An announcement: concert webcast next Tuesday. Ben Williams & Sound Effect + Pedro Giraudo Jazz Orchestra. Join us. And now, back to our regularly scheduled programming:
- Is the NEA Jazz Masters program coming back from the cutting room floor? Howard Mandel figures it might be. JazzTimes follows up. Speaking of NEA grants: this, from Kansas City.
- In the WSJ: Pianist Kenny Werner's tribute to his late daughter (by Nat Hentoff), and a media/business story on the Iridium's embrace of live video streaming (by Pia Catton). The Iridium, of course, is a New York jazz club.
- Egypt ian jazz icon Salah Ragab is featured at The Revivalist.
- The saxophonist Skerik on "punk-jazz" and the Dead Kenny Gs, in the L.A. Times Culture Monster blog. Also, thanks Monster!
- Jazz and Draw. This is cool.
- Lewis Porter on early Louis Armstrong for WBGO, part two.
- The Jazz Gallery in New York wants to donate its off hours to musicians as rehearsal space. So they're raising money to afford to do so.
- New Orleans trumpeter Lionel Ferbos is days away from 100. He is essentially as old as jazz is. Here's USA Today, and a local TV report.
- This, from kcjazzlark, is a pet peeve of mine too.
- Social media is crazy, y'all.
- Maybe this isn't jazz exactly, but a number of folks recommended this short Ben Ratliff piece on birdsong. Speaking of which.
- Ted Panken's archives this week: Lou Donaldson, blindfold test (not that one).
- All About Jazz speaks with the trumpeter Jeff Lofton. Also, read Greg Thomas and Gary Giddins on black jazz writers.
- Destination: Out features Albert Ayler's "crossover" album.
- The Latin Jazz Corner starts a conversation with composer Roberto Sierra.
- JazzWax speaks with Jim Hall about Art Farmer, and tells the story of Wayne Shorter and Steely Dan.
- The Jazz Session interviews vocalist Fay Victor and the team of pianist Satoko Fujii and trumpeter Natsuki Tamura.
- The Checkout this week features a session with Tim Hagans and Bob Belden's Animation band.
Elsewhere at NPR Music: