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Around The Jazz Internet: April 8, 2011

Around the web in what feels like 80 links:

  • The Grammy Awards did away with 31 categories this week, including Best Contemporary Jazz Album and Best Latin Jazz Album. "Contemporary" jazz was always a weirdly undefined space, but Latin jazz folks: Well, they aren't miffed at all.
  • The Guggenheim Fellows for 2011 were announced this week. Among the recipients: Randy Weston, Fred Ho and David Fiuczynski. All current fellows are listed here.
  • A nice JazzTimes piece on Kermit Driscoll, the bassist who has just now, after some 35+ years on the scene, released his debut album as a leader. By David Adler.
  • Hank Shteamer continues the Heavy Metal Be-Bop series — interviewing jazz musicians about metal for Invisible Oranges — by talking with Craig Taborn.
  • More on jazz and metal: Tad Hendrickson's column for Spinner this week is about Alex Skolnick, a guitarist whose roots are in thrash metal.
  • A brief history of the jazz organ in Newark, N.J. The local jazz station, WBGO, has a new Hammond C-3, and Dr. Lonnie Smith is coming in to play it.
  • DJA and Ethan go over more of composer/arranger Jim McNeely's work — this time, with audio.
  • A bit late, but this piece called "Jazz vs Racism" by Greg Thomas for All About Jazz is worth your time.
  • Martin Johnson on the Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival, for the Wall Street Journal.
  • Will Friedwald on Jamaica's Monty Alexander, also for the WSJ.
  • The Journal of Jazz Studies, an academic-oriented publication, is now online for your viewing.
  • Peter Hum documents brewing unrest from French musicians about Paris' leading club, and a top jazz radio station.
  • From the Boston Globe: celebrating the 40-year history of jazz at Harvard. Elsewhere in Boston, a large ensemble is paying people to attend a show.
  • Kenny G is a DJ now, at KJazz in the Los Angeles area. Also, a review!
  • The sexy sax dragon. (Not Kenny G.)
  • All About Jazz has interviews and features with trumpeter Diego Urcola, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, baritone saxophonist Lauren Sevian, harmonica player Hendrik Meurkens, saxophonist/singer David Caceres, vocalist Denise Donatelli and more.
  • Destination: Out features a long, post-electric-Miles track from trumpeter Terumasa Hino.
  • The Latin Jazz Corner has an interview with vocalist Alexa Weber Morales.
  • JazzWax has a variety of features up, including an interview with arranger Ralph Carmichael.
  • The Jazz Session speaks with drummer Marc Miralta and pianist Bruce Barth.
  • The Checkout has an especially alliterative episode: a studio session with the Brian Charette Organ Sextette, plus interviews with Toots Thielemans and Ambrose Akinmusire.

Elsewhere at NPR Music:

  • We go live with Martial Solal next Wednesday, April 13 from the Village Vanguard. Martial Solal, people!
  • Fresh Air's Terry Gross talks with Brian Carpenter, a man of many artistic interests, but who's also made an excellent new album of obscure jazz songs from the 1920s.
  • Saxophonist Jacques Schwarz-Bart and vocalist Stephanie McKay — who happen to be married — stopped by NPR headquarters for a short performance and conversation with Tell Me More guest host Allison Keyes.
  • Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz this week features a 2007 session with Dr. Billy Taylor.
  • JazzSet this week airs parts of sets from a Billy Childs quartet and the Dave Douglas Brass Ecstasy.
  • From last Saturday's Weekend Edition: Scott Simon interviews vocalist Ella Leya, straight outta Azerbaijan.