The end of summer at JT means a mad dash to assemble the two books you just received in the time allotted for one. Not the best conditions, yet every year I’m pleased with the results, and think you’ll be too. The October brass-themed issue is packed with truly lucid features, as is the bonus 2008-2009 Jazz Education Guide. You don’t need to know Jamey Aebersold personally to enjoy this supplement: Pieces on jazz programs at historically black colleges and universities, the intersection of conservatory training and jazz instruction, and the apprenticeship tradition could just as well exist in one of our regular editions. And for young Berklee or Juilliard hopefuls, we’ve even got a freshman year survival guide and a clip on making the perfect audition recording. (Please pass those on to the first-chair trumpeter in your nearest high-school combo.)
The impending school season also signifies the unfortunate end of summertime festivals. I made it to San Sebastian, Spain, for the Heineken Jazzaldia events, where the only thing more sublime than the performances was the scenery. Hopefully you got a chance to check out a fest or two: If you didn’t, or if you want to know what JT‘s critics thought of the event you did attend, flip to page 26 for a quick excerpt and then log on to jazztimes.com for full coverage.