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Member Updates: April 2010

Apr 29th, 2010 | By

David R. Adler published a cover story on Pat Metheny’s Orchestrion in the April 2010 issue of JazzTimes. His feature on saxophonist David S. Ware will run in the magazine’s June 2010 issue. He is grateful to be nominated for the 2010 Helen Dance-Robert Palmer Award for Review and Feature Writing.

Forrest Dylan Bryant says a tearful goodbye in … [read more]

Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original

Apr 29th, 2010 | By

Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original
By Robin D.G. Kelley
The Free Press, New York, 2009;
608 pp.; $30 hardcover

Early on in the pages of Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original, Robin D. G. Kelley explains where the name “Thelonious” may have originated. Saint Tillo was a Benedictine monk who … [read more]

JazzFest Berlin

Apr 29th, 2010 | By
Poster for Jazzfest Berlin 2009


How has JazzFest Berlin changed in the last 20 years, since the wall came down? Not all that much, and this is basically true for all of the festival’s 45 years. That’s OK, because its founders pointed it in the right direction in the first place, long before I ever got there. I’ve been lucky — or deranged — … [read more]

A View of Jazz in Turkey

Apr 29th, 2010 | By
Acik Radyo, Turkey

You don’t know where to start when writing about “jazz in your country,” especially if you are addressing an audience unfamiliar with the subject — the subject being Turkey, of course, not jazz. So I’ve decided to strip the story down and start with the single most important institution in my roughly 15-year jazz career and a pretty significant one … [read more]

Introducing JJA News

Apr 29th, 2010 | By
David R. Adler

Dear JJA colleagues,

After many years of producing Jazz Notes, the quarterly publication of the Jazz Journalists Assocation, we are now announcing the launch of JJA News.

This new online venture will take the place of Jazz Notes, yet it will include all the content you’ve come to expect from it — book reviews, stand-alone features and think pieces, a … [read more]

R.I.P.: Deaths in Late 2009

Apr 28th, 2010 | By

Compiled by W. Royal Stokes and Ken Franckling

This is an addendum to R.I.P: Deaths in 2009, which appeared in the Winter 2010 issue of Jazz Notes.

Saxophonist and arranger Willie “Face” Smith; saxophonist, bandleader, writer and broadcaster Jaap Ludeke

Pianist Terry Pollard; pianist and arranger Torrie Zito; pianist, composer, author and educator Charlie Banacos; pianist and educator Consuela Lee… [read more]