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For Jazzmeia Horn, this concert defined a moment.

John Abbott

Also: a made-in-quarantine album by Miles Okazaki, and the marital duo of Jana Herzen and Charnett Moffett.

Frank Stewart / Jazz at Lincoln Center

Wynton Marsalis has always been deeply engaged in the subject of American race relations.

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Roy Nathanson
Jon Kalish for WBGO News

A Brooklyn jazz musician put together a band that played one song every day for more than two months during the coronavirus pandemic. The musicians gathered outside the home of saxophonist Roy Nathanson and performed for people in the neighborhood.

The daily ritual ended on Father’s Day but the project lives on with now weekly jam sessions and instrument lessons for kids in the area.

You can check out the website here.

Click above to hear Jon Kalish's feature.

NYC Taking Steps to Stop Gun Violence

Jul 10, 2020
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There’s an effort to address the huge spike in shootings that New York City has experienced recently on weekends.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said there will be an increased NYPD presence in hot spots, more foot and vehicle patrols, accompanied by community leaders.

“We will take back our streets in Harlem and all over our city but we’re going to do it from the ground up," he said. "We’re going to do it with community leadership.”

De Blasio says the Parks Department and community leaders will host activities such as pop-up basketball games.

NYC Opens Cooling Centers

Jul 9, 2020
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Officials are trying to keep New Yorkers cool in this intense heat and humidity while keeping coronavirus protocols in place.

Office of Emergency Management Commissioner Deanne Criswell says there will be cooling centers opened in all five boroughs where folks are expected to wear masks and socially distance.

“Our cooling options have been adapted this year as a result of COVID 19 and our goal is to ensure that all New Yorkers that live in heat-burdened areas, heat-burdened communities are within a quarter mile of any outdoor cooling element,” said Criswell.

De Blasio Rejects James' NYPD Recommendations

Jul 9, 2020
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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is reacting negatively to a recommendation that he be stripped of control of the NYPD.

New York State Attorney General Letitia James reviewed the recent protests and one of the recommendations she is making is to appoint a panel in place of de Blasio to hire and fire police commissioners and officers.

“I don’t think it will work," de Blasio said. "I think it will be counterproductive.”

The mayor rattled off a list of police reforms and data showing a drop in crime on his watch. 

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