Jazz News
(aus dem Jazzinstitut Darmstadt)

5 August - 8 September 2021 | Ausgabe 16/2021 (English)

We read the morning paper for you!                                       

Dear jazz friends,

The Jazzinstitut's JazzNews keeps you up-to-date with news of the jazz world, which we collect, summarize, and issue via e-mail about once a week. This service can also be accessed on our website (www.jazzinstitut.de), where it is updated on a daily basis.

If you need bibliographies of the musicians named in our JazzNews, please click on our website’s Jazz Index page. This is a bibliographical reference to jazz-related books, magazines, journals and other sources that you can access without charge. If you don't find the name(s) you’re looking for, feel free to e-mail us! We will send you Jazz Index digests of articles about musicians as they make the news.

Now, have fun reading about the jazz week that was!

... brief news ...

Jeffrey Sultanov pays tribute to composer/arranger Nelson Riddle on the occasion of his centennial (The Eclectic's Corner part 1; The Eclectic's Corner part 2). --- Felix Tenbaum talks to German drummer Silvan Strauß (NDR).

Matthias Bäumel remembers the International Dixieland Festival in Dresden, (then East) Germany, of the 1970s and 1980s (Dresdner Universitätsjournal). --- Nick Garber reports about a block on East 126th Street in Harlem where Art Kane's legendary photo "A Great Day in Harlem" was shot in August 1958 and which now will be known as Art Kane Harlem 1958 Place (Patch).

Adam Gopnik talks to radio hosts Jonathan Schwartz and Sid Mark who keep the memory of Frank Sinatra alive (The New Yorker). --- Evan Malachowsky looks at Taschen's reprint of the famous William Claxton/Joachim Ernst Berendt book Jazz Life from a fashion perspective (Gear Patrol).

John Lamb reports about a mural remembering Duke Ellington's famous 1940 concert in Fargo, North Dakota (Duluth News Tribune). --- Jamie Ludwig talks to singer Sasha Daltonn about her career as well as about the Chicago Gospel Music Festival (Chicago Reader).

John Edward Hasse pays tribute to guitarist Kenny Burrell on the occasion of his 90th birthday (Wall Street Journal). --- Jack Dutton talks to South African musicians Majaja Mdingi, Gloria Bosman, Luvuju Kakaza, McCoy Mrubata about a jazz collective in Cape Town that brings jazz back into South African townships (Al Jazeera).

On the occasion of the Goethe-Institut's 70th anniversary Harry Nutt looks back at the mission of the German cultural institution bringing language and culture to foreign countries and often relying on jazz projects (Frankfurter Rundschau). --- Andrian Kreye listens to some recent recordings of pianist James Francies (Süddeutsche Zeitung).

Marc Myers talks to ragtime pianist Terry Waldo (JazzWax). --- Roland Spiegel reports about German saxophonist Joe Viera who initiated both the jazz festival in Burghausen and a regular workshop which went online last year leading to a major clash between Viera and the organization committee (BR Klassik).

Jessica Schlage talks to German saxophonist Julius Gawlik (NDR). --- Ljubiša Tošic hears the latest album "Coda" by trumpeter Michael Mantler (Der Standard). --- Bill DeYoung talks to trumpeter Duane Eubanks (St. Pete Catalyst).

Jon Norton talks to the saxophonist Lisella Martin (WGLT). --- Jake Wunsch talks to saxophonist Anna Webber (News from the Shed) and trumpeter Peter Evans (News from the Shed). --- Philip Montoro talks to drummer Dana Hall (Chicago Reader).

Sven Hecker looks back at the career of German singer Ruth Hohmann (MDR). --- Julian E.J. Sorapuru reports about the Kid Ory Historic House in LaPlace, Louisiana (New Orleans Times-Picayune). --- Wolfgang Sandner talks to Swedish trombonist Nils Landgren (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung).

Sophia Fischer remembers pianist Lil Hardin Armstrong (Deutschlandfunk Kultur). --- Betsy Cribb looks back at 60 years Preservation Hall in New Orleans (Southern Living). --- A historic building in New Orleans which once housed the Karnofsky Taylor Shop, considered "second home" to Louis Armstrong, was destroyed by Hurricane Ida (ABC57, Smithsonian Magazine).

Duante Beddingfield talks to singers Dee Dee Bridgewater (Detroit Free Press) and Gregory Porter (Detroit Free Press), as well as to pianist Kenny Barron (Detroit Free Press). --- A downtown plaza in Montréal will be named after pianist Oscar Peterson (Delta Optimist). --- Marc Myers talks to producer Hank O'Neal of Chiaroscuro Records fame (JazzWax).

