Breaking jazz news & interesting links: march 2009

Dr. Lonnie Smith rules the charts

Rise Up! rises to the top slot; pushes Benny Golson to second place.
The story of the Purdie shuffle

Did The New York Times really feature an article about a drum beat?
Jazz and Protest: A Reappraisal

David Adler explores some political aspects of jazz.
Queen of the Organ: Shirley Scott

Night Lights looks at a Hammond B-3 pioneer.
Jazz museum chosen for Harlem site

Non-profit gets spot in 125th St. development.
Brubeck hospitalized, cancels concert

Pianist, age 88, has viral infection.
Man, that is one BIG saxophone!

Try bringing this horn to the gig on the subway.
Marc Myers predicts the future of jazz

And it doesn't look pretty.
Howard Mandel on Cecil Taylor at 80

Jazz Beyond Jazz looks at the avant-garde pianist in a two-part article.
Making the cello jazzy

Nate Chinen reports on Erik Friedlander in The New York Times.
LA Times talks with Niels and Alex Cline

It's easy to tell these jazz twin apart.
Interview with Lisa Simone

Daughter of Nina Simone releases vocal CD.
Ten Miles Davis Tips for Guitarists

Forget Hendrix, check out Kind of Blue.
Recreating Bill Challis's "Babyface"

Is Bix in the house?.
What's your favorite jazz movie?

Discussion thread looks at memorable jazz films.
The story behind Bill Evans at Town Hall

JazzWax explains why volume 2 was never released.
The battle of jazz impresarios

Who is in charge of the big summer festival?
Happy 80th birthday, Cecil Taylor!

Hank Shteamer offers some birthday links.
Talking with John Scofield

The guitarist discusses his new CD.
Wes Montgomery on video

1965 clip features the guitarist playing "Impressions."
Finally, news of a jazz club opening, instead of one closing

Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse makes its debut.
Benny Golson holds top spot in Jazz Week charts

Dr. Lonnie Smith grabs the second slot.
George Avakian's 90th birthday party

Jazz Lives shares photos of the Birdland event.
Remembering Zoot Sims

Jazz Profiles looks back at saxophonist.
The Jazz Bakery loses it lease

Southern California jazz venue needs a new home.
New Orleans pianist Eddie Bo dead at 79

Bo mixed R&B, pop and jazz styles.
Essential modern big band CDs

Bill Kirchner offers his picks at Rifftides.
Branford Marsalis in Seattle

The Seattle Times reports on the event.
Comedian gives up jokes for jazz

Lea DeLaria has cut back on the scatology in favor of more scat-singing.
Musician offers jazz tips for jokers

We thank Do the Math for alerting us to Austin McBride, who does his own kind of math.
Herbie Hancock takes post with the Los Angeles Philharmonic

He assumes role currently held by Christian McBride.
Nominees announced for Canadian jazz awards

Results will be announced on May 14.
Detroit jazz club struggles for survival

Business is off 35-40% at Baker's.
Wynton books Ornette

Are the jazz wars over?
JVC drops Newport festival sponsorship

A 24 year relationship comes to an end.
Golson reclaims top spot in the charts

Dr. Lonnie Smith falls to second place.
The art of moving notes off paper

Graham Collier on jazz composition
Talking with Carol Sloane

JazzWax interviews the vocalist.
Harvey Pekar talks to Texans about jazz

”Does anyone out there like this?”
David Hajdu on Michel Petrucciani

The New Republic profiles the late pianist.
If you cross Billie Holiday with Hall & Oates

Do you get Madeleine Peyroux's new single?
What was left off the Kind of Blue reissue

Midriff tells what else happened in the studio that day.
When did movie music get so boring?

Tom Service disses the scores.
Louis Armstrong's hot 50 choruses

How to recreate a lost jazz classic.
David S. Ware finds a kidney donor

Procedure is scheduled for May 5th.
Keith Jarrett's Standards Trio at UCLA

Don Heckman reports on the proceedings.
The Mother of All Funk Chords . . .

Kutiman constructs a strange cut-and-paste video.
Remembering Ralph Mercado (1941-2009)

Latin jazz promoter dead at age 67.
The SFJAZZ Collective at the Dakota

Bebopified report on the supergroup in action.
Wall Street Journal on Denny Zeitlin

Doug Ramsey covers the dual careers of Dr. Zeitlin.
Dr. Lonnie Smith tops the jazz charts

The Blue Note 7 drop to second spot.
Milton Babbitt + Jazz Trio + Dancers =

. . . a fascinating video from The Bad Plus.
Revisiting Ellington's Sacred Concerts

Jessye Norman brings jazz to the cathedral.
The best jazz tracks for spring

Marc Myers offers some selections.
The Louis Armstrong Centennial Band

Michael Steinman visits a Birdland gig.
Talking to Jeff "Tain" Watts

Bob Karlovits chats with the drummer.
Michel Legrand at Birdland

The 77-year-old composer shows off his jazz chops.
Live jazz at Starbucks = Frustrating noise

Or does it?
The Carla Bley Songbook

Night Lights looks at one of the jazz world's most creative composers.
In Conversation with pianist Eric Lewis

"Just because people like rock doesn't make them dumber . . . It's taught me a lot about myself."
Sign of the times . . . jazz fest with no jazz

Sonoma Jazz Festival eliminates the jazz.
Talking with Jane Monheit

The Washington Post interviews the vocalist.
George Wein seeks to regain control of Newport Festivals

The 83-year-old festival founder is back in the picture.
Monk's Town Hall Concert reborn and reworked

Will Friedwald reports in The Wall Street Journal.
The Blue Note 7 still rule the charts

Dr. Lonnie Smith is in second place, and Benny Golson takes third.
Iggy Pop to release jazz album

Judging from the icky photo, there is not much pop left in Iggy.
Rudresh Mahanthappa in The New Yorker

Gary Giddins profiles the saxophonist
Talking with Chico Hamilton

Marc Myers interviews the pioneering percussionist.
Video blog looks at the Blue Note 7

The Jazz Video Guy delivers again!
Joey DeFrancesco's jazz upbringing

"We were like the hip Partridge Family."

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