Around The Jazz Internet: Feb. 18, 2011 : A Blog Supreme News and notes from around the web, including the Esperanza Spalding fallout, the late George Shearing, the NEA controversy, "ain't but a few of us," Anthony Davis, Jason Robinson, Kendrick Scott, Microscopic Septet and jazz in Istanbul.
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Around The Jazz Internet: Feb. 18, 2011

More links from this week:

  • Oddly enough, the top story this week was jazz at The Grammy Awards. You may have heard that Esperanza Spalding pulled off Best New Artist. Nate Chinen has the best analysis of how it may have happened. The hip-hop blogger Maurice Garland had a valuable alternate perspective. But Herbie Hancock definitely had the best reaction (?uestlove's wasn't bad either). Elsewhere, JazzTimes has a recap of other jazz winners.
  • RIP pianist George Shearing. In addition to NPR coverage, Terry Teachout has a nice appraisal in the Wall Street Journal, and Peter Keepnews did an obit for The New York Times. Also, JazzWax posted about him all week, with lots of choice interviews.
  • More jazz remembrances: JazzWax posted a lot of Farewells — musicians paying tribute to their late peers and mentors — this week with its new print episode.
  • Howard Mandel also posted about the shrinking NEA budget/Jazz Masters story. Parts one, two.
  • In light of this, it's worth revisiting Larry Appelbaum's 2004 interview with then-NEA Chairman Dana Gioia (brother of jazz historian Ted Gioia) about jazz.
  • The NEA did podcast an interview with the great Ron Carter, though.
  • Willard Jenkins answers his own "Ain't But A Few" questions about black jazz journalists.
  • Nice profiles on some musicians shaped by San Diego and the creative improvisation of the '70s: composer and pianist Anthony Davis, by George Varga/San Diego Union-Tribune, and the much younger saxophonist Jason Robinson, by Andrew Gilbert/Boston Globe.
  • Here's an interview with Microscopic Septet at All About Jazz.
  • On modern jazz in Istanbul, Turkey. By Susanne Fowler/The New York Times.
  • The Revivalist interviews Kendrick Scott, drummer extraordinaire.
  • A gig's a gig, even at a grocery store. Certainly beats being passive-aggressively fired from a gig. Yes, this is where I live.
  • Ski Beatz remixes "Blue In Green." It actually kinda works. Kinda.
  • This is silly. But it's cute.
  • Chick Corea and Gary Burton, c. 1984.
  • Madeleine Albright "sat in" on drums with Chris Botti recently. Yea.
  • Destination: Out featured a preview of the new Matthew Shipp record, and an interview with the pianist.
  • JazzWax has a variety of features up related to the late George Shearing.
  • The Jazz Session speaks with journalist Hank Shteamer about Henry Threadgill, and to Reggie Pace of the NO BS! Brass Band.
  • The Checkout features highlights from the ridiculous Houstonians in NYC concert curated by Jason Moran. Think Kendrick Scott's Oracle, Leron Thomas, Alan Hampton (as singer-songwriter vs. jazz bassist) and Jamire Williams' ERIMAJ.

Elsewhere at NPR Music:

  • While recently on tour, the Vijay Iyer trio came to the KPLU/Jazz24 studios. Hear an interview and three songs — including a new one — on the NPR Music Favorite Session.
  • The Turtle Island Quartet did a Tiny Desk Concert, including two tunes modeled after Coltrane and Django.
  • Weekend Edition aired a nice interview with composer Graham Reynolds, who made a maximalist/string quartet/remix album of Duke Ellington music. Really.
  • Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz this week airs a 1989 set with Shirley Horn.
  • JazzSet this week airs highlights from our Live at the Village Vanguard webcast series, including the Greg Osby 5 and the Joe Lovano Us Five, featuring Esperanza Spalding.
  • There's still time to listen to The Jazz 100 before it goes away.