Arnold Jay Smith attends a revue dedicated to the legendary Cafe So-ciety club in New York ( Jazz Vent). — The saxophonist Hayden Chis-holm has been named “improviser in residence” Moers 2015 ( Moers Festival). — Lisa Berlins reports about plans for the jazz and pop ar-chive in Eisenach, Germany ( Thüringische Landeszeitung ).
Martin Johnson reports about a new Ornette Coleman album released with little advance publicity, New Vocabulary, recorded in 2009, with the trumpeter Jordan McLean whom Coleman had heard in the musical “Fela!” and two of his musicians ( Wall Street Journal).
Marc Myers discovers a YouTube recording of the singers Helen Merrill and Billie Holiday sharing You Go to My Head at a private party and he calls Merrill to find out more about the event at Leonard Feather’s Manhattan apartment ( JazzWax). Merrill explains that Holi-day wanted to show her how to finish songs instead of leaving them open, and she relates how Holiday would later have her play in her own Chicago club and come every night to listen.
Frankfurt used to be called Germany’s “jazz capital”. Today the more active jazz scenes may be those of Berlin or Cologne, however, Frank-furt and the state of Hesse continues to have a lively jazz scene. The regional public radio station will focus on the local jazz scenes and their national and international repercussions in interviews, shorter or longer features as well as much music from way back when to the most current projects. The series will look at the beginnings right after the war, at the role of radio for jazz, at jazz education, at ensembles like the hr Bigband or the hr Jazz Ensemble, at musicians like Albert and Emil Mangels-dorff, Heinz Sauer and Volker Kriegel, and at local scenes between Kas-sel in the north and Darmstadt in the south. That’s right, Darmstadt is Hesse, too, so the Jazzinstitut Darmstadt will be mentioned here and there as well.
British pianist-vocalist Jamie Cullum, acclaimed vocalist Cassandra Wilson and New Orleans icon Dr. John are among the artists scheduled to perform at this year’s Newport Jazz Festival. On Jan. 13, festival pro-ducer George Wein announced the lineup for the festival, which will be held July 31–Aug. 2. This year will mark the festival’s 61st anniversary.
Tickets are on sale now. For more information, including full perform-ance schedules and ticket prices, visit the festival’s website.
Lizzie Dearden reports about a fire next door to London’s famous Ronnie Scott’s jazz club ( The Independent). — James Karst reports about newly found documents from the Colored Waifs Home where Louis Armstrong learned to play the cornet as a teenager and juvenile offender as well as documents from the archive of the local newspaper which shed new light on Armstrong’s youth in New Orleans ( New Or-leans Times-Picayune). Ricky Riccardi follows up the story ( The Won-derful World of Louis Armstrong).
We (Jazz Darmstadt) were contacted by the office of John Scheinfeld, the American documentary film maker whose next project is a film about John Coltrane and the impact of his art on ordinary people from all over the world ( Billboard). Scheinfeld is still searching for people around the globe who were influenced by Coltrane’s music, and he searches not just for musicians but anybody who was inspired by Col-trane personally or professionally. Stories can be shared with Scheinfeld on the film’s website ( Coltrane Film).
Jamie Lee Rake talks to the singer Al Jarreau about growing up in a family of jazz fans, about his gospel roots, about his international suc-cess, about his work ethic coming from the German, Swedish and Polish influences of his Wisconsin upbringing, and about the one thing he has-n’t done yet being his next studio project ( Scene Newspaper).
Michael Parsons recalls a 1921 ship wreck near the Irish coast during which 36 people drowned, among them the drummer Peter Robinson and probably eight other members of the 40-piece Southern Synco-pated Orchestra which was aboard on their way to a Dublin concert ( Irish Times). Now, newsreel footage has turned up showing surviving band members .
Richard Jurek remembers a rare vocal performance by Duke Ellington on the occasion of Apollo 11’s historic flight in 1969 – with video ( Air Space Magazine).