Happy John Coltrane birthday on Sunday.
Pianist Michael Wolff talks about his Cal Tjader tribute for the San Jose Mercury News. I do know Wolff as a New York pianist but didn't know he was musical director of The Arsenio Hall Show or that he's from the Bay Area.
Pianist Jonathan Batiste and his band parade through the Lower East Side at night (he plays melodica). Video or it didn't happen.
John Abercrombie, the guitarist, is interviewed by the Denver Westword. It's about his whole career but the headline is about how "even jazz players are feeling the brunt effects of the down economy."
Baritone saxophonist Pepper Adams left behind at least 43 compositions. A new five-album project reinterprets all of them with different ensembles and lineups. JazzWax has the scoop.
KUSP blanketed Monterey Jazz Festival with coverage last year. Check out their new blog for this year.
Dr. Lonnie Smith, organ master, breaks down a few of his recordings. There's more in an interview with Something Else! Reviews.
Joe Morris, the guitarist turned bassist who works in a lot of free jazz situations, has written a book about "The Properties Of Free Music." It's about strategies and methodologies behind this sort of stuff, including looks at systems used by Anthony Braxton, Ornette Coleman, Cecil Taylor and European free improv. Burning Ambulance has an interview.
Bill Evans' widow remembers.
SFJazz announces its first season in its new center. Note: Jason Moran with skateboarders and a halfpipe.
A group in Wisconsin is bringing back a Mellophonium Jazz Orchestra, patterned after Stan Kenton's experiments with the instrument.
The Original Rompin' Stompin', Hot And Heavy, Cool And Groovy All Star Jazz Show.
serves up some solo Matthew Shipp.
featured pianist/drummer Art Lande and interviews Medeski Martin and Wood.
spoke with bassist John Geggie and trumpeter Nadje Noordhuis. Spare a note of gratitude for proprietor Jason Crane, who's produced hundreds of interviews with great artists across North America on a shoestring budget and in the face of personal turmoil.
The Checkout sat down with Dave Douglas before this week's concert, and with fellow trumpeter Nadje Noordhuis.
Elsewhere at NPR Music:
Dave Douglas Quintet with Aoife O'Donovan in concert. Two sets.
Joe Jackson is interviewed about his Duke Ellington tribute.
JazzSet features Steve Wilson with Strings.
Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz features Jesse Green.
A Vince Guaraldi compilation is reviewed on Fresh Air.
Brad Mehldau's new trio album (of covers) is reviewed on Fresh Air. Also a congratulations to Kevin Whitehead who's now been voicing jazz criticism on the show for an astounding 25 years.
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