The best jazz web links: december 2008

The Village Voice fires Nat Hentoff

Hentoff had been with the periodical for fifty years.
The Village Voice picks jazz highlights of 08

Sonny Rollins does well; Nat Hentoff not so well.
Jazz elder statesmen still top the charts

Hank Jones and James Moody continue their lock on the top spot in the Jazz Week charts.
Freddie Hubbard on "Cantaloupe Island"

Video captures trumpeter with Herbie Hancock on one of their signature tunes.
Freddie Hubbard dead at age 70

The trumpeter had suffered a heart attack on Nov. 26.
Freddie Hubbard on The Tonight Show

Hubbard is featured on a rare network TV appearance.
Al Cohn lives on

Jazz Lives blog celebrates the late tenorist.
Lionel Loueke on NPR

The guitarists talks with Farai Chideya.
Latin jazz highlights of 2008

The Latin Jazz Corner reviews the year.
Rare video of Bird and Diz

Bop icons perform "Hot House."
Grammy salute to Blue Note Records

Grammy week will include celebration of label's 70th birthday.
Herbie Hancock as jazz cartoon hero

Pianist serves as animated guide to the art form in Journeys Into Jazz.
Eartha Kitt dead at age 81

Kitt made her mark as a singer, actress & celebrity.
Proposed jazz musician bailout

Is it time for a jazz stimulus package?
Smooth Jazz from the Sultan of Brunei

What does a Sultan give a President?
Page Cavanaugh dead at age 86

The pianist worked with Frank Sinatra and Jack Paar
The Wall Street Journal profiles pianist McCoy Tyner

Will Friedwald talks with the keyboard titan.
What do you do when your 10,000 albums disappear?

A fan loses his recordings, and almost loses his mind.
Talking with Quincy Jones

Phil Bronstein chats with the jazz-pop maestro.
Bird in Bronze, 18 ft. high

Your jazz tour should include this KC memorial.
The best shows of 2008

David Adler saw almost 200, and picks the finest.
Clip features Ben Webster & Teddy Wilson

One day there'll be no more old folks. . . .
End-of-year letter from Fred Hersch

Do the Math shares a moving missive.
Four Brothers = Two Violins

Rifftides highlights a stirring video.
The Latin side of Steve Turre

Nate Chinen reports in The New York Times.
Talking with Aaron Parks

Phil Freeman meets up with the talented pianist.
Bill Evans in Helsinki

This may be the best video of Bill Evans on the web.
Thelonious Alone in San Francisco

JazzWax looks back at a classic session.
Tony Bennett at the Apollo Theater

Don't just listen . . . watch his hands.
Ornette Coleman's jacket put up on eBay

Dress like a free jazz icon for only $799.
Let there be peace in the jazz world . . .

And may it begin on the Do the Math blog.
Vocalist Frances Lynne dead at age 82

Doug Ramsey remembers the singer at Rifftides.
Interview with Wynton Marsalis

Do the Math publishes a smart dialogue with Marsalis that actually focuses on . . . music.
The best jazz reissues of 2008

The All Music Blog highlights 25 notable releases from the last twelve months.
Talking with Teddy Charles

JazzWax looks back at classic early 1950s recordings by the vibraphonist.
Editor of Modern Drummer dead at 47

Bill Miller rose from intern to editor-in-chief over a period of two decades.
Video captures Joe Lovano at the Vanguard

Bret Primack shares an installment of his video blog Joe Lovano: In the Music.
Drummer Omar Clay dead at age 73

Clay worked with Charles Mingus, Horace Silver and many other jazz stars.
Pat Metheny will tour as computer-empowered one-man-band

Guitarist plans high tech "Evening with Pat Metheny."
Coming to Oberlin: the Harvey Pekar jazz opera

Dan Plonsey provides music; wives star as themselves.
Revisiting Dave Brubeck's Time Out

Dave Hill looks at a controversial jazz hit record.
Zappa plays Zappa

Dweezil Zappa performs his famous father's music.
Rare & Unusual Sax Stuff

Dig the acrylic alto, the sax kazoo and other oddities.
Roy Hargrove in concert

The trumpeter brings his quintet to the Jazz Showcase.
The Mount Rushmore of Smooth Jazz

Blogger asks: "When did jazz go sour?"
Talking with Christian Scott

The trumpeter talks to the Los Angeles Times.
Ten moments of jazz genius

Marc Myers shares some personal favorites.
Miguel Zenón returns to his roots

Saxophonist probes Puerto Rican musical traditions.
Does the Kennedy Center hate jazz?

Why no jazz honorees in more than a decade?
Hank Jones and James Moody on top again.

Jazz elder statesmen hold on to #1 slot.
Diana Krall to release Brazilian CD

Quiet Nights is scheduled for March release.
Stanley Crouch on O.J. Simpson

The critic provocateur comments on the verdict.
Avishai Cohen at the Jazz Standard

Nate Chinen reviews the trumpeter in concert.
Remembering Kenny Davern

Monk Rowe celebrates a trad jazz master.
Trumpeter Freddie Hubbard in critical condition

Jazz legend in intensive care after heart failure.
Looking back at the best Latin jazz CDs of 2008

Chip Boaz reviews the 'best of the year' nominees.
Loren Schoenberg on Benny Goodman

A noted jazz expert looks back at the late swing star.
Remembering Jack Teagarden

Peter Zinn writes about the trombonist / singer.
The jazz Grammy nominations

Don Heckman ponders the nominees.
Benny Goodman's Columbia years

JazzWax celebrates the King of Swing.
Who are the heroes of jazz 20-somethings?

Peter Hum looks for the new jazz icons.
Clint Eastwood sings

Dirty Harry shows a different side.
Jazz senior citizens rule the charts

Hank Jones and James Moody stay on top.
Odetta dead at age 77

Singer was a key player in the civil rights movement.
The best tenor you never heard

Night Lights celebrates the music of J.R. Monterose.
Ahmad Jamal at the Dakota

Bebopified reports on the proceedings.
Howard Mandel's top 10 jazz CDs for 2008

Critic offers his picks at Jazz Beyond Jazz.
Interview with Benny Powell

JazzWax talks with the trombonist.

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