Completely unrelated: NPR.org/sxsw. Well, maybe not completely unrelated.
Christian McBride is the guest host of WNYC's Soundcheck late this week. He plays some funk, talks to vocalist Gregory Porter, interviews Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and more.
KMHD in Portland has a blog now, and has been filling it with interviews around the Portland Jazz Festival. Hear talks with Roy Haynes, Ben Williams, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Bill Frisell and more.
Case studies from the Future of Music Coalition's Artist Revenue Streams project have been released. That means you can check out detailed financial situations from a jazz bandleader-composer and sideman who occasionally leads bands. Previously on the subject.
Saxophonist Greg Osby writes on making music that's too complicated for the audience, at The Independent Ear. "What has been normal for me is anything but normal for laypersons and even some learned aficionados," he writes.
American Indians in Idaho have introduced state legislation to recognize Mildred Bailey, an early jazz singer. Bailey is largely remembered as the first white singer to capture blues nuances, though her heritage is partly of the Coeur d'Alene Tribe.
Andrew Cyrille interview at Washington City Paper. How does a great drummer assemble a big band of musicians he's never met? Hire an "interior decorator." (So disappointed I couldn't make this gig, aargh!)
Eddie Palmieri's 75th birthday gig approaches. The Daily News talks to the great Latin jazz pianist.
Profile of Henry Threadgill in Capital New York. The one-of-a-kind saxophonist/composer talks about the "jazz tradition" and also lights up when you mention Beyonce's "Love On Top."
Best jazz of 2012 so far from Howard Reich. "The New Year hasn't yet produced a great jazz recording, but it certainly has yielded several excellent ones, all richly worth exploring," he writes.
Skerik talks to KPLU/Jazz24. The saxophonist often performs with bands named The Dead Kenny Gs and Garage A Trois. Highlights on the Groove Notes blog.
Often interesting to see how a musician in this case, Ethan Iverson reacts to people illegally uploading albums they're on.
On "jazz saviors": Ronan Guilfoyle on "How come every each time jazz is reputedly saved, it's always saved by music that is very far removed from jazz?" (Yes, this is about Esperanza Spalding and Robert Glasper.) A follow-up here.