Bill Crump: A Great Day in Harlem’s “Mystery Man”

The most iconic group photograph in the history of jazz, entitled “A Great Day in Harlem” was taken on August 12, 1958, in front of a brownstone at 17 East 126th St. The photographer was Art Kane who was on assignment from Esquire Magazine. The image was to become the centerpiece of the January 1959 […]

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James Brandon Lewis Voted Rising Star Winner In 2020 Downbeat Critic’s Poll

James Brandon Lewis, since leaving his hometown of Buffalo, has risen in the jazz world as an emerging saxophonist of note. Lewis is usually noted for his ability to reach into the past of influences by Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, and Ornette Coleman while crafting a unique improvisational sound that is modern and futuristic. In […]

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The Short and Curious Life of Wade Legge

Imagine with me if you will, an all- time, all- star jazz group made up of internationally known musicians who were either born in Buffalo or spent a great deal of their lives as residents of the Queen City. Now who gets the piano chair? Most casual jazz fans would gravitate towards Al Tinney who […]

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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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Miles Davis, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Sonny Rollins And Other Jazz Artists Highlight 2019 Grammy Hall Of Fame Inductees

Each year, the GRAMMY® (The Recording Academy) selects twenty-five recordings comprised of singles and albums to induct into its growing Hall of Fame. This is the 46th year of the GRAMMY® Hall of Fame that now lists a total of 1,088 recordings. Recordings selected must be twenty-five years or older. This year, jazz is well […]

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7 New Historical Jazz Collections That Will Make Great Holiday Gifts

With the advent of digital music streaming, it may seem the idea of jazz collections and box sets may not be as popular as in years past.  However, this may be a special year.  With some holiday gift jazz collections ideas for the discriminating jazz lover who will cherish such possessions. What makes these great […]

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Jazz In Town: Appreciating Drea d’Nur and Supporting Northwest Jazz Festival

April Is Jazz Appreciation Month celebration is in full swing!  And, there is a lot to appreciate!  The resurging jazz scene in Buffalo means plenty of super jazz to appreciate! Highlights JazzBuffalo Presents International Jazz Vocalist Drea d’Nur Saturday, April 14th at 8 pm at Pausa Art House JazzBuffalo, in association with Pausa Art House, presents […]

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