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A jazz musician who was found dead in his Queens home on Thursday night was killed by a gunshot wound to the head, police said.

Jaki Byard, 76, a prolific pianist who once toured Europe with Charles Mingus, was killed by a single bullet that entered through his nose, the New York City Medical Examiner said on Friday.

Paramedics, responding to a 911 call, found Mr. Byard dead at 11:45 PM at the home on Hollis Avenue that he shared with two of his daughters, the police said.

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The staff is friendly and the vibe is perfect for enjoying some of New York's finest jazz musicians, live, Seven days a week.

The waitresses escorts customers to tables, which soon fill up with local aficionados as well as tourists from the world over.

"This is the home of jazz, the traditional jazz" Announces the emcee, whose smile radiates throughout the club. It's Thursday night and Arlene Talley and her new crew are the featured artists. They play an energetic blend of music …


Denis A. Charles

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"Denis A. Charles: An interrupted conversation" is the story of one man's survival in New York City, from his youth in Harlem right after World War II through his years as a Jazz musician from the 50's through the 90's.

Unknown to the mainstream, Denis A. Charles was a legend on the Avant-Garde Jazz scene.

Born in 1933 in St. Croix, Virgin Islands in a family of musicians, Denis A. Charles started touring with a local band called the Rhythm Makers at age 8. "My father played, I knew my g …

Los Angeles, CA - The National Smooth Jazz Awards LLC would like to congratulate the following Trippin' and Rhythm Recording Artists who have been nominated for the 2002 National Smooth Jazz Awards. The nominations are as follows:

Joe Fuentes - Best New Artist Of The Year

The 2002 National Smooth Jazz Awards will take place at San Diego's Concourse Golden Hall Theater on March 2nd, 2002. …


Rez Abbasi Group

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Performing original music influenced by western and eastern overtones, the Rez Abbasi Group will once again bring down the house. Considered to be "Probably the most underrated guitarist in town" by New York jazz critic David Adler , Abbasi's music utilizes a variety of textures including the use of his electric sitar guitar. Compositions such as "Hindu-Myth" (influenced by Paul Hindemith) or "Destiny Owes You", are brilliant examples of the kind of subtlety used by Abbasi to create a balance of …

Farewell To A Friend

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As you all probably already know, my friend Tito Puente passed away last evening. He was a great band leader but most of all he was my friend. I'm going to miss his smile and most of all his infectious laugh. Tito gave me an opportunity 7 years ago to join his band and to develop into becoming his lead trumpeter. I will forever be indebted to him for pushing me to places that I thought that my personal life and playing would never get to. The passing of Tito leaves a musical void that can never …

The MJA Jazz & Blues Fest

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The mja Jazz & Blues Fest is coming to town

Long Island has had its share of musical events. But for the first time The mja Jazz & Blues Fest. will be held at the Event Center in Lake Grove, L.I, NY. Why is this festival so special? And how is it so different? Well lets say that the Event Center has never hosted a musical event of this nature. With jazz and blues opening up to new audiences all over the world, this event promises to be one of the greatest musical happenings of the 2002 …

Nick Colionne's hot jazz/funk style and showmanship make for a great evening, so come out and enjoy!!! Nick Colionne, nationally recognized jazz guitarist and vocalist, will perform live at the Chicago Fairmont's famed Metropole Lounge during December and on New Year's Eve in their showroom, The Moulin Rouge. For info: 312-565-8000. Be There!!! …
Done in true Russian style, which interprets as wine optional, vodka mandatory, with special pre-concert jazz parties for VIPs, dignitaries, special guests and with utmost security...the Friday and Saturday - free to the public - concert, began at six and lasted well into the night. A large stage was constructed waterfront, and there was plenty to see for all interested spectators. There is a walking promenade near the water with many excellent bistro's, cafes, and full-scale restaurants. Solyan …
Violinist Regina Carter will make history on Sunday, December 30th, 2001, as she plays Paganini’s legendary Guarneri violin in Genoa, Italy at a concert performance at the Teatro Dell’Opera.

This year marks the first time that a non-classical musician has been chosen to perform on the Guarneri. While Carter trained in the classical genre growing up in her hometown of Detroit, MI, she is renowned as one of the leading jazz musicians in the world. In fact, she has won Downbeat Magazine’s Criti …


This year’s concert series highlights the unpredictable, improvisational nature of jazz music with performances by a number of diverse artists.


Saturday, January 5, 2002, JBL Theater, 8:30 p.m. An Evening with Joanne Brackeen

Joanne Brackeen is a virtuosic pianist and master composer whose original work epitomizes the evolution of jazz, from traditional to free and everything in between. Brackeen has worked with and apprenticed under the wo …

New jazz festival to "rock" the Midwest. The Northern Aire Jazz Festival kicks off its first of an annual event in 2002, debuting with an incredible lineup that features the Count Basie Orchestra and Nicholas Payton. June 29, 2002 will be the date for this all day, outdoor jazz festival being held at Lake Arrowhead Championship Golf Course, 12 miles south of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. The location is purposefully central to Minneapolis/St. Paul, Chicago, Milwauke, Madison, the Fox Valley, Mich …
Pioneering jazz violinist Jean-Luc Ponty will participate in a live chat on America Online on Friday, December 21, 2001, at 9:00 p.m. Eastern. Ponty is promoting 'Life Enigma,' his first solo studio CD in seven years.

Both AOL subscribers and non-subscribers may participate in the chat. Non-subscribers must first go to and download the free, temporary software. To access the chat, go to AOL Keyword: ECR CHAT Fri. 12/21 9PM ET Jean-Luc Ponty

Ponty recently completed a highly suc …

Even in grade school, I knew I wanted to be a musician full time, as my career. I firmly believed it was my "calling". Early on, I determined that in my case, as a musician, there could be three sources of revenue: live music performances, record sales, and songwriting royalties. It took many years, but finally it has happened as I envisioned it as a young boy. As I near the age of 50, I can say I am living my dream as a musician performing, recording, and songwriting!

This wasn't by any mea …

When the smoke cleared and the judges had made a most difficult decision, it was 64 year old Teri Thornton who emerged victorious. The Detroit native had captured first place in the 1998 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocals Competition. Along with this distinction came a $20,000 prize. In second place was 20 year old Jane Monheit from New York and third place went to Roberta Gambarini from Italy. They were awarded $10,000 and $5,000 respectively.

From a field of well over 200 applica …


Melba Liston dies at 73

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Melba Liston, a jazz trombonist, composer and arranger who worked with bands led by Dizzy Gillespie and Quincy Jones, died Friday after suffering a series of strokes. She was 73.

The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz called Ms. Liston "one of the most accomplished trombonists of her generation."

Ms. Liston was forced to stop trombone playing in 1985 after a stroke left her partially paralyzed, but she continued to arrange music with her longtime friend, pianist Randy Weston. …


Mo Better Saturdays

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Starting Saturday January 26th, 2002 Entertainment Marketing Concepts(EMC) will host Mo Better Saturdays, a Jazz mixer for urban professionals. Located at the Burning Leaf Cigar lounge in Old Town Pasadena. Come mix, mingle, and network at a NY style lounge while listening to live Jazz and R&B. The Darryl Spencer Quintet will be performing on Jan 26th. A jazz guitarist Darryl Spencer has toured with Gerald Albright and has opened for Jeffrey Osborne. Mo Better Saturdays is a great place to start …

Xmas in New York

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For all of New York Lonely Souls on Xmas Night , Laurent Medelgi Trio will be performing at 55 Bar, 55 Christopher St off 7th Avenue, Show starts at 9pm. No Cover.

Laurent will perform original material as well as select standards. A special Xmas night to make everyone feel special, enjoying some Live Hip Jazz Guitar...
For info email Laurent

All For You CD is certified Gold

Diana Krall has been named one of People Magazine's 25 Most Intriguing People of 2001 in the year-end issue which will be on newsstands Monday, December 24th, 2001. The vocalist, whose new album, The Look of Love (Verve Records) debuted in the Top 10 on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart, was chosen along with such with such notables as Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Madonna, Barry Bonds, and Nicole Kidman.

This is just another great achievement for the vocalist/pian …

As a preferred customer of The Iridium Jazz Club, we invite you to celebrate New Years Eve with us and The Legendary Les Paul and His Trio for either set on December 31st and receive $50.00 off admission for either show!

First Set at 8:00 PM, Doors Open at 6:45 PM: 3 Course Dinner, Champagne, LES PAUL and His Trio at 8:00 PM

Your Special Price: $125.00 less $50.00 or $75.00 per person!

To purchase Tickets, go to our web site, and enter Promotional Cod …