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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).