(aus dem Jazzinstitut Darmstadt)
23 November – 6 December 2023 | Ausgabe 21/2023 (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 ...

Nicky Schrire talks to vocalist Ellie Martin (London Jazz News) pianist Kerry Politzer (London Jazz News), and Brazilian vocalist Claudia Villela (London Jazz News) about balancing motherhood and her career in music. --- Andrew Gilbert remembers pianist Willie 'The Lion' Smith as "one of jazz's first Jewish stars". He talks to Mike Lipskin who had studied with Smith, tries to learn more about the pianists's Yiddish language skills and about his Jewish credentials such as being bar mitzvahed or serving as a cantor (The Jewish News of Northern California).

Karen D'Souza talks to pianist and elementary school teacher Guillermo Tejeda about how he uses music in general and the narrative of the Los Angeles jazz scene, particularly to teach about history, race and culture (KQED). --- Lewis Porter listens closely to what Charles Mingus says to Eric Dolphy on stage in 1964 (Playback with Lewis Porter).

Alexander Sebastian talks to Indian singer and multi-instrumentalist Nikhil Mawkin about the band Bollyjazz that revamps old Bollywood songs with original jazz arrangements and how after having been rejected by both lovers of jazz and Bollywood at first now "Bollyjazz is used as the name of a new genre" (New Indian Express). --- Jonas Lohse looks at the long history of jazz in Frankfurt, Germany (part 1: Journal Frankfurt; part 2: Journal Frankfurt).

Bret Primack remembers Morris Levy, co-founder of Roulette Records, founding partner of the Birdland jazz club, but also connected to organized crime and convicted of extortion (Syncopated Justice). --- Composer, drummer, multi-instrumentalist Tyshawn Sorey talks about the categorization of music by distinct genres, about how improvisation and composition are not mutually exclusive and his concept of collaborative modeling, about his role as a composer who has "to take care of a listener while challenging them at the same time", as well as about some current projects he is working on (BMI).

Ian Willoughby talks to Czech pianist Emil Viklický about his road into music and his first introduction to jazz, about studying at Berklee and his fascination with Moravian folk music, about being active in different genres such as film and TV scores or an opera, about a project he did for Wynton Marsalis with texts by Václav Havel, as well as about Japanese writer Haruki Murakami who happens to be a fan of his music (Radio Prague International). --- Gregor Dotzauer attends two evenings and four concerts with Bill Frisell at Elbphilharmonie Hamburg (Tagesspiegel). Tom R. Schulz talked to Frisell in a public "listening session" during those two days (YouTube).

Vinnie Sperrazza celebrates drummer Billy Hart by listening to the 1990s albums (Chronicles). --- Marc Myers talks to trombonist Mike Barone (JazzWax). --- Nate Chinen talks to cornetist Rob Mazurek about André 3000's album "New Blue Sun" as well as about his own new album "Music for Piano and Modular Synthesizer" (The Gig).

Elke Ottenschläger attends workshops that German trumpeter Till Brönner gave for four different school ensembles in Frankfurt (Hessenschau). --- Tim Helssen talks to German saxophonist and musicologist Uwe Steinmetz about the connection between jazz and spirituality, and how either can have an impact on the other (Domradio).

Christian McBride talks to 96-year-old vocalist Sheila Jordan (NPR). --- Lewis Porter re-watches a part from Ken Burns' "Jazz" documentary in which Wynton Marsalis comments on cornetist Freddie Keppard's style, to then show that a little more research into both early cornetists in jazz and Keppard's own recordings might have made a difference (Playback with Lewis Porter).

Christie's auctions off a selection from Quincy Jones' wine collection (Christie's). --- Dwight Garner reads Judith Tick's new biography of Ella Fitzgerald (New York Times). --- Morgan Enos talks to Canadian saxophonist Cory Weeds (London Jazz News).


We learned of the passing of Scottish trombonist George Hewitt at age 89 (The Scotsman), British critic Steve Voce at age 89 (Jazz Journal), saxophonist Mars Williams at age 68 (Chicago Tribune), pianist John Colianni at age 61 (The Press of Atlantic City), Finnish vibraphonist Jukka Haavisto at age 93 (Helsingin Sanomat), Argentine guitarist Horacio Malvicino at age 94 (Clarin), Italian bassist Maurizio Majorana at age 85 (APM News), Welsh guitarist Brian Godding at age 78 (Let It Rock), pianist Roy Gerson at age 64 (Jazz Passings), as well as San Francisco club owner Agonafer Shiferaw at age 71 (The San Francisco Standard).

Last Week at the Jazzinstitut

(New) books we read
Among the books on our desk the last couple of weeks were "Hans Reichel. Daxophonie", edited by Klaus Untiet and Peter Klassen, as well as "The Soundies. A History and Catalog of Jukebox Film Shorts of the 1940s", by Mark Cantor (see the Jazzinstitut's book review page).

Graz in Darmstadt
André Doehring who teaches jazz and popular music research at the University of Music and Performing Arts in our sister city Graz, Austria, visited the Jazzinstitut last week with some of his students to learn about our approach to archiving, networking, and connecting the past of the music with the present of today's discourses (Institut für Jazzforschung, International Society for Jazz Research).

Music and Politics
Tobias Harmeling produced a podcast about whether and how music can move things politically and talked to Yvonne Wasserloos about how music is being used in right-wing circles, to sociologist Martin Seeliger about political aspects in Gangstarap and punk-rock, as well as to the Jazzinstitut's Wolfram Knauer about what in music can be perceived as political (Obigato).

The next JazzTalk concert will take place this Friday, 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 for the concert: Jazzinstitut Darmstadt. Before the concert we will have a finissage/closing for the exhibition "The All of Everything" at the Jazzinstitut's gallery, for which five experts reflected about the future that jazz will be made in, and five artists reacted upon those reflections (The All of Everything).

Opening hours of the Jazzinstitut
The Jazzinstitut is open during our usual hours (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 10am-5pm, Friday 10am-2pm). We also offer research assistance by phone, e-mail or video-call. If you would like to schedule a video call, please send an e-mail to make an appointment and give us an idea what you want to talk about. We will then reply with a link for a Webex video session for your meeting.

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