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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 June to his radio show, “No Cover, No Minimum,” which has run on Stanford University’s KZSU-FM since 1999. But he hopes the newly found free time will enable him to do more magazine writing and independent blogging. Forrest covered the Portland Jazz Festival for JazzTimes in February.

Rusty Hassan was recruited to teach undergraduate jazz history at Georgetown University for the spring 2010 semester. It was a homecoming for Rusty, who started his broadcasting career as an undergraduate on the student-run station WGTB-FM 45 years ago. The program was “Emphasis On Jazz.” (In the 1970s, JJA member W. Royal Stokes had two programs on the station, “I Thought I Heard Buddy Bolden Say” and “Since Minton’s.”) The station is long gone but the music and arts program at Georgetown is stronger than ever. Rusty also recently interviewed guitarist Gene Bertoncini and pianist Johnny O’Neal on his WPFW-FM radio show.

Thomas Jacobsen reviewed Ron Hockett’s CD Finally Ron for the December issue of The Clarinet. His December column (“The Jazz Scene”) in The Clarinet was devoted to players who appeared at last spring’s 40th anniversary New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Anat Cohen was perhaps the most notable, with impressive performances on two successive days, April 30 and May 1. In addition, Thomas is the process of completing a book tentatively titled New Orleans Jazz, One Hundred Years Later.

Fran Kaufman had the honor of a five-page Tony Mottola feature, “From Moment to Moment: The Photography of Fran Kaufman,” the cover story in the January 2010 issue of Jersey Jazz Journal. Eight of Fran’s photographs accompanied a feature on the WBGO Gala at Jazz At Lincoln Center in the January issue of Down Beat as well.

John McDonough was invited by Victor Goines, Chairman of the Jazz Studies Department at Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois), to join the Northwestern faculty as a teacher of jazz history. John’s appointment was effective September 2009. Other members of the Northwestern jazz department include Carlos Henriquez, Chris Madsen, Peter Martin, Elliot Mason, John Moulder, Don Owens and Herlin Riley.

Roberta Piket, jazz pianist/composer, recently recorded several new arrangements for four strings, four horns and rhythm section. She returned to Europe at the end of February, performing in Germany and Luxembourg with Roby Glod, Klaus Kugel and Mark Tokar. See robertajazz.com/itinerary.html for more details.

W. Royal Stokes amid part of the book collection he has donated to the Felix E. Grant Jazz Archives at the University of the District of Columbia. Photo by Erika Else.

W. Royal Stokes has donated 2000 books on jazz, blues, and popular music and 3500 mostly jazz CDs to the Felix E. Grant Jazz Archives at the University of the District of Columbia, the only jazz archives that is part of a historically black college. The materials, to be known as The W. Royal Stokes Collection, will not circulate and may be used only in the archives, which are open to the public. At a later date, UDC will host a jazz forum, with Royal on the panel of participants, to help in understanding the collection and its donor.

Carol Sudhalter toured Italy on the strength of her new CD Carol Sudhalter: The Octave Tunes (Alfa Music) for the entire month of February, covering towns from the deep south (Taranto) to the far north. She also gave several master classes (in Italian), both in jazz flute and in English diction for singers. Carol has also translated a long and very difficult book Il Mistero della Cupola di Brunelleschi (The Mystery of Brunelleschi’s Dome), published by Angelo Pontecorboli, on the subject of the dome of the cathedral in Florence.

John R. Tumpak appeared on the Big Band Breakfast Club show on Denver radio station KEZW-AM, November 13, 2009, to discuss the careers of Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller.

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