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.

Martin Johnson profiles Henry Threadgill in the Wall Street Journal.

Matt Schudel talks with Ramsey Lewis about his Proclamation of Home piece dedicated to the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln, for the Washington Post.

In a piece for the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Ramon Antonio Vargas does his best to capture the spirit of the late Herman Leonard, jazz photographer and long-time New Orleans resident, who was recently honored with a memorial service in his adopted hometown.

One of the last full-time jazz writers on a daily newspaper in the U.S., Howard Reich writes about jazz as much as 2-4 times per week for the Chicago Tribune. This past week, he profiled drummer Mike Reed, reviewed a presentation on “Body and Soul” by Victor Goines, and reviewed a performance by Polish jazz musicians.

In the Wall Street Journal, Larry Blumenfeld writes about an interesting album called AfroCubism, produced by Nick Gold and featuring a collaboration between musicians from Cuba and musicians from Africa.

And on the radio this past week:

Randy Weston appeared on NPR’s Talk of the Nation with Neal Conan to talk about his new book, African Rhythms.

JazzSet broadcasted a performance by Tamir Hendelman and his trio.

Singer Catherine Russell appeared on Piano Jazz with guest host Jon Weber.