Street co-nominated for Bronx Jazz Great Onaje Allan Gumbs


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“His music will live forever,” the Onaje Allan Gumbs & Sandra Gumbs Community JazzArts Foundation said in a statement.

(Photo: Courtesy of Onaje Allan Gumbs Foundation & Sandra Gumbs Community JazzArts)

On July 5, a road sign co-named Onaje Allan Gumbs Way was erected at the intersection of De Kruif Place and Dreiser Loop in the Bronx, New York, where Gumbs lived. A pianist, keyboardist, composer, arranger and educator who has performed in jazz, R&B, pop and other genres for nearly five decades, Gumbs has worked with a wide range of musicians – from Norman Connors and Phyliss Hyman to Kenny Burrell and Kurtis Blow. He died in June 2021.

New York City Councilman Kevin C. Riley and staff from the Onaje Allan Gumbs & Sandra Gumbs Community JazzArts Foundation presided over the ceremony. Many guest speakers and notable musicians were also present.

“The foundation is pleased to announce the co-naming of Onaje Allan Gumbs Street,” she said in a statement. “We are all the better for Onaje’s contribution to music. His music will live forever. comics


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