Jazz Appreciation Month Celebrates Women In Jazz And Toshiko Akiyoshi

Each April, the Smithsonian National Museum of American History has recognized and celebrated the extraordinary heritage and history of jazz. Since 2001, the institution has encouraged us as a nation to partake in month-long mindful participation to appreciate the music we call jazz. Enjoying recordings, studying the music, and attending concert have all been part […]

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Jazz Pianist Onaje Allan Gumbs Has Died At The Age Of 70

Composer, arranger, pianist, and bandleader Onaje Allan Gumbs died on Monday, April 6 after a period of illness. While not confirmed yet, it is believed that Gumbs suffered from complications of COVID-19. Throughout his career, Gumbs became one of the most respected collaborators in jazz. Including crossing over into the genres of R&B and pop. […]

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25 Plus Jazz Live Streams April 3-7 Featuring Chick Corea, Joe Lovano, Emmet Cohen, John Patitucci, And More

There is an abundance of jazz live streaming taking place across the country. From the east coast to the west coast, jazz artists will be performing from their living rooms. It may only be for this short while we’ll see this many because of the Live From Our Living Rooms festival taking place in New […]

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CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival Canceled With Hope For Fall Reschedule

Producers and city representatives came to the conclusion that the 19th year of the CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival scheduled for June 19-27 should be canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In a distributed letter, producers Marc Iacona and John Nugent announced the cancelation Thursday, citing an effort to help limit the spread of COVID-19 […]

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Jazz Guitarist Legend Bucky Pizzarelli Has Died At The Age Of 94

Early news last night reported that Bucky Pizzarelli, the legendary jazz and pop guitarist, who was a lifelong New Jersey resident and performed with many jazz and pop luminaries, has died at the age of 94. Pizzarelli performed and collaborated with the likes of Benny Goodman and Stephane Grappelli as well as was a member […]

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Patriarch Of Marsalis Family, Ellis Marsalis, Has Died At The Age Of 85

From the Associated Press: Ellis Marsalis, jazz pianist, teacher and patriarch of a New Orleans musical family that includes famed musician sons Wynton and Branford, has died. He was 85. New Orleans Mayor LaToya Campbell announced Marsalis’ death in a news release Wednesday night. In a statement, Mayor LaToya Cantrell said of the man who […]

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Legendary Jazz Trumpeter Wallace Roney Dies From COVID-19 Complications

The heralded jazz trumpeter Wallace Roney, who studied with Miles Davis and other legendary players, has reportedly died today from “complications of COVID-19.” “I am saddened to confirm that the iconic trumpeter and jazz legend Wallace Roney passed away due to complications of COVID-19 this morning just before noon,” publicist Lydia Liebman said in a […]

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How Jazz Artists In Buffalo Are Coping During The COVID-19 Pandemic

For many jazz musicians in the Greater Buffalo region, the sudden halt to independently performing has meant loss on many levels. Loss of “gig” income has been the hardest to experience. But also the loss of performing in an ensemble setting, camaraderie with band members, and the improvisational experience integral to jazz. Many jazz events […]

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Carina And The Six String Preacher Release New Song And Video

Carina and the Six String Preacher have been entertaining the Greater Buffalo region and beyond since 2013. Carving out a unique space in the hearts and minds of their growing fan base. Their music, a signature blend described as jazz noir, is a modern twist on multiple styles. Blending pop and jazz into a versatile […]

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Legendary Jazz Pianist McCoy Tyner Has Died At The Age of 81

McCoy Tyner, the legendary jazz pianist, and longtime member of John Coltrane’s quartet died on March 6, according to his nephew Colby, who announced the news on Twitter. He wrote, “Sad to announce the passing of my uncle McCoy Tyner. One of the best jazz pianists ever, a Philly legend.” He was 81. The family also released […]

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