Links From The Weekend: Oct. 18, 2010

Lots of good reading, from our browser caches to yours.

  • On Michelle Obama's family's love of jazz, in Harper's Bazaar: "My maternal grandfather, we called him South Side, was a big jazz-music collector. He would play jazz 24 hours a day. As my mother said, when she was growing up, 'You learn to sleep through jazz.' He had speakers in every room in his house — including the bathroom."
  • George Colligan reprints his "insane" response — I dunno, I think there's some sanity here — to Stuart Nicholson's proclamations of European jazz's creative superiority.
  • A profile of the resurgent drummer Barry Altschul, 67, in JazzTimes.
  • A funding debate has erupted in Great Britain after the Arts & Humanities Research Council designated over 495,000 British Pounds (over $786,000) to an academic history project on black British jazz musicians. Some say it's wasteful and takes money away from needy performers of today; others say it's a valuable look into British society. (I say: Why do jazz people always fight whenever anybody gets a whiff of meaningful, career-sustaining money?)
  • An extensive look at Duke Ellington's America, a cultural history take on Duke written by Harvey Cohen, appeared in a recent edition of The New York Review Of Books.

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