NARAS which is the governing organization for the Grammy's has announced today that they have eliminated the Latin Jazz category. Over the years, I have had thoughts that NARAS wouldn't recognize a musical note if it hit them in the face. I have, up until now, given NARAS the benefit of the doubt, but, now they have proved to me and the rest of the global musical world that they don't know what music is or where it comes from.
Latin Jazz is a genre deeply rooted in the history of Jazz and our country. By eliminating it is like telling Tito Puente and Dizzy Gillespie that their musical contributions were worth zilch or less. Excuse me NARAS, but it is due to your lack of knowledge of music that has caused the music business to be in the shape it is today. Please stop telling us that NARAS is giving back by conducting music education programs for the youth of America. What could NARAS possibly be teaching? For sure it isn't Latin Jazz. This is simply insulting to our intelligence and worse it is a prevarication. By eliminated Latin Jazz from the Grammy's proves that you, NARAS, are the cause of the demise.
Sincerely, Randy Klein
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