Jazz News & Stories From Around the World

A round-up of this week’s interesting stories about jazz, from around the world

Here are some interesting jazz-related stories and profiles we saw in newspapers, magazines and web sites from all around the world.

Walter Payton, NOLA jazz bassist and educator and father of trumpeter Nicholas Payton, died last week. A fine obit by Keith Spera of the Times-Picayune. Obituaries are best done by a writer who knew the subject.

George Varga breaks story about James Moody and his battle with pancreatic cancer, in a very affecting story for San Diego Union-Tribune.

Calvin Wilson profiles violinist Regina Carter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in connection with upcoming performance in that city.

Another story from George Varga of a jazz and medical nature, writing about David Sanborn playing through the pain of a kidney stone, for the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Larry Blumenfeld on Chucho Valdes’ recent performance at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola in NYC and on the impact of cultural exchange, for the Wall Street Journal.

Review of Wangaretta Festival of Jazz in Australia, by Jessica Nicholas for the Sydney Morning Herald.

And on the radio this past week:

John Murph on The Jazz Passengers and their cover version of “Reunited,” the old R&B song originally done by Peaches & Herb, for NPR’s Song of the Day.

Lara Pellegrinelli on Terri Lyne Carrington’s efforts to produce an all-women jazz project, in piece for NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday.