Archive for 2010

One of Google’s favorite photos

October 24th 2010

For Gillespie’s birthday Thursday, October 21, Google’s main page featured a “doodle” that linked to a page of Dizzy links. High on that page were five photos, one linked from, by JJA member Gene Martin, on display here. (Google noted something to the effect that copyrights may apply.) Sadly, we were so overwhelmed by requests for that photo that we had to shut down for the day – the first time we’ve ever been beyond our capacity.

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JJA Jazz Awards: 2010 Winners

June 15th 2010

Lifetime Achievement in Jazz
James Moody

Musician of the Year
Vijay Iyer

Composer of the Year
Maria Schneider

Up & Coming Artist of the Year
Darcy James Argue

Events Producer of the Year
George Wein

Record of the Year
Folk Art, Joe Lovano, Blue Note Records

Historical Recording, Boxed Set, or Single CD Reissue of the Year
Twelve Nights in Hollywood, Ella Fitzgerald, Verve Music Group

DVD of the Year
Anita O’ Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer, AOD Productions/Elan Entertainment

Record Label of the Year
Pi Recordings

Female Singer of the Year
Roberta Gambarini

Male Singer of the Year
Kurt Elling

Player of Instruments Rare in Jazz
Edmar Castaneda, harp

Large Ensemble of the Year
Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society

Arranger of the Year
Maria Schneider

Small Ensemble Group of the Year
Joe Lovano Us Five

Trumpeter of the Year
Terence Blanchard

Trombonist of the Year
Roswell Rudd

Tenor Saxophonist of the Year
Joe Lovano

Alto Saxophonist of the Year
Rudresh Mahanthappa

Flutist of the Year
Nicole Mitchell

Baritone Saxophonist of the Year
Gary Smulyan

Soprano Saxophonist of the Year
Evan Parker

Clarinetist of the Year
Anat Cohen

Guitarist of the Year
Jim Hall

Pianist of the Year
Kenny Barron

Organist of the Year
Dr. Lonnie Smith

Violinist of the Year
Regina Carter

Bassist of the Year
Dave Holland

Mallet Instrumentalist of the Year
Stefon Harris

Percussionist of the Year
Cyro Baptista

Drummer of the Year
Paul Motian

Periodical of the year
Jazz Times

Website of the Year

Blog of the Year
Rifftides, Doug Ramsey

Best Book about Jazz
Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original, Robin D.G. Kelley, Free Press

Best Liner Notes
The Complete Louis Armstrong Decca Sessions (1935-1946), by Dan Morgenstern

The Helen Dance–Robert Palmer Award for Review and Feature Writing
Nate Chinen: The New York Times; JazzTimes

The Willis Conover–Marian McPartland Award for Broadcasting
Josh Jackson, Host of “The Checkout,” “Live at the Village Vanguard,”, Newark

The Lona Foote–Bob Parent Award for Photography
Mitchell Seidel

Lifetime Achievement in Jazz Journalism
Don Heckman

Photograph of the Year
Tom Harrell at Moscow Performance Arts Center by Lena Adasheva

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Lloyd Peterson: Perspectives on Music and Race

May 29th 2010

Amiri Baraka is the author of the insightful and comprehensive book, Blue’s People. It is a book that has opened many minds and readers to the African American Diaspora along with the history and roots of African American music. Baraka has now published a new book of essays titled, Digging (The Afro-American Soul of American Classical Music). He is the author of over 40 books on poems, plays, essays, drama and importantly, the founder of the Black Arts Movement of Harlem in 1960, which became the blueprint for new American Theater aesthetics. He has taught at Columbia, Yale and the State University of New York and is the State Poet Laureate of New Jersey.

Amiri Baraka has a unique and remarkable understanding of African American culture and history, but with his new book, Digging, he has written a book where his inability to overcome a racial bitterness, clouds his capacity to exercise his wisdom in support of the very culture he is trying to honor. What’s more, race is the one issue that needs to be discussed in America but clearly people are afraid of being misunderstood, afraid of being mistaken as racist, or even accused of reverse racism. But let us first identify the definition of racism, which is; “Hatred or intolerance of another race or other races.” Further more, we also need to understand that the term “reverse racism” has an inherent racist disposition. Racism has its own identity and needs no further discerning explanation.

