Happy New Year! To kick off 2006, how about highlighting some other jazz blogs? Here's a handful of mp3 blogs that've been established for a while. They have plenty of eye/ear candy to get started:
Straight, No Chaser: Drop in regularly for plenty of tunes by jazz greats along with artists' backgrounds -- a good way to build your collection of "jazz essentials." Weekly podcasts, too.
Xanax Taxi: As he says, it's "jazz, improvisation, fusion, funk and the rest." There's an eclectic selection of tunes, occasional features on differing versions of standards, lotsa info and anecdotes, visual goodies and more.
[Edit: Xanax Taxi has relocated to http://jazz-improvisation-fusion-funk.blogspot.com/. Same cool tunes, new home.]
Some Velvet Blog: This is the blog of renowned triple-A radio maven, Bruce Warren, currently the PD of Philly's WXPN-FM (I'm privileged to say that I worked for him for several years in my college days). He mostly features new sounds from up-and-comers in the triple-A and indie scenes, but you'll find the occasional jazz-related posting, too.
More on the way...