Jazz Notes


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.

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 ...

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 ...

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.

Rosewoman, Harlem Jazz, Jerome Jennings, Chucho & Chick

For pianist, composer, educator and arranger Michele Rosewoman, music serves two purposes...

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”


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 ...

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.

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.

Larry Willis, the eclectic jazz pianist, dies at 76

Larry Willis, the eclectic jazz pianist and composer who refused to be categorized as a member of the rock band Blood, Sweet & Tears, and enjoyed stints with Jerry González’s Latin-jazz Fort Apache Band, avant-garde drummer Paul Murphy, Carmen McRae ...

Harold Mabern Jr., the percussive pianist, dies at 83

Harold Mabern Jr., the pianist and composer with the big smile, roaring laugh and a profound percussive sound that lit the piano like a Saturday night jook joint as he caressed every key with an energetic magical touch, died unexpectedly ...

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

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.

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.

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.