- George Wein is still going strong. I hope I'll have that much vigor when I'm 65, much less 85!
- Jason Parker reflects on the Grammy Awards and the state of the music industry. He likes where he stands.
- In case you missed it, read Peter Hum's thoughts on competing aesthetics of beauty in jazz, his thought-provoking response to David Hadju's profile of Fred Hersch.
- Dave King of The Bad Plus just released a solo album (you can preview a track at Nextbop), and bandmate Ethan Iverson offers his thoughts on the album.
- Mark Myers continues to kill it over at JazzWax. Check out his recent interviews with Dave Brubeck, Gunther Schuller, and Buddy De Franco.
- If you're interested in the academic side of jazz, do yourself a favor and head on over to Lubricity, where Alex Rodriguez, an M.A. student and trombonist at Rutgers, is blogging with renewed vigor, focusing on "the history of how jazz has been represented in writing." Recently, he reviewed Bruce Boyd Raeburn's New Orleans Style and the Writing of American Jazz History. I recommend this blog highly.
- Christian Scott's Yesterday You Said Tomorrow is becoming one of the most anticipated jazz albums of 2010. Over at Nextbop, Seb has the first review. He also has some nice words for yours truly. Here's Christian playing Died In Love at the 2008 Newport Jazz Festival:
Wein photo via New York Times