Around The Jazz Internet: May 4, 2012

A new profile of Blue Note Records head Don Was, pictured here at the 2009 BMI Country Awards, reveals some interesting signings. i i

hide captionA new profile of Blue Note Records head Don Was, pictured here at the 2009 BMI Country Awards, reveals some interesting signings.

Rick Diamond/Getty Images
A new profile of Blue Note Records head Don Was, pictured here at the 2009 BMI Country Awards, reveals some interesting signings.

A new profile of Blue Note Records head Don Was, pictured here at the 2009 BMI Country Awards, reveals some interesting signings.

Rick Diamond/Getty Images

More from this week:

  • International Jazz Day concert videos are up. JazzTimes had a writeup. So did Jazz Beyond Jazz.
  • Cecil Taylor in The New York Times. Ben Ratliff sits down with the great pianist for "five hours over two days," and then some with his artistic progeny. There's also a series of Taylor solo and tribute performances coming up soon in New York.
  • Don Was, new head of Blue Note Records, is profiled by Nate Chinen in the Times. Public revelations: The label has signed Wayne Shorter, Terence Blanchard, Derrick Hodge, Jose James, Aaron Neville, Van Morrison. New Ravi Coltrane, Lionel Loueke and Joe Lovano records are in the works.
  • An alternate list of 50 great jazz albums, from Phil Freeman. New, old, both.
  • Cuban pianist Omar Sosa is coming "home" to the San Francisco Bay Area for a gig. Here's a look at how musicians meet musicians and make themselves feel at "home."
  • Dan Morgenstern, eminent jazz critic/historian, speaks with WBGO after retiring from the Institute of Jazz Studies. Also: For a look at some throwbacks, check out "This week in JazzSet history."
  • Three Monk Competition winners, all vocalists, talk about the effect of the award on their careers. This story is actually written by a jazz vocalist for the Washington Post.
  • A new documentary film paints a portrait of jazz in Washington, D.C. right now. A trailer is up.
  • Neneh Cherry (daughter of Don Cherry) and The Thing (Scandinavian free-jazz trio) cover rapper MF Doom. Wild, no?
  • Lessons for all teachers, from jazz-band instructors.
  • JazzWax spoke with composer-arranger Van Alexander.
  • The Jazz Session spoke with guitarist Anders Nilsson and pianist Dan Cray.
  • The Checkout replayed this gig.

Elsewhere at NPR Music:

Comments

 

Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and Terms of Use. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.