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Why Jazz? NPR Jazz Critic and Author Kevin Whitehead on The New Jazz Thing Monday December 19 2011

Why Jazz? NPR Jazz Critic and Author Kevin Whitehead on The New Jazz Thing Monday December 19 2011
Blog Name: The New Jazz Thing with Vince OutlawAuthor: Vince Outlaw Posted on: December 18, 2011
Why Jazz? A question a lot of us Jazzers get when asked about our passion for the music, it's history, and part in American and World Culture. NPR Jazz Critic and Author of the 2011 book "Why Jazz?" Kevin Whitehead will chat with us on The New Jazz Thing on Monday December 19, 2011 between 7:20 and 7:40 PM PT about that, the stories he covered and his favorites releases of 2011, and a look at what's coming up in for Jazz in 2012.

  • Oxford Press: Why Jazz? Includes a summary and some quotes from reviews of the book.
  • BandDirector review of Why Jazz? including links to audio and video corresponding to parts of the book they are talking about.
  • JazzTimes.com: Kevin Whitehead Jazz Answers and Questions. Lee Mergner does a cool interview with Kevin about the work and explaining Jazz to newer listeners.
  • And here are some of Kevin's favorites for 2011...
    • 2011 best (again & as ever, I’d rather list 10 good ones than try to rank them, so divide the points how you do. three are from the last century. in zedyxical order:) 
      Craig Taborn, Avenging Angel, ECM
      Tyshawn Sorey, Oblique – I, Pi
      São Paulo Underground, Três Cabeças Loucuras, Cuneiform
      Michael Moore Quartet, Amsterdam, Ramboy
      Roscoe Mitchell, Before There Was Sound, Nessa
      Billy Hart, Sixty-Eight, SteepleChase
      Gigi Gryce, Doin’ the Gigi, Uptown
      Ran Blake/Dominique Eade, Whirlpool, Jazz Project
      Tim Berne, Insomnia, Clean Feed
      Ambrose Akinmusire, When the Heart Emerges Glistening, Blue Note

      debut:
      Bryan Hooten, Richmond Love Call (Solo Trombone), Bryan Hooten

      Latin:
      Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Faith, 5Passion

      vocal:
      Ran Blake/Dominique Eade, Whirlpool, Jazz Project

      reissues (no particular order):
      Julius Hemphill, Dogon A.D., International Phonograph
      FMP Im Rückblick - In Retrospect, FMP
      Modern Jazz Quartet, Atlantic Studio Recordings, Mosaic
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