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Around The Jazz Internet: March 4, 2011

More links from this week:

  • Last weekend, Kanye West and Mos Def crashed Lupe Fiasco's gig with the Robert Glasper Experiment at a jazz club in New York. (The first three names are famous rappers, folks.) Here are several recordings from CiscoNYC. And a bunch of videos from the Revive da Live group, who also did a Glasper interview. We might mention that we recorded Glasper's jazz trio recently, and also listened to rap songs with him.
  • WBGO broadcasted Randy Weston with his African Rhythms ensemble in concert on Saturday.
  • KPLU and Jazz24 recorded pianist Benny Green solo in Seattle recently. There's video too.
  • Jazz Online posted some long video interviews with Teo Macero.
  • Hank Shteamer has started a promising series of interviews, at the metal site Invisible Oranges, about the intersections of heavy metal and jazz. First up: percussion wizard Dan Weiss.
  • A nice piece on the state of Smalls, a multimedia-savvy (and a personal favorite) jazz club in New York's West Village. Via Larry Blumenfeld/Wall Street Journal.
  • Two hip compilations from the U.K. The first is a free download sampler from the Impossible Ark record label. Their A&R guy, a producer who records under the name Nostalgia 77, also made a mix of underground London jazz for Wax Poetics.
  • Dave Douglas' Greenleaf Records is coming out with two new albums, with sample tracks. (We ought to mention that NPR Music and WBGO recorded one of them!)
  • The Gil Evans project is here to take unrecorded Evans tunes and, well, record them. It's led by composer and arranger Ryan Truesdell, who is also Maria Schneider's copyist.
  • This is a smart personal observation on Wynton Marsalis. It's from bassist Ronan Guilfoyle.
  • The New York City Jazz Record, formerly known as All About Jazz New York, is now completely its own thing. It's free in NYC clubs, and also online (in PDF form).
  • Anthony Braxton and his Tri-Centric Foundation have a new website. It is crazy. Crazy meaning cool. Also, free stuff.
  • This is a great headline, involving Terence Blanchard.
  • An introduction to Charles Mingus, via The AV Club.
  • Bruce Lundvall, the distinguished record executive (the guy behind Blue Note Records in its modern incarnation, for one) got a Special Merit Grammy way back when. This is his acceptance speech.
  • Harry Connick Jr. says that Justin Bieber should have won the Best New Artist Grammy over Esperanza Spalding.
  • Beer news! North Coast Brewing, which makes the Brother Thelonious beer, is coming out with Blue Room Pale Ale, which benefits the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City. And on the tail of their Miles Davis-themed Bitches Brew beer, Dogfish Head is making a beer named after bluesman Robert Johnson, called Hellhound on my Ale.
  • Fortunately, none of you are like this.
  • Destination: Out is releasing a hip Misha Mengelberg/Han Bennink duo session.
  • The Latin Jazz Corner finishes its interview with Arturo O'Farrill.
  • JazzWax has a variety of features up.
  • The Jazz Session speaks with big band composers Nicholas Urie and Anthony Brown.
  • The Checkout features the Patrick Cornelius quartet, Esperanza Spalding in Portland, Aaron Goldberg live and Gregoire Maret's iPod.

Elsewhere at NPR Music:

  • Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz this week airs a "Women of Song" special, featuring archived performances.
  • JazzSet this week airs a set from the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival all-star band: Geri Allen, Esperanza Spalding, Terri Lyne Carrington, Grace Kelly and Dee Dee Bridgewater.
  • A reminder that the Rene Marie artist archive has been updated with features from 2002, 2003 and 2008.