The best jazz web links: may 2008

Cecil Taylor with the Art Ensemble

YouTube presents a great video from 1984.
Celebrating the music of Wayne Shorter

Counterpunch looks at the seminal saxophonist.
Who killed jazz?

Marc Myers lines up the suspects.
The best of the jazz teens

Rifftides reports on the youth movement in jazz.
What is a Jazz Award?

Who picks better winners: critics or consumers?
Picking the best of the late Jimmy McGriff

JazzWax looks back at some memorable music.
Taylor Eigsti in concert

The talented young pianist steals the show as warm-up act for Diana Krall.
Bobby McFerrin sings "Blackbird"

A YouTube features the vocalist reconfiguring Lennon & McCartney's pop standard.
Solving the Sinatra Riddle

JazzWax unravels a riddle from Nelson Riddle.
Jazz the New Melting Pot?

A reviewer looks at the Miles in India concert in SF.
Jimmy McGriff dead at age 72

The Hammond B3 master passes away in Philly.
Blossom Dearie in concert

The stylish vocalist performs in a mid-80s concert.
In Defense of the Bass

JazzWax responds to's Alan Kurtz.
Re-discovering Anthony Braxton

James Hale is checking out a path-breaking player.
Jazz dispute between Bird and Diz

A YouTube video artist takes on a bop classic.
James Carter at Birdland

The saxophonist is reviewed by The New York Times.
Joe Farrell’s daughter sues rappers

She claims they illegally sampled a 1974 track.
Interview with McCoy Tyner

The pianist talks with The Telegraph.
Five Hidden Gems at iTunes

The JazzWax blog highlights some neglected tracks.
Tomasz Stanko in concert

The Polish trumpeter is reviewed by Ben Ratliff.
Smooth Jazz RIP 1985-2008?

Will Layman writes an obituary for Mr. Smoothie.
The artistry of Herb Snitzer

The great jazz photographer opens a show in St. Louis.
Jazz up your downloads

Marc Myers dishes up audiophile advice at JazzWax.
Matthew Shipp Quartet in concert

A YouTube video captures a 2003 performance.
Christian McBride at Disney Hall

The bassist performs his four-section suite The Movement Revisited.
Sheila Jordan honored

The singer receives the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Award.
The Best High School Jazz Band

Seattle's Roosevelt High School takes top honors among the 82 bands in the competition.
Walt Dickerson dead at age 80

Dickerson was a pioneering vibraphonist who expanded the horizons of mallet instruments in jazz.
The Women in Jazz Festival

The DC event is covered in Rifftides
Erroll Garner in concert

The pianist gets a kick out of a Cole Porter standard.
Bob Florence dead at age 75

The pianist / arranger succumbs after a lengthy struggle with pneumonia.
A jazz label grows in Brooklyn

The Brooklyn Jazz Underground takes business into its own hands.
Rebuttal to The New Yorker's jazz list

Paul Wells critiques David Remnick's selection of 100 essential jazz albums.
Stanley Crouch on Lennie Tristano

The blog of The Bad Plus matches a controversial pianist and an equally controversial critic.
Australia awaits Sonny Rollins' first visit

The tenorist will appear for one concert at the Sydney Opera House.
Hot stride piano from Paris

Olivier Lancelot shows off his sparkling two-fisted pianism on "If Dreams Come True."
Kansas City Invests in its jazz district

The $823,000 project begins this summer.
A Profile of Phil Schaap

The griot of jazz lore is profiled in The New Yorker..
100 Essential Jazz Albums

The New Yorker publishes its selections.
Interview with Creed Taylor

JazzWax interviews the man behind the CTI label.
Clark Terry's condition improves

The 87 year old trumpeter is moved out of intensive care and upgraded to fair condition.
Professor claims jazz shaped by dance

BYU professor links Louis Armstrong innovations to a husband-and-wife dance team.
A new golden age for jazz?

One journalist believes that the jazz scene is hotter than it's been in ages.
Sting with the Gil Evans Orchestra

A rare collaboration is featured in this video from the 1987 Umbria Jazz Festival.
Five Swingin' Show CDs

JazzWax highlights forgotten concept albums from decades past.
Ethan Iverson with Motian and Haden

Pianist from The Bad Plus joins some elder statesmen of jazz rhythm.
Jazz Journalists Association Announces Finalists for Annual Awards is one of three nominees for best jazz web site (along with All About Jazz and JazzCorner).
Blogger Hank Shteamer interviews two AACM pioneers

The critic conducts in-depths interviews with Muhal Richard Abrams and George Lewis.
A statue honoring jazz pioneer Coleman Hawkins

Saint Joseph, Missouri honors its famous native son.
. . . But Coleman Hawkins wasn't the only father of bop tenor playing

JazzWax looks at the music of Teddy Edwards.
Clark Terry hospitalized

The trumpeter is in serious condition in the cardiac intensive care unit of a Kansas City hospital.
Lee Konitz in Los Angeles

Critic Don Heckman reports on the event in his blog Notes from the Left Coast.
Dizzy Gillespie and Stan Getz in concert

Two jazz legends face up on "It Don't Mean a Thing."
Picking the best of Hot Lips Page

Terry Teachout offers his selections to JazzWax.
New Jazz Hall of Fame members announced

Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame honors four new inductees.
Miguel Zenón in Boston

The talented altoist performs as part of Boston's Jazz Week festivities.
Clifford Brown in performance

A rare video of the great trumpeter, from a 1956 television appearance, is featured on YouTube.
In praise of Geri Allen

Do the Math, blog of The Bad Plus, celebrates the under-sung pianist.
iPod playlist for a marriage proposal

Brendan Wolfe, of The Beiderbecke Affair, offers 24 selections for the big moment.
Karrin Allyson in concert

The Bebopified blog reviews the talented singer -- who surprises with special guest vibist Steve Nelson.
The mystery of "Park Avenue Petite"

JazzWax's Marc Myers uncovers the story behind a peculiar song title.
Spotlight on Lionel Loueke

The African-born guitarist will be touring in tandem with Herbie Hancock.
Eric Dolphy plays "God Bless the Child"

Check out this remarkable bass clarinet performance from a 1961 broadcast.
Hindustani slide guitar

Bagatellen features the improvisational artistry of Debashish Bhattacharya.

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