1. Charles Edward Anderson “Chuck” Berry was born on this date, October 18, 1926 in St. Louis, Missouri. At a young age, Berry showed an interest in music and sang in the church choir. He studied guitar with local jazz guitarist Ira Harris. In 1952, Berry met Jonnie Johnson and joined his band, the Sir John’s Trio. The band garnered a lot of attention playing  with Berry’s upbeat numbers. He produced many hits throughout his career, including “Johnny B. Goode,” “Maybellene,” and “Roll Over Beethoven.” In 1985, Berry received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Then in 1986, Berry, a pioneer of rock and roll music, became the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s first inductee. 

    Celebrate his birthday today by watching and listening to him play Johnny B. Goode!

  2. Carnegie Neighborhood Concerts: Abdullah Ibrahim and Friends
Monday, October 20, 7:00 - 8:30pm
Pianist and composer Abdullah Ibrahim performs with members of his trio, septet Ekaya, and big band in a concert filled with gorgeous melodies and sparkling colors.
Abdullah Ibrhaim is South Africa’s most distinguished pianist and a world-respected master musician. His distinctive style fuses jazz improvisation with a classical technical proficiency and a traditional Cape Malay sound. 
For more information and to register, click here.

    Carnegie Neighborhood Concerts: Abdullah Ibrahim and Friends

    Monday, October 20, 7:00 - 8:30pm

    Pianist and composer Abdullah Ibrahim performs with members of his trio, septet Ekaya, and big band in a concert filled with gorgeous melodies and sparkling colors.

    Abdullah Ibrhaim is South Africa’s most distinguished pianist and a world-respected master musician. His distinctive style fuses jazz improvisation with a classical technical proficiency and a traditional Cape Malay sound. 

    For more information and to register, click here.

  3. William “Count” Basie, American jazz pianist, organist, bandleader and composer, was born on this date, August 21, 1904 in Red Bank, New Jersey. His father was Harvey Basie, a mellophonist. His mother, Lillian, was a pianist who taught Basie the basics of the piano. Before he had his own band, he played piano for vaudeville. He stormed the world of music with talent and composition skill. Basie was the first African American male to receive a Grammy Award in 1958. Basie won several more Grammys later in his life and is known as one of the most influential Jazz musicians in history. 

    William “Count” Basie, American jazz pianist, organist, bandleader and composer, was born on this date, August 21, 1904 in Red Bank, New Jersey. His father was Harvey Basie, a mellophonist. His mother, Lillian, was a pianist who taught Basie the basics of the piano. Before he had his own band, he played piano for vaudeville. He stormed the world of music with talent and composition skill. Basie was the first African American male to receive a Grammy Award in 1958. Basie won several more Grammys later in his life and is known as one of the most influential Jazz musicians in history. 

  4. Before 5: Marjorie Eliot | Wednesday, April 23, 2014 | 2:00-3:30 PM
Enjoy an afternoon of jazz with Marjorie Eliot, the woman behind the legendary Harlem parlor concerts. The performance will be followed by a conversation with Eliot and a special guest. 
To rsvp for this free event, click here. 

    Before 5: Marjorie Eliot | Wednesday, April 23, 2014 | 2:00-3:30 PM

    Enjoy an afternoon of jazz with Marjorie Eliot, the woman behind the legendary Harlem parlor concerts. The performance will be followed by a conversation with Eliot and a special guest. 

    To rsvp for this free event, click here

  5. Trumpeter Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong, jazz pioneer was born today in the year 1900. 

    Find out more about Louis Armstrong’s life via this documentary

  6. Celebrate Women’s History Month at the Schomburg Center’s annual Women’s Jazz Festival. Join us for an exploration of sacred music from spirituals to gospel with mezzo-soprano Alicia Hall Moran and vocalist Marcelle Davies Lashley.
Get your tickets NOW!Curated by Toshi Reagon, Composer, Singer, Guitarist, and Producer (www.toshireagon.com).

    Celebrate Women’s History Month at the Schomburg Center’s annual Women’s Jazz Festival. Join us for an exploration of sacred music from spirituals to gospel with mezzo-soprano Alicia Hall Moran and vocalist Marcelle Davies Lashley.

    Get your tickets NOW!

    Curated by Toshi Reagon, Composer, Singer, Guitarist, and Producer (www.toshireagon.com).

  7. Gregory Porter performed “1960 What?” live at the Schomburg Center to a sold out crowd!

    This concert was presented in collaboration with Carnegie Hall’s Neighborhood Concert Series, a program of the Weill Music Institute and sponsored by Target®.

  8. 
Just about every jazz saxophone player born after 1960 plays in the shadow of John Coltrane. It’s different, obviously, for Ravi Coltrane, John’s son. Ravi is in the unusual position of having not just one of the legends of 20th-century music as his father; his mother is Alice Coltrane, a formidable jazz figure in her own right. (via The 6th Floor: Growing Up Coltrane by WM. Ferguson

    Just about every jazz saxophone player born after 1960 plays in the shadow of John Coltrane. It’s different, obviously, for Ravi Coltrane, John’s son. Ravi is in the unusual position of having not just one of the legends of 20th-century music as his father; his mother is Alice Coltrane, a formidable jazz figure in her own right. (via The 6th Floor: Growing Up Coltrane by WM. Ferguson