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Around The Jazz Internet: Dec. 17, 2010

Is it hypocritical that I hated making my top ten list, but love reading others'?

  • Nate Chinen, Shaun Brady, Jennifer Odell and David Adler discuss the year in jazz.
  • The Either/Orchestra, the adventurous Boston biggish band which has long served as a proving ground for top Berklee/NEC students, is turning 25 with some anniversary concerts. Check out the alumni of this group! Via Andrew Gilbert/The Boston Globe.
  • Don Cheadle says the script for the Miles Davis biopic is done and awaiting production funding, via Reuters.
  • Greg Tate, Uri Caine and other improvising musicians have been awarded $50,000 grants from the group United States Artists, via JJA News.
  • Jamie Cullum played a private house concert in a small town outside Syracuse, N.Y. But did he jump off any furniture? Via Mark Bialczak/The Post-Standard.
  • On the legacy of bassists in Pittsburgh, via one-time bassist Richard Frushell and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
  • Seattle, a city known for its public school jazz education, has a new private institution dedicated to expanding jazz educational outreach. Via Hugo Kagiya/Crosscut.
  • On guitarist Anthony Wilson and his wine obsession, as penned by guitarist Paul Brady for Wine and Jazz magazine.
  • Neil Tesser has a negative review of a few Ravi Coltrane concerts. I must say that it also rankles me when musicians present new material on stage without practicing it enough (or at all) beforehand.
  • On the growing music scene in Gowanus, Brooklyn — one that's quite open to creative jazz. Via Steve Dollar/WSJ.
  • A big archive of jazz metadata — personnel, recording dates, etc. — is being built by and for jazz radio stations. Via Mike Janssen/Current.
  • All About Jazz is trying to raise money for a universal jazz calendar mobile app. Here's their RocketHub page (like Kickstarter, but not).
  • Smart responses to common complaints, via Plastic Sax.
  • Larry Goldings is a comic genius. Exs.: Hans Groiner, Johnny "Bowtie" Barstow.
  • The Latin Jazz Corner has been interviewing Samuel Quinto.
  • JazzWax has a variety of features up, including the forgotten pianist Pat Moran, jazz and drugs, and the pop sax solos.
  • The Jazz Session speaks with Kali Z. Fasteau and Jason Robinson.
  • The Checkout featured Rebecca Martin in studio, Fahir Atakoglu in an interview, a Robert Glasper live highlight and archived James Moody memories.
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Elsewhere at NPR Music:

  • 'Tis the season: A Jazz Piano Christmas, Ed. XXI.
  • Author Will Friedwald talks about A Biographical Guide to the Great Jazz and Pop Singers on Weekend All Things Considered.
  • Unpublished Herman Leonard photos, at least until the posthumous Jazz collection came out this year. (via The Picture Show)
  • John McDonough on the legendary producer John Hammond, whose ears were responsible for a lot of jazz history being recorded.
  • Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz this week airs a session with singer Annie Ross.
  • JazzSet this week airs James Moody's 80th birthday concert, in memoriam.
  • Fresh Air reairs its interview with Robin Kelley, author of the definitive Thelonious Monk biography.