Thursday, June 21, 2012

News+Happenings: June 21, 2012

Highlights include: 

  • Congratulations are in order for legend Sonny Rollins who was a triple winner this past Wednesday at the annual Jazz Awards, snagging “Musician Of The Year” for the second straight year in a row
  • The Robert Glasper Experiment swung by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to perform their rendition of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit”
  • Radio 2 decided to find out what happens when you get five jazz masters to improvise to Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean"
  • An NPR Intern has caused a stir in the music community with her article “I Never Owned Any Music To Begin With,” resulting in a lengthy retort by David Lowery of Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven on The Trichordist. With a flurry of back and forth happening, SFWeekly & the Huffington Post  decided to jump into the conversation with some food for thought
  • In response to Kurt Ellenberger’s recent blog post, NPR Jazz profiles Six Creative Presenters Finding New Audiences in Jazz
  • SFJAZZ Collective member Miguel Zenón discusses his early influences in jazz with iRockJazz
  • Combine the vocal stylings of 80s R&B star Neneh Cherry with the free jazz rhythms of The Thing and you get a unique collaboration making the rounds on the web
  • Spanish singer Buika is starting to make a reputation for upstaging headliners on stage
  • Ever hear of the Kota Kinabalu Jazz Festival? Us neither, but it happens each June in Borneo

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