The best jazz web links: january 2009

Hank Crawford dead at age 74

Crawford's passing comes just a week after the death of his former colleague, David "Fathead" Newman.
Bobby McFerrin and Cantus in concert

Pamela Espeland reports on nine men in somber suits and one man in jeans with graying dreads.
Peter Cincotti takes a new direction

CNN reports on the crooner's turnabout.
Remembering the Sauter-Finegan band

JazzWax looks at great neglected ensemble.
Historic New Orleans jazz site coming back to life

Larry Blumenfeld reports on Louis Armstrong Park.
Blue Note Records increasingly looking outside of jazz

"Norah Jones broke down that wall for us."
Eyewitness recalls Massey Hall concert

1953 event brought together 5 legendary boppers.
Art Tatum monument coming to Toledo

Target completion date is Tatum's 100th birthday.
The Benny Golson songbook

David Brent Johnson looks at a major jazz composer.
Blue Note 7 jump to the top of the charts

80-year-old Benny Golson takes the second spot.
Advice to an unhappy jazz pianist

These tips come from an anonymous Grammy winner.
Lenny Bruce, jazz fan

The "Jazz Video Guy" looks at the jazz side of Lenny.
The Great American Songbook keeps growing and growing . . .

Stephen Holden reports in The New York Times.
A memorable mystery recording from the West Coast

JazzWax celebrates a mid-1950s classic.
Terry Teachout discusses his much anticipated Louis Armstrong book

Pops: The Life of Louis Armstrong is coming out this fall.
Kenny Barron receives BNY Mellon Jazz 2008 Living Legacy Award

The pianist is honored at the Kennedy Center.
Duo reinvent music of Coltrane-Hartman

Nate Chinen reviews Kurt Elling and Ernie Watts.
The Blue Note 7 at Royce Hall

Don Heckman reports on the proceedings.
Why don't black folks listen to jazz?

The AfroChat forum offers a frank and heated dialogue.
When white people become black

Baz Dreisinger looks at the ultimate crossover.
Every jazz musician is a comedian

Cheech & Chong claim their comedy came out of jazz.
Jazz masquerading as bluegrass

You must check out the artistry of Chris Thile.
Billie Holiday at the end of her career

Marc Myers sizes up Lady in Satin.
The life and times of Bud Shank

Steve Cerra's Jazz Profiles looks at the veteran altoist.
Do musicians care about sound quality?

Steve Guttenberg says no.
David "Fathead" Newman on YouTube

The saxophonist plays his trademark tune "Hard Times."
David "Fathead" Newman dead at age 75

The saxophonist succumbs to pancreatic cancer.
Booker Little and Jazz Mythology

David Hill wonders why a great trumpeter is forgotten.
Paris jazz ex-pats reflect on Obama

Jazz exiles wonder if the US has changed.
Remembering Dizzy at the White House

Video from 1982 captures a great DC jazz moment.
Jazz and the inauguration

Wynton Marsalis and other jazz allstars celebrate.
Quincy Jones as Secretary of the Arts?

Don Heckman suggests a cabinet appointment.
Major jazz promoter in financial trouble

Festival Network promotes many of the largest jazz events in the US—will festivals be canceled?
Moody's in the mood for a Grammy

83-year-old saxophonist talks about his career and recent Grammy nomination.
Kurt Rosenwinkel at the Jazz Showcase

Howard Reich reports on the gig.
Talking with Aaron Parks

The pianist chats with KPLU.
David S. Ware needs a kidney donor

The saxophonist requires a transplant.
Was this the great bop fantasy band?

Buddy DeFranco remembers the Metronome All-Stars.
How jazz helped the civil-rights movement

Nat Hentoff reports in The Wall Street Journal.
The 11 best albums . . . of 1959

Was this the best year ever for American music?
More awesome tapes from Africa

Turn off the TV tonight, and check out a hot tape from Mali instead.
From Ron Steinman's notebooks 1954-55

The TV and documentary producer shares some jazz moments.
What is jazz?

