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 living musician in native son Lewis Nash, a first-rate drummer. 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.
- 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.”
- The Jazz Session spoke with vocalist Sarah MK and organ player Brian Charette.
- The Checkout brought the trumpet player Philip Dizack into the studio, sat down with the bass player Gizmo, and interviewed the producer Rio Sakairi about the benefit album she put together for Japanese hurricane/tsunami relief.
Elsewhere at NPR Music:
- Cyrus Chestnut solo at KPLU. There’s video. He’s good at piano.
- Diana Krall’s new album, set into perspective by Ann Powers at The Record.
- JazzSet features Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes.
- Guitarist Ernest Ranglin, Jamaican music pioneer, has a new album reviewed on All Things Considered.
- NO BS Brass Band provides some incidental music for Planet Money. This is cute.
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