CHARLIE PARKER: NOW’S THE TIME – CELEBRATING BIRD AT 100

92Y marks the centennial of Charlie Parker on his birthday, August 29, 2020, with a multidisciplinary celebration featuring 24 hours of special events on Friday, August 28 and Saturday, August 29. Conceived to highlight multiple facets of Parker’s genius and its profound influence on jazz and beyond, Charlie Parker: Now’s the Time – Celebrating Bird […]

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The Lasting Legacy Of Charlie “Bird” Parker At 100

On Saturday, August 29, the jazz world celebrates the 100th birth date of Charlie “Bird” Parker. The 100th centennial is no ordinary celebration. Parker is a revered figure whose short-lived life carved a lasting stone of innovation in music. His impact continues to influence venerable and budding jazz artists alike more than sixty-five years after […]

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How The NYC Police Used The Cabaret Card To Keep Jazz Musicians Of Color From Performing

The NPR program, Jazz Night in America, recently produced an excellent 9-minute video, narrated by jazz artist Christian McBride, that provides an exposé on the infamous use of the cabaret card. The cabaret card was issued by the New York City Police Department from 1940 to 1967. The cabaret law was a requirement that all […]

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The Heartbreaking Loss Of A Historic Lineup For The 2020 Northwest Jazz Festival

When the reality set in that it was going to be impossible for the Northwest Jazz Festival in Lewiston, NY to happen this year, I knew it was going to make all of us sad. The ripple effect of the COVID-19 pandemic is being felt in many parts of the country in the worst manner […]

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The Black And White Jazz Photography Of Jack Zuff

(Photo of Elio Villafranca the Northwest Jazz Festival by Jack Zuff) A few years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Jack Zuff. Somehow, I had come across his photography, which he said was a “hobby.” Some hobby for those who have seen his photographs! At that time, I encouraged Jack to make jazz a […]

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Alto Sax Master Richie Cole Has Died At The Age of 72

(Photo Credits: Jack Zuff from October, 2017 JazzBuffalo Presents Concert at Musical Fare Theatre.) Alto saxophone great Richie Cole once referred to in Downbeat magazine as “the sax machine,” has died at the age of 72. Cole died on May 1 at his home in Carnegie, Pa., a suburb of Pittsburgh. His daughter Annie Cole said […]

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Jazz In Town: Giving Thanks For Jazz In Our Community

We have much to be thankful for!  In our jazz community of audiences, venues, and musicians we have seen a resurgence that has not been seen for many years.   Enriching the lives of many and helping to create a vibrant community we are proud to call home.  Happy Thanksgiving to all!  Here is an early […]

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Vincent Herring, Bobby Watson, and Gary Bartz Record Landmark Album To Honor 100th Birthday Of Jazz Icon Charlie Parker

August 29, 2020, will mark the centennial of one of jazz’s most iconic figures, Charlie Parker. The global celebration of Charlie Parker begins with a historic alto saxophone summit bringing together three of modern jazz’s most acclaimed voices.  Vincent Herring, Bobby Watson, and Gary Bartz, three of the most heralded alto sax jazz musicians in the last 40 […]

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JazzNotes Vol 2: Jazz In The News

Links to stories about jazz in the news featuring Dave Liebman, Nat King Cole, Bill Frisell, Charlie Parker, and the Diva Orchestra. For a New Live Recording, Dave Liebman Heads Back Out ‘On The Corner’ Dave Liebman’s legacy seemingly coalesced in an enthralling full-circle moment on Feb. 6, 2015, at Nashville’s 3rd and Lindsley. Along with […]

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Ira Gitler, Jazz Critic And Historian Passes At 90

The highly-regarded jazz critic and historian, Ira Gitler, died on Saturday at the age of 90. While his last years were spent in a nursing home, Ira Gitler devoted a lifetime to jazz advocacy. Championing the music and capturing jazz history as it unfolded. In 2017, Gitler was recognized as a recipient of the National […]

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