[JPL] Jazz isn't dying - culture is dying

rick rick at jazzrockworld.com
Mon Jul 31 00:44:20 EDT 2006

Before I abandon this probe into the business of Jazz, I'd like to ask a
question. Why is Jazz Rock Fusion popular in the UK, Europe, Eastern Europe,
Japan, Australia and not the US? Furthermore, why is Jazz Rock Fusion
considered Jazz in those countries, but not here?

I try to stay in touch with file sharing communities (because that's the
only place to find good Jazz these days) and my interest has yielded some
interesting facts. Many of the live concerts being circulated are not being
stealth recorded in the US but are coming from FM and TV broadcasts in those
countries over-seas. Have you ever tried to convert PAL to NTSC on a home PC
- what a pain!!!

Why are Tribal Tech, Mike Stern, and Joe Zawinul concerts broadcast on hour
long FM and TV shows over-seas, when business for them in the US forced
Tribal Tech to disband, Mike Stern to leave Warner, and Zawinul to retreat
to Austria and make his own Cd's? Has anyone reading this heard:
Joe Zawinul and the WDR Big Band Koln
Théatre Antique, Vienne, France
Jazz à Vienne
July 10th, 2006 
FM broadcast 
(besides me?)

I already know the answer, but still curious as to why the professional
broadcasters in the US are willing to let this kind of thing happen. As Mike
Stern once said: "Europe has culture, the US has agriculture". It's so
ironic that the music comes from here, the musicians come from here, but
they have to earn a living over there. Why is that? Is the US so devoid of
culture that we can't even afford to offer modern Jazz as an option? Why is
the Jazz community here so willing to sacrifice the very principle and
spirit of the Jazz art form and confine itself to acoustic Be-bop and
completely ignore Modern Electric Jazz? Isn't it a little embarrassing to be
without culture? 

Ok, so that was eight questions (actually 10 if you include the two veiled
questions). Sue me...

Rick Calic
Owner: www.jazzrockworld.com
Editor: www.musicmoz.org (Jazz Rock)
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Phone: 650-364-1477



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[mailto:jazzproglist-bounces at jazzweek.com] On Behalf Of Tom Reney
Sent: Sunday, July 30, 2006 5:12 PM
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Subject: [JPL] jazz vital signs


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Re: Jazz Festivals:

I'd suggest that they appear to do well, and are so many in number, because
they attract heavy corporate, civic, philanthropic, and governmental
subsidies.  They're good for the communities that host them, have cultural
cache, offer recreational family fun, and provide these same
sponsoring/subsidizing entities a snappy page in their multi-cultural,
diversity portfolios.  In other words, I wouldn't base an argument on the
commercial vitality of jazz, nor deny the precarious position that it clings
to in the popular culture and on the radio dial, on the numbers of festivals
here or abroad.  I wonder how many jazz festivals would survive if the
subsidies dried up?

I hosted the Litchfield Jazz Festival for eight years.  One telling thing I
can offer this dialogue based on that experience is that CD vendors
complained that festival-goers didn't buy CD's.  

Tom Reney
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