Happy weekend. Some items that went unmentioned this week:
- Can we just say that Rafi Zabor, author of the novel The Bear Comes Home, is an amazing writer? He eulogizes his friend, critic/trombonist Mike Zwerin, at length for JJA News.
- Earlier this week, Carlos Santana proposed marriage onstage to his drummer Cindy Blackman, known also as a jazz drummer. Of course, she said yes.
- Anybody in London know anything about the weekly residency/website Jazzre:freshed? News to this side of the pond.
- The late Harvey Pekar on jazz, from The Atlantic.
- Not particularly timely, but still interesting: one man's Top Ten Ran Blake records.
- The same applies for this touching remembrance of exiled South African pianist Chris McGregor, written by his brother. This is reprinted from 1992, within two years of McGregor's death.
- Hey Seattle: is this "Basically Basie" proposal a good idea?
- On George Wein, what the audience wants to hear, and what the audience does. Chinen, Stephenson.
- Lady Gaga sings ... Gershwin? On The Today Show?
- Destination: Out remembers Bill Dixon.
- JazzWax speaks with iconic jazz LP cover designer Paul Bacon.
- The Checkout this week features Dan Weiss, Bruce Barth and Steve Wilson, and a highlight from our Craig Taborn concert.
Also, more jazz at NPR Music: