A round-up of the most interesting jazz-related blogs this week, in alphabetical order, because that’s the egalitarian thing to do.
Nate Chinen reviews new discs by Deer Tick and My Brightest Diamond, and assesses CMJ’s jazz offerings.
Pamela Espeland offers her Twin Cities highlights for this week.
Don Heckman posts his Picks of the Week, and Devon Wendell reviews a live DVD by the late Ray Charles.
Peter Hum looks at journeyman drummer Ari Hoenig from a number of perspectives, and goes over some of his favorite “roaring jazz twenty-somethings.”
Patrick Jarenwattananon celebrates Wynton Marsalis’ fiftieth, and explains changes to this year’s Winter Jazzfest in New York.
Howard Mandel laughs with Harry Belafonte, not at him, and announces some good news for the jazz publication world.
Peter Margasak checks out the sonic cinema of Luke Fowler, as well as a new multimedia show by the Fifth House Ensemble.
Marc Masters and Grayson Currin explore the expansive world of field recordings.
Dean Minderman breaks down St. Louis’ jazz offerings for the week, including two upcoming CD releases, and showcases video footage of alto sax player Sherman Irby.
Marc Myers listens to a forgotten live album by the Herb Pomeroy Orchestra, and interviews vocalist Ann Phillips.
Ted Panken celebrates Jimmy Heath’s eighty-fifth birthday with a set of features and interviews, and offers a series of remembrances for Dizzy Gillespie by Sly Hampton, James Moody, and others.
Doug Ramsey addresses the still-growing legacy of recently departed pianist George Shearing, looks into the early life of Paul Desmond, and announces the release of a new Spanish tribute to Miles Davis helmed by Bob Belden.
Hank Shteamer interviews Lou Reed and Lars Ulrich of Metallica about their controversial collaboration.
Nick DeRiso interviews firebrand trumpeter Nicholas Payton, and posts new music reviews by Brian Landrus and Andy Statman, among others.
Michael Steinman makes the case for the talents of vocalist Barbara Jean.