Originally published on May 5, 2012 7:11 am
More from this week:
- International Jazz Day concert videos are up. JazzTimes had a writeup. So did Jazz Beyond Jazz.
- Cecil Taylor in The New York Times. Ben Ratliff sits down with the great pianist for "five hours over two days," and then some with his artistic progeny. There's also a series of Taylor solo and tribute performances coming up soon in New York.
- Don Was, new head of Blue Note Records, is profiled by Nate Chinen in the Times. Public revelations: The label has signed Wayne Shorter, Terence Blanchard, Derrick Hodge, Jose James, Aaron Neville, Van Morrison. New Ravi Coltrane, Lionel Loueke and Joe Lovano records are in the works.
- An alternate list of 50 great jazz albums, from Phil Freeman. New, old, both.
- Cuban pianist Omar Sosa is coming "home" to the San Francisco Bay Area for a gig. Here's a look at how musicians meet musicians and make themselves feel at "home."
- Dan Morgenstern, eminent jazz critic/historian, speaks with WBGO after retiring from the Institute of Jazz Studies. Also: For a look at some throwbacks, check out "This week in JazzSet history."
- Three Monk Competition winners, all vocalists, talk about the effect of the award on their careers. This story is actually written by a jazz vocalist for the Washington Post.
- A new documentary film paints a portrait of jazz in Washington, D.C. right now. A trailer is up.
- Neneh Cherry (daughter of Don Cherry) and The Thing (Scandinavian free-jazz trio) cover rapper MF Doom. Wild, no?
- Lessons for all teachers, from jazz-band instructors.
- JazzWax spoke with composer-arranger Van Alexander.
- The Jazz Session spoke with guitarist Anders Nilsson and pianist Dan Cray.
- The Checkout replayed this gig.
Elsewhere at NPR Music:
- Lynne Arriale plays the KPLU studios with a trio. There's video here.
- Jason Moran was on Talk of the Nation for International Jazz Day. A wonderful interview.
- Our intern Dominic listens to Bitches Brew for the very first time.
- JazzSet features the Moshier-Lebrun Collective's Studs Terkel project.
- Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz features Ellis Larkins.
- Alfredo Rodriguez is featured on Song of the Day.
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