A how do you do song by Johnny Burke (lyrics) and bassist Bob Haggart (music): intimate friends meeting each other after a while catch up. 'What's New' is their story told from one point of view, our hero's.

The first verse is a compliment; the second the story of the break up, self deprecation on the protagonist's part; and then the curious bathos of the last lines: 'I understand Adieu/Pardon my asking what's new/Of course you couldn't know/I haven't changed, I still love you so'.

Bob Crosby, tune writer Haggart was in his band, did the song early on with a 1938 version as did his famous brother Bing.

Erroll Garner's followed much, 14 years or so, later.

Garner has a fantastic sense of melodrama in his version of the song. It is very visual and full of decoration in an instrumental, solo piano version.

Any great song can be played on nearly any instrument, taste not a factor perhaps sometimes, however. I can't imagine a rendering of 'What's New' on the kazoo given all the goodwill in the world beyond a bit of novelty.

The skill of the instrumentalist is to make the song exist without the crutch of words to paint pictures and these images have to somehow be extremely vivid especially if the song is known to the listener which it often is given the age of some classic jazz standards and the distance of time and if they have been played a lot on the radio or become identified with a singer, say Frank Sinatra or Linda Ronstadt down the years in this instance.

I actually prefer Bags' Wizard of the Vibes version to Erroll Garner's. Its mood is completely different and not just because the melody emerges from the vibes and the counter melody of John Lewis' piano, adding layers of harmonic resource and melodic invention. The Kenny Clarke drum part is jauntier, his brushwork a Picasso, and the bass of Percy Heath is magisterial.

During the 1950s Stan Kenton and Coleman Hawkins delivered versions as did Clifford Brown. The song suits Clifford Brown best of all and this is my overall pick. Listen. It will stop you dead in your tracks and invade you. The song in Brownie's hands has been reborn. It is a stillness.

The song remained popular in the 1960s and versions pile in. Dudley Moore did one worth seeking out as did the great Wynton Kelly.

Let's stop off for a breather by taking Art much, much later; and, then, a 1990s Hammond B3 slow slow version by Joey DeFrancesco to be listened to back to back if you can. That trademark tart reality from Art; super softness and tender elasticity from Joey D show the imagination at work from both. The sheer scope the song allows artists down through the years is remarkable.

 

ACADEMIC RESEARCH
BIRMINGHAM CITY UNIVERSITY http://blogs.bcu.ac.uk/jazzresearchatBCU/ 

COLUMBIA http://jazz.columbia.edu/research/

RHYTHM CHANGES http://www.rhythmchanges.net/

RHYTHMIC MUSIC CONSERVATORY https://www.rmc.dk/en/research

ARCHIVAL 
BRITISH LIBRARY http://bit.ly/2s69P2N 

CHICAGO http://guides.lib.uchicago.edu/chicagojazz

DARMSTADT http://www.jazzinstitut.de/jazznews/?lang=en 

LOUGHTON https://www.nationaljazzarchive.co.uk/blogs 

RUTGERS https://www.libraries.rutgers.edu/jazz

SCHOMBURG https://www.nypl.org/locations/schomburg

US NATIONAL ARCHIVES https://www.archivesfoundation.org/jazz/

UCLA http://bit.ly/2rWRgRe


AUDIOPHILE
FRED KAPLAN http://www.stereophile.com/category/fred-kaplan

VINYL FACTORY https://thevinylfactory.com/?s=jazz   

AVANT
BURNING AMBULANCE https://burningambulance.com/

COMPLETE COMMUNION http://thequietus.com/features/complete-communion

FREE JAZZ BLOG http://www.freejazzblog.org/ 

JAZZ RIGHT NOW https://jazzrightnow.com/

JAZZ WORD http://www.jazzword.com

BOOK PUBLISHERS
EQUINOX https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/jazz/

NORTHWAY http://bit.ly/2qwEuoC

COLLECTORS
LONDON JAZZ COLLECTOR https://londonjazzcollector.wordpress.com/

JAZZ COLLECTOR http://jazzcollector.com/

THE JAZZ RECORD http://www.thejazzrecord.com/

BLUE NOTE JAZZ COLLECTOR http://bluenotejazzcollector.blogspot.co.uk/p/start-here.html

ECM COLLECTOR http://www.ecm-collector.com/php/home.php

COMPETITIONS
MONK http://monkinstitute.org/competition/

BBC YOUNG MUSICIAN: JAZZ http://bbc.in/2rzVFK8

BURGHAUSEN http://www.b-jazz.com/jazzpreis-jazz-award-2017/ 

PETER WHITTINGHAM http://bit.ly/2e33v5m

MUSICIANS’ COMPANY: http://www.wcom.org.uk/awards/jazz-young-musician/

CONFERENCES and EXPOs
JAZZ PROMOTION NETWORK https://jazzpromotionnetwork.org.uk/news/

JAZZ CONNECT www.jazz-connect.org

EUROPE JAZZ NETWORK http://www.europejazz.net/news

JAZZ AHEAD! http://jazzahead.de/en/#news-en


CRITICAL THINKING 
NEW YORKER http://www.newyorker.com/tag/jazz-tag

FILM
SELWYN HARRIS https://www.jazzonfilmrecords.com

DAVID MEEKER filmography http://bit.ly/2qDMEjj

NICOLAS PILLAI https://thedissonantimage.wordpress.com/

SCOTT YANOW http://www.scottyanow.com/

GIGGING JAZZ MUSICIAN ADVICE
JAZZ FUEL https://jazzfuel.com/

HONOURING JAZZ MUSICIANS
NEA JAZZ MASTERS https://www.arts.gov/honors/jazz

ECHO Jazz http://www.echojazz.de

JAZZ FM AWARDS http://www.jazzfmawards.com/

LES VICTOIRES DU JAZZ http://www.lesvictoires.com/

IN LANGUAGES OTHER THAN ENGLISH
JAZZ SPECIAL http://www.jazzspecial.dk/forside/ Danish

CENTRE FOR DANISH JAZZ HISTORY http://www.jazzcentret.dk/ Danish

JAZZISM http://www.jazzism.nl/ Dutch

JAZZ.EE http://www.jazz.ee/?lang=en/rubriik/jazzliit-news Estonian

JAZZ RYTMIT http://jazzrytmit.com/wp/ Finnish 

CITIZEN JAZZ http://www.citizenjazz.com/ French

JAZZ IN LYON http://jazz.lyon-entreprises.com/ French

JAZZ MAGAZINE http://www.jazzmagazine.com/ French

JAZZ THING https://www.jazzthing.de/ German

JAZZ PODIUM http://jazzpodium.de/ German

JAZZ PAGES http://jazzpages.com/ German

JAZZTHETIK http://www.jazzthetik.de/ German

NRW JAZZ http://www.nrwjazz.net/ German

JAZZ IN AUSTRIA http://www.jazzinaustria.at/blog/ German

ONLINE-JAZZ http://www.online-jazz.net/ Italian

MUSICA JAZZ https://www.musicajazz.it/ Italian

SALT PEANUTS http://salt-peanuts.eu/ Norwegian

JAZZ FORUM http://jazzforum.com.pl/ Polish

ORKESTER JOURNALEN http://orkesterjournalen.com/wordpress/ Swedish  

INSTRUMENT FOCUS
GENERAL http://thewoodshedmusic.com/

GENERAL http://www.jazzwisemagazine.com/features/jazzwise-the-player

BASS GUITAR http://bassguitarblog.com/

GUITAR http://dutchbopper.blogspot.co.uk/

DRUMS http://jonmccaslinjazzdrummer.blogspot.co.uk/

SAXOPHONE http://www.jazz-sax.com/

JAZZ JOURNALIST
JAZZ JOURNALIST ASSOCIATION http://news.jazzjournalists.org/

LABEL PRODUCERS/A&Rs/MANAGERS
WULF MULLER https://wulfmuller.wordpress.com/

BABEL http://towerofjazz.blogspot.co.uk/

JEFF LEVENSON http://jefflevenson.com/ 

MUSIC COLLEGE 
BERKLEE http://www.berklee-blogs.com/tag/jazz/

ROYAL ACADEMY OF MUSIC http://www.ram.ac.uk/departments/jazz/news

THE NEW SCHOOL http://blogs.newschool.edu/news/category/schools/college-of-performing-arts/jazz/

MUSEUMS
LOUIS ARMSTRONG HOUSE https://www.louisarmstronghouse.org/

AMERICAN JAZZ MUSEUM https://americanjazzmuseum.org/

SMITHSONIAN http://americanhistory.si.edu/smithsonian-jazz

NATIONAL JAZZ MUSEUM IN HARLEM http://jazzmuseuminharlem.org/

MUSICIAN SUPPORT
HELP MUSICIANS UK https://www.helpmusicians.org.uk/news/blog

JAZZ FOUNDATION OF AMERICA http://jazzfoundation.org/real-stories

NAME WRITERS 
ROB ADAMS http://www.heraldscotland.com/author/profile/73314.Rob_Adams/ 

