Too much to read about politics, and too much of is too depressing, but both these are really great:
A profound blow to the general coverage of jazz (especially in Detroit, but frankly also nationwide): Mark Stryker is leaving the Detroit Free Press. However, Styker’s forthcoming book on Detroit jazz is sure to be sensational.
Nick Marino has done us all a service with this photo essay in GQ about well-dressed jazz cats.
Jeff McGregor is transcribing solos shortly after they go down at the SmallsLive Education Blog. We are definitely living in the 21st century!
Steve Wallace has been offering valuable blogging about jazz, for example his overview of Carl Perkins. (Skip to “Bounce” for discussion about music.)
This Christopher Niemann excerpt from Sunday Sketching is helpful.
Sarah Weinman seldom offers a personal essay, but The Year of Addition and Subtraction is both sad and musical.
Langdon Clay’s photos of cars in 70’s NYC are my kind of thing. Anika Burgess offers a preview of a forthcoming coffee table book. (I bought two copies, one for a Xmas gift.)
Mark Anthony Neal: Come Back, Chester Himes.
RIP authentic bebopper Hod O’Brien, who I saw about a year or two ago at Mezzrow and still was sounding great. Doug Ramsey reports.
RIP smooth Robert Vaughn. Rod McPhee’s obit is a fun read.
RIP Pauline Oliveros, who was the real deal. Steve Smith is excellent.
RIP Mose Allison. While best known for his later songs I like hearing Mose play bebop piano with Stan Getz, Zoot Sims and others in the 50’s. Mose was also an influence on Keith Jarrett, kind of the “down home white boy” thing. (Paul Motian played with Mose before Keith.) Richard Williams offers an interesting perspective: Nate Chinen’s official report is thorough.
Nate also tweeted a Mose Allison lyric line that sums it all up: “I don’t worry ’bout a thing… ‘Cause I know nothing’s gonna be alright.”