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Anne Brice talks to the singer and jazz historian Kim Nalley about her musical upbringing, about the influence of Amiri Baraka, about jazz as protest music, as well as about being inspired by young saxophonist and singer Camille Thurman (Berkeley News). --- Hannah Schmidt writes about racism in the repertoire of classical music and asks to include George Russell's Lydian Chromatic Concept along with analyses of Bach's chorales in introductory musicological seminars (Die Zeit). Along the same lines Zachary Woolfe suggests to look to the young assistant conductors if you want more diversity at the head of classical orchestras (New York Times).
Aaron Tsangaris looks at the last years of trumpeter Miles Davis and listens to some of his recordings from that time (Rolling Stone). --- Michael J. West reports about a restart of the jazz scene in Washington, D.C., talking to musicians and programmers at local venues (Washington Post).
Jeff Lunden remembers Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle's revue "Shuffle Along" which opened in New York 100 years ago as the first big successful Black show to be produced on Broadway (NPR). John Edward Hasse tells the show's story as well and explains its success (Wall Street Journal). --- Paul Talbot talks to Mathieu Jaton, the CEO of the Montreux Jazz Festival, about marketing strategies for a festival today and how Montreux reacted to the pandemic restrictions (Forbes).
Matt Silver talks to harpist Gloria Galante about her long career in jazz, about her friendship with saxophonist Odean Pope, as well as about her latest composition, "Style de Verioullage: The Lockdown Suite" (WRTI). --- Lewis Porter looks closer at Thelonious Monk's composition "Round Midnight", listens to some fairly little known interpretations, among them an unaccompanied saxophone solo by Coleman Hawkins, and explains how a coda which Dizzy Gillespie invented for his recording of the composition in 1946 became both an introduction and coda, soon also used by Monk himself, making the piece an "illustration of the collaborative nature of jazz itself" (WBGO).
Dan Rodricks talks to pianist Cyrus Chestnut about his late father, a postal worker and self-taught pianist who introduced him to the instrument and taught him until he received lessons from a professional music teacher, to then study at Peabody Preparatory and Berklee College of Music. Chestnut will be on the keyboard for his father's funeral service (The Baltimore Sun). --- Peter Wiest talks to German trumpeter Thomas Siffling about his love for "melodious, comprehensible jazz that does not overwhelm people intellectually but takes them along on the musical ride", about the need to listen more to the audience, as well as about his latest album on which, for the first time in his recording career, he also sings (Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung).
Manfred Papst writes about Swiss pianist Irène Schweizer on the occasion of her 80th birthday, remembers the celebrations for her 70th anniversary, looks back at her growing up as the child of a local innkeeper in Schaffhausen, finds the roots of her percussive piano style and unusual fingering techniques, explains the importance of her friendship with some exiled south African musicians living in Switzerland, Dollar Brand (Abdullah Ibrahim) and Johnny Dyani among them, remembers her political engagement, and then listens to a private recording of Schweizer from 1960 imitating Erroll Garner (Neue Zürcher Zeitung). Florian Bissig listens to "Celebration", a new album by Irène Schweizer and percussionist Hamid Drake released around her 80th birthday (Neue Zürcher Zeitung). --- Ethan Iverson talks to drummer Jeff 'Tain' Watts about his background in classical percussion, about some of his early influences such as Billy Cobham, Harvey Mason, Mike Clark, Lenny White, about studying at Berklee College and some of the musicians who were at the school with him, such as Branford Marsalis, about playing in Wynton Marsalis' quartet together with Kenny Kirkland and others, about playing with older musicians such as Big Nick Nicholas and Milt Hinton, about a lesson learned from Ron Carter, as well as about some other drummers in jazz history such as Jo Jones, Art Blakey, Tony Williams, and Elvin Jones (Do the Math).
Nate Sloan and Charlie Harding talk to pianist Vijay Iyer about his latest album "Uneasy" and the political background to some of the pieces on it, as well as about trying to avoid the word "jazz" for his music (Vulture). --- Carine Zuber leaves after eight years as artistic director of the Swiss club Moods in Zürich (Neue Zürcher Zeitung). --- Victoriah Szirmai talks to German drummer Tilo Weber (Klangverführer) as well as saxophonist Tobias Meinhart (Klangverführer).
Marc Myers throws a spotlight on Dutch pianist Rob Madna (JazzWax). --- Chris Kies talks to guitarist Gilad Hekselman about his instruments (Premier Guitar). --- Andrea Shea talks to South African vocalist Naledi Masilo (WBUR). --- Jon Pareles talks to singer Georgia Anne Muldrow (New York Times).
Klaus Denzer attended this year's Moers Festival which took place partly as a livestream and partly as an open-air festival in front of a live audience (Wochen Magazin , Wochen Magazin ). Andreas Schnell reports as well (Neues Deutschland), as does Peter Kemper (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung). The festival itself can still be viewed online (Arte Concert).
Marc Myers talks to trombonist Jennifer Wharton (JazzWax). --- Nicole Seipp-Isele talks to Swiss trumpeter Peter Schärli (Lokal Info Zürich). --- Alexander Nöbauer reports about frictions between the organizers of the nearly 50-year-old workshop in Burghausen, Germany, its founder and some of its longtime teachers (Passauer Neue Presse).
Czech clarinetist and bandleader Gustav Brom would have turned 100 these days (Radio Prag). --- The Chicago home of blues legend Muddy Waters is considered for official landmark status (City of Chicago). --- Cat Zhang explains the different aspects of Asian-American music (Pitchfork).
Andrian Kreye celebrates pianist Erroll Garner on the occasion of his 100th birthday (Süddeutsche Zeitung). --- Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts turns 80 and is celebrated beyond rock circles (Schwäbisches Tagblatt, Frankfurter Rundschau). --- Jeff McGinnis remembers the little-known but legendary guitarist Arv Garrison and talks to Garrison expert James Harrod (Toledo City Paper).
Marc Myers remembers pianist Marty Napoleon on his centennial (JazzWax). --- Titus Arnu talks to Swiss Alphorn player Eliana Burki (Süddeutsche Zeitung). --- Tim Parsons talks to drummer Dan Weiss (Tahoe Onstage). --- Manfred Papst listens to "Black to the Future", the new album of the British band Sons of Kemet around saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings (Neue Zürcher Zeitung).