Around The Jazz Internet: Sept. 16, 2011 : A Blog Supreme News and notes from around the web, including Graham Collier, the Monk Competition, Monterey Jazz Festival '58, Barbara Morrison, John Stetch, Brad Mehldau on the essence of music, Branford Marsalis on the problem with jazz and a daily videoblog.
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Around The Jazz Internet: Sept. 16, 2011

You know we're at Monterey right now, right? Check out the rest of the blog for updates, photos and even live video at night. And now, the links:

  • I was blindsided by the sudden death of British composer Graham Collier earlier this week. Not only was he a unique writer of rewarding, richly orchestrated music from his earliest recordings onward; he also was an smart writer about music, penning a book (the jazz composer) and a blog, Jazz Continuum. Rifftides has some thoughts, and LondonJazz compiles some reactions. Rest in peace, Graham.
  • My favorite bit of writing around this week's Thelonious Monk Competition, other than our own, comes from Ben Ratliff in the New York Times. Also, photos from the Washington Post.
  • Monterey Jazz Festival in history: Check out ABS contributor Night Lights on the 1966 and inaugural 1958 editions of the festival, going on now.
  • On Barbara Morrison, "the lifeblood of L.A. vocal jazz," in the L.A. Times.
  • Read Peter Hum's feature story on the great pianist John Stetch.
  • Brad Mehldau on Stravinsky and "the essence of music," in The Guardian.
  • Branford Marsalis on "The Problem With Jazz," in Seattle Weekly.
  • Fred Hersch's iPod. With Ethan Iverson.
  • The Jazz Video Guy is now videoblogging daily: redirects to his YouTube channel.
  • Members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center have returned to Cuba, this time to donate $250,000 worth of instruments to students. Horns to Havana is the organizing force.
  • The Independent Ear has posed the question to musicians: "When you read music journalism/criticism what qualities are you looking for in the writer and the writing?" Answers are coming in.
  • More on the late drummer Eddie Marshall, in the San Francisco Chronicle. I've been out in Northern California this week, and out here, it is universally agreed that he was a special cat.
  • Drama critic and Louis Armstrong biographer Terry Teachout has written a one-man show about Pops. The Orlando Sentinel reports.
  • All About Jazz has interviews/features with drummer Peter Auret and saxophonist Nick Hempton.
  • Ted Panken's archives this week: Randy Brecker blindfolded and Joseph Jarman interviewed.
  • JazzWax has a variety of features up, including a look at the Sinatra-Basie Reprise sessions.
  • The Jazz Session interviews guitarist (and trumpeter) Rhys Chatham and the band The Respect Sextet.
  • The Checkout this week features a studio session with vocalist Somi and a talk with saxophonist Miguel Zenon.

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