The Oak Room in the Algonquin Hotel, a top cabaret and jazz club in Manhattan, has closed.
So who else can't wait for the Grammy Awards Pre-Telecast Ceremony with Dave Koz and MC Lyte? [stifled laughter]
- Dred Scott, pianist, on Tumblr. Yes, his name is Dred Scott. Yes, it's good reading. Try the Sofia's or Cannes 2010 articles on to start. His website.
- Martin Porter is (ostensibly) also a musician who writes thoughtfully about jazz he sees.
- Vijay Iyer cover story in JazzTimes.
- Charles Gayle, aka Streets the Clown, in the Village Voice. The free jazz saxophonist has a new record coming out.
- Jason Moran on three important albums pertaining to Black History Month, via Alternate Takes.
- The Oak Room at the Algonquin Hotel, a top Manhattan jazz and cabaret room, has closed. The Times. The Journal. Here's Murray Horwitz for NPR on the dying art of cabaret.
- Rudy Van Gelder, up for what is essentially a lifetime achievement Grammy, in the WSJ. Marc Myers also wrote about Benny Golson for the Journal, though that piece is behind the paywall. His blog JazzWax has more Golson bits.
- Bombay's jazz age, as captured in a BBC audio slideshow.
- Duke Ellington's D.C. legacy, in photos. Via the Washington Post.
- Philip Glass on BAM. Seriously, Philip Glass talks black music, in the Village Voice.
- Latin jazz artists protest the Grammys with a concert on Sunday.
- Keyon Harrold, trumpeter, talks gigging with Cirque du Soleil in St. Louis' alt-weekly. (Five months of rehearsal!)
- Spotify: a jazz fan's perspective. In the San Diego Reader. Purely on programming terms — not having to do with royalty disagreements.
- H.R. 658 was passed through Congress this week. Among other things, it includes provisions that make U.S. commercial flights allow musical instruments on board. Musicians are celebrating.
- Chicago to gain good Jazz Internet.
- Ted Panken has posted a Butch Morris (!) Blindfold test.
- Destination: Out has posted Claude Delcloo/Arthur Jones BYG stuff, c. 1969.
- The Jazz Session spoke with saxophonist Tim Berne and keeper of the flame Sue Mingus.
Elsewhere at NPR Music: