[JPL] RE: jazz roundtable

Jae Sinnett jaejazz at yahoo.com
Thu Aug 10 23:18:30 EDT 2006

Bob, I know you've been on the list long enough to know my core views on this topic but one thing I wanted to mention.......One of the things I've noticed - particularly with many of the younger kids is that they really don't have a "reason" to like jazz. Think about it....With music from their perspective being more visual than aural today....they don't hear it on TV (Certainly not MTV) unless it's a car commericial or something like that....they don't hear it on the radio they listen to and worse yet there's no one they respect telling them why they should. They have to be made to believe this is worth something for them to go and check out. Then you have the issue I always bring up....what happens when they do? Chances are they won't understand what they are hearing for the most part but I guarentee you they will listening differently because now they know this is something important. This is the same with older listnerers as well. 
  When I first heard jazz years ago....honestly....it sounded like a cat and a dog in a garbage can to me - and I was a musician! It wasn't until I had an informed person sit me down and share things about the music that I paid attention. He made me believe the music was worth a $#*^. I listened again....but differently. I still didn't understand it but the fundamental difference was that I really "wanted" to. One good starting place is to find ways to give these young folk a reason to want to hear jazz - without spoon feeding them something watered down to draw them in. I also have my views on this but for another post. This is something I talk about in my clinics in the university and HS systems. Once they're made to believe this is something profound in context and to our history I see a different disposition. This could make a good discussion at some point and I certainly would love to hear others views on this.
  Jae Sinnett
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Thanks for your email.

Yes, it's very obvious to me that jazz radio as we know it, has been headed 
for the boneyard for years. Personally I am very pleased to know that it 
has finally come to this, as it allows(some would say forces) people to 
finally rethink how to present this music. A lot of jazz radio sounds 
pretty tired to me -- not the music, just the presentation.

That's very exciting, as I have a few ideas and no one can say they have 
demonstrably better ones. They don't. I feel that the present situation in 
jazz radio presents anyone with fresh ideas, a little moxie and some 
energy, a unique opportunity to help get jazz radio out of its 
self-inflicted ghetto. This would result in something that would be much 
more helpful to the music itself and to the people who play it.

I'm delighted to acknowedge the problems that are present in jazz radio. The 
Firesign Theater, an improvisational comedy group in LA, had an album out 
years ago that was called, "Everything You Know Is Wrong." It's like that, 
and how cool is that?

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>From: "Fred Wasser" 
>To: jbouille at shawu.edu, rwsfin at hotmail.com
>Subject: jazz roundtable
>Date: Thu, 10 Aug 2006 19:23:51 -0400
>Roundtable: The Future of Jazz Radio
>News & Notes with Ed Gordon, August 10, 2006 · Some experts say the
>jazz radio format is in crisis. Some of the few stations devoted to
>jazz may soon change format. Guests: Suzan Jenkins, president of Jazz
>Alliance International, an industry group; Tom Thomas, president of
>the public radio research firm Station Resource Group; and Don
>Heckman, jazz critic for the Los Angeles Times.


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