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This Week in Jazz Blogs: 9/17-22

Simon White rounds up jazz-related blogs from the past week

Sonny Rollins with Bob Cranshaw in performance at 2011 Monterey Jazz Festival

A round-up of the most interesting jazz-related blogs this week, in alphabetical order, because that’s the egalitarian thing to do. The last notes of the 54th Monterey Jazz Festival, with marathon sets from Sonny Rollins and Joshua Redman among others, could still be heard reverberating in many online forums.

Nate Chinen discusses Tuesday’s crop of piano-duo albums, from Chick Corea and Stefano Bollani, and Brad Mehldau with Kevin Hays.

George Colligan muses on the one-off gig, and shares some of his own recent one-off highlights with Ari Hoenig and Don Byron, among others.

Pamela Espeland posts a conversation with NPR’s Patrick Jarenwattananon wrapping up the 2011 Monterey Jazz Festival.

Don Heckman posts his Picks of the Week, and Michael Katz catches the 2011 Monterey Jazz Festival.

Peter Hum continues his list of 2011’s hot alto sax releases, and asks Vince Rimbach and Garry Elliott about the music of Bill Evans.

A Blog Supreme offers its coverage of the 54th Monterey Jazz Festival.

Fred Kaplan reviews Sonny Rollins’ new live album Road Shows, Vol. 2.

Jim Macnie eulogizes monolithic alternative-rock band R.E.M.

Howard Mandel discusses jazz and new music’s life in New York City post-September 11th, and congratulates Dafnis Prieto on his MacArthur fellowship.

Peter Margasak spotlights the International Beethoven Project, and recommends a performance from Polish free-jazzers Mikrolektyw.

Dean Minderman previews St. Louis’ inaugural U City Jazz Festival.

Marc Myers listens to the funk in Johnny “Hammond” Smith, and the persuasive trombone of Urbie Green.

Ted Panken links to an interview with guitarist Stanley Jordan, and blindfold-tests Randy Brecker on his taste in trumpeters.

Doug Ramsey eulogizes jazz historian Frank Driggs, and reviews a performance by Pat Metheny and Larry Grenadier.

Hank Shteamer chats with Black Flag drummer Bill Stevenson on his free-jazz influences, and reviews the “Big Four” of thrash metal in concert at Yankee Stadium.

Michael Steinman posts some rare photographs of Louis Armstrong and Maxine Sullivan.

Jacob Teichroew interviews trombonist Ryan Keberle, and drummer Harris Eisenstadt.

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Russ Davis hangs with the Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey at the Montreal Jazz Festival.

Christopher Loudon describes Broadway vocalist Melissa Errico’s journey to the creation of her new album, Legrand Affair.

Julian Lage salutes his intrepid jazz guitar contemporaries.

Stuart Brinin shares his photography from the 2011 Monterey Jazz Festival.

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