Jazz men (and women) of letters.
Jazz men (and women) of letters. iStockPhoto
A day late, and who knows how many dollars short.
- The Gig has made a habit of year-end epistolary exchanges. This year's participants are writers Angelika Beener, Aaron Cohen, Joe Tangari and K. Leander Williams, with host Nate Chinen.
- So many top ten year-end lists! Peter Hum rounds a few up.
- On why Nicholas Payton is not a racist. Can't say I follow every single detail here. But the basic assertion that racism is about maintaining a power relation is, I think, something that we should think deeply about with regard to jazz.
- Jeremy Pelt, trumpeter, has a blog. (Yes, I found it via Nicholas Payton's response to it.)
- Wynton Marsalis has been named a cultural correspondent for CBS News. He'll be on Sunday and weekday mornings.
- Stan Kenton: David Hajdu is not a fan. (Among the details is this, which I can't bring myself to talk about on the Internet.) Here's a response from Aesthetic, Not Anesthetic, a blog which I should read more.
- The musicians' union is pressing jazz clubs for pension benefits in New York City, the Times reports.
- The Turkish Embassy has posted concert highlights from the Jazz at Lincoln Center series. If you don't know ...
- The Curtis Brothers, Luques and Zaccai, profiled in the WSJ. Also, . (You all know the Journal offers a free look at the article if you get there from Google, no?)
- Woody Shaw III on his dad and Dexter Gordon, from jazzblog.ca.
- Rose Colella, a vocalist, also comes from a musical family — even if everyone has forgotten about her grandmother.
- Charlie Hunter interview in the L.A. Times.
- Gerald Cleaver and "making a band": reflections from Hank Shteamer.
- RIP Selma Heraldo. Who? Ask the Louis Armstrong House Museum, her neighbors.
- Ted Panken's archive: John Abercrombie blindfolded, a Barry Harris story, two Eddie Palmieri interviews, and one of the smarter discussions of "jazz"/"BAM."
- Destination: Out posts a Tyshawn Sorey-related contest.
- JazzWax has a variety of new stuff up.
- The Jazz Session speaks with bassist Michael Bates, and concert producer Adam Schatz. More Crane/Schatz talks at JazzDIY.
- The Checkout this week actually aired the Barcelona episode (sorry for the mistake last week!).
Elsewhere at NPR Music: