Gawd, who was that insufferable nitwit flapping his gums about something called "Jazz Now" on WBGO's The Checkout? [Audio will be up soon.]
—Guest Blog Month At OneWorkingMusician.com: Congratulations are in order to Seattle-based trumpeter, blogger and newlywed Jason Parker, who is taking the rest of the month off from the Jazz Internet for a Parisian honeymoon. Picking up the pieces are a host of guest contributors. So far, we've heard from composer Andrew Durkin (Jazz: The Music Of Unemployment) about Twitter (he's @uglyrug if you're following along); David J. Hahn (musicianwages.com) on DIY Internet business for musicians; and saxophonist Art Brown (Web site) on playing sideman gigs. More to come soon at oneworkingmusician.com.
—Jazz Hostels: On a recent visit to New York — an hour of which was chronicled at Lubricity — I literally took the A train, where I saw someone wearing a "Jazz Hostels" t-shirt. I never had heard of such an establishment when I was going to school in New York, so I looked it up on the Web. Turns out Jazz Hostels is a chain, started in New York but now with branches in Montreal and Miami. But whither the name? I e-mailed Shirley Levy, the managing director:
Our first hostel — Jazz on the Park — was founded in 1998 on Duke Ellington Boulevard (106th Street — [Upper West Side]). Hence, the name Jazz. During our first few years, we operated a bar and performance venue in the basement of the hostel where we offered many jazz performances — mainly folks from the neighborhood or young musicians looking for a practice/performance venue. In 2003 we closed the bar and lounge, but the name stuck!
Which would explain why I never heard of it, even though I was living about 12 blocks away around the time the performance space closed. Levy also says that the hostel just built a new stage, and is hoping to make it available to travelers who want to practice or perform there starting next year.
—Jason Moran On Jaki Byard: At Jazz.com. Here's the link. Once again, mento —> manatee.
—Mike Judge On Jazz Fusion: Peter Hum has some incriminating evidence. There's a lot here to unpack, but I mean, c'mon: fusion is hilarious.
—NEC Jazz Program Turns 40: Finally, the New England Conservatory's jazz program is turning 40, and they're celebrating with a series of concerts this fall. Today, where most players come up through the collegiate-level "jazz industrial complex," it's hard to imagine what Gunther Schuller faced in 1969. The way the article states it, the original unorthodox approach of the program has survived to the present day. As you would expect of a jazz school, really. Happy anniversary to them.