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A Blog Supreme
Through the spectrum of the jazz Internet
Originally published on Fri October 28, 2011 4:17 pm
By Patrick Jarenwattananon
Is anyone going as a "zombie jazz critic" for Halloween? If you go to a Search and Restore show and write about it, are you one?
- An interesting conversation is happening around the idea of a new set of jazz standards. George Colligan proposed the idea of accumulating a new jazz songbook to account for the last 30-40 years. Then Ethan Iverson seconded the idea in theory, with some reservations about its practice. Jon Wertheim went ahead and started a list of potential candidates. I find myself doubting this ever happening, as I wrote about two years ago. The commenters in that post also point how the entire historical circumstance of how we listen to music has changed entirely since the age when our most common standards were written. But I would love for some enterprising Internet spirit to prove me wrong. (Hey, the Argentines got it together.)
- Jazzblog.ca has been featuring a lot of reviews of twentysomething jazz artists, this week in particular.
- Political jazz, 2012 style. Via Martin Johnson and Salon.
- Video of the John Coltrane quartet playing the part of the A Love Supreme suite and "Ascension" exists. (Audio has been released commercially, but this video is new to me.) It's in the latest Jazz Icons DVD release, also featuring sets from Thelonious Monk, Art Blakey, Freddie Hubbard, Johnny Griffin and Rahsaan Roland Kirk. The JazzVideoGuy posted a clip.
- JazzDIY has posted three features with jazz musicians who have put together DIY tours — Jason Parker, Ernesto Cervini and Reed Wallsmith of Blue Cranes — a subject we have been fascinated with here. Plus, there's an interview with Mary Halvorson.
- The New Orleans Times-Picayune has been looking back into its archives. As concerns jazz, it found a 1916 photo of a jazz band, and a 1918 editorial titled "Jass and Jassism."
- Video of a Lennie Tristano master class, all 54+ minutes long, posted by pianist Dave Frank.
- Alternate Takes on Gil Noble and diversity in jazz journalism.
- New York musicians pick favorite small jazz rooms.
- For South African jazz fans: There's a new study happening on the Blue Notes, the pioneering '60s group. This is via the blog ElectricJive, which has posted some mbaqanga recordings featuring Blue Notes saxophonist Nick Moyake.
- On "taste," classical and jazz. Kind of a look at the social function of jazz.
- How Dizzy Gillespie's bent trumpet got to the Smithsonian.
- An update: my video conversation about musician incomes with manager Karen Kennedy, who represents several prominent jazz musicians, has been archived. It's also now linked in this post, about a research project looking into how jazz musicians earn income.
- Finally, Dan Morgenstern has announced his retirement from the Institute of Jazz Studies. If there's anyone who is a bigger eminence in jazz scholarship and journalism, I can't think of him. He says he'll be writing a lot, which is good news for us.
- All About Jazz has lately posted interviews and features with folks like Harvard jazz director Tom Everett, saxophonist Jeremy Udden and vocalist Tierney Sutton.
- Destination: Out has posted some Ornette Coleman, c. 1968.
- JazzWax has a variety of features up.
- The Jazz Session spoke with composer/bandleader Gerald Wilson. It's a two-parter.
- The Checkout spoke to bassist Derrick Hodge. Also, don't miss the Millennial Territory Orchestra live in concert, performing Sly Stone music.
Elsewhere at NPR Music:
- Ben Williams and Sound Effect: Tiny Desk Concert. Homecoming.
- The Jazz Crusaders visit KPLU.
- Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz this week features Julian Lage.
- JazzSet this week featured Toots Thielemans and Kenny Werner.
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