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Around The Jazz Internet: Oct. 12, 2012

Oct 12, 2012
Originally published on October 12, 2012 4:35 pm

More recommended reading:

  • RIP John Tchicai, the Danish-Congolese saxophonist who made a big impact on the U.S. free jazz scene in the 1960s, recording with Albert Ayler, Archie Shepp and John Coltrane, and took that experience to many different bands based in Europe, including Pierre Doerge's New Jungle Orchestra and his own Cadentia Nova Danica large ensemble project. In addition to the Times obituary linked above, see also this interview, a bit dry but informative. A gracious man, I once interviewed him myself on one of his later visits to New York — to have had that recording still ...
  • Gary Burton interview, from Peter Hum. Centers around the vibraphonist's long-standing duo partnership with Chick Corea. They're playing these days with a string quartet too.
  • Trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire is interviewed at the Duke Performances blog. "... I didn't have a teacher until I got to college. I was an annoying kid that would go to all the concerts and have no qualms about asking a bunch of questions."
  • Trumpeter Dave Douglas picks 10 (OK, 11) favorite records for Dusted, across genre. Obligatory disclaimer that Dusted is the non-commercial side project of a colleague.
  • The Archie Shepp interview piece we linked to last week has been transcribed in full.
  • Nov. 10 will see free jazz performances at over 30 different locations throughout Central Park in Manhattan. "... musicians are being asked to perform about 18 standards, all touching on autumn or the city as a theme. The set will include 'Autumn in New York,' 'Take the A Train,' 'Nature Boy,' and John Coltrane's composition 'Central Park West.'"
  • A drummer with a cooking show — and also a radio program.
  • An atheist, a trombone player and a man of Jewish ancestry walk into a bar all describe Jacob Garchik, who put together a cool record this year as a one-man brass band.
  • Singer Kurt Elling is the subject of a short Daily News profile around his new album, which interprets songs written at 1619 Broadway in Manhattan. That building, known as the Brill Building, houses offices and studios where a lot of famous American popular songs were written.
  • RIP Bill Brimfield, Chicago trumpeter who played in the very first AACM concerts.
  • Louis Armstrong wrote a letter about Bix Beiderbecke. Here it is.
  • Sonny Rollins to appear in The Simpsons.
  • Writing (prose) like Miles Davis played music: spare and resourceful.
  • Stephane Grappelli once tipped a street violinist a nickel.
  • Herbie Hancock and a piece of the planet Mars. I don't even know how to address this other than that it is ridiculous. But it is benefiting the Monk Institute.
  • All About Jazz has posted interviews with guitarist Charlie Hunter and former Ahmad Jamal bassist James Cammack.
  • Destination: Out has posted some Ted Curson materials.
  • The Jazz Session spoke with saxophonist Jessica Lurie and pianist Aaron Parks.

Elsewhere at NPR Music:

  • Anat Cohen spoke with weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz about her new record.
  • Harmonica player Gregoire Maret visited Talk of the Nation for this conversation.
  • JazzSet features the Either/Orchestra.
  • The latest record by trumpeter Ron Miles (with Brian Blade and Bill Frisell) is reviewed on Fresh Air.
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