Tag: jazz

Alice Barker, 102 Harlem Renaissance Dancer Relives Her Youth

102 year old Alice Barker, who danced at clubs such as The Apollo, Cotton Club, and Zanzibar Club, with legends including Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly, and Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, recently got a chance to see footage of herself from the…

A Century of Lady Day

Born Eleanora Fagen Gough or Elinore Harris either in Philidelphia or Baltimore depending on who you believe…Apparently she was born into poverty and dropped out of school in the 5th grade, possibly running errands in a brothel and her father…

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…