ABS is out on Monday for the national holiday. Here are some things to read in the meanwhile:
- Four pianists to watch, as identified by Ben Ratliff in the New York Times.
- Interview with the great drummer Mickey Roker. One of them Ethan Iverson joints.
- New to me: Straight No Chaser, the podcast/blog. Lately, there have been interviews with Greg Osby (about playing with Andrew Hill), and with fellow saxman John Ellis.
- The public radio/TV station WVIA now owns Chiaroscuro Records. Who? Get hip.
- Nextbop is streaming the new album from the Le Boeuf Brothers this week, though it's also on Bandcamp.
- There's an Anthony Braxton Festival in New York this week, so the New York Times and Wall Street Journal visited the composer and saxophonist. The Tri-Centric Foundation has more.
- Greg Thomas talks with John Gennari, who is something of an expert on the history of jazz writing. Our friends at Night Lights spoke with Gennari a while back too.
- JazzTimes goes to Cuba and visits a Havana jazz club. Also for the magazine, here's a profile of the trombonist Wayne Wallace, a Bay Area anchor.
- A jazz revival in Ethiopia? Time magazine is on the case.
- Photographs of jazz musicians with U.S. presidents.
- Destination: Out has posted some more FMP goodies.
- JazzWax has been interviewing Tad Hershorn — the biographer of jazz impresario Norman Granz.
- The Jazz Session has posted interviews with Marcus Strickland and Dalton Ridenhour.
- The Checkout presented a session from the Fabian Almazan trio, plus interviews with Greg Tardy and Roy Haynes.
Elsewhere at NPR Music: