A round-up of the most interesting jazz-related blogs this week, in alphabetical order, because that’s the egalitarian thing to do. Encyclopedic pianist Jon Weber’s appointment to NPR’s Piano Jazz segment drew a fair amount of attention.
Pamela Espeland picks her jazz events of the week, and posts an interview with Jon Weber in time for his revival of NPR’s Piano Jazz.
Don Heckman posts his Picks of the Week, and Tony Gieske catches a concert by the Billy Childs Jazz Chamber Ensemble.
Peter Hum checks out new music from Joe Jackson, Welsh pianist Gwilym Simcock, and Kevin Hays. He also takes time to eulogize British piano great Gordon Beck.
Lara Pellegrinelli meets a member of the jazz audience, and Patrick Jarenwattenon examines the multicultural reach of jazz fandom.
Howard Mandel celebrates the music of #West Side Story# in honor of the play’s fiftieth, and converses with reedist Bennie Maupin.
Peter Margasak remembers recently deceased Chicago DJ Richard Pegue, gives some props to twang mercenaries the Dirt Drifters, and finds new music from bass clarinetist Jeff Kimmel.
Dean Minderman breaks down St. Louis’ jazz offerings for the week.
Marc Myers explores composer Neal Hefti’s film score years, and listens to a new Gerry Mulligan CD set.
Doug Ramsey gives birthday shout-outs to the United States Marine Corps, Kenny Burrell, and João Gilberto.
Elliott Sharp celebrates the forty-fifth anniversary of a historic John Coltrane performance at Temple University.
Hank Shteamer anticipates new music from R&B iconoclast Frank Ocean.
S. Victor Aaron reviews new discs by Jake Saslow, Cedar Walton, and Pat Metheny, among others.
Michael Steinman checks out a new album from Echoes of Swing, and catches Duke Heitger’s Swing Band from Jazz at Chatauqua.
Weasel Walter explores the mysteries of so-called “complex music.”
And don’t forget our very own columns/blogs at JazzTimes.com:
Dominic Fragman conducts an extensive interview with Andrew Cyrille.
Sylvia Levine Leitch focuses on jazz community builder Cobi Narita, in her own words.
John Moultrie posts video footage of Wallace Roney discussing innovation and tradition in jazz.