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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Sean Jones Speaks On Preserving The National Legacy Of Jazz During COVID-19

“Every time you lose a legend, you lose a library.” The jazz world has been hit especially hard by the global coronavirus pandemic. We have lost jazz heroes and jazz legends. Such as Wallace Roney and Lee Konitz amongst the dozen of losses. Sean Jones, the Grammy award-winning trumpeter and composer, in this moving 5-minute […]

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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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GRAMMY Museum To Celebrate Peggy Lee’s 100th Birthday With Panel Featuring Billie Eilish, k.d. lang & More Plus An Online Exhibit

(Peggy Lee fans will want to take note of this press release by the Grammy and the Grammy museum. A virtual exhibit celebrating Peggy Lee’s 100th birthday.) NATE HERTWECK / GRAMMYS MAY 20, 2020 The GRAMMY Museum announced Peggy Lee 100th Birthday Celebration, a special event including a panel discussion, birthday toast and virtual exhibit in honor of Peggy Lee‘s […]

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Jazz Coalition Launched To Help Musicians Keep Jazz Alive

(Disclosure: JazzBuffalo is a proud inaugural member of the Jazz Coalition) When COVID-19 lockdowns started happening across the country, one group hit hard were jazz musicians. Especially in New York City. As the city is the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, so is it the epicenter of jazz musicians unable to perform. No matter how […]

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Jazz Saxophonist Legend, Lee Konitz, Dies At The Age Of 92

The jazz world has lost another of its legendary souls. After contracting COVID-19, jazz saxophonist Lee Konitz, has died at the age of 92. Konitz had a lengthy 75-year involvement in jazz dating back to the big band era. His son confirmed the cause of death was pneumonia brought on by the virus. Konitz passed away […]

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Andy González, Prolific Latin Jazz Bassist, Dies at Age 69

Obituary written by Neil Genzlinger NEW YORK TIMES Andy González, one of the great bassists in Latin jazz, who in a career of more than four decades played with numerous influential groups — notably the Fort Apache Band, which he formed with his brother Jerry — died on Thursday, April 9 in the Bronx. He […]

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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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Noted Jazz Keyboardist Lyle Mays Dies at Age 66

By The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lyle Mays, a jazz keyboardist whose work, chiefly with the Pat Metheny Group, won nearly a dozen Grammy Awards, died Monday in Los Angeles. He was 66. Mays had a “long battle with a recurring illness,” according to Pat Metheny’s website. “Lyle was one of the greatest musicians […]

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Kenny Burrell Facing Homelessness And Financial Hardship

There has been a recent stream of news regarding a statement from Kenny Burrell’s wife regarding recent financial hardship. The couple suffered from mismanaged medical claims and increasing medical bills. Although they have some recourse, it has left them in dire straits. A full statement is made here by Katherine Burrell on the Go Fund […]

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