(aus dem Jazzinstitut Darmstadt)
13 October – 9 November 2022 | Ausgabe 19/2022 (English)

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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 ...

[This is a vacation edition of JazzNews. The next edition will return to the usual length in article summaries.]

Ethan Iverson looks at the 1961 studio album "Evidence" by saxophonist Steve Lacy and trumpeter Don Cherry (Do the Math), as well as at three albums from 1968 by Max Roach ("Members, Don't Get Weary"), Gary Bartz ("Another Earth"), and Charles Tolliver ("Paper Man") (Do the Math). --- Ron Haller talks to Dutch pianist Jasper Van't Hof (KulturNews).

Blues Alley, the jazz club in Georgetown, Washington/DC, was damaged in a fire (Celebrity Access). --- On the anniversary of Stevie Wonder's landmark 1972 album "Talking Book", musicians who made it and artists who cherish it share their stories (New York Times).

Maxi Broecking talks to Swedish-German drummer Sven-Åke Johansson (die tageszeitung). --- Marcus J. Moore asks musicians, writers and critics such as Nubya Garcia, James Brandon Lewis, Piotr Orlov, Idris Ackamoor, Shannon J. Effinger, David Hajdu, Kamasi Washington, Mark Richardson, Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Shabaka Hutchings, Hank Shteamer, Phil Freeman, and Camae Ayewa about their connection to Ornette Coleman's artistry (New York Times).

Steve Krakow remembers saxophonist Clifford Jordan (Chicago Reader). --- Wesley Morris listens to a collection of Barbra Streisand's newly restored 1963 recording from the small West Village club Bon Soir (New York Times).

Lewis Porter looks at the origin of John Coltrane's recording "Spiritual" from his "Live at the Village Vanguard" album from 1961 (Playback with Lewis Porter). --- Alan Scherstuhl watches a new documentary on Louis Armstrong that by using privately recorded memories shows another side to the trumpeter and singer (New York Times).

Andrew Amelinck tells the story of the Saint John Will I Am Coltrane African Orthodox Church in San Francisco (Grunge). --- Roland Spiegel (BR Klassik) and Oliver Hochkeppel (Süddeutsche Zeitung) celebrate the 70th birthday of German trumpeter Johannes Faber.

Vinie Sperrazza focuses on the years 1963-1965 in drummer Paul Motian's musical career (Chronicles). --- Wolfgang Sandner reads a recently published documentation of the German free jazz record label Free Music Production / FMP (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung).

Noah Schaffer talks to US Indigenous jazz bassist Mali Obomsawin about her research of US Indigenous jazz musicians resulting in her album "Sweet Tooth" that connects ancient Wabanaki songs with free jazz (WBUR). Hannah Edgar talks to pianist Fred Hersch about his own medical history, living with HIV since the early 1990s, about the connection between meditation and playing music, about his new trio, about the first gigs after the pandemic, as well as about the title of his new album, "Breath by Breath" (Chicago Tribune).

Roland Spiegel attends the Jazzfest Berlin (BR Klassik), as do Hans Ackermann (RBB), Gregor Dotzauer (Tagesspiegel), and Ken Münster (Tagesspiegel). --- Gregor Dotzauer talks to French percussionist Camille Émaille about sound, moment and energy in free improvisation, as well as about ... women on drums (Tagesspiegel).


We learned of the passing of bassist Chuck Deardorf at age 68 (KNKX), German saxophonist Gunter Stotz at age 87 (Schwäbische), Italian critic Franco Fayenz at age 92 (Il Sole), singer Janet Thurlow at age 96 (The Hollywood Reporter), saxophonist Anthony Ortega at age 94 (Los Angeles Times), German saxophonist Gerd Dudek at age 84 (Jazz Pages, SWR 2Jazzcity), Hong Kong guitarist Tony Carpio at age 82 (South China Morning Post), as well as Italian photographer Giuseppe Pino at age 82 (La Repubblica).

Last Week at the Jazzinstitut

The world visits the Jazzinstitut
In late October we were visited by a group taking part in the official visitors program of the Federal Foreign Office. The participants from Brazil, Montenegro, Kenya, Mexico, Vietnam and the USA attended events in Berlin, Frankfurt and in Darmstadt where we told them about the Jazzinstitut's activities and talked to them about the German jazz scene. Vibraphonist Christopher Dell played a short solo set of his Monodosis program in our concert space and involved the participants in a lively discussion about his own musical thinking and their experience comparing improvisatory approaches in Germany and their own countries (Besucherprogramm des Auswärtigen Amts; Themenreise Jazz from Germany).

