Jazz News & Notes: Wayne Shorter & Joni Mitchell honored; International Guitar Competition; Christopher Hollyday; music or basketball?

Helping jazzers in need: Wayne Shorter, 86, and Joni Mitchell, 71, were honorees at the Jazz Foundation of America’s third annual benefit in L.A., presented by Quincy Jones on Sunday night Herb Alpert‘s Vibrato Bar and Grill. The event raised more than $165k to help needy musicians. Chaka KhanWendy & Lisa (of the old Prince & the Revolution), and actor Rita Wilson were among the featured performers. The band, led by drummer Steve Jordan, variously included bassists John Patitucci and Larry Klein (one of Joni’s ex-husbands), saxophonist Antoine Roney, guitarist Ray Parker Jr., percussionist Alex Acuna (Shorter’s former Weather Report bandmate), pianist Patrice Rushen, and New Orleans pianist-singer Davell Crawford. More here

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Six-string showdown: 12 young guitarists are competing to win the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz’s International Guitar Competition. Semifinals are Dec. 2 at the Smithsonian, with a judges panel including Pat Metheny, John Scofield, Stanley Jordan, and Russell Malone; three finalists will play the Kennedy Center on Dec. 3, in a concert with saxophonist Bobby Watson, singer Dee Dee Bridgewater and others. Winner gets $30k and a Concord Music recording contract. Guitar was last the focus of the event — formerly the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition in 2005. Nate Chinen reports.

Remember teen sax prodigy Christopher Hollyday? He’s back, and releasing music after a long hiatus mostly focused on teaching and studying.

We talking music or basketball?  “An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that the Salt Lake City Tribune has a full-time jazz reporter. It in fact has two reporters who cover Utah Jazz, the local basketball team.” (reported by the Financial Times, and tweeted by Daniel Brogan: correction of the year?). Here’s a good place to note that few daily newspapers still employ full-time arts reporters — music or otherwise. Yet some of those papers will still have a zillion sports reporters available to cover every time a local NFL, NBA, MLB, or NHL athlete farts. Boo.

 

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