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What's With This Uncool Surge in Jazz Bashing?

How did jazz lose its position as America’s homegrown musical treasure to lately become a symbol of pretentiousness and 'eat-your-broccoli art'? Jazz doesn’t get much coverage in the mainstream media, and hasn’t for many years. But something strange has happened during the last four months. Over a period of just a few weeks, a host of ...

"Fifteen years of utter bollocks": how a generation’s freeloading has starved creativity

Arguments for digital piracy are drivel – it's high time we steered away from this cultural cliff, argues author Chris Ruen. Driving down civilisation road, it takes effort to grapple with the ramifications of our choices along the way. Out of basic self-interest, we often ignore our own effects upon the world. You throw your rubbish ...

Let's Give a Boost to American Jazz, Too

Lawrence A. Johnson, a music critic who also runs a group of web-based classical-music sites, has had a corker of an idea: He's launched a nonprofit foundation whose purpose is to boost the number of performances of American classical music. Not only will Mr. Johnson's foundation commission new compositions and ensure that they get performed and ...

Here are jazz's 12 most important musicians

Here are jazz's 12 most important musicians

Herbie Hancock — pianist, composer and maker of musical revolutions — is coming to San Francisco this week (May 16-18) for a series of sold-out shows at SFJazz. With his visit in mind, wheels began to turn: Why not create a list of the dozen greatest living jazz musicians? Hancock would be on it; that was ...

What Is the Future of Jazz in New York?

Being a jazz musician in New York City has never been easy. For most of its century-long existence, jazz has gotten by on the margins, and so have those who’ve played it. But the gloomy consensus last night in a panel discussion at the CUNY Graduate Center was that being a jazz musician in the city ...

Crooner, Actress Cynthia Basinet Petitions The United Nations

Crooner, Actress Cynthia Basinet Petitions The United Nations

New York - The Singer, Actress Cynthia Basinet Addressed the United Nations Sixty-eighth General Assembly Fourth Committee on behalf of issues facing the Western Sahara, last Thursday. From the UN official site: “CYNTHIA BASINET, actress, singer and humanitarian advocate, lamented that thousands of people of Western Sahara had lived as refugees, without the opportunity to fully ...

Naples Jazz Orchestra Spared, for Now

Naples Jazz Orchestra Spared, for Now

Tourism is so hot in Naples, Florida that its town council is considering ways to limit traffic and parking issues, including shutting down concerts at the Cambier Park Bandshell, where all of the jazz concerts happen with multiple bands, including the facility's anchor tenant, The Naples Jazz Orchestra, in its fifth season. At a meeting to ...

Listen to Your Listeners

Listen to Your Listeners

By ERIC FELTEN, Wall Street Journal “People who want to play jazz actually outnumber those who enjoy or even tolerate it, let alone pay to hear it." Of all the provocations in a provocative satire of the jazz world, this was the one that seemed to cut deepest. It appeared in an article titled with sly ...

Life, Law and All That Jazz: Using the Art of Improvisation in the Courtroom

Miles Davis' Kind of Blue is one of my desert island, all-time favorite records. I have the album cover for Sketches of Spain framed on my bedroom wall. I played baritone saxophone in my high school jazz band, and if I could learn any skill with the simple press of a button — Matrix-style — I ...

Enough With The Search For A "Jazz Savior"

Enough With The Search For A "Jazz Savior"

Every so often, a barrage of articles and blog posts come out claiming that jazz has found the musician or musicians that are going to “save” jazz. More often than not, these musicians are achieving some current commercial success and popularity among a broad audience outside of the typical “jazz head” community. The newest jazz savior? ...


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