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Ghost of a Chance: A New Paradigm for Pop Music Success?

I’ve been in Europe since early August as a Fulbright Scholar. Most of that time has been in the beautiful city of Graz, which is in southeast Austria. I am teaching a course at the Jazz Institute at the Kunstuniversität Graz (Graz University of the Arts). As part of this work, I was invited by […]

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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 near ubiquitous internet 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. Using these new tools, […]

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Ghost Story: Something Wicked This Way Comes?

As a jazz musician and composer who grew up in the “classic rock” era, I found myself more attracted to those groups that were working with longer forms, complicated or unpredictable harmonies, meters, and rhythms, and strong musicianship; in other words, I listened to a lot of what we now call “progressive rock.” I still […]

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Bureaucracy ad NAuSeuM: Is The Unaccredited Life Worth Living?

  The National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) is an organization that assesses and accredits music schools and music departments across the United States. Towards that end, NASM develops and articulates general curriculum guidelines for music programs in higher education. Music departments must then adhere to these guidelines if they wish to be accredited, […]

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Golden Age or Gilded Cage?

From Answers.com: “Invariably, the term Golden Age is bestowed retroactively, when the period in question has ended and is compared with what followed in the specific field discussed.” From Wisegeek.com: “A Golden Age is often followed by a decline, where new cultural products are derivative and less inspired and where politics begin to veer off […]

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The Audience and the Educator: A Study in Blue

I’ve written about what I call “the education fallacy” in earlier posts: The solution [to building a sustainable audience base for jazz], we’ve all been told ad nauseum, is “Education! Teach jazz in the schools, and we’ll be creating new audiences and supporters for the future.” This theory rests on a fallacy—namely, that jazz is such […]

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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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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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Jazz in Crisis: Part I

The last few years have been particularly bad for the jazz community. The latest spate of bad tidings began in the spring of 2008, when the International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE) went into a precipitous financial decline, resulting in bankruptcy, shortly after the annual conference in Toronto which lost money. They blamed it on […]

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The MP3 Filesharing Fiesta: Party like it’s $9.99

Universities and college students are also high on the RIAA’s list. Police raids in which computers and hard drives are seized are apparently acceptable at our nation’s institutions of higher learning:

“I thought they were coming in for a drug raid,” said Josh Cavinee, a sophomore at Ohio State University. “They came in, patted me down and made me sit in the corner,” he said. “It’s a good thing we didn’t have drugs here.”

The RIAA is also sending out a record number of “filesharing takedown” (copyright) notices to universities across the country. Their purpose is quite clear as is shown in the heading on a flyer from the Information Technology Division of Texas Tech University informing students of possible RIAA “audits” which reads: “DON’T GET SUED OR IMPRISONED: You can’t afford the long arm of the RIAA.”

Don’t worry about the RIAA’s “long arms”–their “arms” are stumps, having been cut off by technology and consumer choice. There is little to fear from these Luddites who (so far) refuse to acknowledge the death of their monopoly on the production and distribution of music.

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