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Love to read JazzTimes, but don't want to wait for the mail delivery or watch it stack up? You can cut out the Postal Service as middleman and save paper with the new digital edition of JazzTimes. Canadian and international jazz fans will find it especially appealing - at only $20/yr, those readers will save up to $33/yr over the cost of a print subscription.

And another nice feature? It's free with a paid US subscription or you can opt for digital only. Every digital edition includes all of the print edition's pages, in addition to extra bonus material. It's easy to use, with browse, zoom, and sharing features. Check out the free sample issue here; to subscribe now, click here.

Barbra Streisand Sings at the Village Vanguard

Not since Lorraine Gordon gave Julia Roberts the boot has the Village Vanguard hosted such a mega-celeb: On Saturday, Sept. 26, Barbra Streisand appeared at the famed Greenwich Village haunt to give an exclusive performance for contest winners. According to her official site, this show marked Streisand's first club appearance since 1961, when she visited the Vanguard to open for Miles Davis. The gig coincided with Streisand's new jazz- and cabaret-centered album, entitled Love Is the Answer and released on Sept. 29. The disc features Streisand in collaboration with the Diana Krall quartet and Johnny Mandel. Could this be the beginning of a trend? Bette Midler at the Blue Note perhaps? Or maybe Liza at Jazz Standard?

Festivals Abound in October and November

Most people think of the summer as the prime festival season, but the fall can be just as rewarding. Check out these festivals and other jazz events at the JazzTimes Events Guide:

Oct. 10 - Nov. 21: San Francisco Jazz Festival (San Francisco, CA)
Oct. 16 - Nov. 8: Earshot Jazz (Seattle, WA)
Oct. 18 - Dec. 6: Barcelona Jazz Festival (Barcelona, Spain)
Oct. 22- 25: JacoFest (New York, NY)
Oct. 29 - Nov. 1: Belgrade Jazz Festival (Belgrade, Serbia)
Oct. 30 - Nov. 1: Asian-American Jazz Festival (Los Angeles, CA)
Nov. 3-8: Django Reinhardt NY Jazz Festival (New York, NY)
Nov. 6-8: Cape May Jazz Festival (Cape May, NJ)
Nov. 12-15: Anguilla Tranquility Jazz Festival (Anguilla)

Win a Copy of Joe Lovano: The Cat in The Hat!

Enter here to win a copy of the exquisite book of photos and essays that follow saxophonist Joe Lovano in a series of recordings for Blue Note Records. Featuring photography by longtime JT contributor Jimmy Katz, this coffeetable book also includes a CD of songs hand-picked by Lovano. To enter, send your name, email address, street address, and phone number in an email here with the subject line: Lovano Contest. Submissions will be accepted until December 1. We'll announce the winner in this newsletter and on our website.

Ornette Coleman Kicks Off Jazz at Lincoln Center Season

Bill Milkowski reported from the concert: Considering how Ornette Coleman was so ardently dismissed by some critics and colleagues when he arrived in New York 50 years ago, it must've been extremely gratifying for the 79-year-old jazz revolutionary to receive a hero's welcome upon entering the spacious, sold-out Rose Theater for his Jazz at Lincoln Center debut. With his son Denardo on drums, Tony Falanga on upright bass and Al MacDowell on electric piccolo bass, the Ornette Coleman Quartet exhibited rare chemistry in a 90-minute set that ran the spectrum from Ornette classics like "Peace," "Lonely Woman" and "Turnaround" to the anthemic "Dancing in Your Head" and newer material like "City Living" (from 1996's Sound Museum: Three Women) and "Sleep Talking" (from 2006's Sound Grammar) Click here for more for more of Bill Milkowski's review. Looking for Contributors!

If you fancy yourself a writer or photographer and would like to contribute reviews, articles or photos to, just to go to the community section and register as a user. You can review a CD or performance or do an interview with an artist or post photos from a recent festival or event. The site gets tons of traffic from jazz lovers around the world. Give them something to talk about.

Rashied Ali Dies at 74

Free-jazz fans who attended the Newport jazz fest in early August would've noted a last-minute replacement in By Any Means, the out-jazz supergroup consisting of saxophonist Charles Gayle, bassist William Parker and drummer Rashied Ali. When the gig rolled around it was announced that Ali had suffered a heart attack and would be replaced by his brother Muhammad, a historic avant-garde drummer in his own right. Rashied Ali died recently of a blocked artery at Bellevue Hospital in New York, N.Y. He was 74.

Ali is probably best remembered as the second drummer added to John Coltrane's mid-1960s band, a move that, in addition to the increasingly abstract nature of the saxophonist's music, provoked the exits of pianist McCoy Tyner and drummer Elvin Jones. Ali's arrival into Coltrane's fold, along with that of saxophonist Pharoah Sanders, was a catalyst for one of jazz's great aesthetic divides, ushering in Coltrane's controversial late period. Check out Chris Kelsey's terrific Overdue Ovation on Ali published by JazzTimes.

New PBS Series Latin Music USA Airs This Month

Weary of those Celtic singers and dancers who seem so ubiquitous in the evenings at PBS? We've got some good news. The incredible 4-part series on Latin music is on PBS stations across the country. The series Latin Music USA, with the clever tag line "It's Gonna Move You," incorporates rare or unseen footage, archival photos, live performances and candid interviews, including jazz artists such as Bobby Sanabria. Narrated by Jimmy Smits, the series brings to life the vibrant and diverse musical forms brought to and developed in this country by Latinos. The executive producer is Elizabeth Deane, who was the creator and producer of the 10-part series, Rock & Roll, for which she won a Peabody. Given what we've seen of Latin Music USA, she may need to make some room on the shelf for another little statue. And, if you miss tonight's episode, the airing of the series, or simply want to see it again and again, PBS will be selling the 4-hour series on DVD, starting on October 20. For more information, go to the PBS web site.

Wilco's Nels Cline: His Double Life as Rock & Jazz Guitar Hero

JazzTimes's Nate Chinen reports: As lead guitarist with Wilco since 2004, Nels Cline has appeared prominently on two Top 5 albums and hundreds of concert stages. His value in the group probably can't be overstated, both in terms of solo orchestration and the more cohesive elements of the music. Two years ago, Rolling Stone included him in a roundup of 20 so-called New Guitar Gods, bestowing a fairly accurate epithet: "The Avant Romantic." But whatever his godhead status, Cline is hardly a new arrival….
Read more here or pick up the October issue on newsstands everywhere. Or you can order a back issue at or by calling 1-800-437-5828.

TV Announcer Tim McCarver Releases Vocal Jazz CD in Time For Postseason

As a baseball player, Tim McCarver was beloved by fans for his clutch hitting and solid catching. In his second career as a color announcer for baseball games, McCarver became a more polarizing figure, thrilling some fans with his incisive analysis and commentary, while irritating others with his strained puns and firm grasp of the obvious. However, no one could deny that he had a great voice for TV, and it turns out that he's been doing a little impromptu moonlighting as a singer in piano bars. Now he's recorded an album - Tim McCarver Sings Selections from the Great American Songbook. Although it's not likely to supplant the works of Sinatra in the pantheon of vocal jazz standards, it's not necessarily as bad as his worst critics might wish. The album was produced by Sid Selvidge for Archer Records in Memphis, using noted area session musicians.

Til next time,
Lee Mergner
Editor in Chief
JazzTimes Magazine
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