News + Jazz Darmstadt

Will Friedwald reports on a Harlem theater festival that showcases the pianist and composer J.C. Johnson (Wall Street Journal). David Wie-gand writes about San Francisco’s Jazzschool, its artistic director An-thony Brown, its vocal director Laurie Antonioli, Marcos Silva who teaches Brazilian music, and its book and record shop (San Francisco Chronicle). David Dupont talks to Branford Marsalis (Bowling Green Sentinel-Tribune) and reports about a workshop the saxophonist gave at the University of Bowling Green (Bowling Green Sentinel-Tribune). Howard Reich reviews a concert by Pat Martino at Chicago’s Jazz Showcase and includes a short video excerpt from the concert (Chicago Tribune). Lizzy Denning talks to the saxophonist John Tchicai about John Lennon’s first concert without The Beatles at which he was present at Cambridge University on February 3rd, 1969 (Cambridge News). Tom Keogh talks to former poet laureate Robert Pinsky who wanted to be a jazz musician and discovers jazz like improvisation everywhere in American culture (The Seattle Times). Franziska Buhre talks to the pi-anist Vijay Iyer about having an American childhood and yet having to find his own identity, about Indian culture as family and home, and about what he learned being the house pianist for a California jazz club in the mid 1990s (die tageszeitung).
The Metropole Orkest, which The Guardian calls the world’s largest pop and jazz orchestra, might fall victim to cuts in cultural subsidies by the new Dutch government (The Guardian). The orchestra is part of the Dutch Broadcasting Music Center in Hilversum which also comprises a Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, a Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra, and a huge music library. The Guardian sees the loss of these ensembles as “a massive bodyblow to Holland’s classical scene” but could be felt in England as well as one regularly hears “all of these ensembles thanks to the links in place between Dutch radio and the [BBC]”.
An unusual collaboration on an unusual medium on Pitchfork, Tom Waits’ website: Tom Waits travelled to New Orleans in 2009 to record two tunes with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, “Tootie Ma Was A Big Fine Thing” and “Corrine Died On The Battlefield”, both inspired by Danny Barker’s recordings from 1947. The release will only be a 78 RPM vinyl record. As few people have a record player that still plays 78 RPM records, the record can be ordered with a “custom-made Preserva-tion Hall 78 record player”. The future, we learn, lies in the past