(aus dem Jazzinstitut Darmstadt)
10 August – 6 September 2023 | Ausgabe 16/2023 (English)

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

... brief news ...

Terry Gross talks to pianist Jason Moran about his research into the music of James Reese Europe and the resulting album "From the Dancehall to the Battlefield" (NPR). --- Philip Freeman listens to and reflects about the music of saxophonist Zoh Amba (Burning Ambulance).

Lewis Porter continues his series on film clips showing Charlie Parker with some "silent seconds" from Bird's 1950 Sweden tour (Playback with Lewis Porter). --- Martin Chilton recounts how jazz influenced poets of the Beat Generations such as Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg (U Discover Music).

Miles Marshall Lewis, Wesley Morris, Niela Orr and Tom Breihan celebrate the 50th anniversary of hip-hop (New York Times Magazine). --- Marcus J. Moore talks to bassist/vocalist Meshell Ndegeocello about sources of inspiration for her music, as well as about her latest album, "The Omnichord Real Book" (Washington Post).

Jessica Wood tells the story behind a pair of unreleased John Coltrane tapes which were found at the New York Public Library's Institute of Sound division (New York Public Library). --- Lewis Porter continues his investigation into the recordings Louis Armstrong made with King Oliver's band in 1923, asking "Who wrote 'Dipper Mouth Blues'?", discussing the different credentials given to Oliver, Armstrong as well as to Lil Hardin/Armstrong over the years (Playback with Lewis Porter). Porter also asks about the concept of improvisation vs. composition in these early recordings (Playback with Lewis Porter).

Ted Gioia remembers when in 1922 Mrs. Martha Lee from Baltimore found all kinds of reasons why jazz was not good the nation's youth and should be banned, just like alcohol during those Prohibition years (The Honest Broker). --- Breanna Palmer talks to pianist Ronnie Fells who after a stroke lost his vision and his desire to play, but who now, with the help from his friends, hopes to get back on stage (The Kansas City Star).

Anna Lofgren talks to keyboardist DJ Harrison and trumpeter Marcus Tenney of the band Butcher Brown, to pianist Matthew Whitaker, as well as to pianist and drummer Julius Rodriguez, all of whom she calls "rising stars at the Newport Jazz Festival (What's Up Newport). --- Beatriz Miranda remembers Brazilian guitarist Bola Sete (The Guardian).

Helena Quarck reports about financial problems of the festival "Em Bebbi sy Jazz" in Basel, Switzerland (BZ Basel). --- Harmony Holiday reflects about her friendship and jazz conversations with cultural theorist, poet and scholar Fred Moten (Los Angeles Times).

On the occasion of 88th birthday, Florence Baeriswyl talks to Swiss saxophonist and electronic music pioneer Bruno Spoerri about his long career between jazz, electronic music and as a commercial composer (SRF). --- Phil Freeman explains why to him Chick Corea's Elektric Band sounds dated (Burning Ambulance).

There is currently no administrative agreement between the German federal government and the state of Berlin for the planned "House of Jazz - Center for Improvised Music" (Deutscher Bundestag). --- Christoph Wagner visits the legendary MPS studio in Villingen in the Black Forest, watches a new documentary by Micha Bojanowski and Sascha Schmidt, and learns that the studio has landmark status but is being regularly used for concerts and recordings (Badische Zeitung).

Demien Vernieri talks to Canadian pianist Amanda Tosoff (Toronto Guardian). --- Russell Gray reports that Rashida Phillips who led the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City, has stepped down to "pursue other interests" (Kansas City Business Journal).

In a very personal essay, Lewis Porter remembers his first visit ever to the Village Vanguard in 1966 and his off-and-on friendship with drummer/lawyer Pete La Roca (Playback with Lewis Porter). --- Veronica Johnson talks to violinist Regina Carter (Model D Media).

Blogger "gsohn" remembers German journalist Reginald Rudorf (Ich sag mal). --- Lewis Porter continues his series on "every film clip Charlie Parker" with comments on the famous Down Beat award clip from 1952 in which Bird and Dizzy Gillespie play "Hot House" (Playback with Lewis Porter [1], Playback with Lewis Porter [2], Playback with Lewis Porter‚ [3]) .

Walter Allen talks to blind saxophonist and teacher Matt Weihmuller (Fox 13 News). --- Kelsi Thorud reports about the Black Cat Jazz Supper Club in San Francisco that decided to start shows earlier in the evening so that their customers can get home before midnight because of street crime in the neighborhood (CBS News).

Neal Broverman talks to saxophonist Dave Koz about playing at the Hollywood Bowl, about headlining a musical cruise, as well as about having stopped dying his hair (Advocate). --- Michael Ernst celebrates German drummer Günter 'Baby' Sommer on his 80th birthday (Musik in Dresden).

Shriram Iyengar talks to Indian singers Vasundhara Vee, Sonia Saigal, Dominique Cerejo, Merlin D'Souza, and Radha Thomas, about the state of jazz in India (Mid-Day). --- Stella Lorenz talks to German pianist and producer Matthias Vogt (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung).

Ted Gioia pleads for more jazz vinyl cafés similar to the jazz kissa in Japan (The Honest Broker). --- Vinnie Sperrazza talks to drummer Josh Dion (Chronicles).

