Tag Archives: Culture

Beggars’ Banquet: New Music Schemes for New Music Dreams

Over the last decade, we’ve heard a lot about new marketing and funding strategies for music and musicians that were emerging in the age of ubiquitous internet coverage and access. Streaming music and video, Youtube, email lists, artist/group websites and blogs, fanzines, Facebook, digital and hardcopy sales, self-publishing, on-demand publishing, and others. As inexpensive and […]

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No Coda for Coda: Another Jazz Club Closes

Coda, a San Francisco jazz club closes, and Yoshi’s Jazz Club, one of the nation’s most famous and longstanding jazz clubs, is now relying “increasingly” on groups* like Mos Def and Public Enemy (while at the same time receiving millions in public funding). [See full story in the Bay Citizen.] I don’t enjoy delivering bad news about the […]

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Detroit Symphony Orchestra: Strike Up The Band

I’ve heard the marvelous Detroit Symphony Orchestra many times. Each time, I was enthralled by the incredible musicianship in display. There was, however, always something a bit odd about seeing an orchestra at this level in a city that was (when I first saw the orchestra in the late 1970s) clearly in bad shape. How […]

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Lush Life Lost: Toxic Jazz Mythologies

I’d been wanting to see the movie Let’s Get Lost (a film about Chet Baker) for many years. I heard about it when it first came out, but had a hard time finding it on video. I stumbled across it on YouTube, and watched the entire film (in 12 parts). At the same time, a friend […]

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Jazz Robots go Mr. Roboto: When Cats start Copying

A recent Xtranormal video has gone viral in the jazz community (which means all 64,270 of us in the world have watched it). The original, Jazz Robots, is funny and clever, making fun of the non-judgmental, insincere, praise-reflecting (and yet hyper complimentary) contemporary jazz lingo that mixes uncomfortably with the old ’50s hipster talk in a […]

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Music and Politics: Strange Bedfellows Get Stranger

Politics and music often cross paths. Most often, musicians use their celebrity pulpit to stump for candidates or to bring attention to a cause. Politicians, like many others, use music as a marketing tool (think of Clinton’s first campaign with Fleetwood Mac’s Don’t Stop (Thinkin’ About Tomorrow) which was featured prominently throughout as well as […]

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All Dressed Up And Nowhere To Go: Fashion and Marketing in Jazz

Here’s an article from theroot.com that I found interesting entitled “Who Ever Said Jazz Had to Be Drab?”. Not me, and that’s for sure. I didn’t let the dogs out either. The article features 15 “edgy jazz musicians” who are “fashion-forward” and are “rocking” the stage in “decidely 21st-century mode.”  Here are the Jazz Fashionistas: 1. Cassandra Wilson: […]

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C-Jazz Blues: Epitaph for the Calgary Jazz Festival

As a followup to my previous post (“Another one bites the dust”) on the cancellation of the Calgary Jazz Festival: ESTATE SALE: Apparently now it’s time to sell the furniture in a last-ditch effort to squeeze every last penny out of the deceased. I get a queasy feeling reading this–as if they’re digging the gold […]

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Improvisation and the Eternal Ephemeral

A great deal has been said about the reasons that jazz has lost its audience: “It doesn’t swing anymore, and if it doesn’t have that swing quality or characteristic, it doesn’t mean as much as it otherwise would if it had that certain swing to it.” ”You can’t dance to it anymore. I can’t even […]

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Another one bites the dust: Calgary Jazz Festival cancelled

Calgary Jazz Festival Cancelled. This is really sad news.  I attended the Calgary festival several times while living in Alberta, and it was an outstanding jazz event.  Mostly great listening venues, many  world class players, and they also showcased some of the incredible talent from Calgary and Edmonton.

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