John Rogers for NPR/johnrogersnyc.com
The Mark Turner quartet at the Village Vanguard, May 2011. L-R: Turner, David Virelles, Ben Street, Paul Motian.
It's Thanksgiving weekend here in the U.S., so we're off until Monday. Happy eating and family time. Here's some Internet to tide you over.
- Thanks, Paul Motian. Official New York Times obituary. Ben Ratliff did a listening session with him a while back. Peter Hum is rounding up musicians' responses at jazzblog.ca. Ethan Iverson also shared some thoughts and an mp3 of playing with Paul. Howard Mandel and Ted Panken resurface worthy old interview/profiles. Hank Shteamer reflects. This great record which Motian plays on came out the day he died; you can hear it on Bandcamp. Our NPR Music archive.
- Organist Rhoda Scott is back in the U.S. after 40 years. WBGO recorded her in the studio.
- Geri Allen talks about her Christmas album and more at Alternate Takes.
- More from the "Ain't But A Few Of Us" black jazz writers' series at The Independent Ear.
- The Jazz at Lincoln Center musical, called Cotton Club Parade, is reviewed in the Times.
- On a weekly gig of 30 years (!) in Chicago.
- RIP Russ Garcia, composer/arranger. More from JazzWax.
- Journalist arnold jay smith, as he signs his name, has a blog now. It is called Jazz Insights. The subtitle is Jazz Vent. There you go.
- This is a [blank] story about the manager of the New York City club Birdland, a jazz vocalist and what remains of their relationship. (LOL at the Daily News headline.)
- I have noticed so many student and small community newspaper articles about college big bands doing Radiohead programs this year. I am imagining it has something to do with Lawrence University's lead on this topic.
- The LondonJazz blog has covered last week/end's London Jazz Festival in exhaustive scope.
- Occupy Musicians exists now.
- News from Banff, Canada, site of an important annual jazz workshop.
- Calling young Canadians: Win a pianist's money.
- Blue Train, as a kitten.
- Destination: Out has posted some Stanley Cowell from his Strata-East years.
- The Jazz Session spoke with guitarist Mike Baggetta.
- The Checkout is finally taking a vacation. As are we. Peace.