Monthly Archives: August 2011

Remembering Brooklyn’s Jazz heyday

Over the past few months the Independent Ear has featured conversations with some of today’s Brooklyn jazz movers & shakers, as well as a series of conversations on the legendary East. In this installment we journey back to the mid-1950s, … Continue reading

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Appreciation of an unsung master pianist: Johnny O’Neal

Harlem jazz scribe Ron Scott, a past participant in our series of conversations with black jazz writers “Ain’t But a Few of Us,” and a regular contributor to the Amsterdam News among other outlets, wrote this appreciation of a truly … Continue reading

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New Mexico Jazz Festival

New Mexico is one of the less publicized beauty spots of this country. Past experiences in Santa Fe and Albuquerque have been very agreeable. Last weekend’s experience there as a small part of the annual New Mexico Jazz Festival was … Continue reading

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CMA awards Residency Program grant to Baltimore jazz organization

Carl Grubbs Carl & Earl Grubbs with JC Saxophonist-composer Carl Grubbs first came to my attention in the 1970s through the twin-saxophone ensemble he co-led with his late brother Earl called The Visitors. Part of their notoriety came from their … Continue reading

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