Contemporary Jazz on Twitter in July

I’ve posted over 500 tweets of contemporary jazz news, release dates, and site information on Twitter in the last few months. It’s how I communicate quick contemporary jazz items of interest. In today’s quick-moving world, this is how I get most of my information – through brief, one-sentence notifications. Later, I can go back and read more about something or compose a blog post. Follow my tomorrowjazz tweets on Twitter!

I keep a list of my most recent tweets here on the site, but here are some items you might have missed.

  • Smooth jazz takes another blow as The Weather Channel replaces it with classic rock for Weather on the 8’s.
  • Miroslav Vitous’ new CD honors Weather Report http://is.gd/1oYMf
  • New release from jazz pianist Eldar coming August 25. Called Virtue, it has guests Nicholas Payton and Joshua Redman.
  • Pandora and three others might be ok but that doesn’t mean it’s smooth sailing Internet radio. http://is.gd/1sYhv
  • Mike Stern’s Big Neighborhood out 8/11 w/ Dave Weckl, MMW, Steve Vai, Esperanza Spalding, Eric Johnson, Terri Lyne Carrington, and more.
  • B.B. King calls George Benson “the best guitarist in the world in all kinds of music.” http://is.gd/1yQhp
  • One of today’s greatest jazz composers, Terence Blanchard, releases Choices on August 18th. Recorded in New Orleans. http://is.gd/1zHt7
  • Chuck Owen & The Jazz Surge release The Comet’s Tail: Playing The Compositions of Michael Brecker on 8/11 w/guest stars. http://is.gd/1AYmC
  • Pat Metheny writes about his upcoming “orchestrionics” recording. It’s going to be interesting. http://is.gd/1L7tI
  • Far Out Recordings-Brazilian Music Sampler Free at Amazon MP3 Store. With Marcos Valle, Joyce, Azymuth, Sabrina Malheiros. http://bacn.me/9ja
  • Didn’t know Larry Carlton was joining Steely Dan on six dates during their current tour.

Jazz on Twitter: What You Might Have Missed

I’ve been tweeting on Twitter for a few months now. I find that it’s the easiest and fastest way for me to communicate news and other contemporary jazz items of interest. There is a good community of jazz fans on Twitter. I keep a constant search on for ‘jazz’ and am inspired to see it update so frequently. Even if you filter out tweets mentioning “jazz hands” and “all that jazz,” there is a considerable amount of people talking jazz.

I keep a list of my most recent tweets here on the site, but you might have missed a few things of interest. Among my nearly 350 updates, I’ve reported:

  • New Rick Braun recording, All It Takes, out on July 28. Trumpeter worked w/ Philippe Saisse on it.
  • Savoy Jazz free at Amazon’s MP3 Store today. Includes Bird, Basie, Dizzy, McPartland, and more! http://bit.ly/17jSH7
  • Kind of Bloop: An 8-Bit Tribute to Miles Davis http://bit.ly/YCGaR
  • Join Joyce Cooling’s Walk Team in San Francisco on May 30. Benefits Natl Assc. on Mental Illness. http://is.gd/ztad
  • Most viewed Legends of Jazz video on YouTube: Marcus Miller, George Duke, Lee Ritenour on “Panther”. cool. http://bit.ly/O2eSE
  • Jazziz magazine celebrates 25 years. I really enjoyed that magazine over 15 years ago. They’re celebrating w/ a cruise: http://is.gd/vpFq
  • Next release from Maysa will be a live recording. Good article on her at http://bit.ly/148r38

Twitter isn’t a fad. It’s here to stay and I’m happy to have this way to share information. Follow me!