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Around The Jazz Internet: March 11, 2011

More winning links:

  • Nat Hentoff remembers what it was like to see Duke Ellington, upon the release of a new Mosaic Records (read: deluxe reissue) package of 1932-1940 recordings. Via The Wall Street Journal.
  • A nice piece by Marc Minsker for Capitalbop profiling saxophonist Andrew White: A man who has transcribed 650 John Coltrane solos, released 40+ records on his own label, recorded with McCoy Tyner and toured with Stevie Wonder, and is nearly unknown to anyone beyond D.C. insiders these days.
  • The release of Clarence Johnson's piano rolls, from the 1920s, has prompted some comment. Here's Marc Myers at JazzWax, and Kit O'Toole for Blogcritics. We second the recommendation.
  • Willard Jenkins posts on the history of Sista's Place, the jazz venue in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. Among other things, it's located in the biggest black neighborhood in New York.
  • Huey Lewis — you know, of Huey Lewis and the News — talked about how his collaboration with Stan Getz resulted in his most artistically successful and commercially ruinous album. (Small World, 1988.) This is from Gene Myers on
  • The concert promoter Todd P is planning to convert an East Village bar into a space "in the lines of Tonic" — i.e. featuring "avant-experimental music" — New York magazine reports online. (Todd P is, and Tonic was, kind of a big deal, if you know the New York music scene.) Plus, there will be fish tacos.
  • On account of Mardi Gras passing, here's the history of New Orleans music in 100 songs. It's missing, um, any rap music, but an interesting overview otherwise.
  • A long interview with Toronto pianist David Braid, by Peter Hum, goes into some interesting questions about solo piano, and why he doesn't call his current project jazz music.
  • For International Women's Day/Women's History Month, the London Jazz blog is being run by its female contributors and profiling women making and supporting jazz in the U.K.
  • Trumpeter Jason Parker, the man I have dubbed "the motivational speaker of the Jazz Internet," has a new manifesto about what it means to be a working musician. It's worth your while.
  • Here's a new teaser video for an album featuring Stefon Harris, David Sanchez and Christian Scott — some of the younger stars of the Concord Jazz roster — supposedly recorded in Cuba, with Cuban musicians. The record is to be called Ninety Miles, and the news comes via Nextbop.
  • Those Uniqlo + Blue Note Records t-shirts are available at the company's one U.S. store in New York City now. More designs are coming in May, it would seem.
  • I have to find a way to prevent this woman from taking my job one day.
  • Destination: Out has Rudresh Mahanthappa surveying the music of Bunky Green. Plus, they're releasing a hip Cecil Taylor trio session with Tony Oxley and William Parker.
  • JazzWax has a variety of features up, including a Tubby Hayes survey and a look at some Gene Ammons recordings.
  • The Jazz Session speaks with saxophonist Sarah Manning and drummer Scott McLemore.
  • The Checkout features interviews with trombonist Vincent Gardner and saxophonist/composer Christine Jensen, plus a studio session with Mike DiRubbo's Chronos trio (with organ).

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