This Sunday, June 29, Sam Newsome and I play duo at the Greenwich House Music School as part of the Sound it Out series.
Sincere thanks to everybody who came out for the Billy Hart Quartet this past month. Great gigs!
Now the Tootie Heath-Ethan Iverson-Ben Street (Tootie's Tempo) trio does a little tour in July:
9 Dazzle Jazz (Denver)
10 Dazzle Jazz (Denver)
11 Blue Whale (LA)
12 Blue Whale (LA)
13 Outpost Performance Space (Albuquerque)
And speaking of blogs: Thanks to the Jazz Journalists Association for choosing DTM as blog of the year recently. Naturally, I immediately informed Sarah that she must address me as "lord blogger" (accompanied by a special curtsy) at least once each morning, noon, and night.
In all seriousness, it's a nice honor, although it also seems like jazz blogs (and maybe personal blogs in general?) are in a bit of a slump these days. I've just ruthlessly updated the links page and trimmed away a good deal of dead wood. Many of those left post only infrequently...
Probably bloggers lose heart if they feel like they work in a vacuum. One thing that could help is what A Blog Supreme used to do, a weekly round-up of interesting links.
While working on the update I was pleased to see some recent interesting activity by some who have been on the blogroll for a long time.
Matt Smiley transcribes a whole album of Charlie Haden
Nicholas Payton returns with more about BAM and jazz
Excellent Ted Panken article on Geri Allen
Peter Magarsak has links and commentary about the late Lee Hyla (a very important composer for many members of the Brooklyn jazz scene including Tim Berne, Josh Sinton, and Darcy James Argue)
Sam Newsome remembers Gilles Laheurte
Peter Hum listens to me at the Ottawa jam session (honestly, I started "Move" a bit fast that night)
And, new to the blogroll:
(Another side of my wife's diverse activities is told in her memoir about writing erotica, "Game Face.")
Presumably everyone has already read "The Case for Reparations" by Ta-Nehisi Coates. The Narrative Bibliography is also fascinating. Coates sparred wonderfully with Stephen Colbert and his constant Twitter feed is amusing as well as enlightening. Mr. Coates is clearly the man of the hour.
Forumesque 15 is an opportunity to weigh in on recent posts and anything else in the contents. Factual corrections are welcomed; general questions are fine too. I will close the comments in about a week.
A guest post by Jeff Sultanof is up next on DTM, after which I will take a summer break.