Saxophonist Darius Jones recalls his year during the lockdown (The Brooklyn Rail). --- David Pilling talks to Ethiopian vibraphonist Mulatu Astatke (Financial Times). --- Marc Eich reports about an exhibition documenting 60 years jazz in Villingen, Germany (Schwarzwälder Bote). --- Andreas Hartmann talks to Berlin jazz promoter 'Assi' Glöde (die tageszeitung).

The New York Times lets sixteen musicians and experts select one recording each of a trumpet feature, mostly in jazz and classical music, among them Terence Blanchard choosing his own "Funeral Dirge", Seth Colter Walls choosing Louis Armstrong's "Dear Old Southland", Wadada Leo Smith choosing Miles Davis' "Calypso Frelimo", Mark Stryker choosing Kenny Dorham's "I Had the Craziest Dream", Nate Wooley choosing Ron Miles' "Witness", Steph Richard choosing Johnny Coles' "Sunken Treasure" (with Gil Evans), and C.J. Camerieri choosing Louis Armstrong's "Black and Blue" (New York Times).


We learned of the passing of the German trumpeter Abbi Hübner at the age of 88 (NDR), the pianist and vocalist Ron Ringwald at the age of 80 (The Sacramento Bee), the pianist Everette DeVan at the age of 71 (Kansas City Star), the Israeli saxophonist Erez Barnoy at the age of 55 (SlippeDisc), the saxophonist Dennis 'Dee Tee' Thomas at the age of 70 (New York Times), the British drummer Colin Bowden at the age of 89 (The Syncopated Times), the drummer Charlie Watts at the age of 80 (BBC, Tim Ries on KCBX), the singer Sunni Welles at the age of 72 (Action News JAX), the poet and critic Michael F. Hopkins at the age of 68 (Buffalo News), the Austrian trumpeter and jazz researcher Friedrich Körner at the age of 89 (Kleine Zeitung, Institut für Jazzforschung), the pianist Ronnell Bright at the age of 91 (JazzWax), the radio producer Thurston Briscoe at the age of 74 (WBGO), the German musicologist and radio producer Ulrich Kurth at the age of 67 (WDR, Jazz City), the British bassist Peter Ind at the age of 93 (London Jazz News, The Guardian), the Turkish horn player Melih Gürel at the age of 84 (Cazkolik), the pianist and bandleader Larry Harlow at the age of 82 (New York Times), the pianist John Sheridan at the age of 75 (Jazz Lives), the Polish producer Jan Borkowski at the age of 87 (Polskie Radio), the trumpeter (and Charlie Parker Omnibook transcriber) Ken Slone at the age of 71 (Do the Math, Garr Funeral Services), the drummer Howard "KingFish" Franklin at the age of 51 (WBGO), the singer and producer Lee 'Scratch' Perry at the age of 85 (Rolling Stone), as well as the Irish saxophonist Gerry Rice at the age of 81 (Belfast Telegraph).

Last Week at the Jazzinstitut

Volker Kriegel
Darmstadt's lord-mayor Jochen Partsch unveiled a plaque in late September on the house where guitarist Volker Kriegel (1943-2003) lived during his childhood as well as during part of his early career (Darmstädter Echo).

Sun Ra Archive
Matthias Hacker talks to the Jazzinstitut's director Wolfram Knauer about the importance of Sun Ra, his influence on young musicians today and the Sun Ra Archive which the Jazzinstitut acquired recently from collector and Ra expert Hartmut Geerken (Bayerischer Rundfunk).

17th Darmstadt Jazzforum
Our biennial Darmstadt Jazzforum conference is fully planned by now. You can attend in person or online. If you want to be present in person we need a formal registration (participation is free). The conference from 30 September through 2 October 2021 will ask "How open is jazz?" and discuss aesthetic, social and intersectional aspects of the current jazz scene (especially in Germany / Europe). Our website links to a short survey of the three day event, but also to abstracts of the papers and subjects of the panel discussions. There will be music as well: saxophonist Luise Volkmann will receive the Kathrin Preis award 1 October at Bessunger Knabenschule and perform with her new LEONEsauvage ensemble which was formed in Darmstadt this April. And from 4 September the Jazzinstitut's own gallery will show an exhibition of posters created by Swiss graphic designer and concert promoter Niklaus Troxler, who will himself be present during the conference and talk about the connection between his art and his musical experiences.

Current opening hours of the Jazzinstitut
The Jazzinstitut is open to the public by appointment. Research slots will be given out with exact time slots for one visitor at a time. At the same time we continue our offer for research help by phone, e-mail or video-call. If you would like to schedule a video call, please send an e-mail to make an appointment and give us an idea what you want to talk about. We will then reply with a link for a Webex video session for your meeting.

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