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NEWS: OBITUARY

Thanks, Freddy, for the jazz connection

Thanks, Freddy, for the jazz connection

The fine pianist and singer Freddy Cole died Saturday, June 27, at age 88 at his home in Atlanta. He had been struggling with cardiovascular issues for a while. His manager, Suzi Reynolds, called him Mr. Magic. “He wove a web of sonic beauty with every note and kept listeners silently breathless with his casual, elegant ...

NEWS: MUSIC INDUSTRY

Still singing the pandemic blues? Aren't we all?

Still singing the pandemic blues? Aren't we all?

Three months into the pandemic quarantines caused by COVID-19, we have seen our lives changed in so many ways, at least temporarily. And none of us know with any certainty what the “new normal" will be. What's the future for the intimacy of jazz clubs, or large-scale concerts in performance halls, or outdoor jazz festivals that ...

NEWS: OBITUARY

Another big loss for jazz

Another big loss for jazz

Drummer Jimmy Cobb, for 29 years the only surviving member of trumpeter Miles Davis' Kind of Blue sextet, died yesterday at his home in Manhattan. He was 91 and had been battling lung cancer. Cobb was the fourth NEA Jazz Master to pass away in 2020. In addition to the seminal Kind of Blue album, he ...

NEWS: MUSIC INDUSTRY

International Jazz Day thoughts about our new world of virtual jazz

International Jazz Day thoughts about our new world of virtual jazz

The world at-large- and the jazz world as we knew it and enjoyed it- have changed drastically over the past six weeks because of the pandemic. No near-term end is in sight for the challenges it has caused. Unless they were held prior to early March, none of the 2020 editions of listeners' favorite jazz festivals, ...

NEWS: MUSIC INDUSTRY

Jazz musicians silenced by coronavirus, Chapter 2

Jazz musicians silenced by coronavirus, Chapter 2

Here is part two of our chronological listing of jazz-related COVID-19 deaths from the novel coronavirus, updated as we receive them. Our profound sympathies to their families, friends and fans as we remember the musical legacies they have given us. Tenor saxophonist Bootsie Barnes, a Philadelphia jazz legend, died April 22. He was 82. His many ...

NEWS: OBITUARY

Jazz musicians silenced by coronavirus (updated)

Jazz musicians silenced by coronavirus (updated)

Here's a listing of jazz-related deaths from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), updated as we receive them. Our profound sympathies to their families, friends and fans as we remember the musical legacies they have given us. Argentina-born jazz saxophonist Marcelo Peralta, died in Madrid on March 10. He was 59. Peralta moved to Spain in 1996. Congolese ...

NEWS: OPINION

Albums that had significant impacts on my thirst for jazz

Albums that had significant impacts on my thirst for jazz

In recent days, Facebook has been bubbling with users’ lists of celebrities or musicians that they have met or performed with, with one exception. Then it’s up to the followers to figure out which one was untrue. This is an interesting sheltering-in-place pastime. Thanks to my parents’ modest record collection, there was some music by jazz ...

NEWS: RECORDING

A singer-composer's bountiful musical gifts

A singer-composer's bountiful musical gifts

The jazz world lost singer Nora York three years ago when she died from pancreatic cancer at age 60. But her artful, creative and distinctive music lives on. This is a good thing—for us. Her longtime collaborator Jamie Lawrence, a New York-based pianist, has just released Swoon, a recording of previously unreleased material by York. Four ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

A masterful night of jazz

A masterful night of jazz

Trombonist Michael Dease was well armed with ample doses of creativity, gentility, humor, and swing when he joined the Naples Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra as the sextet opened its 10th concert season on Wednesday, October 30. Dease, 37, is a busy young performer and educator. In addition to touring the world as a first-call player, he teaches ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

A Night Bass'd On A True Story

A Night Bass'd On A True Story

The Barrel Room at the Twisted Vine Bistro in downtown Fort Myers was packed on Saturday, September 28 for bassist Brandon Robertson's CD release gig/celebration. By my head count, it was standing-room-only and then some. In addition to those fortunate to get seats at tables or the bar,people were standing wherever they could find space. It ...


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