Ted Gioia asks which trumpeters matched up with Louis Armstrong in the 1930s and discusses the artistry of Jabbo Smith, Hot Lips Page, Bubber Miley, Henry Red Allen, Bix Beiderbecke, Frankie Newton, Bunny Berigan, and Roy Eldridge (The Honest Broker). --- Michelle Mercer writes about her experience as a consultant and interview subject for Dorsay Alavi's documentary "Wayne Shorter. Zero Gravity" (Call & Response).


We learned of the passing of German clarinetist Dietrich Geldermacher (Geldern) at age 86 (VRM Trauer), drummer Pete Magadini at age 81 (Facebook: Pete Magadini), promoter Nate Lawrence at age 80 (Our Quad Cities), promoter Robert L. Jones at age 86 (The Ridgefield Press), South African vocalist Sylvia Mdunyelwa at age 74 (The Conversation), French saxophonist Robert Pettinelli at age 97 (France Info), trombonist Curtis Fowlkes at age 73 (Facebook: John Lurie), pianist Lee Evans at age 90 (Jazz Passings), trombonist William Shepherd at age 89 (Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier), Hungarian bassist Mátyás Szandai at age 46 (JazzMa), Swedish trumpeter Bosse Broberg at age 85 (Upsala Nya Fidning), drummer Billy Brooks at age 80 (Der Bund), trombonist Morgan Powell at age 85 (The News-Gazette), Swedish saxophonist Frans Sjöström at age 78 (Bebop Spoken Here), Japanese clarinetist Ryoichi Kawai at age 83 (Jazz Passings), sociologist and pianist Howard S. Becker at age 95 (Deutschlandfunk Kultur), producer Jerry Moss at age 88 (WPXI), artist manager Clarence Avant at age 92 (NPR), trumpeter Tom Williams at age 61 (Washington City Paper), as well as British pianist and composer Peter Dickinson at age 88 (The Telegraph).

From the World of Jazz Research

Eubie Blake's "Shuffle Along"
Klaus Pehl, German clarinetist and researcher of ragtime and early jazz, has published a short study on Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle's show "Shuffle Along" from 1921. He comments on a new edition of the orchestral score, and he provides links to most of the instrumental parts as well as to published sheet music and brass band arrangements of separate songs from the show. It's a veritable treasure trove of historical documents (Klaus Pehl).

Leszek Żądło
Slawek and Ela Heller invited saxophonist Saxophonisten Leszek Żądło in June 2023 for a conversation about his life and music between Poland and Germany. A video of his memories can be viewed online (YouTube).

Louis Armstrong in East Germany
Das Minsk Kunsthaus in Potsdam, Germany, will show an exhibition about Louis Armstrong's East German tour in 1965 and the effect that Satchmo's international success beyond the Iron Curtain had on the trumpeter. The show asks what the discrepancies between Armstrong's popularity all over the world and the continued experience of racism in the United States tell us about the reality of musicians' lives then (and now?). The exhibition, curated by Paola Malavassi and Jason Moran, opens 16 September 2023 and runs through 4 February 2024; a catalogue will be available (Das Minsk).

Last Week at the Jazzinstitut

(New) books we read
Among the books on our desk the last couple of weeks were "De Motu", by Evan Parker; "Jazzklubs und Jazzmusiker in Thüringen 1959-1989. Eigensinn, Aneignung und die Praktiken sozialistischer Kulturpolitik", by Martin Breternitz; as well as "Prehistory of Jazz", by Maximilian Hendler (reviewed by Andy Hamilton) (see the Jazzinstitut's book review page).

Destination Unknown: The Future of Jazz
Only three weeks to go until the 18th Darmstadt Jazzforum from 27-30 September 2023. Final changes and the complete program including bios and abstracts of papers and panels are now online. Here is a brief outline:

Exhibition and pre-opening concert:
We will begin with an exhibition "The All of Everything" at the Jazzinstitut's art gallery and a pre-opening concert by the Karja/Renard/Wandinger Trio at our concert space on Wednesday, 27 September.

Thursday afternoon (28 September) our Lord Mayor Hanno Benz will open the conference. A first session of papers, entitled "Past and Future", will focus on how jazz somehow has always been about its own future, and with a panel asking about whom this music actually reaches and represents. Friday morning (29 September: "Ancient to the Future") presents papers about Afrofuturism as well as about the meaning of "jazz" in today's cultural landscape. The afternoon ("Was wäre wenn? [What if...?]") has a number of musicians' statements about what this music can and could be, as well as a panel about creative spaces. Saturday morning (30 September: "Am Wandel mitwirken" [Participate in change]) gives examples of how musicians can become activists for change. Saturday afternoon ("Es geht ums Ganze!" [It's all or nothing!]) summarizes aspects discussed at the conference and adds some new thoughts about genre, teaching and studying music, ending with a panel about the privilege of being active in this field and the responsibilities that come with it.

Further Concerts:
There will be two more concerts: On Friday evening (29 September) at Centralstation you can hear Athina Kontou and Mother, as well as Jorik Bergman's Julius Eastman Project. The Jazzforum will end on Saturday (30 September) at Bessunger Knabenschule with the trio Les Marquises as well as with Frank Gratkowski's quintet featuring Ingrid Laubrock.

Conference attendance / concert tickets:
Attendance of the conference is free, however, you can help us tremendously if you register on our website. Tickets for the concerts are available at the respective venues (check the box office links on our website). There will be a livestream of the conference available on our YouTube channel.

More info:
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.

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