Marcia Hillman Writes From Manhattan

New York City in March was still in the grip of a snowy and cold winter even though the 20th day of the month said that spring was here. But jazz around town brightened and warmed the scene and took our minds off of the climate.
The arrival of April once again signified the Smithsonian Institute’s designated Jazz Appreciation Month — named also by the Jazz Journal-ists Association as JazzApril – and containing UNESCO’s official Inter-national Jazz Day (April 30th).
Jazz at Lincoln Center welcomed a contingent from South Africa which celebrated South African jazz and democracy and featured Hugh Masekela in the Rose Theater on April 4th and 5th to (also celebrating his 75th birthday) with a retrospective of his music which has deep roots in the Zulu culture as well as the influences of swing and bebop.
April 3rd to 6th saw Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola’s bandstand occupied by Uhadi: All-Stars of Johannesburg Jazz featuring vocalist Sibongile Khu-malo accompanied by musical director and saxophonist McCoy Mrubata, trumpeter Feya Faku, pianist Paul Hanmer, bassist Herbie Tsoaeli and drummer Justin Badenhorst in the group’s U.S. debut ap-pearance.