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In this 1966 photo, Cannonball Adderley, left, performs with his brother Nat Adderley on cornet and Victor Gaskin on bass Seattle's Penthouse jazz club.. On Friday, a small jazz label is set to digitally release a rare recording by jazz legend Cannonball Adderley from 1966 concerts in Seattle. (Devra Hall via AP)

Rare Cannonball Adderley 1966 Seattle concerts going digital

Jul. 9, 2020 11:51 AM EDT

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — A rare collection of previously unissued recordings by legendary jazz saxophonist Cannonball Adderley is becoming more accessible thanks to two small jazz labels seeking to keep jazz history alive. Vancouver, Canada-based Cellar Music Group’s imprint Reel to Real and New York...

In this Tuesday, June 16, 2020, photo, musician Alix Julien, above, center, encourages 6-year-old Nova Sankara to dance as Alegba Jahyile, right, leads the band Alegba and Friends in a nightly concert at Brooklyn's Prospect Park boathouse in New York. In pre-COVID-19 days, the band performed in local bars and restaurants. But since the pandemic, indoor restaurant dining has been suspended, so the group has taken their music outdoors by the water's edge where they've developed a loyal following of regulars. Sankara's father is a professional dancer. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Band's pandemic diversion leads to every-night gig in park

Jun. 29, 2020 12:27 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — What started as a way for two musicians to get out of the house during the pandemic has turned into nightly concerts at the boathouse in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park -- with fans who expect them to play three to four hours a night, seven nights a week. The musicians, accustomed to...

FILE - In this June 16, 2012 file photo, Bonnie Pointer attends the 100th Anniversary of The Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. Pointer, founding member of the Pointer Sisters, has died. Publicist Roger Neal says Pointer died of cardiac arrest in Los Angeles on Monday. She was 69. (Photo by Katy Winn/Invision/AP, File)

Bonnie Pointer, early member of Pointer Sisters, dies at 69

Jun. 8, 2020 6:48 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bonnie Pointer, who in 1969 convinced three of her church-singing siblings to form the Pointer Sisters, which would become one of the biggest acts of the next two decades, died Monday. The Grammy winner died of cardiac arrest in Los Angeles, publicist Roger Neal said. She was 69....

FILE - In this Nov. 3, 2018, file photo, Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami signs his autograph on his novel

Author Murakami DJs 'Stay Home' radio show to lift spirits

May. 27, 2020 10:46 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Acclaimed Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami, hosting a special radio show from home, painted a brighter side of the world with his favorite music, and said the fight against the coronavirus is a challenge in figuring out ways to help and care for each other. The 71-year-old, known for...

In this 2019 photo provided by Smoke Sessions Records, musician Jimmy Cobb poses for the release of his album

Jimmy Cobb, 'Kind of Blue' drummer for Miles Davis, dies

May. 26, 2020 1:41 AM EDT

Jimmy Cobb, a percussionist and the last surviving member of Miles Davis’ 1959 “Kind of Blue” groundbreaking jazz album which transformed the genre and sparked several careers, died Sunday. His wife, Eleana Tee Cobb, announced on Facebook that her husband died at his New York City home from...

CORRECTS THE SCHOOL BAND NAME TO ROOSEVELT HIGH SCHOOL - FILE - This May 15, 2005 file photo shows Jazz great Wynton Marsalis performing with the Roosevelt High School in Seattle during the 10th Annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition and Festival in New York. The coronavirus pandemic has altered the annual competition and festival but it will still go on. The event will take place from June 8-12 on Jazz at Lincoln Center’s website, social media accounts and also through Zoom. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the program. (AP Photo/Gina Gayle, File)

Jazz competition for high school students goes virtual

May. 22, 2020 8:00 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic has altered the annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival, but it will still go on, giving students the chance to show their talents virtually. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the program. High school bands from around the...

Healthcare workers at New Orleans East Hospital wave handkerchiefs and dance to a jazz serenade, as a tribute for their care for COVID-19 patients, by the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, outside the hospital in New Orleans, Friday, May 15, 2020. A New York woman collaborated with the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra to put on what she calls a stimulus serenade to give moral support to front-line hospital workers and COVID-19 patients in New Orleans  (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Donation brings a bit of Mardi Gras to hospital workers

May. 19, 2020 2:18 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Emily Bauman is a believer in the power of music. So when she got her stimulus check, she put that power to work -- for New Orleans’s hospital workers and the city’s out-of-work musicians. Bauman and a friend funded the stimulus serenade, a concert for front-line health...