Around The Jazz Internet: June 24, 2011 : A Blog Supreme News and notes from around the web, including pop-jazz economics, Ben Williams, best albums of 2011 so far, Kenneth Whalum II, Orrin Evans, the early Louis Armstrong, the late Louis Armstrong, and Amy Winehouse's dad goes Sinatra.
NPR logo Around The Jazz Internet: June 24, 2011

Around The Jazz Internet: June 24, 2011

Forget a Woody Allen movie — this right here is the table of contents to The Bop Decameron.

  • The "pop music at a jazz festival" discussion continues. J.D. Considine of Canada's The Globe And Mail surveys the economic imperative of booking pop acts. Peter Hum rounds up musicians' takes on the issue: Brad Mehldau, Christian McBride, Rudresh Mahanthappa. Pamela Espeland rounds it up with a local Minneapolis-St. Paul angle.
  • Pianist and concert/venue proprietor Jeremy Walker, late of Minneapolis, has been writing a column about jazz (and other musical issues) for His latest muses on moving away from his hometown, where he was a jazz guy in a rock town, and others are linked at the bottom of the page.
  • New blogs: Crownpropeller's Blog. Lots of vintage jazz and R&B, mostly pretty rare, by someone who knows his way around an archive and a discography. Good listening here. Also, the jazz photographs and recollections of Hank O'Neal.
  • Nextbop is streaming the new album from bassist Ben Williams this week.
  • A few folks weighed in on their top jazz albums of 2011 so far: Hank Shteamer, Jim Macnie. Still soliciting here.
  • The Alternate Takes blog on young saxophonist Kenneth Whalum III — of the Whalum musical family.
  • Pianist Orrin Evans on his roots in Philadelphia, by A.D. Amorosi/Philadelphia Inquirer.
  • "South African jazz after apartheid: Looking for a new direction" in the Christian Science Monitor.
  • New "You Don't Know Jazz!" with Lewis Porter. This time: early Louis Armstrong myths.
  • What A Wonderful World, Ricky Riccardi's book on the later years of Louis Armstrong, has been getting good press lately. Here's a Jonathan Yardley Washington Post review. Ricky, of course, is this guy.
  • RIP Jack Sheldon, JazzTimes reports. [JazzTimes retracts.] RIP Mae Wheeler, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
  • "Kind of Screwed." A kind of enraging tale.
  • Yes, Amy Winehouse's dad has now released his own album of standards. #awdcomn
  • All About Jazz features saxophonist David Binney.
  • Destination: Out features its title album for its 5th (!) birthday.
  • The Latin Jazz Corner has been talking to Benny Velarde, Bay Area percussionist.
  • JazzWax has a variety of features up.
  • The Jazz Session interviews bassist/composer Ike Sturm, vocalist Peter Eldridge and trumpeter Taylor Haskins. It's also having a membership drive, if you'd like to pledge your support.
  • The Checkout this week features the trio Phronesis and the band of vibraphonist Chris Dingman in studio.

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