A Blog Supreme
Around The Jazz Internet: Jan. 28, 2011
By Patrick Jarenwattananon
More links and such:
- Some previously unmentioned blogosphere destinations to bring to your attention. Jazz Online has lots of interviews with artists and other multimedia features. The Library of Congress staffer/radio host/journalist Larry Appelbaum is putting up some of his old features and new videos at his new blog, Let's Cool One. And the Ars Nova Workshop, which presents more experimental jazz in Philadelphia, is keeping a blog with interviews of artists they're presenting (plus, musicians pick their own best of 2010).
- The Newport Jazz Festival is now being run by a nonprofit consortium. Here's the press release, and the AP story.
- A nice long feature about clarinetist Anat Cohen and Israeli jazz musicians in New York doesn't really seem like new news. (If I can cover it, anyway.) But this is written by Ben Waltzer, who is 1) a great working pianist 2) a guy who used to write nice stories on jazz for the New York Times. So it's done with care. Also, read his piece about trumpeter John McNeil.
- Jason Moran picks five jazz albums for bachelors. (They're all living musicians, so you can go on dates to see them, right?)
- Never posted this JazzTimes column by Vijay Iyer about the untapped potential of the jazz community today, but it's worth a second look even if you've already seen it.
- James Fallows of The Atlantic is all over the implications of the jazz-at-the-White-House story of last week. Parts one, two, three.
- Randy Sandke, the trumpeter and jazz historian, responds in full to Howard Mandel's negative assessment (see: here) of his book about jazz and race.
- Chicago Sessions is an independent record label based in, well, Chicago which aims to document that city's jazz scene; it's already produced 14 albums since late 2008. Now, the label is showcasing its artists live this weekend. Howard Reich and Neil Tesser are both on it.
- A New York Times obituary of discographer Brian Rust. If you've ever done serious jazz research, this guy probably allowed you to do so.
- More Gray Lady: Ben Ratliff on the meeting of Chick Corea and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. And Nate Chinen got the "Playlist" column last week.
- Martin Johnson on bassist Chris Lightcap for the Wall Street Journal. Mostly known as a sideman, Lightcap's latest record made my and a number of critics' top tens of 2010.
- All of drummer Gerald Cleaver's new album.
- The Jazz Loft Project's Sam Stephenson on Sonny Clark for the Paris Review, part two. Part one is here.
- LIFE magazine multiple-exposure photos of Gene Krupa playing drums in 1941. Dope.
- The history of 52nd Street between 5th and 6th Avenues in Manhattan, aka "Swing Street." Via Gothamist.
- Keith Spera of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports on the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, which won a Grammy in 2010 but isn't well-known at home. (Not to be confused with the other NOJO.) By the way, follow Spera's bylines for lots of New Orleans music reporting.
- The Revivalist interviews Roy Ayers, who surely casts a wide shadow on that site's aesthetic.
- Peter Hum explains "the loudness wars" and what it has to do with jazz.
- A little nugget about Brad Mehldau's time in Los Angeles.
- A profile of the woman who has reshaped Detroit's annual jazz festival in recent years, for the much better. Via Mark Stryker/Detroit Free Press.
- This (bittersweet) L.A. Times article is called "Ryu Bok-sung is the king of jazz in South Korea," which was enough reason to click for me.
- This week in Esperanza Spalding: USA Today (includes video) and David Letterman (for the second time).
- The JALC Orchestra and the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra got to go to Cuba and hang out with Chucho Valdes. So did the Texas Christian University jazz band. Via Paul Cortese/JazzTimes.
- An appreciation for a late Kansas City trumpeter who mentored a lot of young musicians — and was the city's biggest football fan. Via Robert Trussell/Kansas City Star.
- Uniqlo (Japan) T-shirts + Blue Note Records = WIN.
- Destination: Out featured a recording with guitar hero Sonny Sharrock (Steve Marcyus, Miroslav Vitous, Daniel Humair).
- JazzWax has a variety of features up.
- The Jazz Session speaks with Dave Binney and Robert Hurst.
- The Checkout features interviews with Charles Lloyd and Jason Marsalis, and a studio session with Mike Moreno's band.
Elsewhere at NPR Music:
- NPR Music and WBGO are recording and broadcasting the Aaron Goldberg Trio with Mark Turner next week at the Village Vanguard. Do tune in?
- Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz this week airs a set with Jonathan Batiste, with guest host Jon Weber.
- JazzSet this week airs a Brubeck Brothers set from the Detroit Jazz Festival.
- On Saturday, Weekend Edition will air an interview with Joe Lovano about Bird Songs.
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