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Around The Jazz Internet: April 15, 2011
By Patrick Jarenwattananon
- The protests against the elimination of the Latin Jazz Grammy award grew stronger this week when the Recording Academy visited New York to explain its decision. Here's Larry Blumenfeld for the Village Voice, and Monika Fabian for the New York Daily News. The Latin Jazz Corner has been following the issue too, and has posted the educator/percussionist Bobby Sanabria's open letter.
- The American Pianists Association is selecting its next Cole Porter Fellow, a two-year fellowship worth $100,000+ in cash and in-kind career development, this weekend. Saturday night's final round of competition will be live webcast at 7:30 p.m. ET. (NPR member station WFYI broadcast the semi-finals on Friday evening.)
- Treme news: HBO launched its own blog Inside Treme, penned by Treme resident/writer/ex-journalist Lolis Eric Elie. Also, Louisiana's OffBeat magazine has a feature on the show's impact on musicians.
- The Jazz At Lincoln Center podcasts have a few new entries since we last posted about them, including interviews with Dr. Billy Taylor, Bobby McFerrin, Dianne Reeves, Lee Konitz, Hank Jones, Jason Moran, Sam Rivers, James Moody ...
- Dr. Lewis Porter on the real origins of the word "jazz," at the WBGO blog.
- John Coltrane completists: Wolfgang's Vault has now released a set from the Newport Jazz Festival in 1966.
- Peter Hum has started a discussion about booking non-jazz headliners at jazz festivals, on account of the Ottawa Jazz Festival lineup announcement.
- On blackness, gentrification, a jazz club and Washington, D.C. Via Marc Fisher/Washington Post.
- Ethan Iverson on misconceptions of Thelonious Monk. Read it.
- The great record producer Creed Taylor is interviewed in the Wall Street Journal, by Marc Myers.
- The Revivalist posted interviews with the two drummers in Beyonce's band, Nikki Glaspie and Kim Thompson — though I can't find Kim's any more, and she's the more jazz-inclined of the two. (?)
- The Blue Note in New York — the jazz club, not the label — has announced it is throwing its own city-wide jazz festival all throughout June. (Although most days, New York already is a jazz festival.)
- The Shaolin Jazz (Wu-Tang vocals + classic jazz remixes) we posted about earlier is now out for a free download.
- Steve Lehman picks some favorites (Allen Iverson?) for the International Contemporary Ensemble. Also, a podcast interview.
- Jazz education insiders: The prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute, which moved to New Orleans in 2007, is now moving (back) to Los Angeles, where it will work with UCLA's music school. Meanwhile, it's been announced that artistic director Terence Blanchard will be taking a directorship at the University of Miami music school.
- At PopMatters, Will Layman took a bunch of unsuspecting friends to see free improvisation — and they liked it.
- Chet Baker: the wristwatch.
- All About Jazz has interviews and features with pianist Billy Childs and trumpeter Avishai Cohen.
- Destination: Out features a bit from the band Canada Day.
- JazzWax has a variety of features up, including an interview with Abdullah Ibrahim and a look at the Stan Getz/Cal Tjader collab.
- The Jazz Session speaks with vocalist Fay Victor and guitarist Adam Rogers.
- The Checkout features Alan Hampton singing, Chris Morrissey's quartet playing, and Don Byron talking and performing live with his New Gospel Quintet.
Elsewhere at NPR Music:
- Martial Solal & Francois Moutin were live at the Village Vanguard, and we recorded it.
- JAMES FARM First Listen! I give a hearty personal recommendation.
- Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz this week features vocalist Victoria Nunn (with pianist Travis Shook).
- JazzSet this week airs our recording of the Renee Rosnes Quartet at the Village Vanguard.
- From last Saturday's Weekend Edition: Scott Simon interviews vocalist Anna Wilson, who's been duetting with country stars.
- Song of the Day features guitarist John Renbourn.
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