Forget a Woody Allen movie — this right here is the table of contents to The Bop Decameron.
- The "pop music at a jazz festival" discussion continues. J.D. Considine of Canada's The Globe And Mail surveys the economic imperative of booking pop acts. Peter Hum rounds up musicians' takes on the issue: Brad Mehldau, Christian McBride, Rudresh Mahanthappa. Pamela Espeland rounds it up with a local Minneapolis-St. Paul angle.
- Pianist and concert/venue proprietor Jeremy Walker, late of Minneapolis, has been writing a column about jazz (and other musical issues) for mnartists.org. His latest muses on moving away from his hometown, where he was a jazz guy in a rock town, and others are linked at the bottom of the page.
- New blogs: Crownpropeller's Blog. Lots of vintage jazz and R&B, mostly pretty rare, by someone who knows his way around an archive and a discography. Good listening here. Also, the jazz photographs and recollections of Hank O'Neal.
- Nextbop is streaming the new album from bassist Ben Williams this week.
- A few folks weighed in on their top jazz albums of 2011 so far: Hank Shteamer, Jim Macnie. Still soliciting here.
- The Alternate Takes blog on young saxophonist Kenneth Whalum III — of the Whalum musical family.
- Pianist Orrin Evans on his roots in Philadelphia, by A.D. Amorosi/Philadelphia Inquirer.
- "South African jazz after apartheid: Looking for a new direction" in the Christian Science Monitor.
- New "You Don't Know Jazz!" with Lewis Porter. This time: early Louis Armstrong myths.
- What A Wonderful World, Ricky Riccardi's book on the later years of Louis Armstrong, has been getting good press lately. Here's a Jonathan Yardley Washington Post review. Ricky, of course, is this guy.
RIP Jack Sheldon, JazzTimes reports. [JazzTimes retracts.] RIP Mae Wheeler, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
- "Kind of Screwed." A kind of enraging tale.
- Yes, Amy Winehouse's dad has now released his own album of standards. #awdcomn
- All About Jazz features saxophonist David Binney.
- Destination: Out features its title album for its 5th (!) birthday.
- The Latin Jazz Corner has been talking to Benny Velarde, Bay Area percussionist.
- JazzWax has a variety of features up.
- The Jazz Session interviews bassist/composer Ike Sturm, vocalist Peter Eldridge and trumpeter Taylor Haskins. It's also having a membership drive, if you'd like to pledge your support.
- The Checkout this week features the trio Phronesis and the band of vibraphonist Chris Dingman in studio.
Elsewhere at NPR Music: