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Soundcheck on public radio station WNYC this week. It isn't the first radio gig for the bassist.
Christian McBride hosted
Christian McBride hosted Soundcheck on public radio station WNYC this week. It isn't the first radio gig for the bassist. Anna Webber/Mack Avenue Records
Completely unrelated: NPR.org/sxsw. Well, maybe not completely unrelated.
- Christian McBride is the guest host of WNYC's Soundcheck late this week. He plays some funk, talks to vocalist Gregory Porter, interviews Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and more.
- KMHD in Portland has a blog now, and has been filling it with interviews around the Portland Jazz Festival. Hear talks with Roy Haynes, Ben Williams, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Bill Frisell and more.
- Case studies from the Future of Music Coalition's Artist Revenue Streams project have been released. That means you can check out detailed financial situations from a jazz bandleader-composer and sideman who occasionally leads bands. Previously on the subject.
- Saxophonist Greg Osby writes on making music that's too complicated for the audience, at The Independent Ear. "What has been normal for me is anything but normal for laypersons and even some learned aficionados," he writes.
- American Indians in Idaho have introduced state legislation to recognize Mildred Bailey, an early jazz singer. Bailey is largely remembered as the first white singer to capture blues nuances, though her heritage is partly of the Coeur d'Alene Tribe.
- Andrew Cyrille interview at Washington City Paper. How does a great drummer assemble a big band of musicians he's never met? Hire an "interior decorator." (So disappointed I couldn't make this gig, aargh!)
- Eddie Palmieri's 75th birthday gig approaches. The Daily News talks to the great Latin jazz pianist.
- Profile of Henry Threadgill in Capital New York. The one-of-a-kind saxophonist/composer talks about the "jazz tradition" and also lights up when you mention Beyonce's "Love On Top."
- Gregory Porter interview at The Revivalist. Explains why he looks like a linebacker and sings like Nat Cole.
- Jamire Williams interview, also at The Revivalist. The drummer has his own border-crossing band, ERIMAJ.
- Ethel Ennis, a singer who released her first record in 1955, profiled in a local Maryland newspaper. "I guess I'm a jazz liver, more than a jazz singer," she says.
- Yusef Lateef's great recordings, as picked by longtime collaborator (25 years!), percussionist Adam Rudolph. Yusef is 91 and still doin' his thing.
- Best jazz of 2012 so far from Howard Reich. "The New Year hasn't yet produced a great jazz recording, but it certainly has yielded several excellent ones, all richly worth exploring," he writes.
- Skerik talks to KPLU/Jazz24. The saxophonist often performs with bands named The Dead Kenny Gs and Garage A Trois. Highlights on the Groove Notes blog.
- Often interesting to see how a musician — in this case, Ethan Iverson — reacts to people illegally uploading albums they're on.
- On "jazz saviors": Ronan Guilfoyle on "How come every each time jazz is reputedly saved, it's always saved by music that is very far removed from jazz?" (Yes, this is about Esperanza Spalding and Robert Glasper.) A follow-up here.
- What makes a good music journalist, from the jazz writer James Hale.
- The Newport Jazz Festival has announced its 2012 lineup. Knock on wood, we'll be there. Also, founder George Wein likes Law And Order.
- What happened when a bunch of students at a liberal arts college had never heard of Duke Ellington or Charlie Parker.
- Ted Panken's archives this week: Roy Haynes interviews galore.
- JazzWax spoke with photographer Herb Snitzer.
- The Jazz Session spoke with trumpeter Craig Pedersen and vocalist Tierney Sutton.
Elsewhere at NPR Music:
Vijay Iyer interview on All Things Considered.