(aus dem Jazzinstitut Darmstadt)
13 – 26 July 2023 | Ausgabe 14/2023 (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 ...

Neda Ulaby shares the announcement of the 2024 NEA Jazz Masters: saxophonist Gary Bartz, trumpeter Terence Blanchard, pianist Amina Claudine Myers, and journalist Willard Jenkins (NPR). --- Beverly D'Silva talks to Israeli pianist Shai Maestro about always playing without a setlist, instead "We just start with a note, it could be a G, or a C, and anyone in the band can be playing it. And we just take it from there…", about his own road to jazz, about turning down a full scholarship for Berklee when he was 16 in order to finish school, about his collaboration with bassist Avishai Cohen and drummer Mark Guiliana, about how he got into writing for philharmonic orchestra, as well as about always going to his grandma when he writes a new piece of music to get her approval (The Jewish Chronicle).

Lewis Porter continues his series of film clips by Lester Young with the discussion of a film clip in which Prez in the middle of his solo asks the drummer to change from brush to sticks, as well as of a historic meeting of Young with Coleman Hawkins on the same program (Playback with Lewis Porter). --- On the occasion of Philly Joe Jones' centennial Nate Chinen remembers the drummer, listens to some of his recordings and reflects on recollections by people who knew and played with Jones (The Gig). Ethan Iverson remembers Philly Joe Jones as well (Transitional Technology), as does Vinnie Sperrazza (Chronicles).

Lilli Janik and Sina El Batanony talk to Mischi Damm, owner of the Mampf club in Frankfurt, Germany, about taking over the former punk bar several decades ago and making it a major venue for Frankfurt's lively jazz scene. The authors also talk to the Jazzinstitut's Arndt Weidler about the need for such community-oriented places and learn about the rejuvenation of the club's audience (Hessenschau). --- Vinnie Sperrazza listens to recordings by drummer Gerald Cleaver who, as he writes, "lives the experience of all music as one" (Chronicles).

Ssirus W. Pakzad talks to saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins about the musical risks he and his band members take when they physically go to their limits. "It's not just music", Wilkins explains, "it's very intense music. We have to keep ourselves physically fit to go through that. We kind of surrender to a higher power" (Abendzeitung München). --- Claire Carponen allows a look into the New York townhouse once owned by pianist, impresario and Newport Jazz Festival founder George Wein (Mansion Global).

Lewis Porter continues his series on the arranging skills of Billie Holiday, focusing on her rendition of "Them Their Eyes" over the years (Playback with Lewis Porter). --- Ethan Iverson prints another excerpt from drummer Billy Hart's forthcoming memoir (Transitional Technology):

Michael Cobb talks to saxophonist Bill Saxton about the start on his instrument and the lessons he learned in a prison band, about master classes from Pharoah Sanders and playing with Mongo Santamaria and Tito Puente, about his dislike for fusion music in the 1970s and sticking with acoustic jazz, performing with the likes of Roy Haynes, about his residency at St. Nick's Pub that ended when the club was closed, as well as about Bill's Place, a small club on 133rd Street where he continues to perform every Friday and Saturday (The Village Voice). --- Sal Cataldi talks to pianist Harriet Goldberg whose song "My Time to Fly" is being used as hold music by customer services lines from Delta Air Lines, Sagami Railway in Japan to the New York Times, leading to the experience that "when I call my bank and get put on hold (...) it’s my own music that I have to listen to" (New York Times).

Lewis Porter reports about plans for a documentary about John Coltrane to be filmed during some of his concerts in Juan-les-Pins and Paris in 1965 and takes us through a close-reading of an open letter to John Coltrane which the two filmmakers published in Les Cahiers du Jazz, a French publication, in the same year (Playback with Lewis Porter; part 2: Playback with Lewis Porter). --- Jason M. Rubin talks to saxophonist Russ Gershon about studying at Berklee College in the early 1980s, about the idea behind the Either/Orchestra he founded in the mid-1980s, about his fascination with Ethiopian music, as well as about current projects he's involved in (Arts Fuse).


