I’m back from a wonderful two week honeymoon in Paris. My wife and I spent most of the time exploring neighborhoods, sitting in cafes, eating cheese and baguettes and above all relaxing. A few highlights were our trip to Giverny to see Monet’s gardens, being welcomed into the family by Massimo, Deborah and Fifi at our neighborhood restaurant Croccante, discovering the wonder that is the macaron, seeing Benny Golson play at Duc des Lombards and playing at a jam session at Caveau des Oubliettes, a 12th-century dungeon-cum-jazz club.
I’m just settling back in and trying to catch up with what went down while I was gone. A few things that have caught my attention so far:
- Patrick Jarenwattananon’s Jazz Now series at NPR’s A Blog Supreme, highlighting many great recent jazz releases
- Larry Blumenfeld’s article Wynton Marsalis’s Enduring Opus about Jazz at Lincoln Center, and the great responses from Peter Breslin and Chris Rich
- Matt’s post Just Make Us Look Cool at Twenty Dollars, or more specifically, Vijay Iyer’s responses in the comments section, and Andrew Durkin’s reply
- Alex Rodriguez’s post Is Jazz Finally Over Ken Burns? at his blog Lubricity
- Ethan Iverson’s Interview with Keith Jarrett at Do The Math
- The profile of Sam Rivers that ran on NPR’s Weekend Edition
- Josh Jackson’s conversation with Billy Hart on his show The Checkout on WBGO
- Lily Allen’s rant about file sharing and Dan Bull’s genius response
I’m sure I’ll discover more as I wade through the morass that is my RSS, Twitter and Facebook feeds. Suffice to say the jazz blogosphere has been as entertaining as ever!
I’d also like to say a huge thanks to my guest bloggers, who helped keep this site active and interesting while I was gone. If you missed any of the guest posts please follow the links below.