My posting will probably slow down for a few days (although I hope to get at least one post out while in NYC, hopefully from some great jazz club so it will be short as I'll be writing it on my phone. So let's Take Five:
- As NY writer Larry Blumenfeld notes in the post "more change we can believe in" on his blog ListenGood, no Cuban musician who has shown an intention to return to the island has been able to enter the U.S. since 2003. The post links to more information about the policy and what you can do. Heck, I bet dollars to donuts that Bush didn't even like jazz. Obama had Marsalis in the White House on Inaugural night. Let's hope that O ends this silly policy that has deprived the U.S. of hearing this wonderful music again. Listen Good focuses on New Orleans and how its musical culture is trying struggling to survive, as well as live music in New York and elsewhere.
- David Hill is writing over at Hot House, a blog dedicated to jazz criticism where he is "building a catalogue of critical writings, discussing jazz of many eras, reviewing books and new albums that come out, and trying to find an answer to the eternal question, 'What is jazz?'"
- The Jazzarific site is dedicated to true jazz lovers and proclaims itself as "your one-stop resource for online jazz music and information on jazz artists and jazz monuments." It's also the home of the Jazz Vinyl Podcast.
- They're listing the headliners for the 2009 Freihofer’s Jazz Festival at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center on the Creative Capital blog over at the Albany Times Union. We have to wait a couple more months before the Rochester International Jazz Festival releases its lineup.
- The incomparable Ella Fitzgerald singing Misty with the Tommy Flanagan Trio around 1965 in London.
So take five and explore. Let me know what you think in the comments ....There will be five more next week.