We would be remiss not to mention the significant election results that usher in this holiday season. With the highest voter turnout since the ‘60s being estimated and an African-American President for the first time in US history, we are witnessing momentous events. Though it will be some time before we see if the promise is fulfilled, anyone reading this gazette should take some solace in the fact that Barack Obama has both an appreciation of the arts and an official policy stand, including increased funding, promoting American artists worldwide, bringing foreign artists to the US and, most importantly, making health care available to the arts community, a topic written about before here.
Something else to take from the election results is an apparent move away from partisanship. Of course, we’ll see how long that lasts once the glow of the election fades but what is clear is that the country has to be tired of the divisiveness of the past 12 years. We in the jazz community should take a page from that book, putting aside genre and scene differences to work together to promote this music. Perhaps with more money, more awareness and renewed awareness of Black America, jazz may enter into a new renaissance. That would be a nice holiday gift.
Speaking of the holidays, in addition to CDs you can buy and concerts to which you can take your loved ones, check out our Holiday Gift Guide (pg. 32-33) for some suggestions this season.
Even though it is getting colder, don’t start hibernating yet. December features performances from Candido (On The Cover), Paquito D’Rivera (Interview) and Ray Anderson (Artist Feature) and the Tribeca Performing Arts Center (Club Profile) is in full swing. As we approach what we can only hope will be a prosperous and (more) peaceful 2009, we thank you, our dear readers, for another year of your support.
Happy Holidays from AllAboutJazz-New York!
Laurence Donohue-Greene & Andrey Henkin
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