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Around The Jazz Internet: June 10, 2011
By Patrick Jarenwattananon
More things to click on:
- Pat Metheny and the neuroscience of improvisation: a story full of great quotations. By Pam Belluck/The New York Times. Also in the Grey Lady: David Gonzalez spends a day in the life of flutist Dave Valentin and his five cats in the Bronx. (Not a band: literally, his five felines.) Larry Rohter profiles Nublu, the jazz-and-everything-else club operated by Swedish-Turkish saxophonist Ilhan Ersahin. Plus, Nate Chinen has the obituary of late pianist Ray Bryant, and sees Peter Brotzmann's Vision Festival headlining gig and Vinicius Cantuaria with Bill Frisell. Can you tell it's June in New York?
- New York's Cornelia Street Cafe is now recording some of its shows and offering them as podcasts. Perhaps it's taking after the archive of Smalls, the room a few blocks away.
- A new Point of Departure is up.
- The Undead Jazz Review is out too. Here's a link to a PDF of the print edition. (Disclosure: I have an item in it, for which I accepted nothing.)
- The Alternate Takes blog talks to trumpeter Nicholas Payton on why he's so outspoken.
- Larry Blumenfeld/WSJ on drummer Adam Cruz, a career sideman whose debut album is making waves this year. Nate Chinen was at the gig and has thoughts for the Times.
- Will Layman on jazz teen prodigies in PopMatters.
- This Variety item about the Playboy Jazz Fest in Los Angeles is also notable for some data: "None of the events Bongiovanni mentions [Montreal, Playboy, New Orleans festivals] were among Pollstar's Top 200 concert grossers in 2010 (the Capitol Jazz Fest, headlined by the decidedly non-jazz singer Gladys Knight, landed at No. 197), and the only artist remotely jazz-oriented who landed in Pollstar's Top 100 North American tours is Jones, at No. 93.
- The Kenny G interview which launched a thousand #kennygjazzfacts Twitter jokes. Interviewer Ted Panken is also posting lots of archived interviews: Evan Parker, William Parker (blindfold test), Anthony Braxton ...
- Nice long Burning Ambulance interview with Matana Roberts.
- George Colligan on the difficulty of air travel as a musician.
- The Jazz Video Guy posts on the importance of jazz education, talks to Lee Mergner (editor of JazzTimes) about reviewing and posts archival footage of Billie Holiday and Charlie Shavers vs. Buck Clayton.
- How Charleston, S.C. jazz musicians organized their own jazz festival.
- The Paris Review goes to see Jason Moran play solo and in the process, sets the scene at A Gathering of Tribes.
- WBGO's jazz myths, debunked: early New Orleans edition.
- Now, you too can tour New Orleans jazz landmarks on a Ken-Burns-designed itinerary with 299 other people for $3,490. (The program looks pretty legit, one might say.)
- Something Else!, usually a criticism blog, interviews percussionist Bill Summers of the Headhunters and various New Orleans bands.
- Pittsburgh's WDUQ (an NPR Music partner) may well be transitioning from a jazz station to a news station. Turns out the man leading the switch is trained as ... a jazz guitarist? Local jazz fans are trying to delay the format change.
- Bill Cosby, jazz connoisseur.
- More vintage jazz album covers on t-shirts. (Blue Note Records informs us this site is is offering a 20% Father's Day discount with the promo code: JAZZDAD)
- All About Jazz features vocalists Jen Shyu and Theo Bleckmann.
- Destination: Out features George E. Lewis on Charlie Parker.
- JazzWax has an interview with Motown founder Berry Gordy.
- The Jazz Session speaks with trumpeter David Weiss and saxophonist James Carter.
- The Checkout this week features the aforementioned Adam Cruz group playing in studio, plus interviews with Craig Taborn and David S. Ware.
Elsewhere at NPR Music:
- Hear all of cellist Erik Friedlander's new album, Bonebridge, through the First Listen series.
- On Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band and their version of "Rhapsody In Blue," by Susan Stamberg for Morning Edition.
- Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz this week features a 1980 session with pianist Hazel Scott (!).
- JazzSet this week airs highlights from the Branford Marsalis/Joey Calderazzo duo at Newport 2009, plus excerpts from the Claudia Acuña set later that day.
- Mountain Stage this week features the John Jorgenson quintet (a rerun).
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