[JPL] Boston Globe article on "sm**th jazz"

Eric Jackson eric-jackson at comcast.net
Thu Jul 20 18:07:30 EDT 2006

On Thursday 20 July 2006 17:23, Ed Trefzger wrote:

> On Jul 20, 2006, at 5:09 PM, Arturo wrote:
> > Love it or hate it, smooth jazz is here to stay
> >
> > By Sarah Rodman, BOSTON GLOBE
> > Inside Bay Area
> >
> > CALL HIM POP. Call him jazz. Call him, if you must, a smooth
> > operator. But whatever you do, don't call the music that trumpeter
> > Chris Botti makes smooth jazz.
> > "We're not smooth jazz," Botti says, curtly.
> Talk about a can of worms.
> The term "smooth jazz" has been an unfortunate one in many ways.
> Botti is right, I think, when he draws parallels to Chet Baker in his
> recent recording, yet his categorization as a "smooth" artist hurt
> his attention on jazz radio.
> Many folks who disparage smooth jazz might find it benign if it were
> called "instrumental pop" for example.
> Ed

Although nothing from me was included in the article, I was interviewed by the 
writer for about 15 minutes. She told me she might not use anything I said. I 
did tell her that I objected to the name smooth jazz. I said that I thought 
much of the music is much more related to r&b and pop music than to jazz.

Eric Jackson
8 pm - mid Mon - Thurs
WGBH Boston
89.7 FM

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