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

Jae Sinnett jaejazz at yahoo.com
Mon Jul 31 11:17:53 EDT 2006


Here's the public radio business side to this thread........for almost six years I hosted a contemporary jazz fusion show on Monday evenings. Got tons of calls on the show. It included groups and artists such as Vital Information, Scott Henderson, Return To Forever, Planet X, MMW, and a kzillion other "fusion"  and some "jam band" artists and ensembles. During the fundraisers revenue dropped about 80 percent during this show. The average pledge was $35 vs $120 for other parts of my jazz programming - which is acoustic oriented. After budget cuts we no longer could afford to continue airing the show. 
   
  Now considering most public radio outlets don't have advertising budgets - particularly for their music programming and we're non commercial, any loss or drop of revenue is unacceptable. Rick, your passion for this music is shared by many but unfortunately it doesn't translate to $$$ when aired on the radio. I found that strange because these CD's sell like hot cakes and for live shows the audiences are considerably larger but that's the reality. You have some visibility now on this list so since you're on us programmers about presenting a "myopic" format, why don't you share with us some of your programming wisdom that could make fusion more profitable on public radio - since we're the only electronic media outlet likely to even consider presenting it? 
   
  Jae Sinnett
  WHRV FM
  Norfolk VA   

rick <rick at jazzrockworld.com> wrote:
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Hi Ed,

The point was about confinement, closed parameters, limits, boundaries. 

I was trying to make the point that there are many sub-styles of Jazz that
are still played heavily on the radio - EXCEPT for Jazz Rock Fusion. All
around the world Jazz Rock Fusion is considered Jazz, except here. In the
bigger picture Jazz Rock Fusion is the natural next phase of Jazz. 

Just to be even clearer, I'm not referring to popular smooth Jazz, but the
genuinely talented, educated, highly creative, and improvisational based
music made by musicians that embrace the original vibe and groove of the
Jazz Rock pioneers. The perfect example was already mentioned - where would
someone expect to hear the new Adam Holzman Cd if not a Jazz station? All
the musicians I interviewed for my article seemed to agree that real Fusion
is played by Jazz musicians and it's confirmed by its acceptance as Jazz
worldwide, except here. 

What's up with that?

The Question remains...

Best,

Rick

P.S. As a die hard Fusion fan, even I consider some of Miles' electric stuff
a "hard listen" but the genre itself isn't confined to "Dark Funk" as many
have labeled that "Dark Magus", or Hancock's "Mwandishi" period. 




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In a message dated 7/31/2006 12:45:34 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
rick at jazzrockworld.com writes:
<<..

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?..>>

You make it sound like it's intentional, or some sort of conspiracy. Here's
a theory: maybe it has to do with what we like.

Ed




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The Millennial Territory Orchestra is: Steven Bernstein (trumpet, slide trumpet), Ben Allison (bass) Peter Apfelbaum (tenor) Charlie Burnham (violin) Clark Gayton (trombone), Erik Lawrence (baritone, soprano) Matt Munisteri (guitar, banjo, vocal), Ben Perowsky (drums) Doug Wieselman (clarinet, tenor saxophone) and special guest Doug Wamble (guitar, vocal) on ''Signed, Sealed & Delivered''

IN STORES 8/1.

AT RADIO...right...about.....now. Got it? Hope so.

Contact:
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Also check out: www.stevenbernstein.net

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