Originally published on March 25, 2011 8:01 pm
More browsing to mention:
- Mel Lewis tells the history of jazz drumming, to Loren Schoenberg. This series of interviews was done for WKCR.
- Ethan Iverson and Darcy James Argue are blogging together, about composer/arranger Jim McNeely. The two jazz blogging titans of our age! Or something.
- The Newport Jazz Festival announced its lineup and new sponsor on Tuesday. (Ahem.) A few other summer jazz festivals also announced their lineups recently, including Washington, D.C., Rochester and Healdsburg.
- In Chicago, there's a jazz festival run by a guitarist (who happens to be a Catholic priest) where literally all proceeds go to hunger relief efforts. Howard Reich has the story for the Chicago Tribune.
- New Revivalist interviews: Esperanza Spalding (a bit about her next album), drumming wizard Marcus Gilmore.
- The Los Angeles Lakers' announcer is also the program director at a local jazz radio station, KJazz.
- A video interview with the late Melvin Sparks, about the history of Houston jazz and blues.
- Pianist Eric Lewis, as ELEW, is interviewed at the Burning Ambulance blog. Even if you don't like his music, he's got some thought behind what he does.
- Rethinking early Louis Armstrong.
- Obscure trumpet masters, via Curt's Jazz Cafe.
- Nicholas Payton's breakup mixtape (free download) has some special guests, and an unprintable name. By Alison Fensterstock/New Orleans Times-Picayune.
- Didn't notice this until it was pointed out here, but Washington, D.C. produces a lot of great bass players. Via Michael J. West/Washington City Paper.
- Two views of the Cuban piano phenom Alfredo Rodriguez: Richard Scheinin, Don Heckman.
- Jazz benefits for Japan, from JazzTimes.
- If the late Fred Anderson gets a Chicago dog park named after him, I wouldn't complain.
- Sad that this happened to an Oakland jazz club. (Musicians: Befriend, don't antagonize, the sound guy.)
- The jazz postage stamp is finally out. This is from the designer.
- All About Jazz features drummer (and label manager) Matt Jorgenson, trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith, and an account of the Grammys by nominated trombonist Wayne Wallace.
- Destination: Out features a track from John Stevens, from the Spontaneous Music Ensemble.
- The Latin Jazz Corner has an interview with Bobby Matos.
- JazzWax has a variety of features up.
- The Jazz Session speaks with pianist Fred Hersch and bassist Ben Allison.
- The Checkout features studio sessions with the Honey Ear Trio and Alexis Cuadrado's Iberico ensemble, plus an interview with Terell Stafford.
Elsewhere at NPR Music:
- Have a First Listen to the Captain Black Big Band album.
- A nice story by John McDonough on the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, the all-female, mixed-race big band of the 1940s.
- The Bad Plus talks about its commission to rescore Stravinsky's The Rite Of Spring, on Weekend Edition.
- Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz this week features part two of Elvis Costello interviewing Marian.
- JazzSet this week airs a set by Two Skirts and a Shirt — i.e. vocalists Rene Marie, Carla Cook and Allan Harris.
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