Most excellent readers! We return. Here are some good things published at NPR Music while we were away.
—Marian On Marian: Marian McPartland, Interviewed By Elvis Costello, On Piano Jazz. That's a lot right there. An new interview with both new music and archival highlights, and it's only the first part of two (the second episode is forthcoming).
—Highlights From Newport 1959: Remember all that about Wolfgang's Vault digitizing the Newport Jazz Festival archives? Listen to some highlights from the 1959 festival — featuring Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, Ahmad Jamal's trio, the New Testament Basie Band, and more — with commentary from New York Times critic Ben Ratliff.
—Jazz Piano Masters Perform: Here's a new JazzSet show with the Kenny Barron trio in concert. And here's an old (like, 1979) Piano Jazz with the great John Lewis, of the Modern Jazz Quartet.
—More Modern Masters Perform: Drummer Matt Wilson has been touring lately with his "standard" quartet, but his equally excellent Arts & Crafts quartet was the subject of a recently re-aired JazzSet. Trumpeter Roy Hargrove made waves for his big band record in 2009, but in this KPLU/Jazz24 studio recording, he tears it up with his hard-swinging small group.
—Kevin Whitehead Reviews: Fresh Air's jazz critic — easily one of my most trusted listeners, and not just 'cause he contributes to my employer — looks at a bunch of jazz DVDs (Bill Frisell's silent film scores, Anita O'Day, Art Farmer, Fred Anderson) and spins the new 2-CD set from Wadada Leo Smith.