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Memories of Dick Gregory, satirist and activist

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.

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JAZZ NOTES: Billy Hart, Basie, Parker Fest, McCloud tribute, Farafina

Billy Hart is a stalwart drummer whose reputation is as noteworthy as a luminous full moon.

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The Great Hill, Cornelia Street, Summerstage, Melvis live

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.

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Mclean, Belgrave, Jazzmobile, Saxton and Dr. Lonnie

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.

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Miami Jazz Fest’s WDNA-FM debut, Mustafa Jazz Fest

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.

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The groove maker Mickey Roker dies at 84

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.

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Parlor jazz, La Lupe honored at CCCA, Blue Note Fest

During the 1920s, rent parties were considered the hipper happenings of Harlem.

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Vision Fest, Hamiet Blueitt tribute and fundraiser

This year’s Vision Festival 22 runs now through June 3 at Judson Memorial Church (55 Washington Square South, in the West Village).

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Boss tenors, ‘ReOcurring Dreams,’ Regina salutes Ella

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.

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T.K. Blue, HSA Dance, celebrating Ella

The multi-saxophonist, flutist, composer and arranger T.K. Blue has an unwavering sound that grew out of his parents’ Afro-Caribbean roots.

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Palmieri Mondays, PR music, Bobbi Humphrey, Jazz Gallery

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.

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Jazz Day, Conduction, Carl Bartlett, Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium

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.

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Organ Monk, award for Plummer, Onaje Gumbs, Elombe tribute

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.

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Bob Cunningham, master bassist, dies at 83

Bob Cunningham, the consummate bassist and composer whose deep rhythmic sound became sought after by such bandleaders as Gary Bartz, Dizzy Gillespie and Frank Foster, died in New York April 1.

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Ahmed Kathrada, South African activist dies at 87

When I learned that this humble man of fortitude who was an integral force within the long battle to end apartheid in South Africa died March 28, in Johannesburg, it was a very sad moment for me. He was 87.

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Slide 85, Hoodoo Express, Esai’s Table, Harrison at Smoke

The Wilbur Ware Institute will celebrate the trombonist, composer and arranger Slide Hampton’s 85 birthday April 1, at the Bogardus Mansion, 75 Murray St., in the Tribeca section of Manhattan.

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Panama Jazz Festival: Music, education and history

Although most jazz festivals have a difficult time just trying to keep jazz as their focal points, the Panama Jazz Festival, founded by the pianist and composer Danilo Pérez, has the perfect formula that brings music education to students, Panama’s colorful music history and great jazz performances for people of all ages from around the world.

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Chuck Berry, rock & roll innovator, dies at 90

Chuck Berry, the dynamic guitarist and songwriter, whose unique singing style crossed all genres and put the R in rock and roll with such hits as “Sweet Little Sixteen,” “Maybellene” and “Johnny B. Goode,” died March 18 at his home in St. Charles County, Missouri. He was 90.

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Rudy Lawless, consummate drummer, dies at 84

Rudy Lawless, the consummate drummer whose definitive style earned him chairs in the bands of such notables as Andy Kirk, Blue Mitchell, Hank Jones and Roy Eldridge, died Feb. 21 in Manhattan at the Bellevue Hospice.

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Dave Valentin, versatile flutist, dies at 64

Dave Valentin, whose undeniable versatility as a flutist ignited Latin music and the movement of Latin jazz, died March 8 at a rehabilitation and care facility in the Bronx

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Adam,’ Belgrave, Chapin film, Altura at Jazz Gallery, Women’s History Month

Only a few days remain to see the dramatic tour de force one-man show “Adam,” performed by Timothy Simonson.

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Eddie Palmieri at Rose, Banana Puddin’, Jazz & Democracy

Great bands are known for their perfected sound and a swinging style that is so undeniable.

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Apollo, American Son, Brooklyn Is Africa, Black designers

Feb. 25, The Apollo Theater presents “AFROPUNK Unapologetically Black: The African American Songbook Remixed, A Celebration of Black Protest Music” at 7:30 p.m.

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The versatile vocalist Al Jarreau dies at 76

Al Jarreau, the only vocalist to win Grammys in pop, R&B and jazz through his deep sea of versatility, died Feb. 12 in Los Angeles.

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Nicholas Payton, Jam, Marika Hughes, Weston at Medgar Evers

As part of Black History Month, the National Jazz Museum in Harlem will present Desert Island Discs with the trumpeter/composer Nicholas Payton (tonight) Thursday at 7 p.m.

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Chuck Stewart, definitive jazz photographer, dies at 89

Chuck Stewart, whose portraits and improvisational photographs are recognized at a glance similar to identifying a Coltrane tune after a few notes, died Jan. 20, in Teaneck, N.J.

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Sistas’ Place, Howard Johnson, Blue Note, ‘Trubone’

Like his fellow native Brooklynites (Cecil Payne, Max Roach and Randy Weston), the pianist Ed Stoute wears his Brooklyn badge of honor with distinction as he celebrates the jazz tradition with spirited inspiration.

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Havana International Jazz Festival

The annual International Jazz Plaza de la Habana attracts musicians from around the world.

