Where today, and every day, the late Duke of Ellington > the new Duke of Cambridge.
- New Orleans Jazz Fest is here. The Times-Picayune's online coverage is a good place to start. We'll have updates here at ABS coming soon. The Times-Pic's Treme coverage is pretty boss, too, and not just because they interviewed me. Finally, a T-P article about Congo Square.
- Talk about your royal familes: The O'Farrills are profiled. Via Larry Rohter/The New York Times.
- Dr. Lewis Porter's posts at the WBGO blog are really good at telling you why what you think you know about jazz is wrong. This week: "Jazz is the only truly American art form," and more.
- In Philadelphia, bassist Warren Oree has written a jazz opera based on a 1951 slave riot. By Shaun Brady/Philadelphia Inquirer.
- Jazz at Lincoln Center announces a partnership that will see the JALC Orchestra supporting a work of musical theater. By Will Friedwald/The Wall Street Journal.
- On recent jazz meets country music connections, also by Will Friedwald/The Wall Street Journal.
- Neil Tesser previews a Moutin Brothers gig, and tells the story of the great French musicians.
- John Fordham looks back at Wynton Marsalis in 1986, for his 50 great moments in jazz series in The Guardian.
- The Thread, the Duke Performances blog, has an interview with Guillermo Klein.
- RVAJazz is changing editors, and the story behind its growth and founding therein is important for anyone concerned with DIY in jazz these days.
- Darius Jones, who is from Richmond, talks about the South. Via Steve Dollar/Wall Street Journal.
- The Smithsonian American History Museum blog looks at the great educator David Baker and his time at the Lenox School of Jazz. (If you don't know, now you know.)
- The history of jazz: now for iPad.
- All About Jazz has interviews and features with percussionist Trilok Gurtu and guitarist Bill Frisell.
- Destination: Out has some Don Cherry in the '80s.
- JazzWax has a variety of features up.
- The Jazz Session speaks with drummer Adam Cruz and saxophonist Jon Gordon.
- The Checkout features The Bad Plus' take on The Rite of Spring, with commentary.
Elsewhere at NPR Music:
- New http://npr.org/villagevanguard shows announced! Roy Hargrove quintet, Mark Turner quartet (with Paul Motian), the Heath Brothers quartet, Jenny Scheinman's Mischief and Mayhem ...
- Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz this week features Bela Fleck.
- JazzSet this week airs excerpts from the Gretchen Parlato and Conrad Herwig sets at Newport 2010.
- Talking about zydeco pioneer Amede Ardoin, on weekend All Things Considered.
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