More links from this week:
- Herbie Hancock will perform material from his new pop covers album The Imagine Project at the Nobel Peace Prize concert.
- Chris Albertson has been posting YouTube clips of jazz performances from a 1972 program he hosted for New Jersey Public Television, later picked up by PBS. The audio is delayed, but it's listenable as YouTube goes. First up: the Rashied Ali quintet, and coming soon, the Jimmy Heath sextet.
- The Jazz Journalists Association recently had two different panel discussions kickstarting the best albums of 2010 discussion, with an assemblage of New York critics and radio folks. Here's a recap from the first session, then the second session, and Nate Chinen's thoughts.
- The Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation announced nearly $500,000 worth of grants through its Jazz.NEXT program, dedicated to developing new technologies for jazz. Grants went to Berklee College of Music, the Jazz Journalists Association, Manchester Craftsmen's Guild, the National Federation of Community Broadcasters, Symphony Space, and trumpeter Dave Douglas. Details on all the Jazz.NEXT grantees' plans are in the press release. (NPR Music won a Jazz.NEXT grant last year.)
- Larry Blumenfeld on the Jazz At Lincoln Center trip to Cuba, writing from Havana.
- Revive da Live and Okayplayer have announced plans for a new online hub dedicated to today's jazz, to be called The Revivalist. The site will be an Okayplayer.com channel, and will launch Oct. 26.
- The folks at Search and Restore are trying to seed $75,000 to start a new online hub for new jazz in New York. You can donate at their Kickstarter project: helpjazz.com.
- Jason Moran picks five favorite new jazz albums (scroll a bit) for New York magazine.
- The pianist Dred Scott writes up an amusing portrait of the regulars at the midtown New York restaurant Sofia's, where there is sometimes jazz played.
- Robert Pinsky, one-time national poet laureate, on jazz in American culture.
- Ben Ratliff reviews the new disc from kickboxing, karate-teaching, break-dancing jazz pianist Harold O'Neal.
- The Miles Davis ensemble, c. Kind Of Blue, on your Vans sneakers.
- This actually exists: jazzsingles.co.uk.
- Destination: Out posted some Darius Jones tracks in advance of another real-life show they produced.
- JazzWax has a variety of new stuff up, including features on Dionne Warwick and Irene Kral.
- The Jazz Session speaks with Don Sebesky and members of Portland's Blue Cranes.
- The Checkout this week features Avishai Cohen's Triveni in the studio, trumpeter David Weiss on his project The Cookers and a live at the Village Vanguard highlight.
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