Sid Caesar offers a definition.
Talking with Roger Kellaway

Riveting Riffs meets with a riveting pianist.
Gene Krupa would turn 100 this week

Everybody forgot . . . except Michael Steinman, who commemorates the occasion.
Jazz CD shopping in Paris

Marc Myers shells out some €s, and describes his purchases.
Blue Note's new all-star band

Rifftides reviews the Blue Note 7.
The jazz label of love

Writer looks back at Fantasy Records.
Does Satchmo have a singing grandson?

Australian vocalist claims to be the "love-child" grandson of Louis Armstrong.
NY Times critic answers tough questions

Who are the greats of tomorrow? Why isn't the jazz audience bigger?
How cool is Monterey?

Bret Primack (the Jazz Video Guy) will show you.
The parameters of jazz now

Howard Mandel is the peripatetic jazz critic.
A film of Charley Patton & Willie Brown?

Or perhaps just a carefully worded hoax?
Filling the gap left by IAJE

The jazz world looks for a replacement.
When Bono talked to Sinatra about Miles

And what did they say?
Famous jazz club wants less jazz

Yoshi's changes its music mix.
Film looks at jazz rebels in the Soviet Union

Jazz was the art form of the enemy.
21 lessons from Zen and jazz

Garr Reynolds takes a philosophical turn.
$4 million jazz museum plans 2010 opening

Old US MInt will house the New Orleans attraction.
"There's no such thing as hip-hop jazz"

Trombonist claims the two styles don't mix.
Ronnie Scott's plans web-based clubbing

The jazz club cleans up its finances and looks to new media for growth.
Talking with Bill Frisell

Frisell is inspired by Beethoven, a frog in a pond and trucks crashing.
Facebook fans pick their 10 favorite jazz CDs

You will find the usual suspects here.
Hentoff's last column for The Village Voice

Hentoff departs after fifty years.
Another radio station gets rid of jazz

No more "Jazz Connection" in Minnesota.
Talking with Ben Sidran

The pianist / singer talks with Brad Wheeler.
Jazz at Lincoln Center closes gift shop

Schaap's space will be put to other uses.
Dizzy Gillespie the Healer

Nat Hentoff looks at the Gillespie Cancer Institute.
Blue Note at 70

Doug Ramsey discusses Blue Note's birthday band.
Looking back at 70s-era Bobby Hutcherson

David Brent Johnson celebrates Mr. Good Vibes.
10 Latin jazz takes on Freddie Hubbard

Chip Boaz offers a different angle on the late trumpeter.
Free advice from Thelonious Monk

"You’ve got to dig it to dig it, you dig?"
Another jazz festival runs into problems

This time it is in Jacksonville.
Tokyo bureaucrats play jazz at Birdland

Most of the band are municipal workers in Japan.
Talking with Jimmy Cobb

JazzWax meets the Kind of Blue veteran.
Remembering pianist Herbie Nichols

Nichols would have turned 90 this week.
Courtney Pine honored with the CBE

Call him Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
When Cab Calloway visited Sesame Street.

The Muppets join in on "Hi De Ho."
Rainbow Room falls on hard times

Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman and other jazz legends have played here.
Would you pay $19,999.00 for a jazz photo?

Then maybe you could own a dog-eared autographed picture of Lonnie Johnson.
Wooing the ladies with a trombone

Comedian David Crowe looks at the highs and lows of playing the bone.
Dave Douglas on Freddie Hubbard

Douglas explains why Hubbard was more imitated than Miles Davis.
The shape of jazz to come . . . in 2009

Peter Hum anticipates the next year in jazz.
The Bad Plus at the Dakota

Bebopified reports on the proceedings.
A basic jazz starter kit

Eric Snider suggests 10 CDs for newbies.
Do you need to demagnetize your jazz LPs?

Fred Kaplan says yes.
The freedom of Anthony Braxton

He recorded 154 albums from 1968 to 2008, but good luck trying to find most of them.
The secret to great soloing

Bill Harrison advises that it's not just rhythm and notes: "Let it breathe."

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