— Congrats to George Avakian. He’s been named one of the eight recipients of The National Endowment for the Arts’ 2010 NEA Jazz Masters Award — the nation’s highest honor in this distinctly American music. The eight recipients will each receive a $25,000 grant award and be publicly honored in an awards ceremony and concert on Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Besides producing some of the finest jazz albums of the 1950s for Columbia, including Miles Davis’s Miles Ahead and Duke Ellington’s Ellington at Newport, he helped establish the 33 1/3 LP as the primary format for the recording industry. He also was the first to produce reissues of long out-of-print jazz recordings.
— Miles Davis Audio: Jools Holland talks to Miles Davis. The conversation (November 14, 1986) lasts just 4 minutes, but it’s a great clip.
— Kind of Blue mentioned, of course, in another look back to 1959 – quite possibly the greatest year in the history of jazz.
— I’d just like to add that I think the above album cover is one of my favorites – of any genre, any artist. I just had to get that on record…