The best jazz web links: november 2008

Wayne Shorter on 75th birthday tour

The saxophonist turns philosophical in interview with Bob Young.
Saxophonist Joe Romano dead at age 76

Romano played with Woody Herman, Buddy Rich and other leading bands.
Park named after Jaco Pastorius

City honors the late bassist.
Adderley, Feldman, Hayes & Jones

No, they aren't a law firm.
The return of tap dancing

A new generation discovers the joys of tap.
Older jazz musicians shine in Downbeat poll

Peter Hum notes an interesting trend.
Sonny Rollins' letter to Coleman Hawkins

Jazz Lives reprints the 1962 letter.
Remembering Will Marion Cook

An African-American music pioneer is unfairly forgotten.
Thanksgiving with Paul Desmond

Rifftides shares holiday recollections.
Don Ellis and The French Connection

David Brent Johnson looks back.
Q&A with Fred Hersch

The pianist talks with David Graham
Lost Duke Ellington tune?

Concert promises to resurrect song not heard in 40 years.
Louis Armstrong Sings Super Mario World

Do jazz videos get any worse than this?
Hank Jones & James Moody top the charts

No, it is not ranked on the basis of seniority.
More Awesome Tapes from Africa

Hey, don't expect any liner notes.
Jeff Turton on the state of jazz radio

Turton has hosted "Jazz Brunch" since 1983.
The New Yorker reports on "Genes & Jazz"

How to mix live jazz with biology.
Talking with John Pizzarelli

40 albums down and more to come!
Computer composes and plays jazz

PhD student builds a new computer instrument.
"Give me jazz, not Jamie Cullum"

Dave Gelly gripes about the London Jazz Festival.
Japanese jazz coffee shops

Scholar spends a year studying jazz and java.
Progressive jazz in London

Stewart Lee reports on the proceedings.
Chatting with Ahmad Jamal

The pianist talks with Pamela Espeland.
Unlocking the mystery of "Giant Steps"

YouTube video lets you follow the Trane.
30 years of Tuck & Patti

The duo talk with the SF Chronicle
Chatting with Taj Mahal

The blues star talks with Mikel Toombs
Do the lyrics really matter in jazz?

The Guardian suggests that the less said, the better.
Hank Jones gets National Medal of Arts

Other honorees include the Fisk Jubilee Singers.
Javon Jackson tops the JazzWeek chart

Dave Holland takes second spot.
3 famous pianists at the Greek Theater

Marsalis, Mehldau and Tyner share the bill.
Tony Reedus dead at age 49

Drummer collapses after flight from Italy.
Dustin Hoffman would have played jazz

But The Graduate intervened instead.
Are there too many standing ovations?

Monk Rowe takes a skeptical view.
The mystery ofThree Little Bops

Marc Myers tackles another jazz whodunit.
Talking with Maria Schneider

Frank Oteri interviews the composer / bandleader.
Rosetta Reitz dead at age 84

Reitz was a spirited advocate of women in jazz.
Harvard law prof vs. the music industry

Renowned legal expert confronts RIAA.
Talking with Marc Rossi

Walter Kolosky interviews the pianist.
Bringing jazz to the White House

Howard Reich advises the President-elect.
3 jazz artists receive $50,000 fellowships

USA Fellowships announced for 2008.
Latest update on Mark Turner

Aaron Parks reports on the saxophonist.
Jazz saxophonist turns to film

Donald Harrison appears in Jonathan Demme film.
Duke Ellington's Adventures in Britain

Duke's 1933 tour was a major milestone.
Joe Jackson in New Orleans

Piano jazz meets punk.
14-year-old singer channels Ella

Nikki Yanofsky embarks on a Canadian tour.
Bebo Valdes at ninety

The venerable pianist talks about his life and times.
Decoding Dizzy at the Spotlite

Marc Myers tackles a jazz mystery.
Bassist Mel Graves dead at age 62

SSU program director played with many jazz greats.
Can you love the jazz lifestyle, but hate the music?

Clive Davis offers a rebuttal.
South African singer Mirian Makeba dead at age 76

Makeba bridged jazz, pop and world music styles.
The ultimate in experimental jazz

Yosuke Yamashita plays a burning piano.
Is it too early for "Best of 08" lists?

James Hale offers a provisional list of the best CDs.
Update on Mark Turner's hand surgery

Aaron Parks offers an encouraging report.
Why the Norwegian jazz scene rocks

The Financial Times gives the lowdown.
Bringing Lady Day to senior citizens

Jazz Lives reports on a Holiday outreach effort.
Talking with Poncho Sanchez

Pamela Espeland interviews the master conguero.
How to speak jazz

John Fordham offers a guide to jazz lingo.
Changing kids' lives through jazz

Wynton Marsalis talks to CNN.
Creed Taylor on recording Bill Evans

Taylor discusses the pianist's Verve sessions.
Rising demand for jazz guitarists?

This chart tells the whole story.
Saxophonist Mark Turner suffers injury

Saxophonist cuts fingers in power saw accident.
Jimmy Carl Black dead at age 70

Black was best known for his work with Frank Zappa.
Birthday tribute to Joni Mitchell

The pop-jazz diva turns 65.
The avant garde American songbook

David Brent Johnson looks at non-standard standards.
Talking with Toumani Diabate

Mali musician is called the Hendrix of the kora.
Herb Geller at 80

Rifftides offers a birthday tribute.
Roy Haynes at Ronnie Scott's

83 year-old drummer plays London.
Is this a photo of Robert Johnson?

Vanity Fair looks at a controversial photo.
Randy Weston autobiography coming in '09

Willard Jenkins reports on the book.
Willem Breuker in Ottawa

Dutch avant-gardist is still going strong.

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