Around The Jazz Internet: Aug. 17, 2012

Pianist and singer Diana Krall received attention from the jazz press this week — and not for her music. i i

hide captionPianist and singer Diana Krall received attention from the jazz press this week — and not for her music.

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Pianist and singer Diana Krall received attention from the jazz press this week — and not for her music.

Pianist and singer Diana Krall received attention from the jazz press this week — and not for her music.

Mark Seliger/Courtesy of the artist

Join us next Wednesday for a concert with "Tootie" Heath, Ben Street and Ethan Iverson. Until then, have a read at this:

  • People are talking about the mildly risqué pose on the cover of the upcoming Diana Krall album. Nate Chinen, Peter Hum. Related: Esperanza Spalding spoke a bit on the subject of physical appearance in the music business, with characteristic aplomb.
  • More on the late Von Freeman. Howard Reich's obituary was the first and most comprehensive. Another Chicago writer, Michael Jackson, weighs in, adding a guide to Freeman's discography. Neil Tesser did the first interview with Freeman. And the label that put out some of his great 2000s records remembers with this incredible solo recording.
  • A great essay about following your musical heroes into periods you may have written off, centering around Joe Henderson in the '70s, from Hank Shteamer. Tangential: Joe Hen on Charlie Rose.
  • Ravi Coltrane plays his parents' records with the Times. Short profile too.
  • Etienne Charles is profiled before a West Coast gig. The trumpeter is from Trinidad and you hear it on his latest album.
  • Matthew E. White makes the cover story in Richmond, Virginia's alt-weekly. Who? He runs this improvising band. But he's about to become known as a legit indie rock star with his debut album as a singer-songwriter (and composer-arranger at that).
  • Nashville's jazz scene, examined in a local newspaper. "The jazz situation here, contrary to other places, I think it's probably in the best shape it's ever been in."
  • Ten fall releases to look out for. Six more.
  • The Independent Ear has a new series talking with female jazz writers. Andrea Canter and Bridget Arnwine are first.
  • Todd Marcus, who specializes in bass clarinet, is also featured in The Independent Ear. The interview touches on his day job, where he runs a nonprofit agency dedicated to poverty issues in Baltimore.
  • Joe Segal of the Jazz Showcase in Chicago gets a call for recognition. Segal has been putting together jazz shows since 1947.
  • Yoshi's, the Bay Area jazz institution, turns 40 this month. What started as a small Japanese restaurant is now an organization spanning two major venues in the region.
  • Here is a thoughtful blog from a jazz student named Kevin Sun that I swear I'm linking to not just because he interviewed me once.
  • The situation at WGBH, the Boston public radio station which ended a bunch of jazz programming lately, is examined by the Boston Phoenix.
  • RIP Annie Kuebler, a woman who helped a lot of jazz history get told.
  • Cuba's ban on certain anti-Castro musicians living in exile has been quietly lifted, reports the BBC. That means musicians like Paquito d'Rivera and Bebo Valdes can now be heard on Cuban radio.
  • Jazz club owner in St. Louis sets fire to his own club. So many jokes.
  • More on jazz as a business paradigm talk. There's a whole book about this subject, it seems.
  • JazzWax has an interview with bassist Bob Whitlock.
  • The Jazz Session spoke with Nashville musicians Denis Solee and Jeff Coffin, and the director of the Nashville Jazz Workshop.
  • The Checkout presents highlights of Newport 2012.

Elsewhere at NPR Music:

  • JazzSet features Juan-Carlos Formell and Johnny's Dream Club.
  • Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz features vocalist Melissa Walker.
  • Shigeto, a conservatory-trained drummer who combines his craft with electronics, is the subject of this nice video by NPR interns.
  • A Jan Garbarek box set is reviewed on Fresh Air.

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