We learned of the passing of journalist and jazz advocate Harriet Choice at age 82 (Jazz Lives), Brazilian pianist Joao Donato at age 88 (TV Globo, JazzWax), vocalist Tony Bennett at age 96 (New York Times, The Honest Broker, The Gig, JazzWax, WBUR, WBGO), broadcaster Frank Cody at age 75 (Radio Insight), Italian singer Lilian Terry at age 92 (Facebook), singer Leny Andrade at age 80 (Globo), Norwegian saxophonist Knut Riisnæs at age 77 (Ballade), British drummer Barry Martyn at age 82 (Barry Martyn Jazz), Belgian pianist Alain Rochette at age 72 (Jazz in Belgium), French guitarist Doudou Cuillerier at age 62 (TSF Jazz), Bulgarian-French pianist Mario Stanchev at age 75 (Le Progres), banjoist Al Stricker at age 87 (St. Louis Post-Dispatch), South African photographer and producer Ian Huntley at age 84 (Sis Gwen Jazz), drummer Michael Baker at age 65 (Duluth News-Tribune), trumpeter Oscar Brashear at age 78 (Jazz on the Tube), Dutch pianist Rob Agerbeek at age 85 (MSN), pianist Lincoln Mayorga at age 86 (Wave Farm), as well as promoter Bobby Minicucci at age 89 (Buffalo News).

From the World of Jazz Research

Aesthetics in Jazz in the 21st Century
The conference 'Aesthetics in Jazz in the 21st Century' is a collaboration between the Institute of Aesthetics in Music, the Jazz Research Institute, both in Graz, Austria, and the IASJ, the International Association of Schools of Jazz located in The Netherlands. Date: 10-11 November 2023, Graz, Austria. (Call for Papers

Jazz Backstory
Monk Rowe, director of the Fillius Jazz Archive at Hamilton College, reminds us of "Jazz Backstory", a podcast series featuring the voices of jazz personalities culled from the 450 interviews gathered for the Archive since 1995 (Jazz Backstory). You can find the interview collection (many of them fully transcribed) on the Hamilton College website (Fillius Jazz Archive).

Last Week at the Jazzinstitut

(New) books we read
Among the books on our desk the last couple of weeks were "Easily Slip Into Another World. A Life in Music", by Henry Threadgill and Brent Hayes Edwards; and "Tokyo Jazz Joints", by Philip Arneill with James Catchpole (see the Jazzinstitut's book review page).

Destination Unknown: The Future of Jazz
Just another reminder of our fall conference plus festival, focusing on "Destination Unknown: The Future of Jazz". Take note of the dates: 27/28-30 September 2023. More information is available here: Destination Unknown as well as on the corresponding blog that outlines some of our own thoughts on the subject. The main conference language will be German.

32nd Darmstadt Jazz Conceptions
This week we are involved in the 32nd Darmstadt Jazz Conceptions, a workshop started in 1992 by the late bassist and composer Jürgen Wuchner. Jürgen conceived the week around the specific musical conceptions jazz artist had in mind, conceptions best perceived and tried out in ensemble settings. On Monday the 48 participants met with the six teachers of this year's edition, tubaist Matthew Bookert, saxophonist Daniel Guggenheim, trombonist Johannes Lauer, percussionist Laura Robles, vibraphonist Taiko Saito and pianist and artistic director Uli Partheil. The formed six ensembles that went right to work. Over the week the ensembles will work with groove and South American rhythms, with the danceability of music, with modern jazz or original compositions, and with free improvisation. Every afternoon one of the teachers tells about his or her musical approach, and every evening there is a session in different venues around the city. Friday and Saturday the musical results will be presented in concert, four of the six ensembles on Friday, the other two plus a concert by the teachers on Saturday. The Jazz Conceptions are fun – should you be close, come on over and enjoy the creative atmosphere! (Jazz Conceptions)

Darmstadt Summer Course + Braxton Conference
Every other year Darmstadt becomes the center of contemporary music discourses. Starting August 5, the Darmstadt Summer Course welcomes more than 400 participants as well as renowned composers and musicians from all over the world to talk about current issues of contemporary music, but also to listen to the music itself, live and in person. We will be there regularly, for example for presentations and concerts presenting the music of George E. Lewis, Tyshawn Sorey or Anthony Braxton. On August 7, George E. Lewis and Harald Kisiedu will present their new book "Composing While Black"; on August 8 and 9 the conference "50+ Years of Creative Music" will deal with the artistic work of Anthony Braxton. Many more lectures, discussions and especially concerts promise two exciting Darmstadt weeks. Should you visit, make sure to visit us as well – the Jazzinstitut is not far from the festival location (program, Darmstädter Ferienkurse).

Current opening hours of the Jazzinstitut
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