Monthly Archives: March 2015

#SaveNYC stand up for NYC Mom-and-Pops

Change is inevitable and can often be good as part of a natural evolution but not all change is good. There are some things that need to be preserved and protected by those who care. As Jerimiah Moss of Vanishing…

A Latino History of Hip-Hop in NYC pt1

Here’s a great podcast from Latino USA and NPR. Part 1 about the, mostly forgotten, history of Latino contributions to the birth of Hip Hop in New York City.

Pyramid Club’s Eternal Afterlife

Is it possible that Pyramid Club is the last of the downtown punk club still in existence? As I walked past it the other day I started trying to think of all the great small original punk venues that have…

Legendary Disco DJ Nicky Siano Birthday Bash in Coney Island

Nicky Siano ushered in the early soulful disco days along with his close kindred spirits Frankie Knuckles, David Mancuso and Larry Levan at The Gallery, Studio 54, The Loft and Paradise Garage changing music and clubs forever. Nicky is said…

Free Jazz Still Alive and Young in Downtown NYC!!

These days we have to import some of it from Sweden, probably one of the few places you can afford to play free jazz, but it does feel like home to hear this, if a little unexpectedly from young blonde…

Roy Haynes Celebrates his 90th Birthday March 13-15 at The Blue Note

Master drummer Roy Haynes who deifies age will celebrate his 90th birthday with a series of performances with special guests at New York’s downtown jazz venue The Blue Note from March 13-15. Mr. Haynes has worked with such greats as…

Ornette Coleman Turns 85!

Happy Birthday Ornette! My dad took me to see him when I was a teenager and me and my friends used to dance around to”Dancing In Your Head” with its youthful, joyful energy. I met and talked to him at…

Lew Soloff a New York Trumpet Great Passes On at 71

The jazz trumpeter, composer and actor Lew Soloff passed away in New York City on march 8th of 2015 after suffering an apparent heart attack. He was 71. Originally from New York, he studied trumpet at the Eastman School of…

Orrin Keepnews Jazz Record Producer Passes Away

Orrin Keepnews passed away March 1st on the eve of his 92nd birthday. Originally from the Bronx, Orrin Keepnews produced jazz luminaries such as Thelonious Monk, McCoy Tyner, Joe Henderson, Sonny Rollins, Wes Montgomery, Cannonball Adderley and Bill Evans he…