Interviews, news and assorted information:
- An old documentary of Ornette Coleman, c. 1986, has been restored. First link is to The New Yorker, this one to a New York Times review.
- A freewheeling interview with Tim Berne in the Village Voice. The saxophonist and composer, happily profane and frank, reflects on his own label, being on a major label, the '70s lofts, the '80s "downtown" scene and pretty much everything else relating to his career in music.
- Wynton Marsalis interview. I know, another Wynton interview, but this is notable that it 1) appears in Ebony, a black-interest magazine (you can see other jazz content on the right-hand side) and 2) adds some nuance to someone often thought of as against pop music (the bit about Robert Glasper especially).
- Interview with Vijay Iyer about his latest collaboration with spoken word artist Mike Ladd. This is hip — it was done via instant message while watching the Democratic National Convention, and the project itself revolves around U.S. military veterans.
- The first review that I've seen for the new book on Herbie Hancock's Mwandishi band of the late '60s and early '70s, and it comes from pianist George Colligan. A reminder here of the blog around the book.
- Paul Desmond, the alto saxophonist best known for his time with Dave Brubeck, once had a "Canadian quartet" of his own. Here's some deep digging into that brief and little-recorded history.
- Blues clubs in Chicago over time, since 1945. The maps here also plot out density of black populations by neighborhoods, which makes for some fascinating data.
- A remembrance of Shimrit Shoshan from WBGO's Simon Rentner, who knew her well.
- A fuller obituary for the late saxophonist Byard Lancaster.
- Mariah Carey seems to have stopped by a famous cabaret room in New York to sing some standards the other night.
- The Jazz Session spoke with organist Matthew Kaminski and the owner of The Gnu's Room in Auburn, Ala.
Elsewhere at NPR Music:
- Matt Wilson's Arts and Crafts: Live at the Village Vanguard.
- Karrin Allyson in the KPLU/Jazz24 studios — just voice and brushes on a snare.
- The story of the man behind "Strange Fruit."
- JazzSet features the Branford Marsalis Quartet playing from their new record.
- Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz features the Stephane Grappelli episode.
- Rayuela, the new Miguel Zenon/Laurent Coq album, is reviewed on Fresh Air.
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