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Around The Jazz Internet: May 11, 2012

Do conservatories produce "cookie cutter" musicians? (At least they'll be able to play a certain Jimmy Heath blues well.)
Diane Labommbarbe
Do conservatories produce "cookie cutter" musicians? (At least they'll be able to play a certain Jimmy Heath blues well.)

More links from this week:

  • Interesting discussions at George Colligan's blog this week. An informed opinion on the charge that music schools . Some thoughts on sight reading, that misunderstood skill among the jazz community. And a low brass forum erupts.
  • At the WBGO blog, there are interviews with master drummer and educator Charlie Persip and saxophonist Kenny Garrett, who you may know has recently put out a new studio album. Also, memories of Ron Carter and Jack DeJohnette from the JazzSet vaults.
  • Capsulocity is a short video interview series with young (mostly jazz) musicians in New York. We mentioned it earlier this week but only in passing.
  • This week in Esperanza Spalding: JazzTimes cover story. From one of A Blog Supreme's newest contributors.
  • Guitarist Vernon Reid briefly talks Spectrum Road, the new jazz-rock supergroup with Jack Bruce (of Cream), John Medeski and Cindy Blackman Santana.
  • Pianist Myra Melford is one of five winners of the 2012 Alpert Awards in the Arts. The award is worth $75,000.
  • Lester Young, clarinetist. He was known as a tenor saxophonist, of course, but also kept a cheap metal clarinet on his arsenal. From Aesthetic, Not Anesthetic, who also recontextualizes, say, early cornetist Red Nichols.
  • A new film about jazz in India is out. And the Times article manages to avoid all "Calcutta Cutie" references.
  • The Jazz Gallery, a New York venue supporting emerging artists, needs to move and raise a whole bunch of money to do it. (NPR Music has recorded live from the Gallery in recent years.) Howard Mandel reports.
  • More on Cecil Taylor, who is being feted this month in New York. Seth Colter Walls reviews an early tribute.
  • At last, an obituary for iconic jazz matron Phoebe Jacobs.
  • Bix Beiderbecke's prep school dorm room is being destroyed.
  • Destination: Out posts a rare Cecil Taylor bit.
  • The Jazz Session spoke with pianist George Colligan and saxophonist Steve Lehman.
  • The Checkout features student jazz ensemble recordings, from WBGO's celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month.
  • Elsewhere at NPR Music:

  • Endangered Blood: Tiny Desk Concert.
  • JazzSet features a Miles Davis/Gil Evans tribute from the Monterey Jazz Festival.
  • Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz features Daryl Sherman's tribute to Johnny Mercer.
  • Violinist Scott Tixier is featured on Song of the Day.
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