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Around The Jazz Internet: Sept. 9, 2011

Weekly links:

  • 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.)
  • Musician on musician: keyboardist Rob Clearfield interviews keyboardist Craig Taborn, for the Chicago Reader.
  • RIP Bay Area jazz drummer Eddie Marshall. Via RIP "the Creole Beethoven," Wardell Quezergue, via the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
  • Check out the blog of Anthony Braxton's Tri-Centric Orchestra for short profiles of its members, including Jen Shyu, Jessica Pavone, Mark Taylor and other hip players.
  • Sonny Rollins, who turned 81 this week, will receive a Kennedy Center Honor this fall. (Don't forget about our First Listen full preview of his new album!)
  • Mark Stryker of the Free Press recaps the Detroit Jazz Festival. Howard Reich of the Tribune argues for a "re-invention" of Chicago Jazz Festival. Also, this week in meta-criticism: "When a critic should advocate for a subject."
  • Stanford University has acquired the archives of Riverwalk Jazz, the great public radio jazz program. In 2013, there'll be a website for these archives.
  • Peter Hum rounds up some tips on making better jazz CDs, from a musician and a producer.
  • Willard Jenkins revisits Ken Burns Jazz — and approves.
  • 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.
  • Branford Marsalis, golfer.
  • Ted Panken's archives this week: remembering Bradley's.
  • All About Jazz recently posted interviews and features with (bassist) Avishai Cohen and trumpeter Sean Jones.
  • Destination: Out reruns an Anthony Davis post.
  • JazzWax has a variety of features up, including a talk with trumpeter Al Porcino.
  • The Jazz Session interviews guitarist Marco Cappelli and went to the Detroit Jazz Festival last weekend.
  • The Checkout this week features sessions with P-Funk's Bernie Worrell (playing standards) and guitarist Gilad Hekselman.

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