This Week in Jazz Blogrolling: November 25 – December 1

Simon White surveys recent jazz-related blogs from the past week

A round-up of the most interesting jazz-related blogs this week, in alphabetical order, because that’s the egalitarian thing to do.

S. Victor Aaronreviews new music from guitarists Pat Martino and Benji Kaplan; Tom Johnson checks out new material from pianist Craig Taborn, and Something Else! ranks its top November articles by page views.

Nate Chinen goes to a Christian McBride + Inside Straight concert, watches new DVDs of two of pop’s reigning divas, and listens to new discs from Javier Colon and the Taylor Ho Bynum Sextet.

Pamela Espeland posts her Twin Cities picks for this week, and anticipates two upcoming concerts featuring Vijay Iyer.

Don Heckman offers up his Picks of the Week, and Mike Finkelstein reviews a new album from blues-rocker Johnny Winter.

Peter Hum evaluates this year’s (slightly abridged) Grammy nominations, asks Craig Pedersen and the Rev. Ernie Fox five questions, and continues his remembrance of Paul Motian with thoughts on some recent albums featuring the drummer.

Howard Mandel looks at the recent trend of conducted orchestral improvisation occupying New York, and expresses disappointment with a review of a new biography of novelist Kurt Vonnegut.

Peter Margasak looks at two new collections of African music, previews a concert from Jerry Lee Lewis, and checks out a new recording from classical pianist Dan Tepfer.

Dean Minderman compiles St. Louis’ jazz shows for the week, and looks forward to upcoming shows from Galactic and Tony Conrad.

Marc Myers conducts an in-depth interview with the prolific pianist-composer Burt Bacharach.

Doug Ramsey collects some odds and ends, enjoys an Indian summer day, and continues his reader-assisted look at artists still performing into their eighth decade.

Patrick Jarenwattanenon posts his weekly Internet highlights, and comments on Jason Moran’s appointment as the artistic advisor for jazz at the Kennedy Center.

Hank Shteamer links to a complete video performance from one of Paul Motian’s less remembered groups, featuring Charlie Haden, Dewey Redman and Baikida Carroll.

Michael Steinman visits the Louis Armstrong House Museum to do some shopping, and suggests a blog on the topic of breath control.

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Christopher Loudon examines the talents of rising vocalist Monika Borzym.

Scott Krane> interviews vanguard guitarist Pat Metheny in Tel Aviv, Israel.

John Moultrie features a video interview with Jeremy Pelt.

Tom Wilmeth recalls a Christmas-time meeting with guitarist Kenny Burrell