- Slate's Jody Rosen breaks down NPR's taste in black music.
- On Slate's business website, The Big Money, Kevin Kelleher says it is time for a redesign of US currency. He examines a number of designers' suggestions, including one who puts Duke Ellington on the $20 bill and another who places Billie Holliday on the $1 bill. I like both.
- Nate Chinen on Medeski Martin & Wood.
- Bob Boilen of NPR's All Songs Considered recently lamented that very little jazz seems to interest him lately (This is not a surprise, since every year he laments in retrospective of the lack of compelling jazz releases that year). He recently invited Josh Jackson of WBGO to discuss some of 2009's best jazz albums (so far).
- Via D:O, a collection of Columbia Records jazz album covers at The Birka Jazz Archive.
- Via Nextbop, Christian Scott performs Died In Love. Very haunting.
- Crooner Harry Connick Jr. may or may not be a sellout, but he nonetheless has the decency to explain to a group of Australians exactly why blackface is a vulgar and offensive relic of American popular culture that need not be resurrected for any reason (via Warming Glow).
- Vikram of Twenty Dollars tells us why he loves jazz. Read it.
- Why I love jazz:
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