Latest Jazz News

George Wein, Newport Jazz Festival co-founder, dies at 95

Sep. 13, 2021 21:01 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — George Wein, an impresario of 20th century music who helped found the Newport Jazz and Folk festivals and set the template for gatherings everywhere from Woodstock to the south of France, died Monday. Wein, 95, died “peacefully in his sleep” in his...

Nashville Freedom Rider Ernest 'Rip' Patton dies at 81

Aug. 25, 2021 14:45 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Ernest “Rip” Patton, a member of the Nashville Freedom Riders and civil rights leader, has died, the Freedom Rides Museum announced. He was 81. Patton participated in the downtown Nashville civil rights sit-ins in 1960, a movement that...

Drummer Charlie Watts, Rolling Stones backbone, dies at 80

Aug. 24, 2021 16:18 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Charlie Watts, the self-effacing and unshakeable Rolling Stones drummer who helped anchor one of rock’s greatest rhythm sections and used his “day job” to support his enduring love of jazz, has died, according to his publicist. He was 80. Bernard...

One last zinger: Dorothy Parker's headstone unveiled in NYC

Aug. 24, 2021 11:57 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Dorothy Parker died in 1967, but it was not until last year that her ashes found a final resting place. Now, at a memorial ceremony at the Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx, her headstone has been unveiled at the family plot where ashes of the writer,...

New Orleans tourism industry worries as coronavirus rages

Aug. 22, 2021 11:52 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — It's a neighborhood bar and restaurant, but for two extended weekends every year, the “regulars” at Liuzza's by the Track include an overflow crowd of tourists grabbing drinks and settling in for meals on their way in and out of the nearby New Orleans Jazz and...

Bob Ringwald, jazz ambassador and actor's father, dies at 80

Aug. 08, 2021 18:57 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Robert Ringwald, the pianist who played and promoted jazz in California for more than half a century, has died, according to his daughter, the actor and musician Molly Ringwald. He was 80. Ringwald, known to friends and fans as Bob, died Aug....

New Orleans Jazz Fest canceled again due to COVID-19

Aug. 08, 2021 15:47 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — With new COVID-19 cases surging in Louisiana, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival won't be returning this year after all, organizers said Sunday. The festival, which traditionally is held in the spring, had been scheduled to run Oct. 8-10 and...

NC jazz musician releases album via legendary record label

Jul. 26, 2021 00:02 AM EDT

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — When it comes to jazz, the legendary Blue Note label has long represented the pinnacle of the musical form, issuing albums from the likes of John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock and many other jazz icons. Earlier this year, the...

Tucson's Hotel Congress in first phase of renovation plan

Jul. 24, 2021 14:47 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Tucson's iconic Hotel Congress is getting a revamp that staff say is more than a century in the making. The historic property, which has been closed all of July, is slated to re-open Aug. 12 after the first phase of a $750,000 remodeling effort, the...

Celebrity birthdays for the week of July 25-31

Jul. 19, 2021 08:45 AM EDT

Celebrity birthdays for the week of July 25-31: July 25: Singer-guitarist Bruce Woodley of The Seekers is 79. Drummer Jim McCarty of The Yardbirds is 78. Bassist Verdine White of Earth, Wind and Fire is 70. Guitarist Jem Finer of The Pogues is 66. Supermodel Iman is 66....