Around The Jazz Internet: Feb. 11, 2011 : A Blog Supreme News and notes from around the web, including Wayne Shorter mania, Grammy previews, The Jazz 100 fallout, the jazz scene in old Indianapolis, Steve Wilson, Either/Orchestra, Rez Abbasi, Austin Peralta and John Coltrane's teacher, remembered.
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Around The Jazz Internet: Feb. 11, 2011

A Blog Supreme is aggregating links from Durham, N.C. today, where the Wayne Shorter quartet performs tonight. More on this next week. For now:

  • Wayne Shorter reviews: Ben Ratliff/The New York Times, Phil Freeman/Village Voice, Hank Shteamer/Time Out New York, Bob Young/Boston Herald, Steve Greenlee/Boston Globe ("At 77, Shorter is in his creative heyday"), Matthew Welch/Tufts Daily. Also, don't miss Josh Jackson's interview, Alex Rodriguez's preview, and Jim Macnie's quotations.
  • At the Duke Performances blog, there's an interview with drummer Brian Blade in two parts. The first is largely on playing with Wayne Shorter, and the second is more about his Mama Rosa singer-songwriter project. Also, The Bad Plus has been workshopping graduate student compositions at Duke before its "The Rite of Spring" performance this spring.
  • Neil Tesser handicaps the jazz Grammy Awards, happening this Sunday, in two separate parts. (His picks and predictions look a bit like mine.) By the way, the Grammy pre-telecast ceremony, where the jazz awards are announced and a few jazz musicians will perform, can be seen as a live webstream at 1 p.m. PT this Sunday at the Grammy website.
  • In the chatter about The Jazz 100, the best comment I've read is from Peter Hum, who proposes we start thinking of a post-1980 addendum to the consensus.
  • On the jazz scene in Indianapolis, and especially in the African American commercial center, back in the day. Via Will Higgins/Indianapolis Star.
  • The great saxophonist Steve Wilson turns 50 in style. Via Larry Blumenfeld/The Wall Street Journal.
  • More on Russ Gershon, Either/Orchestra and their 25th anniversary show — the New York edition. From Will Friedwald/The Wall Street Journal.
  • A profile of guitarist Rez Abbasi, by J.D. Considine of The Globe and Mail.
  • Austin Peralta is a 20-year-old jazz pianist. His new album is on the label of acclaimed electronic musician Flying Lotus. Hear a track, via public radio friends KCRW.
  • Seattle's Earshot Jazz is profiling experimental improvisers at its website.
  • Donna M of Elements of Jazz tells her story.
  • RIP Allen Smith, veteran Bay Area trumpeter.
  • An On The Road movie adaptation appears to finally be in the works.
  • The WBGO blog is now posting daily morning highlights.
  • I still need to savor recent professional football events. Ahem. Sorry.
  • Destination: Out has a guest post from Matthew Shipp, remembering his teacher (and John Coltrane's teacher too) Dennis Sandole.
  • JazzWax has an interview with B.B. King, and the continually unfolding story of Toni Harper, forgotten singer.
  • The Jazz Session speaks with Jerome Sabbagh and Brian Drye.
  • The Checkout this week has the aforementioned Wayne Shorter interview, a talk with Russ Gershon of Either/Orchestra and Maria Neckam in the studio.

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