Carrie Brownstein's excellent Monitor Mix blog is being overtaken this and the next week for NPR Music's End of Decade spectacular. You are encouraged to partake in the wealth of good things there. Soon, I'll be more formally posing the question: what are the most important — not necessarily best or favorite — jazz recordings of 2000-2009? So think on that for a while.
—David S. Ware on The NBC Nightly News: Last night, in fact. The Times article that ran last month is somewhat more in depth. His kidney transplant is an affirming story, though one I wouldn't wish on anybody.
—Donald Bailey Profiled: You may recall him from such albums as Jimmy Smith's early Blue Note sessions. He's been living in Oakland, Calif. for a while, where in the last ten years he's gone through three seizures, back surgery, memory loss, a divorce and personal financial hardship. But soon, he's getting two tribute gigs at Yoshi's Oakland, which are also album release parties for his first album as a leader at age 75. Full story in the San Jose Mercury News (H/T Peter Hum).
—Joe Lovano Is All Right: Reports that he suffered a shoulder injury in a freak accident last week were more serious than thought: @joelovano reports that he broke both arms and is cancelling the rest of his gigs for this year. But he also reports that he's convalescing well in Barcelona, and is set to return home this week. Man, this is turning out to be an NFL-caliber injury report today.
—The Most Influential Kurt Elling: "Kurt Elling is the most influential jazz vocalist of our time." —Nate Chinen. More on Chinen's blog.
—Maria Schneider On JazzSet: The concert that I wrote about here was on JazzSet last week. Have a listen.
—Indo-Jazz Fusion In India: There's a long history of South Asian music in American jazz, currently being updated by a new generation of musicians (Rudresh Mahanthappa, Dan Weiss, Rez Abbasi, Sunny Jain, Fareed Haque, Vijay Iyer, and so forth). But this is in Chandigarh. I wonder if anyone can tell me anything about the history of jazz on the Indian subcontinent?