Busy, busy week. Some links we missed or neglected:
- That Jason Marsalis "jazz nerd" essay about complexity in modern jazz got the blogosphere chatting. It's at least somewhat on point, depending on how you're wired.
- Pianist Anthony Coleman, best known as a "Downtown scene" progressive musician, has been working on Jelly Roll Morton interpretations for some time now. Martin Johnson reports, Jim Macnie interviews. And in Washington, D.C., a different kind of Jelly Roll tribute went down.
- Speaking of next-level pianists who love old jazz, a Jason Moran remix contest. Speaking of Jason Moran, preview his entire new album here.
- Willard Jenkins starts a new series in talking to African American proprietors of jazz venues. (He runs a few concert series himself, you may know.) Here's a feature on Washington, D.C.'s Twins — a personal favorite club.
- Nextbop examines various instances of jazz in the mainstream media, with pointed commentary as always.
- We wouldn't mind taking pianist Anthony Davis' "Jazz Since 1946" course.
- Blue Note album covers recreated on video ... just watch it already.
- The Jazz Loft Project has a blog! Also, ahem.
- A gigantic Oscar Peterson statue.
- This summer's newest "supergroup" sounds like it might actually be pretty good: James Farm.
- We pray for Fred Anderson. Also, Peter Margasak is hearing it in the comments for ... doing his job correctly? Really?
- Destination: Out this week has a feature on Muhal Richard Abrams.
- The Jazz Session this week interviews Sunna Gunnlaugs and Taylor Ho Bynum.
- The Checkout this week has sessions with Nir Felder, Jose James and a way-cool art project in New York City.
Some links we did mention, amplified:
- The Undead Jazzfest was a very good thing, writes Ben Ratliff. Also, a lot of people had their own takes: Evan Haga, Jim Macnie, Jacob Teichrow, Max Suechting, Dave Kaufman's photos, David Adler and even somebody writing for a UK jazz blog, for starters. More buzz than a vuvuzela.
- The JJA Jazz Awards winners. Watch the whole ceremony here if you're so inclined — I present a cute little obelisk to Nate Chinen. I'd also like to present another award for Redundancy in Using the Word "Jazz" to the Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Awards.
- DKD + FTBB, in greater detail.
- A Chris Potter Underground documentary?
- Remembering Bill Dixon: Clifford Allen, Taylor Ho Bynum, biographer Ben Young's official message.
Finally, this week in jazz elsewhere at NPR Music: