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Around The Jazz Internet: May 4, 2012
Around The Jazz Internet: May 4, 2012 A new profile of Blue Note Records head Don Was, pictured here at the 2009 BMI Country Awards, reveals some interesting signings.
International Jazz Day in review, a conversation with Cecil Taylor and Blue Note's Don Was ... is. More from this week:

  • International Jazz Day concert videos are up. JazzTimes had a writeup. So did Jazz Beyond Jazz.
  • Cecil Taylor in The New York Times. Ben Ratliff sits down with the great pianist for "five hours over two days," and then some with his artistic progeny. There's also a series of Taylor solo and tribute performances coming up soon in New York.
  • Don Was, new head of Blue Note Records, is profiled by Nate Chinen in the Times. Public revelations: The label has signed Wayne Shorter, Terence Blanchard, Derrick Hodge, Jose James, Aaron Neville, Van Morrison. New Ravi Coltrane, Lionel Loueke and Joe Lovano records are in the works.
  • An alternate list of 50 great jazz albums, from Phil Freeman. New, old, both.
  • Cuban pianist Omar Sosa is coming "home" to the San Francisco Bay Area for a gig. Here's a look at how musicians meet musicians and make themselves feel at "home."
  • Dan Morgenstern, eminent jazz critic/historian, speaks with WBGO after retiring from the Institute of Jazz Studies. Also: For a look at some throwbacks, check out "This week in JazzSet history."
  • Three Monk Competition winners, all vocalists, talk about the effect of the award on their careers. This story is actually written by a jazz vocalist for the Washington Post.
  • A new documentary film paints a portrait of jazz in Washington, D.C. right now. A trailer is up.
  • Neneh Cherry (daughter of Don Cherry) and The Thing (Scandinavian free-jazz trio) cover rapper MF Doom. Wild, no?
  • Lessons for all teachers, from jazz-band instructors.
  • JazzWax spoke with composer-arranger Van Alexander.
  • The Jazz Session spoke with guitarist Anders Nilsson and pianist Dan Cray.
  • The Checkout replayed this gig.

Elsewhere at NPR Music:

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