Abler, an accomplished jazz and blues guitarist and composer, will be mourned and missed by many in our local jazz communities.
A celebrated member of the Detroit Jazz community and a prolific composer, Abler produced over twenty jazz albums and is credited with composing and performing music for film and television. A CD and release party in May will celebrate his life and music. For more information, visit Paul's website www.paulabler.com.
A talented and omnipresent musician, Gladstone Trott has been a musical icon at the Jersey shore for many years. A talented man of large stature and good temperament, Gladstone greeted everyone with a smile and a song. A Night of Jazz and Blues hosted by the Asbury Park Music Foundation will help with medical expenses on Friday, March 24 8:00 PM at the VFW Post at 701 Lake Ave, Asbury Park RSVP:732-761-2078 Donation: $15/person, $25/couples
Dave Valentin, a jazz flutist of virtuoso control, brisk rhythmic flair and a sprawling expressive language, died on March 8 in the Bronx. He was 64 and had suffered multiple strokes over the last five years.
Valentin was celebrated in Latin-jazz circles for more than 40 years, initially as a byproduct of his cultural foundation as a Bronx-born Puerto Rican. He played variations of his instrument with ties to the folkloric music of East Asia, South America and Eastern Europe, typically traveling with more than a dozen varieties.
Larry Coryell, the jazz guitarist known as the "Godfather of Fusion," died suddenly Sunday night at a hotel in New York City, according to his publicist. He was 73.
Still performing more than 50 years after his first recordings, Coryell played at New York jazz club Iridium on Friday and Saturday night, and had plans for a summer tour with his fusion group The Eleventh House.
Bob Dylan recently announced that his new album, “Triplicate,” will be a three-disc set comprising 30 more standards. The collection, to be released by Columbia Records on March 31, includes classics from the golden age of American songwriting like “Stormy Weather,” “Sentimental Journey,” “I Guess I’ll Have to Change My Plans,” “September of My Years” and “The Best Is Yet to Come.” As with Mr. Dylan’s previous two albums, many of the songs are closely associated with Frank Sinatra.