Catch up with the Alternate Takes series of interview/profiles of great drummers who are composers: Kendrick Scott, Eric Harland, Ari Hoenig, Adam Cruz, E.J. Strickland. Plus, a bit with trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire too.
Nate Chinen on the upcoming live Miles Davis '67 box set for the New York Times. You'll be able to hear part of it next week at NPR Music — stay tuned.
Don Heckman on the great composer/bandleader Gerald Wilson for JazzTimes.
On the very early band Bailey's Lucky Seven, and why they were but a footnote in jazz history. from the Palladium-Item of Richmond, Ind.
There's a full preview of guitarist Gilad Hekselman's new Hearts Wide Open at The Revivalist this week. Good player, good record.
A nice feature piece on vocalist Fay Victor, in the San Francisco Chronicle. (It even quotes a certain NPR jazz blogger, though it fumbles the attribution a little.)
Here's a feature item about the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, celebrating its 25th anniversary next week with its annual competition, courtesy the Washington Post. (A Blog Supreme will be there.)
At a small club in New York this week, a very good drummer got punched in the face ... by the son of the club owner. The Brooklyn Vegan post doesn't get the owner's point of view about the dispute, or the backstory — but, um, a club representative punched a musician in the face.
As you may know, the official American football team of A Blog Supreme is the Green Bay Packers. But the New Orleans Saints are also sentimental favorites — when they don't play the Packers, as they did this week. Well, NBC had the sense to make its promo commercial for that game with actual New Orleans brass band musicians, reports Dave Walker of the Times-Picayune.