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Pull Your Coat: Jazz News And Links, Friday December 18, 2009

Miles is kind of honored, ECM is reissuing some cool back-catalogue titles, Michael Steinman hips us to a great online Billie Holiday photo archive, and more.

• The U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution this week commemorating the 50th anniversary of Miles Davis‘ Kind of Blue album. The resolution was passed with unanimous support. Sure beats the heck out of the health-care debate, eh?

Jazz Lives’ Michael Steinman has come across some very interesting online collections of Billie Holiday photographs.

WBEZ-Chicago, home of This American Life, will be broadcasting an excerpt from last week’s Vince Guaraldi Night Lights program as part of a two-hour holiday special.

• There are some great ECM reissues on the way.

• Pianist and composer Carla Bley‘s new Christmas carols CD is well worth checking out. With subtle and lively arrangements throughout, it’s a nice antidote to some of the standard holiday jazz fare. (And if you dig Carla in general, take a listen to the Night Lights show The Carla Bley Songbook, which explores early interpretations of her music by artists such as George Russell and Jimmy Giuffre).

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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