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Around The Jazz Internet: Oct. 5, 2012

Oct 5, 2012
Originally published on October 5, 2012 1:52 pm

Happy long weekend.

  • Whither smooth jazz? Though straight-ahead and experimental fans might assume their, uh, less bumpy cousin is weathering the storm, the loss of many radio stations is affecting the field a lot. David Adler talks to many musicians and industry insiders for JazzTimes. That includes Kenny G, who is identified on subsequent reference as "G," in a sidebar.
  • Jenny Scheinman, violinist, sits down with Andrew Gilbert to talk motherhood, moving out to her coastal California hometown for a while and her recent projects.
  • Interview with Bill Kirchner, a musician and a scholar (and someone who has produced features for NPR) at Do The Math.
  • RIP Eddie Bert, trombonist. JazzWax sums up the man who played on Rudy Van Gelder's first LP.
  • Short Q&A with Archie Shepp, the great saxophonist. "Q: Jazz was such a strong black cultural expression when you came up. Is it still?"
  • Ali Jackson, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra drummer, answers a few questions. The Detroit native is very diplomatic.
  • New club alerts: A new venue in Phoenix, Arizona is called The Nash. It's named after a livign musician in native son Lewis Nash, a first-rate drummer (as opposed to, say, former Phoenix Suns point guard Steve Nash). Also, New Orleans' Preservation Hall is opening up a new space in San Francisco. It's a former mortuary; cue "jazz is dead" retorts. And JALC's outpost in Qatar is now open too, with some live webcasts to mark the occasion.
  • "Full-time" vs. "part-time" musicians, by a "part-time" musician and jazz writer here in Washington, D.C. Here's an interesting look at how musicians put together the pieces.
  • Dizzy Gillespie's doctor — the one who treated him for pancreatic cancer — talks about working with the Jazz Foundation of America, which assists musicians with pro bono medical care among other necessary services, and the Dizzy Gillespie Memorial Fund, which works with the Foundation. Dr. Francis Forte is also something of a guitarist too.
  • RIP Eric Hobsbawm, the Marxist historian who moonlit as a jazz critic. Here's another link to his memories of writing under the name Francis Newton.
  • Pianist Yaron Herman gives a TED talk. If you don't know him, he was a promising junior basketball player who suffered a career-ending knee injury and threw himself into music starting at age 16.
  • Tired of TED? You can attend a $16,000-a-head conference with Herbie and other celebrity types as they have spontaneous conversations of "intellectual jazz."
  • Tenacious D will make a "jazz" record. Ten points if it's called "Jazz Her Gently."
  • Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga plan a big band album together. Also, he has seen her naked.
  • JazzWax .
  • The Jazz Session spoke with vocalist Sarah MK and organ player Brian Charette.
  • The Checkout brought the trumpet player Philip Dizack into the studio, and sat down with the bass player Gizmo, and the producer Rio Sakairi about the benefit album she put together for Japanese hurricane/tsunami relief.

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