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  1. In honor of what would have been jazz artist and educator David Baker’s 90th birthday today, I’m posting an extended interview that I did with him in 2007. In part one, David talks about the early days of the Indianapolis jazz scene, playing with Wes Montgomery and with George Russell at the Five Spot in New York City, why he had to abandon the trombone for cello, and the beginnings of the jazz-studies program at Indiana University: The Basics Of David Baker: A Conversation, Part One
  2. Ethan Iverson writes at length about a topic definitely in need of more scholarly attention. (Much appreciation to Mark Stryker for his Facebook link, which is how I became aware of the article.) Black Music Teachers In The Era Of Segregation
  3. IU hires Chicago saxophonist Greg Ward

    I don't know if there are any fellow Greg Ward fans here on the board--I feel as if his name has come up before, at least with our Chicago contingent--but Indiana University just announced that he'll be teaching here starting this fall. He'll replace Walter Smith III, who was amazing, but who lives in California with his family and landed a job much closer to home: IU Jacobs School appoints Greg Ward to jazz faculty Really psyched to have him here--I heard him a few years ago with Mike Reed at the Bishop and bought his then-current CD South Side Story. NPR just aired a review of his new album.
  4. David Baker R.I.P.

    Very sorry to report that jazz educator, composer, and trombonist-cellist David Baker has passed away at the age of 84. He was one of the most generous spirits I've ever encountered. More to follow, but here's the WFIU report: Award-winning composer David Baker dies at 84 and a 2010 Night Lights show in which David and I discussed and played recordings of his music: The David Baker Songbook
  5. Hey guys, Some blatant self promotion here, I hope you don't mind... I just wanted to share with you guys that I'm going to be coming out with a downloadable jazz course consisting of audio master class interviews with Bob Mintzer, Dave Liebman, and Bob Sheppard. It also comes with an e-book summarizing the interviews (so you don't have to take notes), as well as an exercise workbook plus some audio examples of the concepts being taught. We go over topics such as coming up with a continuous stream of melodic material, the intervallic approach that gives you that hip "post-Coltrane" sound, mastering jazz harmony, using rhythm, articulation, and phrasing for maximum expression, and a TON of other stuff. Before I launch this thing officially, I am offering a major discount to people who sign up for my mailing list, and if you sign up for the list, you also get free audio masterclass interviews with Ted Nash, Ben Wendel, and Mel Martin, regardless of whether you buy or not. If you'd like to watch a 7-minute mini-documentary/promo with Mintzer, Liebman, and Sheppard and sign up for the list, hop over to [end of pitch] Thanks for reading, and feel free to let me know if you have any questions!