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Around The Jazz Internet: Nov. 24, 2010

Jazz items of interest from this Thanksgiving-shortened week:

  • The best albums of 2010 lists have started rolling in. The Jazz Journalists Association members have started posting theirs here. Mine will be up next week on the blog.
  • In related news, the JJA's eyeJAZZ video reporting project has launched. JJA president Howard Mandel has more.
  • John Murph on the queer aesthetic in jazz, for JazzTimes.
  • Some hilarious (in the tragicomic, "We Are All Doomed" sense) statements from students of college jazz history classes.
  • An L.A. Times short feature on jazz and jazz-ish folks using Kickstarter to fund their projects, mostly about Chris Schlarb and his (intriguing) new album, Psychic Temple.
  • Peter Hum, the fellow who runs, is also a pianist (and generally a really good dude), and is coming out with a new album. The Ottawa jazz blog interviews him about it.
  • You can stream Anzic Records' entire catalog via Bandcamp too.
  • The Revivalist has been doing a big retrospective on the 40th anniversary of Miles Davis' Bitches Brew, complete with an unreleased live recording.
  • The NEA announced a lot of new grants this week. Here are those directed to music presenters, some of which present jazz.
  • Nice Brilliant Corners interview with Bobby Hill, a DJ and former program director at Washington, D.C.'s jazz radio station, and a concert presenter.
  • A New York Times story about what's become of the apartment where Charlie Parker once lived.
  • Destination: Out has Matana Roberts spotlighting some solo saxophone performances. And their Bandcamp page, where they are selling mp3s of out-of-print reissues, has streaming audio too.
  • JazzWax dishes on Gene Krupa and Charlie Parker.
  • The Jazz Session speaks with Russ Gershon of Either/Orchestra.
  • The Checkout has been in Barcelona for its jazz festival.

Elsewhere at NPR Music:

  • For the 50 Great Voices project, Tom Vitale profiles Billie Holiday.
  • On the collaboration between visual artist Ed Ruscha and guitarist Nels Cline.
  • Banning Eyre reviews Dave Holland's flamenco record with guitarist Pepe Habichuela, Hands.
  • Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz this week will feature an archival episode with Willie Nelson.
  • JazzSet this week re-airs a Maria Schneider Orchestra set from the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
  • "Soul Queen of New Orleans" Irma Thomas stopped by the KPLU/Jazz24 studios recently for this session.
  • World Cafe featured Herbie Hancock in the studio with The Imagine Project material.
  • Kevin Whitehead reviews pianist Harold O'Neal's latest on Fresh Air.