Around The Jazz Internet: Nov. 19, 2010 : A Blog Supreme News and notes from around the web, including Nina Simone and what is jazz singing, anyway? Plus, a NOLA brass band takes London, a 1917 bandleader takes Puerto Rico, a British band takes Communist Poland, and Holland's best-dressed man.
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Around The Jazz Internet: Nov. 19, 2010

More recommended browsing from this week:

  • What is jazz singing, anyway? Good question. Nate Chinen tries to answer for JazzTimes, rounding up recent developments in jazz vocals at once.
  • Related: Singer Kellylee Evans on Nina Simone. Evans has a new, good Simone tribute disc out called Nina.
  • Sunnyside Records has a Bandcamp page, with some full-album streams. Palmetto Records has full-album streams of its new releases on its website. Lots of good music there.
  • Video: The Soul Rebels Brass Band plays Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy," somewhat to the annoyance of London pedestrians. Professional opinion: This is dope.
  • A good 1950 New Yorker story about our jazz tastes and preferences.
  • A new musical explores how the great early bandleader and composer James Reese Europe found 16 Puerto Rican musicians for his band -- and took that group to Europe (the continent) during World War I.
  • A British jazzman talks about playing Communist Poland in 1956.
  • A Telegraph profile of Cassandra Wilson goes into her genealogy, her Yoruban priesthood and her new album.
  • The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette speaks with Pharoah Sanders, who returns to the city for the first time since the early 1980s.
  • A profile of Danilo PĂ©rez in the Wall Street Journal.
  • Thoughts from Peter Hum about when lesser-known artists have Big Name Special Guests. Also at, reviews of solo artists and plenty of young musicians.
  • A short piece on Benjamin Herman, the 42-year-old saxophonist with a Misha Mengelberg repertory band who Dutch Esquire called Holland's Best Dressed Man.
  • Jeff Lorber on his new fusion project, and public attitudes about jazz.
  • Destination: Out calls out for entry points to free jazz with some Cecil Taylor.
  • The Latin Jazz Corner finishes its interview with Brazilian pianist Jovino Santos Neto.
  • JazzWax has interviews with David Amram, documentarian Albert Maysles and Helen Merrill.
  • The Jazz Session speaks with Matt Jorgensen, and lots of Tanglewood Jazz Festival interviews.
  • The Checkout this week features music from Treme, plus a trio performance from Greg Ward.

Elsewhere at NPR Music:

  • Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz this week will feature an archival episode with Milt Hinton.
  • JazzSet this week airs selections from Gabriel Alegria's Afro-Peruvian sextet and Gerald Clayton's trio, live at Litchfield.
  • The Hilliard Ensemble's latest record is with Jan Garbarek -- the third recorded collaboration between the early music choral group and the saxophonist. Hear more.
  • Kevin Whitehead reviews bassist Scott Colley's latest on Fresh Air.