Jazz Notes


Bob Porter, blues and jazz expert, dies at age 80

Bob Porter, the blues and jazz broadcaster, writer and producer, who shared his massive knowledge of these subjects religiously on WBGO radio for over 38 years, died on April 10 at his home in Northvale, New Jersey. He was 80.

Banana Puddin', 'The American Negro,' Richard Wright

While millions of people have been vaccinated and businesses are opening up to a greater capacity, virtual live-streaming is still in full effect. On April 20 (7 p.m.) Rome Neal’s Banana Puddin’ Jazz will present “Brooklyn in the House” as ...

Giant Steps, BRIC Feast, Armstrong Continuum

As we have reached the one-year mark living in the horrific grip of this coronavirus, it’s evident that jazz and life are both improvisational players.

Jazz Notes: Jazz standards, Sista's, Nuyorican, Real Vinyl

Since the Jazz Standard on East 27th Street closed its doors in December 2020, there has been a deep gaping pit left in Manhattan’s jazz community.

Pianist Bertha Hope herstory

In honor of Women’s Month, we pay tribute to a most accomplished jazz pianist, composer and educator Bertha Hope.

East Coast Jazz, Ishmael Reed, Amina, Claudine Myers

A collaboration of well-known jazz clubs on the East Coast have banded together for a maiden voyage multi-city East Coast Jazz Festival, livestreamed online, March 20th (5 p.m. to 11 p.m).

Parlot Jazz, Chambers' Samba de Maracatu

Since 1993 pianist, singer, actress Marjorie Eliot has conducted her “Parlor Jazz” series every Sunday in her apartment at 555 Edgecombe Avenue, Harlem’s prestigious address once home to such musicians as Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Johnny Hodges, Andy Kirk and ...

Majid, music inside, Allan Harris, Carnegie

The tumultuous times of the 1960s are constantly scrutinized, and discussed, documentaries of the Black Panthers, panel discussions with the Young Lords, Dr. King’s speeches, his letters, various video footage of the Civil Rights Movement, I Am A Man , ...

Chick Corea, fusion, acoustic innovator, dies at 79

Chick Corea, a renowned acoustic pianist and versatile composer who became immersed in jazz fusion and one of its profound innovators on electric keyboards with his groups Return to Forever, the Elektric Band and Vigil, died Feb. 9 at his ...

Junior Mance, Blue Touch jazz pianist dies at 92

Junior Mance, a pianist whose soft floating touch always accented the blues and made him a first call musician with such artists as Dinah Washington, Dizzy Gillespie, Gene Ammons and Cannonball Adderley died Jan. 17, 2021 at his home in ...

JAZZ NOTES: Bullard at Flushing Town Hall

Ask any Manhattanite or tourist to name the most popular concert halls in town and they will likely mention Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall and Lincoln Center.

Marcus Gilmore, Persiani CD, Community Cares

The drummer Marcus Gilmore arrived on the jazz scene as a young gun…or maybe he was a teenage virtuoso. He was touring with Clark Terry’s band while still attending Manhattan’s LaGuardia High School.

Howard Johnson tuba innovator dies at age 79

Howard Johnson, the multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger and actor, who took the tuba into the inner circle of jazz, died Monday, Jan. 11, at his home in Harlem. He was 79.

New Federal 50th, Birdland jeopardy, Keystone Korner

Black plays didn’t exist in Detroit during theater and film producer, director, and actor Woodie King, Jr.’s years so he made his own.

Jazz Mask, Harrison's Soul Book

In the hot summer sun at the outdoor Charlie Parker Jazz Festival in Marcus Garvey Park, during the winter at the Visions Jazz Festival on the lower eastside, at a host of jazz clubs or at the Newport Jazz Festival ...