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Herbie Hancock plays Kiev, Ukraine in 2010.
Herbie Hancock plays Kiev, Ukraine in 2010. Sergei Supinsky/AFP/Getty Images
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- International Jazz Day is the new initiative from Herbie Hancock, who has designated April 30 for two massive, international-star-studded concerts in New Orleans' Congo Square and New York's U.N. General Assembly. Hancock is now a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador.
- Robert Glasper and Esperanza Spalding played Leno and Letterman this Monday, respectively. Here's video.
- Two long-form documentaries on YouTube. Cecil Taylor, the percussive pianist beyond classification — this one was released by the film company itself. Also, organist Jimmy Smith, as captured by a West German company in 1965. (Young Billy Hart!)
- Another promising YouTube cache: This one is from Mark Cantor, proprietor of a massive historical archive of jazz on film. H/T to Rifftides.
- If your uncle was Thelonious Monk, you'd have stories like these too. Alternate Takes interviews her mother.
- "All The Things You Are": a brief history of the jazz standard, via Brilliant Corners. Dig the light opera "original" version.
- Jim McNeely Remembers Bob Brookmeyer: showing some composer/arranger-on-composer/arranger love. The guitar equivalent: Vernon Reid remembers Cornell Dupree.
- Advice: some of the best bits, culled from the musician interview archives at Hamilton College.
- Drummer Allison Miller on growing up in Washington, D.C. Something about this one gets at the best parts of the "it takes a village" ethos at the heart of the jazz tradition.
- KMHD in Portland recently spoke to Robert Glasper and record producer Michael Cuscuna, and archived the interviews online.
- Louis Armstrong, ambassador to Africa. A story told before, but worth mentioning again, as The Daily has done.
- Fully Altered Media's Matt Merewitz is interviewed for JazzDIY. Some of you know him as prolific Twitter
-abuser @fullyaltered; somewhat fewer of you know him as a jazz publicist.
- More research on the neuroscience of improvisation, as reported by Time magazine online.
- "When did jazz come up the Mississippi?" Last Thursday, of course. A new online podcast-ish thing, and its irreverent FAQ.
- Jazz Toilet, the blog. "Elvin Jones [pooped] in there."
- The Jazz Session spoke with trumpeter Nate Wooley and vocalist Champian Fulton.
- The Checkout spoke with drummer Henry Cole and guitarist Davy Mooney.
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