On Friday, Seth Colter Walls made a suggestion on The Awl for NBC programming executives, who are in the middle of a bit of a crisis: Put some jazz on television. His point was obscured at times by a sheepish affectation, but I'll agree with his sentiment: "I was getting pretty excited about the show that somebody could put on TV, if they had the time on hand to hand around to people who know how to spend it."
In other news...
- NYC Winter Jazzfest was a rousing success, according to most observers. Read thoughts on the festival from Ben Ratliff, Nate Chinen, Hank Shteamer, Jim Macnie, Jacob Teichroew, and Alex Rodriguez.
- I've never been shy about my distaste for Richard Nixon, and now I have some new ammunition. So perhaps Wynton is more like Nixon than Reagan, no?
- Jason Crane interviewed the man behind Open Sky Jazz and The Independent Ear, Willard Jenkins, last month. Other recent highlights from The Jazz Session include interviews with Chris Potter and Nathaniel Friedman of the basketball blog Free Darko.
- On A Blog Supreme, Felix Contreras offers to help fill the President's iPod. Later in the week, Matt Wilson penned a remembrance for Ed Thigpen.
- Finally, Matt Merewitz of Fully Altered Media live tweeted some clips from Ethan Iverson and the Respect Sextet's respective sets January 12 at Le Poisson Rouge.
The Respect Sextet playing Furry With A Syringe on Top: