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Around The Jazz Internet: Jan. 14, 2011

More recommended reading:

  • More Winter Jazzfest writeups: Ben Ratliff/The New York Times, Evan Haga/JazzTimes, Tad Hendrickson/Spinner, Gordon Marshall/AllAboutJazz, Jacob Teichrow/About.com, Hank Shteamer/Time Out New York, Jim Macnie, Andrew Frisicano/Brooklyn Vegan, The Revivalist (their own showcase, other acts). I disagree with Alex Rodriguez's reading here, but I'll let Jon Wertheim speak. Finally, here's the Blog Supreme WJF recap, for reference.
  • The jazz journo insider Internet talk this week came out of a panel discussion (which I attended) billed as "The State of Jazz Journalism Now." Here's a recap from Geoffrey Himes, then Hank Shteamer smartly writes "I am not a jazz journalist," Howard Mandel smartly responds, and James Hale has more thoughts. There's action in the comment sections.
  • Nate Chinen on saxophonist Ted Brown, leading his first New York gig in nearly 35 years, and the lasting influence of Lennie Tristano, for The New York Times.
  • Ahmad Jamal's A Quiet Time (a nice album) topped jazz radio airplay in 2010, garnering 3,742 spins by reporting jazz stations. More interesting is the analysis in this JazzTimes piece.
  • A 2003 piece, still quite relevant, from Ron Wynn in JazzTimes called "Where's the Black Audience?"
  • Mark Stryker has a nice Dave Liebman profile for the Detroit Free Press.
  • Another nice Revivalist interview, this time with alto saxophonist Jaleel Shaw.
  • L.A.'s The Jazz Bakery has found a new permanent home, via Chris Barton/L.A. Times.
  • Speaking of itinerant venues, the musician community around Chicago's shuttered Velvet Lounge are opening up a new space.
  • Sam Stephenson on Sonny Clark, for The Paris Review, via The New Yorker.
  • Arturo O'Farrill recently returned from Cuba. The New York news channel NY1 has a report and a bit of footage.
  • After a class action lawsuit, the Canadian branches of the big four record labels will pay $47.5 million Canadian to a group of songwriters led by the estate of Chet Baker.
  • Steve Provizer has put up some great big band clips from 1989, featuring Julius Hemphill playing "The Hard Blues." Here's the YouTube channel.
  • Mike West on the Billy Taylor memorial service for Washington City Paper. Why is it that jazz people only come together like this for deaths?
  • Stephen Colbert: "Up next is newcomer Esperanza Spalding, who I believe plays catcher for the Phillies." (By the way, she laughed when Matt Wilson informed her of this — I was there.)
  • Destination: Out featured a John Betsch recording on Strata-East.
  • JazzWax has a variety of features up, including a nice feature on Orrin Keepnews (a WSJ piece too) and a bit with arranger Marty Sheller.
  • The Jazz Session speaks with Jason Stein and Jane Ira Bloom.
  • The Checkout featured NEA Jazz Master Dave Liebman, Kurt Rosenwinkel's big band project and a Joe Lovano interview.

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