But first, two videos from Italian TV in the '80s. Today's jazz greats, when they were young New Yorkers. Geri Allen! Greg Osby! Fred Hersch! Jane Ira Bloom!
And now, for your browsing pleasure.
- Jim Macnie linked to his DownBeat story about Sonny Rollins' star-studded 80th birthday concert. Lots of great quotes from collaborators and admirers.
- Cassandra Wilson does a short interview with The Root on her new album and her tour with Prince (!).
- Short profiles of three different improvising drummers — Brian Blade, Steve Smith (of Journey) and Allison Miller — in the L.A. Times.
- Odd New York Post story about Ornette Coleman's company apparently failing to pay back a $200,000 loan — which he took out from a powerful (and somewhat corrupt) Harlem nonprofit. Seems like something is missing from this story ...
- Not exactly jazz, but for Treme/NOLA Music fans: rock 'n' roll legends Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew, reunited on camera! Also, a longer print story here.