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Jazz Gallery Films, Jazz for Disability, Jazz Connect

The Jazz Gallery, known for introducing its audiences to exciting young guns and those musicians who refuse to follow the Merriam-Webster definition of a “conformist”, will present its Inaugural Jazz on Film Festival Jan. 6 and Jan. 7.

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New Year’s Eve around town

This New Year of 2017 behooves every citizen to be active, stay vocal and remain vigilant. For such a diligent task, mandatory indulgence in some serious partying until the stars rattle in the sky and that cow refuses to jump over the moon.

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Bob Cranshaw versatile bassist and activist dies at 83

Bob Cranshaw, the versatile bassist whose great sound led him beyond the regions of jazz and his long musical relationship with Sonny Rollins to “Sesame Street” and to being a regular pit member in Broadway shows, died Nov. 2, at his home in Manhattan. He was 83.

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Arts for Art, Ndegeocello, Oasis, ‘VIV’ Awards

The holidays are in bloom with joyous events taking shape like a dashing Harlem reindeer.

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Hendrix Apollo Tribute, Chambers at Smoke, WeBop HSA

Jimi Hendrix, the most influential guitarist in rock music history, who distinctly added to the genre’s then speeding comet with his electrifying brand of blues and funk, will be celebrated at the Apollo Theater Nov. 26, one-night only, with two dynamic performances at 7 p.m. and 11 p.m.

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Candido retires, James Moody Fest, Chocolate Street

The influential Cuban musicians who introduced Latin sounds and Afro-Cuban rhythms to New York City began in the late 1930s, with the trumpeter and bandleader Mario Bauza, Machito’s foster sister and vocalist Graciela in the 1940s and Chano Pozo.

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Sweet Lou at 90, Jane Bunnett and Maqueque

No one swings harder than Lou Donaldson on the alto saxophone, as he demonstrated last week celebrating his 90th birthday at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola. As usual, his smooth performance required multiple standing ovations, including one as he took the stage.

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Bobby Seale, Slave Coast, jazz thespians, Haynes swings

As the Black Panther Party celebrates its 50th anniversary throughout the United States, Bobby Seale recently stopped at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. He mesmerized an enthusiastic audience with corrected untruths and future goals for the people.

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Trio 3, American Slave Coast, Zora Neale Hurston

Trio 3 is a collaborative of iconic explorers and renowned bandleaders that include the bassist, composer Reggie Workman, the saxophonist, composer and arranger Oliver Lake and the drummer Andrew Cyrille, who over the past six decades have defined the music on their own terms.

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Chico Freeman at Sistas’, AACM, Black Panthers exhibit

The bold tone of tenor saxophonist Chico Freeman and his compositions keep his music glowing on the jazz rainbow.

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Monterey Jazz Festival—Cold nights, hot music

While waiting for my Monterey flight in the Los Angeles Airport, I noticed a familiar person sitting quietly to my left.

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Harlem jazz, BRIC Fest, Un-Columbus celebration

Craig Harris, the trombonist, composer and arranger, is an innovative musician constantly exploring the realm of this music, which is easily experienced through his two diverse groups, The Tailgaters Tails and Nation of Imagination.

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Columbia Choice, Davis tribute, Tolliver, Ware fundraiser

Stage presence has always been a questionable affair when it comes to jazz musicians.

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Author delivers debut with ‘Counting Descent’

With “Counting Descent,” writer, teacher, Harvard Ph.D. candidate and award-winning poet Clint Smith explores the cognitive dissonance that results from belonging to a community that unapologetically celebrates Black humanity while living in a world that often renders Blackness a caricature.

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Generations Jazz Fest, Nuyorican Tuesdays, George Curry

The seventh annual Coca-Cola Generations in Jazz Festival brings together legendary jazz masters and emerging artists from Sept. 1 to Oct. 2 at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola (60th Street and Broadway).

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Bobby Hutcherson, influential vibraphonist dies at 75

Bobby Hutcherson, who changed the vernacular of jazz vibraphone and influenced generations of aspiring musicians in the process died Aug. 15 at his home in Montrara, Ca. He was 75.

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Tulivu, Bird Fest, TriHarLenium

The vocalist Tulivu-Donna Cumberbatch, whose singing ability offers her the inventiveness to journey through the windows of blues, soul and jazz, has caught the attention of audiences from Brooklyn to Europe.

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Jazz on the Hill, Jazz in the Valley, Harlem/Havana

The tenor saxophonist, composer, arranger and big band leader Jimmy Heath will celebrate his 90th birthday in October, but on Aug. 13, he will start his major birthday celebration early at “Great Jazz on the Great Hill” in Central Park (106th Street and Central Park West).

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Cyro Baptista, William Parker, Axel in Brooklyn

Established jazz clubs such as Dizzy’s very seldom venture past the traditional gates of jazz.

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Jazzmobile, Blanchard, SummerStage, Dr. Taylor

Blazing sun rays are in full force, radiating this summer’s first heatwave as jazz fans lie peacefully in wait for early evening to make their way to Jazzmobile.

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NYC bids farewell to Vaughn Harper

Vaughn Harper, the man who lent his velvet voice to the airways of WBLS-FM while inspiring and helping so many, died peacefully July 9 after a long, courageous battle with type 2 diabetes.

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Trying Times

Suddenly, the television flashes a video of a young Black man, Alton Sterling, shot by a white police officer in Baton Rouge, La., Monday.

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