Jazz

Carrying on the musical tradition of jazz
By April 2, 2014 Read More →

Carrying on the musical tradition of jazz

Carrying on the musical tradition of jazz Mustafa on Sax proudly carries torch lit by his father, Melton Mustafa, Sr. By D. Kevin McNeir A superb improvisational duet recently occurred on a South Florida stage between two gifted musicians – one on the saxophone – the other on trumpet that confirmed why jazz is still […]

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Stars return for South Florida’s hottest annual concert
By March 12, 2014 Read More →

Stars return for South Florida’s hottest annual concert

Jazz in the Gardens combines best of R&B, jazz and hip-hop By D. Kevin McNeir Last spring, more than 63,000 fans enjoyed the tropical temperatures of Miami Gardens, the city that is also the home of the Miami Dolphins, for what has become one of the nation’s most highly-anticipated music extravaganzas, Jazz in the Gardens. And […]

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Free Expression Still a Mirage for Zimbabwean Artists
By January 8, 2014 Read More →

Free Expression Still a Mirage for Zimbabwean Artists

Owen Maseko. Credit: Busani Bafana/IPS BULAWAYO – That citizens cannot enjoy democracy if they are ruled by an undemocratic party is the warning that got Cont Mhlanga’s play “Members” banned from theatre stages in Zimbabwe in 1985. By Busani Bafana Owen Maseko’s art is provocative and political. A 2012 painting of a bespectacled man emerging […]

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Remembering Richie Havens
By April 24, 2013 Read More →

Remembering Richie Havens

Folk-rocker Richie Havens, who died Monday of a heart attack, will be remembered for many things, among them a smooth singing voice, standing six-and-a-half-feet tall, and singing at President Bill Clinton’s first inauguration. But the most famous of his many lauded concert appearances happened by accident. By Katherine Cole Richie Havens’ performance at Woodstock in […]

Donald Byrd, extraordinary jazz trumpeter, dies at 80
By February 12, 2013 Read More →

Donald Byrd, extraordinary jazz trumpeter, dies at 80

Donald Byrd, an exceptional jazz trumpeter associated with the “hard bop” school of jazz exemplified by the Blue Note record label during the late 1950s and throughout the 1960s, died February 4. The cause of death has not been released. By John Andrews Born Donaldson Toussaint L’Ouverture Byrd II on December 9, 1932 in Detroit, […]

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Herbie Hancock, jazz man and film score writer
By February 12, 2013 Read More →

Herbie Hancock, jazz man and film score writer

Three dishevelled young men slip into building. Mother and daughter enter flat. Men sneak along passage. Mother enters kitchen. Men trick daughter into opening door. Daughter screams. Men take money, rape daughter, kill mother, run away. By Ronald Atkins Herbie Hancock, who wrote the music for Death Wish, is proud of what he did to […]

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Argentinean Jazz Band, Escalandrum Tribute Concert to Astor Piazzolla
By October 1, 2012 Read More →

Argentinean Jazz Band, Escalandrum Tribute Concert to Astor Piazzolla

New York City –  The Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College and TeatroStageFest partner to present the Argentine Jazz sextet Escalandrum in an historic tribute concert to the great Astor Piazzolla on Sunday, October 7, 2012 in the LeFrak Concert Hall at Queens College at 3:00 pm. This concert is part of the Kupferberg […]

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Pete Cosey, jazz guitarist, dies at 68
By June 11, 2012 Read More →

Pete Cosey, jazz guitarist, dies at 68

Pete Cosey, a jazz guitarist who was best known for his work in Miles Davis’ electric band in the 1970s has died aged 68. His daughter said he died at a Chicago hospital of complications from surgery on 30 May. During the 1960s Cosey was a member of the studio band for Chess Records, playing […]

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Rare Louis Armstrong recording released
By May 1, 2012 Read More →

Rare Louis Armstrong recording released

A rare recording of one of the last live performances by jazz trumpeter Louis Armstrong has been made public. The star played at the National Press Club in Washington DC, against the advice of his doctors, in January 1971, just over five months before he died. The What A Wonderful World singer had been in […]

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‘Fela!’ band: Great Afropop music — and a few questions raised
By January 22, 2012 Read More →

‘Fela!’ band: Great Afropop music — and a few questions raised

By Randy Lewis The Los Angeles run of “Fela!” — the hit Broadway musical celebrating the life and music of Afropop star Fela Kuti — wraps up on Sunday after a six-week engagement at the Ahmanson Theatre. Sahr Ngaujah, one of two actors portraying Kuti during the L.A. run, was joined by the show’s band […]

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