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- More from the Monk Competition: Nate Chinen’s take (bonus), Larry Blumenfeld’s take, Mike West’s take. As usual, bassist Ronan Guilfoyle has a wider perspective. And there was that thing that Madeleine Albright did. I would like to not talk about this competition stuff any more until next year, OK?
- Interview with Don Byron from pianist George Colligan. “No, it’s not a jazz concert, I’m just a black guy. That’s basically it. Deal with it!”
- Wynton Marsalis and choreographer Garth Fagan have been working together on a collaboration. The Times interviews both of them.
- Dave Douglas’ Be Still project is profiled by Nate Chinen at the Times. It’s the backstory behind the concert we recorded recently.
- Soprano saxophonist Sam Newsome relays the story of how (and why) he took a teaching job at the university level. “From Starving Artist to Tenured Professor,” it’s called — it strikes me he’s one of many who have followed that path.
- A Clark Terry Documentary is in the works — link goes to the trailer.
- Who was Gene Krupa, anyway? Dr. Lewis Porter tells us more about the Swing Era drummer.
- Dodo Marmarosa, forgotten bebop pianist, remembered.
- Wadada Leo Smith is profiled briefly by The Guardian, around his Ten Freedom Summers Civil Rights Movement-inspired project. “I wanted to identify that the black experience is American experience,” he says.
- “Is Innovation Required In Jazz Today?” the article asks. Um sure. Fairly sound argument though, from Will Layman at PopMatters.
- Sonny Rollins said this cool thing.
- A short profile of Aram Shelton, a saxophonist in the Bay Area. He’s been touring with Chicago musicians — he first made a name for himself there in the midwest.
- On New Orleans’ crackdown on its own musicians, from Larry Blumenfeld. A little background on what you might see on Treme every week.
- A tribute to Mat Domber, late proprietor of Arbors Records.
- Before jazz blogs, there was Gene Lees.
- “Why we must fight to keep jazz alive,” by British musician Digby Fairweather for The Telegraph.
- Jazz-singing robots. Someone tell Pat Metheny.
- 94-year-old woman gets on stage with John Pizzarelli, throws down on “On The Sunny Side of the Street.” No, not Marian McPartland.
- Barack Obama if he were a Blue Note recording artist.
- The Jazz Session spoke with Montreal pianist David Ryshpan and clarinetist Anat Cohen.
Elsewhere at NPR Music:
- Yasek Manzano, a Cuban trumpeter, is on World Cafe.
- Elliott Sharp, guitarist, is interviewed about his newest Terraplane record.
- The Sam Rivers Trio reunion concert was reviewed on Fresh Air. You can hear the first set here. (Note: I helped to produce this concert.)
- JazzSet features Catherine Russell and Virginia Mayhew from the Mary Lou Williams Festival.
- Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz features the Blossom Dearie episode.
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