[JPL] Re' Kenny Drew Jr's remarks

Jackson, Bobby Bobby.Jackson at ideastream.org
Mon Apr 10 12:56:19 EDT 2006

Thank you Arturo for your on point, sense of clarity regarding this situation.  I started to address this but didn't have the time or energy. Not much has changed, has it?

I understand your frustration Sarah.  I am saddened by the impending loss of jazz in Chicago.  It will be tough to make a trip to Chicago and not hear it on the FM dial.  I remember driving down the Jersey Turnpike headed back home to New York City during the early eighties looking for the then flagship jazz station WRVR/106.7 FM only to find a Country & Western station in its place.  Thank God for New Jersey based WBGO-FM signal in my hometown.

Speaking of jazz in Chicago, has anyone seen the first installment of Legends of Jazz with Ramsey Lewis on television?  I'm interested in your assessments of it's performance, positive and negative of course.


Bobby Jackson

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Although Kenny makes some valid points it appears to me that his monologue
is partially "sour grapes". Granted, Pop music is now made for the eyes and
not for the ears due to the proliferation of videos which is what sells
music nowadays. The dismissal of current music by elders is nothing new, I
recall reading a quote by Aristotle or another classic Greek figure
bemoaning the end of good music as the new generation was creating music
that was going against the grain. Every generation believes the music they
came up with is the best.

In our world of jazz, it too has always found opposition to new innovations,
there are folks who believe that if jazz doesn't have a banjo it is not jazz
at all. Many swing musicians thought of bebop to be the end of jazz as did
beboppers with the 1960's progressive movement. Pop music lovers of the
1950's signaled the burgeoning rock & roll movement as a "way of lowering
White people to the level of the nigras", heck in the Black communiites of
post WW2, many viewed jump blues and R'n'B as the "devil's music" as they
did with the blues decades before. Rock n rollers thought of rock(without
the roll)in the late 60's and 70's as the end of civilization. Followers of
R n B and soul concluded the world would surely end because funk had taken
over, then came the low point of US music history, disco. Hip hop which is
far different than rap which is not correctly called "rap music" began as an
alternative to the boring, cloroxed, lame disco sound of the mid to late
70's. Hip hop is an extremely creative art form, a recycling of the old
turned into something new. Hip hop's influence dominates today's mainstream
society, it is everywhere, used by those who want nothing to do with the
creators and fans of hip hop to sell, inform or simply communicate with the
masses. Hip hop changed the face of the world, then came the co-opting of
hip hop by the multi-nationals corporations in the late 1980's and early
1990's and turned hip hop into rap promoting the negativity for maximum
appeal through its lowest common denominator. For the most part it was White
suburbanites that made hip hop turning into rap possible, not African

Black music, style, fashion, slang etc has always been the most influential
force of the USA, the saddest part of today's rap scene is that the artists
are allowing themselves to get used for a few carrots that have been dangled
in front of them, the true hip hop artists are still out there, in the
underground, they are not on any major labels or on any of the radio and TV
outlets. Jazz musicians are the true revolutionaries in my opinion as they
defy the majority of artists looking to make big bucks and instead opt for
making an artistic statement instead. Here's some food for thought by the
seminal spoken word group The Last Poets: "The record label is the pimp, the
artist is the ho' and the audience is the trick"

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