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Around The Jazz Internet: Feb. 4, 2011
By Patrick Jarenwattananon
More links from this week, some of which I secretly steal from @tedgioia:
- The loquacious jazz DJ Phil Schaap — also something of a savant jazz historian, and a personal mentor — is on Facebook now. Follow him for random minutae — my favorite recently are describing just when Charlie Parker became a superstar, and also the evolution of Bird's quintet over time.
- The continuing discussion over Randy Sandke's book on jazz and race is aggregated here at the moment. (Ignore the poodle nonsense.)
- RIP Totico, via Ben Ratliff/The New York Times. Ratliff also writes on how Charles Lloyd's band is sounding these days.
- A free jazz opera (feat. Bobby Bradford)? Happened in L.A. Via Mark Swed/Los Angeles Times.
- The Spanish-language publication El Intruso does an international journalists' year-end poll; it leans heavily toward the avant-garde.
- An interview with great composer/arranger Bill Holman, by Don Heckman for the International Review of Music.
- The Detroit jazz club Baker's Keyboard Lounge, active for over 75 years, has been sold — but the new owner plans to keep jazz in the lineup. Via Susan Whitall/The Detroit News.
- A (black) former jazz club owner in Montreal is recognized for his hard work. Via Irwin Block/Montreal Gazette.
- A Washington Post article worth reading: "Jazz singer Angela Bofill makes a comeback without voice that made her famous", by DeNeen L. Brown.
- A jury convicts a legally blind saxophonist of obstructing police. It's hard to read this as anything other than a grave injustice. Via Chris Henry/Kitsap Sun.
- Citigroup takes control of EMI, the smallest of the remaining major record labels. (They own Blue Note Records, for reference.)
- Is this actually the end of German free-jazz label FMP? Peter Margasak thinks so.
- Musicians talk improvisation, at The Revivalist.
- There's an Ella Fitzgerald musical?
- The Queens, N.Y. neighborhood where scads of jazz legends lived is now officially a historic district. Via Alice Speri/The New York Times.
- RIP Tony Levin, British drummer and Betty Smith, British saxophonist.
- Treme fans on this blog will be interested in the new census figures from New Orleans. (Also, a new trailer, featuring a glimpse of the Christian Scott quintet.)
- This week in Esperanza Spalding: Jay Leno, and being named co-host (with Bobby McFerrin) of the Grammy Awards pre-telecast ceremony.
- Finally, 30 jazz musicians pick the Super Bowl winner. Greg Osby has the best answer.
- Also, GO PACK GO. That is all.
- Destination: Out featured an Alan Silva large ensemble selection.
- The Latin Jazz Corner featured an interview with trombonist Wayne Wallace.
- JazzWax has a variety of features up, including a reflection on Cab Calloway's legacy and James Bond themes.
- The Jazz Session speaks with Rodrigo Amado and Ray Anderson.
- The Checkout features an interview with Aaron Goldberg, and studio sessions with Tigran Hamasyan and the Dymaxion Quartet.
Elsewhere at NPR Music:
- NPR Music and WBGO recorded and broadcast the Aaron Goldberg Trio with Mark Turner live at the Village Vanguard.
- Dianne Reeves is the latest singer featured in NPR Music's 50 Great Voices series.
- The trumpeter Avishai Cohen and his trio came to WBGO a while ago; now, it's an NPR Music Favorite Session.
- Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz this week airs a set with Billy Childs.
- JazzSet this week airs a Mulgrew Miller mix from the Detroit Jazz Festival, both with his band Wingspan and in duet with fellow pianist Kenny Barron.
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