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 Capitalbopprofiling 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 NorthJersey.com.
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 Jazz.com 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.