You know we're at Monterey right now, right? Check out the rest of the blog for updates, photos and even live video at night. And now, the links:
- I was blindsided by the sudden death of British composer Graham Collier earlier this week. Not only was he a unique writer of rewarding, richly orchestrated music from his earliest recordings onward; he also was an smart writer about music, penning a book (the jazz composer) and a blog, Jazz Continuum. Rifftides has some thoughts, and LondonJazz compiles some reactions. Rest in peace, Graham.
- My favorite bit of writing around this week's Thelonious Monk Competition, other than our own, comes from Ben Ratliff in the New York Times. Also, photos from the Washington Post.
- Monterey Jazz Festival in history: Check out ABS contributor Night Lights on the 1966 and inaugural 1958 editions of the festival, going on now.
- On Barbara Morrison, "the lifeblood of L.A. vocal jazz," in the L.A. Times.
- Read Peter Hum's feature story on the great pianist John Stetch.
- Brad Mehldau on Stravinsky and "the essence of music," in The Guardian.
- Branford Marsalis on "The Problem With Jazz," in Seattle Weekly.
- Fred Hersch's iPod. With Ethan Iverson.
- The Jazz Video Guy is now videoblogging daily: daybydaywithbret.com redirects to his YouTube channel.
- Members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center have returned to Cuba, this time to donate $250,000 worth of instruments to students. Horns to Havana is the organizing force.
- The Independent Ear has posed the question to musicians: "When you read music journalism/criticism what qualities are you looking for in the writer and the writing?" Answers are coming in.
- More on the late drummer Eddie Marshall, in the San Francisco Chronicle. I've been out in Northern California this week, and out here, it is universally agreed that he was a special cat.
- Drama critic and Louis Armstrong biographer Terry Teachout has written a one-man show about Pops. The Orlando Sentinel reports.
- All About Jazz has interviews/features with drummer Peter Auret and saxophonist Nick Hempton.
- Ted Panken's archives this week: Randy Brecker blindfolded and Joseph Jarman interviewed.
- JazzWax has a variety of features up, including a look at the Sinatra-Basie Reprise sessions.
- The Jazz Session interviews guitarist (and trumpeter) Rhys Chatham and the band The Respect Sextet.
- The Checkout this week features a studio session with vocalist Somi and a talk with saxophonist Miguel Zenon.
Elsewhere at NPR Music: