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.

Charles Gans

profiles pianist Ahmad Jamal
in piece for Associated Press.

Saxophonist Marion Brown died at the age of 79. Kim Heron wrote this obit/tribute for the Metro-Times in Detroit.

A “Slice o’ Life” piece in Minneapolis Star-Tribune

about jazz radio station KBEM and its symbiotic relationship with area high school.

Another heartwarming piece, this one by Holly Hobbs in Fairfax County Times, about a lawyer who raises money for local jazz education program in Fairfax, Virginia.

Prince announces upcoming tour, which will include a few jazz artists such as Cassandra Wilson, Maceo Parker and Esperanza Spalding.

Michael J. West interviews Chicago drummer Mike Reed for Washington City Paper online.

Peter Hum on saxophonist Joel Frahm in piece for the Vancouver Sun.

Dan Ouellette profiles Arturo Sandoval for Billboard in story picked up by Reuters and other wire services.

Martin Johnson profiles Rudresh Mahanthappa and his collaboration with Bunky Green on Apex in piece for Wall Street Journal.

Patrick Jarenwattananon interviews saxophonist and educator Bunky Green for A Blog Supreme on NPR’s web site.

In a story in Harper’s Bazaar, as reported by the Chicago Tribune, First Lady Michelle Obama says that her grandfather was a huge jazz fan and her father installed speaker all over the house in order to listen to music round the clock.

John Fordham profiles British flugelhorn player Kenny Wheeler in The Guardian.

And on the radio this past week:

Alicia Keys on

Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz
, in a show rebroadcast from 2004.

Vijay Iyer on Fresh Air

Chucho Valdes and Richard Galliano in performances from the North Sea Jazz Festival, airing on NPR’s JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater.