrical flow as they walk down those hot busy streets with a destination in mind but no neurotic effort to get there.

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Jazz Notes: Sands dazzles, Winter Jazzfest, Allan Harris APAP

The pianist and composer Christian Sands has grown from a rising young musician to watch to a seasoned 29-year-old to be seen whenever he hits town.

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Jazz Notes: ‘Brown Butterfly,’ Roy Hargrove Musical Celebration

The deed, the project, the incredible body of music by the trombonist, composer and arranger Craig Harris is complete.

New Year’s Eve happenings

In an effort to get you kicked started into the new year, here is a short list of New Year’s Eve happenings in the Big Apple.

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Jazz Notes: Charles Lloyd at 80, Harlem Stage, Ray Chew, ‘Green Book’

The saxophonist/flutist and composer Charles Lloyd is one of our iconic elders.

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