New Heritage Minutes Video Honors Canadian Jazz Legend, Oscar Peterson

Just across the border, there is a 30-year ongoing project that celebrates Canadian heritage and history. The Heritage Minutes collection is a bilingual Canadian legacy project comprised of 60-second short films, each depicting a significant person, event or story in Canadian history. They are produced by the non-for-profit organization, Historica Canada. First released in 1991, the Heritage Minutes have been […]

Read More…

Jazz Legend Chick Corea Has Died At The Age Of 79

The legendary pianist, keyboardist, arranger, and composer, Chick Corea has died at the age of 79. The cause of death is due to a rare form of cancer, according to his family. Corea passed on Tuesday, February 9th. Corea is considered one of the most important influences in jazz and jazz fusion. Having performed on […]

Read More…

25 Favorite Jazz Albums Of 2020

The year began with much optimism and excitement for the world of jazz. Anticipated were tours, festivals, concerts, club dates, and new jazz albums. Many of what we anticipated came to a crashing halt by mid-March of 2020. The global COVID-19 pandemic had arrived. Severely impacting jazz artists, venues, festivals, clubs, and the livelihoods of […]

Read More…

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, […]

Read More…

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 […]

Read More…

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 […]

Read More…

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 […]

Read More…

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 […]

Read More…

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 […]

Read More…

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 […]

Read More…