LARRY APPELBAUM https://larryappelbaum.wordpress.com/

PETER BACON https://thejazzbreakfast.com/ 

CHRIS BARTON http://www.latimes.com/la-bio-chris-barton-staff.html 

JOHN BUNGEY http://journalisted.com/john-bungey 

NATE CHINEN http://wbgo.org/people/nate-chinen#stream/0 

JANE CORNWELL http://www.standard.co.uk/author/jane-cornwell 

CLIVE DAVIS http://bit.ly/2s6ITja 

JOHN FORDHAM https://www.theguardian.com/profile/johnfordham 

WILL FRIEDWALD http://on.wsj.com/2sjk9rr 

DAVE GELLY https://www.theguardian.com/profile/dave-gelly

GARY GIDDINS http://garygiddins.com/

JIM GILCHRIST http://bit.ly/2selLSp 

TED GIOIA http://www.thedailybeast.com/author/ted-gioia 

EVAN HAGA https://muckrack.com/evan-haga-1

SELWYN HARRIS http://bit.ly/2ra2mic

IVAN HEWETT http://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/ivan-hewett/ 

PATRICK HINELY http://www.cadencejazzworld.com/kenny-wheeler-1.html 

MIKE HOBART https://www.ft.com/stream/authorsId/Q0ItMDAwMDI1NA==-QXV0aG9ycw==  

PETER HUM http://ottawacitizen.com/author/peterhum88 

CHRIS INGHAM https://www.chrisingham.co.uk/articlesreviews

JOHN KELMAN https://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/contributor_articles.php?id=398 

ALISON KERR http://www.heraldscotland.com/author/profile/76074.Alison_Kerr/ 

CORMAC LARKIN http://bit.ly/2r9uQZn  

KEVIN LE GENDRE http://journalisted.com/kevin-le-gendre 

JOHN LEWIS https://www.theguardian.com/profile/john-lewis 

MARTIN LONGLEY https://www.theguardian.com/profile/martin-longley 

JIM MACNIE https://lamentforastraightline.wordpress.com/ 

PETER MARGASAK https://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/post-no-bills/

JOHN MURPH https://www.theatlantic.com/author/john-murph/ 

JON NEWEY http://bit.ly/2rLUW9d

STUART NICHOLSON https://stuartnicholson.uk/category/blog/ 

MARCUS O’DAIR http://www.theartsdesk.com/users/marcusodair

IAN PATTERSON https://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/contributor_articles.php?id=4082

BRIAN PRIESTLEY http://www.radiokerry.ie/show/thats-jazz/ 

PETER QUINN http://www.theartsdesk.com/users/peterquinn   

BEN RATLIFF http://benratliff.net/

BOBBY REED http://downbeat.com/site/author/bobby-reed

THOMAS REES http://www.thomasnrees.com/

HOWARD REICH http://trib.in/2sehq1x 

GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO http://nyti.ms/2szDYuG

SEBASTIAN SCOTNEY http://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/sebastian-scotney/  

CHRIS SEARLE https://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/t7be3c0-chris%20searle 

ALYN SHIPTON http://www.alynshipton.co.uk/blog/ 

DANIEL SPICER https://www.thewire.co.uk/about/contributors/daniel-spicer 

SIMON SPILLETT http://www.simonspillett.com/ 

GREG TATE http://www.rollingstone.com/contributor/greg-tate

PETER VACHER https://www.theguardian.com/profile/petervacher 

STEVE VOCE http://www.independent.co.uk/author/steve-voce 

KEVIN WHITEHEAD http://www.npr.org/people/4759982/kevin-whitehead 

RICHARD WILLIAMS https://thebluemoment.com/

VAL WILMER https://www.theguardian.com/profile/val-wilmer

PHOTOGRAPHY
WILLIAM P. GOTTLIEB / LIBRARY OF CONGRESS http://bit.ly/2rF43YN

FRANK STEWART http://www.frankstewartphoto.com

MICHAEL JACKSON http://jackojazz.com/

JAN PERSSON http://www.janperssoncollection.dk/index.html

TIM DICKESON http://www.timdickeson.com/live-music-pictures.html

DAVID SINCLAIR http://www.sinclairjazz.com/

CARL HYDE http://carlhyde.com/

TIM MOTION http://www.timmotion.com/musicians.php

JIMMY KATZ http://www.jimmykatz.com/jazz/

JOHN ABBOTT http://johnabbottphoto.com/

PRINT extension 
DOWNBEAT http://downbeat.com/ 

JAZZWISE http://www.jazzwisemagazine.com

JAZZ TIMES https://jazztimes.com/

JAZZIZ http://jazziz.com/

THE WIRE https://www.thewire.co.uk/news/

ECHOES https://echoesmagazine.co.uk/category/jazz/

JAZZ JOURNAL http://www.jazzjournal.co.uk/

BLUES AND SOUL http://www.bluesandsoul.com/?genre=jazzfusion

CADENCE http://www.cadencejazzworld.com/

RADIO blogs 
WBGO web and FM in New York http://wbgo.org/#stream/0

JAZZ FM, UK dab/web http://www.jazzfm.com/news/music-news/

JAZZ FM, CANADA web/fm locally http://bit.ly/2rit1MM

SCENES
AUSTRALIA http://australianjazz.net

BELGIUM http://www.jazzinbelgium.com/

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND https://thejazzbreakfast.com/

BRADFORD, ENGLAND http://jatpjazz.blogspot.co.uk/p/been-gone-and-wow.html

BRISTOL, ENGLAND https://www.bristol247.com/ search for Tony Benjamin stories

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA http://canberrajazz.net/

DETROIT, USA http://idigjazz.blogspot.co.uk/

DALSTON, EAST LONDON https://dalstonsound.wordpress.com/ 

DUBLIN, http://dublinjazz.ie/

GREECE https://jazzonline.gr/

IRELAND http://www.jazzireland.ie

JAPAN http://www.jazzinjapan.com

LONDON + UK/INTERNATIONAL http://www.londonjazznews.com

MID-WEST + US http://jazzpolice.com

MID-WEST (US) http://www.jazzink.com

NEW YORK CITY http://www.nycjazzrecord.com/

NEW YORK CITY http://revive-music.com/

NORTH-EAST OF ENGLAND http://lance-bebopspokenhere.blogspot.co.uk/

NORTHERN IRELAND https://www.facebook.com/jazznorthernireland/

NORTH OF ENGLAND http://www.northernjazznews.org/

NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND http://bit.ly/2rhHI3z

PAN-AFRICA http://www.africanjazz.info

PAN-EUROPE http://www.jazzineurope.com/

RUSSIA http://www.jazz.ru/eng/

SCOTLAND https://jazzmatters.wordpress.com/ 

St LOUIS, USA http://stljazznotes.blogspot.co.uk

SUSSEX, ENGLAND http://www.sussexjazzmag.com/

UK https://www.theguardian.com/music/musicblog+jazz

UK http://www.telegraph.co.uk/music/jazz/

US http://www.huffingtonpost.com/topic/jazz

STUDIOS
80 HERTZ http://www.80hertz.com/

ARTESUONO http://www.artesuono.it/

AVATAR http://avatarstudios.net/

BAUER https://www.bauerstudios.de/en/

CURTIS SCHWARTZ https://www.curtisschwartzstudio.com/

THE COWSHED http://cowshedstudio.com/

LA BUISSONNE http://www.labuissonne.com/Site/fr/actu_studios.php

LIVINGSTON http://livingstonstudios.co.uk/

REAL WORLD http://realworldstudios.com/

RAINBOW http://rainbowstudio.no/ 

SYSTEMS TWO http://www.systemstwo.com/

TECH JAZZ COLUMNS
KEYBOARD http://www.keyboardmag.com/author/jon%20regen

GUITAR WORLD http://www.guitarworld.com/tags/jazz-guitar-corner

GUITAR PLAYER http://www.guitarplayer.com/content/jazz/1098

VENUES
JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER http://www.jazz.org/blog/

SF JAZZ https://sfjazz.org/onthecorner

VINTAGE FLAVOURS 
JAZZ WAX http://www.jazzwax.com/ 

KEN FRANCKLING http://kenfrancklingjazznotes.blogspot.co.uk/ 

JAZZ LIVES https://jazzlives.wordpress.com/   

JAZZ REPERTORY COMPANY http://www.jazzrep.co.uk/blog

WEB-ONLY GENERAL JAZZ MAGAZINE
ALL ABOUT JAZZ https://www.allaboutjazz.com/