Coleman Hawkins was a pretty good saxophonist too. (Please note the understatement lest we receive angry comments.) Will Friedwald looks at a big box set of his early career works for the WSJ.
John Coltrane, another good saxophonist, talks about some influences. Highlights: All of it. DownBeat, 1960.
Miles Davis didn’t write “Solar” apparently — guitarist Chuck Wayne came up with it and even recorded it way before Miles. Old news for some but this blog had been on vacation status so it seems to merit a mention just in case. JazzWax has some good context.
Clarinetist Evan Christopher has a column in a New Orleans publication and uses it to talk to George Wein about booking Newport Jazz Festival. Christopher was selected for Newport this year but the piece seems more than self-promotional.
Bass guitarist Jerome Harris is interviewed by bandmate George Colligan. Interesting him describe his initial crisis of confidence in working with Jack DeJohnette.
Tenor saxophonist Joel Frahm is the subject of a short profile in the New England Public Radio jazz blog. Fun fact: He went to high school with Brad Mehldau.