Freddy Cole Was “The Tops” For Many Jazz Fans

“Freddy Cole? He’s the tops, mate! The very tops!” When I first learned of the passing of vocalist/pianist Freddy Cole on Sunday at the age of 88, this quote immediately popped into my head, as it did over the past nearly three decades whenever I saw Freddy’s name or heard him sing.  With Cole’s passing, […]

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Ella Fitzgerald Documentary, “Ella: Just One of Those Things,” Is Worth Watching

The 2019 documentary about the life of the iconic Ella Fitzgerald has made its way to the United States and to the WNY region.  Ella: Just One of Those Things is available virtually through an arrangement with The Screening Room and its virtual cinema. The film is directed by Leslie Woodhead and produced by Reggie […]

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Jazz Pianist And Vocalist Freddy Cole Has Died At The Age Of 88

Jazz pianist and vocalist Freddy Cole has died at the age of 88. Born in 1931 in Chicago, he called Atlanta home for the last 48 years. Cole passed on the evening of June 27, 2020. Freddy Cole was the younger brother of his famous sibling, Nat King Cole.  He was the youngest of five children, 12 […]

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Sonny Rollins Talks Pandemic, Protest, And Jazz In Interview With The New Yorker

(Photo Credit: Christopher Anderson / Magnum) “The main thing is do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” the saxophonist Sonny Rollins says. “Sure, everybody knows it, but nobody lives by it.” At the age of eighty-nine, the legendary Sonny Rollins still packs a punch with insightful commentary. Rollins has lived through […]

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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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Bud Fadale Shares Unearthed Recordings Of Ann Fadale and Dick Fadale

The Fadale family has been a part of the Greater Buffalo region’s jazz scene for the better part of nearly seven decades. Including Bud Fadale who has appeared often throughout the past few decades as one of the area’s finest jazz bassists. Throughout these decades, the family has often been cited as “Buffalo’s First Family […]

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7 Stay At Home Ways To Explore Jazz

Bruce Eaton Shares What Social Distancing Was Like Before The Pandemic While for most folks the guidelines for dealing with the current pandemic might take a bit of getting used to (or even seem draconian), for me they’re all old hat. In 2014 I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma (bone marrow cancer) and what followed […]

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“Miles Davis: Birth Of The Cool” To Air On PBS Tuesday, February 25

The iconic PBS show, American Masters, will present the premiere broadcast of Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool, a documentary on the life of jazz legend Miles Davis. Scheduled for 9 pm ET on Tuesday, February 25 on most PBS stations across the nation. The film by the widely-acclaimed documentarian Stanley Nelson is being aired in […]

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Jazz Legend Jimmy Heath Has Died At The Age Of 93

Jimmy Heath, the legendary jazz giant who performed with many of the historic names in jazz history, including greats such as John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, and Miles Davis, has died. Heath’s grandson announced to NPR and other media outlets that Heath passed away from natural causes on Sunday morning at the age of […]

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