1. A lovely obituary on journalist/editor Paul Blair, who passed in December 2011, by W. Royal Stokes, author of Growing Up With Jazz and other books:http://news.jazzjournalists.org/2011/12/paul-blair-1942-2011/
Some new links that are worthy of note:
1. Francesca Biagi, singer, dancer, trumpet player, actress, now has a website: www.francesfollies.com
2. Chrissie Oppedisano, singer, instructor, has a wonderful new book out: http://www.amazon.co.uk/American-Non-Native-Speakers-Carpenter-Oppedisano/dp/1453829377
I am planning to use this book as a textbook and guide in the masterclass I give in Italy, 'English Diction for Singers'. It is wonderful, clear, funny. Well worth a purchase.
3. Andrew Scalise
, my current room-mate, soon to be former room-mate, is a wonderful artist, apparently self-taught and only 21. Here are some of his drawings: http://goonerscalise.deviantart.com/
I jumped the line to sit in when a vocalist sang "Don't Go To Strangers" at the IWJ Festival Jam Session. Glad I did!
: The Gregorio Uribe big band, which I heard last week at Fat Cat (early May 2011). Fabulous use of Colombian rhythms and haunting folk melodies, by a gifted, brilliant musician-leader who also plays what looks like a bandoneon and leads a very swinging Latin jazz big band!