The American Pianists Association is selecting its next Cole Porter Fellow, a two-year fellowship worth $100,000+ in cash and in-kind career development, this weekend. Saturday night's final round of competition will be live webcast at 7:30 p.m. ET. (NPR member station WFYI broadcast the semi-finals on Friday evening.)
The Jazz At Lincoln Center podcasts have a few new entries since we last posted about them, including interviews with Dr. Billy Taylor, Bobby McFerrin, Dianne Reeves, Lee Konitz, Hank Jones, Jason Moran, Sam Rivers, James Moody ...
Jazz education insiders: The prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute, which moved to New Orleans in 2007, is now moving (back) to Los Angeles, where it will work with UCLA's music school. Meanwhile, it's been announced that artistic director Terence Blanchard will be taking a directorship at the University of Miami music school.
At PopMatters, Will Layman took a bunch of unsuspecting friends to see free improvisation — and they liked it.