Around The Jazz Internet: Nov. 4, 2011 : A Blog SupremeNews and notes from around the web, including Chick Corea at 70, iRockJazz, Brooklyn Babylon, Stan Getz on video, jazz education in New Orleans, musicians who own record labels, young British jazz musicians and Armando Slice, intrepid reporter.
Drummer Weasel Walter on the appeal of complex music. The author may be familiar to audiences interested in free improvisation.
The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy issued a study a month ago about how few arts grants explicitly benefit minority populations, and how a majority of arts grants go to organizations with budgets over $5 million. It's easy to speculat what this has meant for jazz audiences and presenting agencies. Here's an NPR report.
The Detroit Jazz Festival says it isn't planning to change artistic direction after failing to renew the contract of artistic/executive director Terri Pontremoli, according to Mark Stryker of the Detroit Free Press. Inside baseball, perhaps, but Pontremoli is generally credited for making the festival a world-class one, so it appears odd on the surface that she is being let go.
Pianist Dave Frank on YouTube. After I posted his lecture/demonstration of Lennie Trstano last week, he wrote in to say there's a lot more where that came from.