City of sciences (jazz included)
In late October the Jazzinstitut received a plaque celebrating 25 years of the official city's title as "City of Sciences". Darmstadt is home to more than 30 scientific institutions including four universities, the European Space Agency, Eumetsat, the particle accelerator center GSI / FAIR, but also cultural institutions such as the German Poland Institute, the Institut Mathildenhöhe, and the Jazzinstitut Darmstadt (25 Jahre Wissenschaftsstadt).

heimat@jazzinstitut: "Bebop Mädchen" goes Darmstadt
Mandy Neukirchner is a guitarist from Leipzig, who about three years ago launched a podcast under the title "Bebop Mädchen" (Bebop Girls), which deals with current issues that affect career planning and everyday situations of musicians – all from a deliberately feminist perspective (Bebop Mädchen). The content, which she addresses in a fresh manner with her guests, ranges from overcoming female self-doubt when making music to general mysogyny in the music business or hate speech on the net related to female musicians.

We have invited Mandy Neukirchner to the fifth of our 2022 short residencies under the title heimat@jazzinstitut and we are pleased that she will spend four days in Darmstadt next week. Neukirchner wants to use her Darmstadt residency for an extensive evaluation of her previous podcasting activities in order to open up new topics. To this end, she will meet (in real or virtual terms) with SWR journalist Julia Neupert, with cultural manager Lisa Tuyala and with podcaster Imke Machura from the Raketerei and spend several days researching new topics in the Jazzinstitut's archives (heimat@jazzinstitut).

Jazz and the Future of (German) Radio
When we selected this semester's topic of our Mainz Jazz Talks we didn't know that the future of public radio actually would be a widely reported subject due to a statement of WDR intendant Tom Buhrow who suggested that changes in both the structure and content of broadcasting were inevitable.

Apart from concerts and recordings, public radio was the most important medium in Germany in the 20th century when it came to presenting current trends in jazz or attracting new audiences to the music. Today, there are many other ways to find out about jazz and improvised music, and even the public broadcasters no longer offer their programs in just linear format, but for re-listening give open access to their media libraries. In addition to the still comparatively well-equipped public broadcasters, there are regional, local, non-commercial radio projects as well as podcasts that deal with different aspects of our music.

The Mainz Jazz Talk brings together three representatives of different radio formats to exchange ideas about what the radio of the 2020s might look like. Julia Neupert is editor for jazz and new music at SWR in Baden-Baden and, among other things, involved in the SWR Jazz College, which connects three of the university jazz departments in the broadcast area. Jazz guitarist Mandy Neukirchner has been producing "Bebop-Mädchen" since a couple of years, a podcast in which she reports regularly on topics that equally affect career planning and everyday situations of musicians - all from a deliberately feminist perspective. At the time of the Jazzgespräch, Mandy is just starting a short residency at the Jazzinstitut Darmstadt, which she wants to use for an extensive evaluation of her two years of podcasting, but also to open up new topics (see the entry above). The third guest is guitarist Markus Fleischer, who, together with drummer Maximilian Hering, produces the monthly show "Hör halt hin" on local Radio Rheinwelle 92.5, in which the two regularly invite guests to talk about music.

With all three (and with the students and audience members), moderator Wolfram Knauer will talk about what the different types of radio represented by his guests can do for jazz, what might have been better "in the past," what is better "today," and what the future of radio might look like. The panel will be musically framed by singer Helen Skobowsky and pianist Manuel Seng, students from the Hochschule für Musik, who will perform some original compositions by Skobowsky.

The Mainz Jazz Talk is free and open to the public. The date is: Wednesday, 16 November 2022, 7:30pm until 9:00pm at Hochschule für Musik, Universität Mainz, Jakob-Welder-Weg 28, 55128 Mainz (Mainzer Jazzgespräch, Mainz Veranstaltungen).

Destination Unknown: The Future of Jazz
We are continuing the preparations for our next Darmstadt Jazzforum conference to be held 28-30 September 2023. Inspired by Hartmut Geerken's Sun Ra Archive housed at the Jazzinstitut, we have titled the conference: "Destination Unknown. The Future of Jazz".

Our Call for Papers can be found on our website (Destination Unknown) together with a corresponding blog that outlines some of our own thoughts on the subject. Current entries: (1) The devil you (don't) know; (2) Soothsaying; (3) If you have visions; (4) infinite vastness; (5) just go ahead ... (women in jazz)

If you want to be part of the conference as an active or passive participant, let us know. If you have any ideas for a paper or a panel, write to us. If you want to know what happened at the Jazzforum conferences over the years, browse the website of our publisher (Wolke Verlag, Jazz).

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