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W. Royal Stokes Interviews Guitarist Sheryl Bailey

April 25th 2010

I first met guitarist Sheryl Bailey in 1994 at Twins, a restaurant in Washington, D.C., founded in 1986 by jazz- loving Ethiopian twin sisters Kelly and Maze Tesfaye. This was when the restaurant was still on Colorado Avenue, a block east of 16th Street. A few years later the club moved downtown to a U Street location and has for more than a decade thrived as a major venue, serving Ethiopian and Caribbean cuisine and featuring a wide spectrum of jazz styles. Continue Reading »

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Marcela Breton: Top 10 List

February 9th 2010

1. Orbert Davis: Collective Creativity (3Sixteen)
2. Buika & Chucho Valdes: El Ultimo Trago (WEA International)
3. Paquito Hechavarria: Frankly (Callé 54)
4. Hilton Ruiz: Hilton’s Last Note (Hilton Ruiz Music)
5. Lynne Arriale: Nuance (Motema)
6. Bobby Sanabria: Kenya Revisited Live!!! (Jazzheads)
7. Teddy Charles: Dances With Bulls (Smalls)
8. Sophie Milman: Take Love Easy (Koch)
9. Pedro Giraudo: El Viaje (PGM)
10. Azar Lawrence: Prayer for My Ancestors (Furthermore)


1. Tito Puente: Dance Mania (RCA/Legacy)
2. Gato Barbieri: Viva Emiliano Zapata (Verve)
3. John Coltrane: Side Steps (Prestige)

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Lyn Horton: Making One Last Point

February 6th 2010

During the last two weeks in January of 2010, the jazz media flooded the avant-garde jazz public with descriptions of the persona of Matthew Shipp in anticipation of the release of his “last” solo recording, 4D, scheduled on the 26th of the month. JazzTimes featured a story; Signal to Noise did a cover story; and published a piece, which I wrote. Several blogs, as well as Bulletin Boards, were delving into conversations about Shipp’s profane language, his casting aspersions on his elders, his self-involvement, his arrogance as well as the sheer amount of coverage given to the musician. In this entire hullabaloo, as I remember it, the music was only touched upon.

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Antonio Terzo’s 2009 Top CD’s

January 20th 2010

Not in any specific order:

  • Okkyung Lee/Peter Evans/Steve Beresford “Check For Monster” (Emanem)
  • The Bad Plus joined by Wendy Lewis “For All I Care” (Heads Up)
  • Satoko Fuji-Myra Melford “Under the Water” (Libra)
  • Carla Kihlstedt Satoko Fujii (Minamo) “Kuroi Kawa” (Tzadik )
  • Louis Moholo-Moholo/Duets with Marilyn Crispell “Sibanye — We Are One” (Intakt)
  • Matthew Shipp “Harmonic Disorder” (Thirstyear)
  • Samuel Blaser “Solo Bone” (Slam)
  • Gerald Cleaver” Farmers by Nature” (AUM Fidelity)
  • Indigo Trio “Anaya” (Rogue Art)
  • Nicole Mitchell’s Black Earth Strings “Renegades” (Delmark)
  • Yaron Herman Trio “Muse” (Laborie Rec.)
  • Chris Potter Underground “Ultrahang” (Artistshare)
  • Bugge Wesseltoft “Playing” (Jazzland)
  • Alexander von Schlippenbach “Friulian Sketches” (PSI Rec.)
  • Gebhard Ullmann “Don’t Touch My Music – Vol. 1 & 2” (Not Two Records)
  • Jacob Karlson “Heat” (Caprice Rec.)
  • Rashied Ali “Live in Europe” (Survival)
  • John Surman “Brewster’s Rooster” (ECM)
  • Jack DeJohnette – John Patitucci – Danilo Perez “Music We Are” (Golden Beams/Kindred Rhythm)
  • Zlatko Kaucic “30th Anniversary Concerts” (Splasch)
  • Fred Anderson “Staying in the Game” (ESP-Disk)
  • The Thirteenth Assembly “(Un) Sentimental” (Important Rec.)
  • Wadada Leo Smith “Spiritual Dimensions” (Cuneiform/Rune)
  • Josh Berman “Old Idea” (Delmark)
  • Ben Allison “Think Free” (Palmetto)

(to be continued…)

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Mitch Myers’ Most Played from his laptop iTunes

January 18th 2010

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Larry Blumenfeld on “Facing the Music: Who Hears Jazz?”

January 16th 2010

A survey of reactions and responses to NEA data on declines in audiences for live music:

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Alain Drouot: Top 10 and more

January 6th 2010

Top 10 of 2009
1. Michel Edelin – Kuntu – Rogue Art
2. Vijay Iyer – Historicity – ACT
3. Miroslav Vitous – Remembering Weather Report – ECM
4. Louis Moholo-Moholo/Duets with Marilyn Crispell – Sibanye (We Are One) – Intakt
5. Sophie Agnel – Capsizing Moments – Emanem
6. Darren Johnston – The Edge of the Forest – Clean Feed
7. David Binney – Third Occasion – Mythology
8. Brian Groder – Groder & Greene – Latham Records
9. Matt Wilson Quartet – That’s Gonna Leave a Mark – Palmetto
10. Rob Mazurek – Sound Is – Delmark
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