National Public Radio has a new jazz blog, called A Blog Supreme: "A Blog Supreme is a running journal -- a Weblog, if you will -- about jazz music and culture, curated by NPR Music staff and its partner station allies. We like almost all kinds of jazz, except the bad kinds, and we like most everything about jazz, except when it stinks. And we aspire to write about this music we love in fun ways that make sense to both the casual listener and the life-long buff."
WBGO has another episode of The Checkout for streaming or downloading: "Saxophonist Joe Lovano talks about his newest recording, and drummer E.J. Strickland makes his recorded debut. Ben Ratliff reviews the new Allen Toussaint recording. Hear a playlist of five songs recorded under pseudonyms."
The Princeton Record Exchange's blog gives a not so fond farewell to New York City's jazz festival: "It’s been clear for a while now that these festivals have everything to do with commerce, and not much to do with art, or the advancement of the music. I know, I know; in this day and age, this sounds Pollyanna-ish, but I believe it is the only criterion worth caring about, worth aspiring to."
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