Clark Terry turned 93 years old today. He tells Marc Myers that he is playing again despite his failing health. In the winter of his years, he remains an incredible figure in jazz history. There are few people left who have played with Ellington or lived through the early days of bebop, and Terry did both. He was friends with Miles Davis, and is one of the few people Miles has only kind words for in his autobiography:
Cheers to Clark, and many more to come.
The telegram Duke Ellington sent to Jackie Kennedy after the assassination of John F. Kennedy (via Slate)
Thirty-year-old jazz trumpeter Christian Scott (a.k.a. Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah) has garnered both praise from critics and jazz aficionados alike, combining social awareness with progressive compositions
"I don’t want to be the person who has a platform and neglects the things I see in my life and experiences."
"It doesn’t matter if I ever win another award or get to play another major jazz festival in America. I would rather not garner any of those things and speak honestly about the things that I see my people endure in this country and all over the world. It’s 2013, and a lot of this stuff needs to end. One of the projects I’m thinking of is what we’re developing a suite of music for. I’m thinking the title of that next record is going to be called The Emancipation Procrastination. So I’m not done yet.”
Happy birthday to Vijay Iyer, who turns 42 today.
Vijay Iyer Trio: Questions of Agency
For Iyer’s thoughts on the tune, as well as another take on it, go to Destination: OUT