[JPL] Syracuse Jazz Fest

Jim Wilke jwilke123 at comcast.net
Thu Apr 20 21:36:05 EDT 2006

Interesting juxtaposition of messages on JPL ... Kenny Drew Jr's 
comments about "going on strike" because he doesn't want to work $100 
club gigs anymore, and the Syracuse Jazz Fest promotion which doesn't 
name jazz artists.  There may be some, but they're not talking about 

Why is "jazz" such a popular buzz word and yet true jazz artists still 
have to scuffle... while long dead jazz artists enjoy heights of 
popularity they never knew when they were alive... and scuffling?

I'm sure Billie Holiday, for example, would have appreciated the fame 
and sales more during her lifetime.

TV commercials use jazz as bg music, and yet jazz record sales are at 
"record" low levels, and tv considers jazz to be too small an 
attraction to warrant a feature, let alone a series.  (Yes, I know 
about "Legends" but it's scheduled once after midnight on many pbs 

And  "jazz festivals" headline and promote non-jazz performers?

Where did we go wrong?

Happy Jazz Appreciation Month!

Jim Wilke
Jazz After Hours, PRI

>  OK, but where's the jazz?
>  Ron Gill
>   M&T Jazz Fest lineup announced
> Updated: 4/18/2006 8:40:46 AM
> By: News 10 Now Staff
>  The M&T Jazz Fest is set for the first weekend of the summer in late 
> June. Performers from three American cities rich in music history will 
> take the stage at OCC. The headliners were announced yesterday.
>  The event starts Friday, June 23rd with the Sounds of Motown. The 
> night will be headlined by the Funk Brothers from Detroit. They've 
> played background music for countless Motown hits by greats like 
> Stevie Wonder and the Temptations.
>  Saturday night, the music heads south for a "Salute to the Sounds of 
> New Orleans." Dr. John and Lower 911 headline the evening. Dr. John 
> ranks among Luis Armstrong and Fats Domino as distinctive New Orleans 
> voices.
>  On Sunday, the music of Memphis takes over the stage. The Soul 
> Survivors round out the night and the Festival. And along with the 
> music each night, comes food from the respective regions from Ribs and 
> Barbeque to Cajun Cooking. The food and music make for an event 
> everyone's talking about.
> This is the festival's 26th year.

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