Today (Thursday) marks the end of Jazz Appreciation Month, commencing with International Jazz Day events throughout the planet.

The Harlem Dwyer Cultural Center (258 St. Nicholas Ave. and 123rd Street) will host a tribute to the genius and greatness of Miles Davis. There will be an exhibit of Davis’ collaborative paintings with artist Jo Gilbert, which were created during the final years of his life. These paintings will be available for sale through an auction.

A panel discussion will feature Quincy Troupe (Davis biographer), drummer Jimmy Cobb (who played with Davis on some of his greatest albums, including “Kind of Blue”) and Davis’ protégée, trumpeter Wallace Roney. It will be moderated by WBGO’s Sheila Anderson.

The event begins at 6 p.m. Please RSVP at or call 917-524-8001. For more information, visit

Now that President Barack Obama has announced the re-establishment of diplomatic relations with Cuba after 50 years, many Americans, particularly New Yorkers, are seriously considering the trip to the small island known for its music and cultural history.

In the late 1940s, Dizzy Gillespie was involved in the movement of Afro-Cuban music based on its traditional rhythms. The music brought such Cuban musicians as Chano Pozo, Mario Bauza and Arturo Sandoval to New York with the influence of Gillespie. Pianist and composer Michele Rosewoman continues the tradition of Cuban’s spiritual folklore and jazz with her ensemble New Yor-Uba. Under her direction, they play a unique combination of spiritual rhythms inspired by Cuban folklore and hypnotic conga beats.

During her recent engagement at Dizzy’s jazz club, Rosewoman and New Yor-Uba, a 13-piece ensemble, sparked the audience to dance in their seats. Cuban music seems to have that effect.

The name “New Yor-Uba” reflects the progression of the music of the ancient Yoruba people from Nigeria, through Cuba to present-day New York City.

“The mix of folklore and jazz is a beautiful combination,” said Rosewoman. “I started the band in the 1970s, and playing this music has become a lifelong pursuit. I have studied Cuban folklore and was greatly influenced on the spiritual side.”

Rosewoman’s ensemble involves a host of Cuban musicians, including singers who took us into the spirited folklore of Cuba, with four percussionists adding to the rhythmic flow. The horns were blaring, with a call-and-response bouncing from vocalists to the congas and horns. Special guest Howard Johnson kept a deep melodic flow on his tuba.

Rosewoman debuted a commissioned composition, “Alabanza,” at Dizzy’s that was a mix of folklore, Cubana rhythms and jazz. It was a swinging piece that moved the audience to a higher ecstasy. During her recent visit to Cuba, Rosewoman played with Arturo O’Farrill’s big band, giving the international audience another treat during the Havana Jazz Festival.

The ensemble has performed throughout the U.S. and internationally. Over the years, the ensemble has featured such musicians as Gary Bartz, Antonio Hart, Pedrito Martinez, Billy Harper and Oliver Lake.

Rosewoman’s most recent CD is “Michele Rosewoman Presents New Yor-Uba: A Musical Celebration of Cuba in America,” featuring fellow musicians from contemporary jazz and Cuban folkloric music. The debut 2013 release of New Yor-Uba marked the ensemble’s 30-year anniversary. The NPR Critics Poll selected the two-CD album as the No. 1 Latin jazz release of 2013 and placed it at No. 25 on the list of “Best Recordings of the Year.”

This year’s 2015 NEA Jazz Masters Awardees included saxophonist George Coleman, who taught himself to play saxophone. He began playing with B.B. King and relocated to New York City in 1958 to work with Max Roach. In 1963, he joined Davis with Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter and Tony Williams. In 1997, he received the Jazz Foundation of America’s Lifetime Achievement Award. In his introduction, Lou Donaldson referred to him as “Big George Danger Man Coleman.”

Saxophonist and flautist Charles Lloyd has been a fierce improvisationalist since his album “Forest Flower” (Atlantic Records 1966). Today, he continues to stretch the spectrum surrounded by younger musicians such as pianist Jason Moran, Gerald Clayton, Eric Harland and Sokratis Sinopoulos.

Carla Bey is one of the premiere composers of the past 50 years. She has written music for big bands, choirs, chamber orchestras and small combos. She formed the Jazz Composers Orchestra Association, focusing more on avant-garde forms of jazz. In 2009, she received the German Jazz Trophy “A Life for Jazz.” She has toured throughout the world and continues to perform and record regularly.

Joe Segal is a club owner and jazz presenter. He is Chicago’s longest tenured jazz presenter since 1947. He is one of the founders of the Jazz Institute of Chicago, which promotes Chicago’s place in jazz history.

The event was hosted by bassist Christian McBride, with Wynton Marsalis, managing and artistic director, offering welcome remarks.