Interviews, news and assorted information:
An old documentary of Ornette Coleman, c. 1986, has been restored. First link is to The New Yorker, this one to a New York Times review.
A freewheeling interview with Tim Berne in the Village Voice. The saxophonist and composer, happily profane and frank, reflects on his own label, being on a major label, the '70s lofts, the '80s "downtown" scene and pretty much everything else relating to his career in music.
Wynton Marsalis interview. I know, another Wynton interview, but this is notable that it 1) appears in Ebony, a black-interest magazine (you can see other jazz content on the right-hand side) and 2) adds some nuance to someone often thought of as against pop music (the bit about Robert Glasper especially).
Interview with Vijay Iyer about his latest collaboration with spoken word artist Mike Ladd. This is hip — it was done via instant message while watching the Democratic National Convention, and the project itself revolves around U.S. military veterans.
The first review that I've seen for the new book on Herbie Hancock's Mwandishi band of the late '60s and early '70s, and it comes from pianist George Colligan. A of the blog around the book.
Paul Desmond, the alto saxophonist best known for his time with Dave Brubeck, once had a "Canadian quartet" of his own. Here's some deep digging into that brief and little-recorded history.
Blues clubs in Chicago over time, since 1945. The maps here also plot out density of black populations by neighborhoods, which makes for some fascinating data.
A remembrance of Shimrit Shoshan from WBGO's Simon Rentner, who knew her well.
A fuller obituary for the late saxophonist Byard Lancaster.
Mariah Carey seems to have stopped by a famous cabaret room in New York to sing some standards the other night.
spoke with organist Matthew Kaminski and the owner of The Gnu's Room in Auburn, Ala.
Elsewhere at NPR Music:
Matt Wilson's Arts and Crafts: Live at the Village Vanguard.
Karrin Allyson in the KPLU/Jazz24 studios — just voice and brushes on a snare.
The story of the man behind "Strange Fruit."
JazzSet features the Branford Marsalis Quartet playing from their new record.
Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz features the Stephane Grappelli episode.
Rayuela, the new Miguel Zenon/Laurent Coq album, is reviewed on Fresh Air.
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