By Sam Griffith
This post is probably better titled “Last Month’s Jazz”. We have a lot to catch up here at Dizzyland and we’ll probably be spending a few days discussing everything that we’ve missed in the last month. A lot of great stuff here. Jazz musicians getting older, discussions of the year 2014 in jazz, a great Cannonball Adderley video and a heart-warming story about Mike LeDonne.
- An awesome story about pianist Mike LeDonne and his devotion to his daughter. Feel-good jazz is the best jazz. (via the New York Times)
- This is amazing. I don’t understand it. But it is amazing.
- Ornette has a new album coming out. 84 years old! That’s 167 in jazz musician years!
- Roy Haynes is older than Ornette. Amazing that these guys are still at it.
- Ethan Iverson discusses Frankie Dunlap and John Ore. Great stuff.
- The New York Times summarizes the past year in jazz. I’m not sure what 2014 did for jazz. (via the New York Times).
- Cuba. Essential for jazz and baseball for the last decade.
- Cannonball Adderley teaches young people about jazz. This is amazing. I’m shocked to not be finding out about this until now.
- A review of the film Samba & Jazz.
- A list of the top 50 greatest jazz albums of all-time. These lists are always funny. There are always albums that make these lists that I’m not sure anybody has heard (see Garner, Erroll “Concert By The Sea” at No. 11)
- J.K Simmons talks a little bit about jazz. (via the New York Times)
- Read about the passing of a key figure to the LA Jazz Scene – Billy Berg.
- Awkward conversations with Paul Motion. Sounds like it should have been a web series.
- The 2014 NPR Jazz Critics Poll. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!
- I feel like Glenn Miller’s mysterious death is “solved” every other year.
If we have missed something, let us know! Thanks!