A round-up of the most interesting jazz-related blogs this week, in alphabetical order, because that’s the egalitarian thing to do.
Something Else! offers a trove of lists to round out the year, including contributions from Nick DeRiso, Mark Saleski and S. Victor Aaron.
Nate Chinen holds court with a year-end email conversation on the year’s finest music with Angelika Beener, Aaron Cohen and others, in addition to checking out new music from Bryan and the Haggards and Tony Malaby’s Novela.
Pamela Espeland posts her Twin Cities picks for this week, looks ahead to a Christmas show with the Bad Plus, and tries a “bebopified hat” on for size.
Don Heckman offers up his Picks of the Week, and catches a performance with the husband-wife pair John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey.
Peter Hum eulogizes composer/trombonist Bob Brookmeyer with Petr Cancura’s help, comes up with some gift ideas for jazz bookworms, and compiles his own year-ending list of the year’s best music.
Peter Margasak tells readers where they can find the best (and strangest) holiday music.
Dean Minderman gives up the rundown of St. Louis jazz this week, and offers a video preview of upcoming shows from the Claudia Quintet, Chris Botti and others.
Marc Myers recommends some recently re-released soul singles, and sings the praises of Native American pop artists Redbone.
Doug Ramsey remembers Bob Brookmeyer’s contributions to jazz, and checks out Alan Broadbent’s “short tour.”
Patrick Jarenwattanenon anticipates NPR’s upcoming annual Jazz Piano Christmas radio special, and compiles his favorites from around the jazz Internet.
Hank Shteamer posts a lengthy meditation on his top albums of the year, from heavy metal to free jazz.
Michael Steinman reviews a new book from Judith Schlesinger on the link between genius and mental illness, and presents his holiday gift recommendations for the music lover in your life.
And don’t forget our very own columns/blogs at JazzTimes.com:
Judy Carmichael interviews New Orleans legend Allen Toussaint.
Russ Davis checks out Mike Rivard’s Club d’Elf, a promising young ensemble, in NYC.
Sylvia Levine Leitch speaks to doorman and New Yorker Oliva Le’auanae about his years-long service to the jazz community.
John Moultrie puts up a video interview with Roy Hargrove.
As always, let us know with a Comment below if we’ve missed any noteworthy blogs this week.