Around The Jazz Internet: July 29, 2011 : A Blog Supreme News and notes from around the web, including vibraphonists a-plenty, Wendell Harrison, Brandon Seabrook, SoulJazz Orchestra, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, odd meters, jazz radio in L.A., odd meters and Herbie Hancock the U.N. ambassador.
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Around The Jazz Internet: July 29, 2011

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  • From the New York Times: Ben Ratliff on vibraphonists Jason Adasiewicz and Chris Dingman. It's covered in the Popcast too, along with Larry Rohter on percussionist Adam Rudolph. Plus, on the late Frank Foster from Nate Chinen. More on his blog.
  • Saxophonist Wendell Harrison has had a fascinating career, and unless you're from Detroit, you're likely to have never heard of him. From Mark Stryker/Detroit Free Press.
  • George Colligan makes more sense about odd meters than most of the kids these days, or the crowd which shakes its fists at "the kids these days."
  • Treme fans: I (and Josh Jackson) had a nice panel discussion with Dave Walker of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Ray Shea and Maitri Erwin of the blog Back Of Town and Alex Rawls of OffBeat magazine about season two. Thanks again to OffBeat for inviting us.
  • On Brandon Seabrook, a banjo virtuoso unlike any other banjo virtuoso. Via Nate Chinen/JazzTimes.
  • On SoulJazz Orchestra, the Canadian Afrobeat/jazz band, from The Revivalist.
  • A pretty severe criticism of Los Angeles' big jazz radio station. From Michael Konik/The International Review of Music.
  • Herbie Hancock was appointed a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador last week.
  • Jamaaladeen Tacuma, electric bassist with Ornette Coleman among others, won a $60,000 Pew Fellowship. Via Howard Mandel/Jazz Beyond Jazz.
  • I haven't commented much on the late Amy Winehouse this week; I have little to add about the morality play in her life. She could really sing, though — not just belt, but really sing — in the interactive, live-creativity way jazz musicians value. Perhaps it's because she's had some formative jazz training, a fairly well-documented phenomenon. Oy.
  • Ted Panken's archives this week: Dr. John, Brian Blade x 2, Herlin Riley, Billy Taylor, Idris Muhammad with George Coleman.
  • All About Jazz speaks with composer/arranger Ryan Truesdell about The Gil Evans Project.
  • Destination: Out reruns a Barre Phillips feature.
  • The Latin Jazz Corner starts a conversation with radio host and composer Jose Rizo.
  • JazzWax has a variety of features up, including a remembrance of Frank Foster.
  • The Jazz Session interviews trombonist Joe Fiedler and bassist Ken Filiano.
  • The Checkout this week features the Pedro Giraudo Jazz Orchestra, from the 92Y Tribeca concert.

Elsewhere at NPR Music:

  • On All Songs Considered: a Newport Folk and Newport Jazz preview.
  • Fresh Air remembers jazz lyricist Fran Landesman ("Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most," "Ballad of the Sad Young Men," etc.) with an archival interview.
  • Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz this week features the 2001 episode with a then-breakout piano rising star: Jason Moran.
  • JazzSet this week airs Gabriel Alegria and Gerald Clayton sets from last year's Litchfield Jazz Festival.
  • Peter Margasak reviews the new Matana Roberts COIN COIN album on All Things Considered. (He also wrote about it for the Chicago Reader.)