(aus dem Jazzinstitut Darmstadt)
9 – 22 November 2023 | Ausgabe 20/2023 (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 ...

In 1933 the university of Gießen, Germany expelled Erich Rosenthal because they only accepted "Non-Aryan students whose fathers had fought in the last war". His letters inspired his son, pianist Ted Rosenthal, to write a 2-hour opera that was premiered at New York's City Opera in 2019 and that now has been a focus for a two-day conference at Gießen University including excerpts from the work being performed by Rosenthal's trio (Frankfurter Rundschau). Axel Cordes attends the concert in Gießen (Gießener Allgemeine). --- Phillip Lutz talks to pianist Sumi Tonooka about her roots in Philadelphia, as well as about her latest composition, "Under the Surface", that reflects on the traumas suffered by her Japanese American mother and African American father (The Philadelphia Inquirer).

Aiden Seratore talks to guitarist and educator Brian Betz about juggling his two careers as a professional musician and a public school teacher (The Whit Online). --- Kim Hornickel talks to German pianist Jan Luleyabout his upcoming 40th stage anniversary, about his fascination with New Orleans, as well as about if you have to ask yourself whether you might want to be a musician that might not be the right job for you (HNA).

Patrick Hinsberger talks to German bassist Lisa Wulff about her approach to practicing and having used drum school method books for practice for a while when traveling by train, about moving between the worlds of jazz and pop, about her time working with clarinetist Rolf Kühn, about the effect of having become a mother two years ago on her way of practicing and organizing her work around this new role, as well as about all the administrative work that goes into her profession aside from just playing the bass (What is Practice). --- Lewis Porter continues his memories of meeting Ornette Coleman with a visit of the saxophonist to Brandeis University in 1985 where he received an award and gave a workshop, a visit for which Porter was selected as host and to oversee Coleman's schedule for the day (Playback with Lewis Porter).

David Sanborn talks to saxophonist Sonny Rollins in the second part of a rare musicians' conversation (WBGO). --- Shaun Brady listens to a new release of pianist Hasaan Ibn Ali recordings from the mid-1960s, including a 13-minute solo version of "After You've Gone", duos with bassist Henry Grimes and with vocalist Muriel Gilliam, as well a trio with Grimes and drummer Kalil Madi (WRTI).

John Edward Hasse remembers composer W.C. Handy on the 150th anniversary of his birth (Wall Street Journal). --- Ethan Iverson reprints an article from 1934 in which Leonard Feather asks four British musicians and Louis Armstrong to choose four records they would bring to the South Pole, and then discusses Armstrong's choices of Duke Ellington's "Ducky Wucky", Fletcher Henderson's "Queer Notions", Don Redman's "Nagasaki", and Jack Hylton's "Ellingtonia" (Transitional Technology).

Jude Rogers talks to British vocalist Norma Winstone about the experience of having a track from her (Azimuth's) album "The Tunnel" from 1977 sampled on "IDGAF", the second most played track from Drake’s UK/US No 1 album, "For All the Dogs" (The Guardian). Riyah Collins (BBC) and Roisin O'Connor (The Independent) report as well. --- Vinnie Sperrazza celebrates drummer Billy Hart with a close look at his first five solo albums (Chronicles).


We learned of the passing of jazz advocate Cobi Narita at age 96 (WBGO), trumpeter Larry Ramirez at age 84 (Legacy), German pianist Thomas Fink at age 88 (Nürnberger Nachrichten), Italian trombonist Dino Pianoat age 93 (Jazz Passings), saxophonist Larry McKenna at age 86 (WRTI), as well as saxophonist Tony Williams at age 92 (WRTI).

From the World of Jazz Research

Gender equality and diversity in jazz
Pauline Schüler has written her master thesis on "gender equality and diversity in jazz. An intersectional perspective on Germany". Part of her thesis is a pageflow presentation that includes excerpts of her interviews with Linda Davis, Erik Leuthäuser, Lucia Cadotsch, Monika Herzig, Gabriele Maurer, and Bettina Bohle (yes, the future director of the Jazzinstitut Darmstadt) (Geschlechtergerechtigkeit Pageflow).

Epistrophy: Call for papers 
The scholarly journal Epistrophy has issued a call for papers for its summer 2024 edition about "Places for jazz in 21st century Europe". The deadline for proposals is 9 February 2024. (Epistrophy call for papers) 

Deutsche Jazzunion
The Deutsche Jazzunion, a powerful advocacy group for musicians in Germany, is looking for a new managing director (Deutsche Jazzunion).

Last Week at the Jazzinstitut

Jazz Awards
We were present both at the award show for harpist Kathrin Pechlof who received the SWR Jazzpreis during a concert in Ludwigshafen and saxophonist Corinna Danzer who received the Hessischer Jazzpreis in Frankfurt. The Jazzinstitut was represented in the juries for both awards.  

The next JazzTalk concert will take place 8 December 2023 at the concert space underneath the Jazzinstitut and feature a special trio of saxophonist Angelika Niescier, cellist Tomeka Reid, and drummer Savannah Harris. The trio has just released their album "Beyond Dragons" that has been selected as "jazz album of the month" by The Guardian. More info and ticket reservation: Jazzinstitut Darmstadt.

Opening hours of the Jazzinstitut
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