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Pull Your Coat: Jazz News And Links For January 15, 2010

The weekly round-up of interesting jazz links from around the web.

It’s been a sad week of losses and reported losses:

Ed Thigpen, the drummer who along with bassist Ray Brown was part of Oscar Peterson‘s dynamic 1959-66 trio, died on Wednesday.

Clarinetist Dick Johnson, who led the revived Artie Shaw Big Band of the 1980s and 90s, has passed away as well.

Jazz DJ great Ed Beach died on Christmas Day this past December.

Neil Tesser has an article in the New York Times about Chicago’s thriving jazz scene.

For More:

• Read a remembrance from a former student of Ed Thigpen’s.

• Read Finally, the New York Times on Ed Beach’s death.

As always, Marc Myers‘s Jazzwax blog is a daily must-read. Check out his interview with arranger Sammy Nestico (renowned for his knockout charts for Count Basie’s band) and his retrospective piece on Benny Carter’s “Aspects” album. For more about Benny in the 1940s and 50s, see the previous Night Lights program The King at Midpoint.

David Brent Johnson

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, David Brent Johnson moved to Bloomington in 1991. He is an alumnus of Indiana University, and began working with WFIU in 2002. Currently, David serves as jazz producer and systems coordinator at the station. His interests include literature, history, music, writing, and movies.

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