Ron Scott

Ron Scott writes a weekly column “Jazz Notes” for the Amsterdam News, and contributes to the monthly publications Positive Community and Network Journal.

He is the senior editor of “Forever Harlem,” (Starlight Press L.L.C., 2006), a pictorial history of Harlem from 1896-2006. Most recently he was writer and editor for the Community Works exhibit “Harlem is… Music,” exhibited at the Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts and the Museum of the City of New York

As a freelance writer Scott has written for the New York Times, Vogue Magazine, the Daily News, Time Out New York, Johnson Publications and ABC Radio.

He is a member of the Jazz Journalists Association, New York Association of Black Journalists (NYABJ), National Writers Union, and a graduate of Florida A&M University, and New York University’s Graduate School of Social Work.

He has lectured at the City University of New York, Howard University and shared his expertise on music panels throughout the United States.



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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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Daa’iya El-Sanusi, host of WHCR Radio, dies at 63

Daa’iya El-Sanusi, who hosted one of the most important live radio shows in Harlem that streamed around the world, died Nov. 11 in New York. She was 63.

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Sonny Fortune, persevering saxophonist, dies at 79

Sonny Fortune, who played alto saxophone like an erupting volcano, with a flute sound reminiscent of a mysterious night covered by a full moon, died.

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Hamiet Bluiett baritone sax virtuoso dies at 78

Hamiet Bluiett, the innovative musician and composer who gave new definition to the relevance of the baritone saxophone, died Oct. 4, at his home in Brooklyn, Ill. He was 78.

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Post festival jazz happenings in South Africa

After the Joy of Jazz fest, Kevin Naidoo, the owner of The Orbit jazz club, a major Johannesburg jazz venue, had a “post jam session” for the remaining musicians in the city, as well as festival participants and local jazzheads. Those dynamic festival highlighters, the Nairobi Horns from Kenya, performed, and they were still fired up. “This is our first time playing in such a large festival and now Orbit,” said MacKinlay Mutsembi, the trumpeter and co-founder. “This is fantastic!”

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Jazz Notes: Johannesburg Joy of Jazz Festival

As Mayor Herman Mashaba of Johannesburg stated, “What better place to have a jazz festival than in the heart of this great city, where music is a part of our life?”

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Jerry Gonzalez, Latin jazz genius, dies at 69

Jerry Gonzalez, the Latin jazz innovator, whose multi-instrumental talent effortlessly merged the genres of Afro-Cuban jazz, straight-ahead jazz, salsa and Latin jazz, died around midnight Oct. 1. He was 69.

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