Trombonist Jeff Albert on Ingrid Jensen's workshop at Loyola.
Ted Reichman on the NEC big band's Hollenbeck blowout.
Kris Tiner on his daughter-to-be.
DJ Durutti on Donald Byrd's Blackbyrds.
Mike Bagetta has a blog, which you should read.
Vijay Iyer on the word "jazz" and why many young jazz-trained artists are running from it. Reaction by Daniel Melnick and commentors at Soundslope. I don't think I'm unusual in having a love/hate relationship with the term, but I always feel most possessive of it when somebody tries to snatch it back -- like Ethan said: "I don't think you can have the word 'jazz,' Stanley -- you would make too many people upset if you took it away from them. "
A bunch of Downtown composers are blogging for the NYT, and I can't read them because it's behind the Times Select wall. I'm generally in favor of the Times Select wall as it prevents me from reflexively gaping at their perpetual car wreck of an Op-Ed page -- seriously, Maureen Dowd? Tom Friedman? John Tierney? David Brooks? Guest columns by Ann Althouse? And you want me to pay for that shit sandwich? But The Score blog actually sounds pretty cool. Just not $50/year cool. Plus, you know, it only encourages the aforementioned.