It's year-end listmaking season.
It's year-end listmaking season. iStockPhoto
Where jazz —> building on fire.
- "On Why Jazz Isn't Cool Anymore ....", as stated by Nicholas Payton, is the buzz of the Jazz Internet this week. As I have said: It's worth reading, but only if you actually read it.
- Best of 2011 lists are trickling in. Here's Ted Gioia counting down. Jon Wertheim volunteers to go first. More are surely coming next week, including my own (ack!).
- More on Paul Motian: The Ethan Iverson statement we've been waiting for. Ted Warren and Dan Tepfer write eloquently too. Peter Hum has been listening. Nate Chinen's Playlist column focuses on music by him and his collaborators.
- A Roy Haynes profile and playlist, in JazzTimes. Also from Nate Chinen.
- The story of "Spain," the Chick Corea tune, as told to The Atlantic (with lead sheets and all).
- Sonny Rollins: On the PBS NewsHour. In the Washington Post.
- A look at jazz audience development in 2011, at Createquity, a (great) blog about arts administration.
- Christian Scott interview at The Revivalist. They make 'em different in New Orleans. (That's a compliment.)
- Ben Allison has been contributing short posts to the Carnegie Hall blog, ahead of his debut next year. (LOL at the idea of someone from Carnegie Hall trekking to Park Slope to record a gig he played for like 17 people.) Also, there's an interview with trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire before his big band plays Zankel Hall.
- On the Chicago Sessions label, dedicated to Chicago artists.
- An Art Ensemble of Chicago documentary, or a clip of it anyway. Via Will Hermes, whose new book inspired this week's epigram.
- RIP Coco Robicheaux. Treme fans know him as, well, Coco Robicheaux.
- Elvis Costello recommends a Louis Armstrong box set — instead of his own.
- JazzWax spoke with Burt Bacharach.
- The Jazz Session spoke with trumpeter Amir ElSaffar.
- The Checkout will be back next week. Also, The Checkout: Live will be back next week, with the Seamus Blake group live from Boston.
Elsewhere at NPR Music: