A round-up of the most interesting jazz-related blogs this week, in alphabetical order, because that’s the egalitarian thing to do. Popular topics this week were the 15th annual Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Awards (full list here) and the 2011 DC Jazz Festival.
David Adler posts a feature on Donny McCaslin, an essay on the Parker/Reed duo and the list of JJA Jazz Award winners.
Nate Chinen reviews a triple bill concert at Central Park Summer Stage, Peter Brötzmann at the Vision Festival and looks ahead to an interview with Roscoe Mitchell.
George Colligan interviews Ralph Peterson.
Pamela Espeland on the growth of improvised music in the Twin Cities.
Don Heckman interviews Maria Schneider, reviews the Playboy Jazz Festival and posts his picks of the week.
David Hill on Webster’s addition of the word jazz and Tina Fey’s father.
Peter Hum on Lee Konitz’s health, John Coltrane’s house and the latest stream of Montreal jazz CDs.
Patrick Jarenwattananon and a Blog Supreme on the Rochester Jazz Festival, the DC Jazz Festival, the JJA Jazz Awards and Memphis Blues.
Willard Jenkins discusses “A Night in Treme” – the closing of the DC Jazz Festival.
Fred Kaplan contrasts his picks for Jazz Awards with those of the JJA.
Matt Kassel recounts his experience at the JJA Jazz Awards.
Jim Macnie posts “50 Songs To Get You Through NYC’s Jazz Month”, a Five by Five on Jim Hall and five Derek Bailey quotes.
Dean Minderman on the death of Mae Wheeler, the Jazz at Holmes series and Richard Elliot.
Marc Myers on Frank Sinatra, the JJA Jazz Awards, Dexter Gordon’s tenor battle with Booker Ervin, Art Pepper and Ornette Coleman’s Something Else!!!.
Ted Panken interviews Chick Corea and reviews Orrin Evans’ Freedom.
Doug Ramsey on Prince headlining the Montreal Jazz Festival, Louis Stewart playing a Ray Bryant composition and the JJA Jazz Awards.
Chris Rich discusses traditional jazz and the importance of storytelling.
Hank Shteamer on Milford Graves and free jazz in the studio.
Michael Steinman on Hal Smith’s International Sextet and Ricky Riccardi’s new book about Louis Armstrong’s later years.
Neil Tesser looks ahead to the JJA awards ceremony.