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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).