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

rick rick at jazzrockworld.com
Mon Jul 31 11:22:02 EDT 2006

Hi Ed,

Based on the Videos that I've downloaded that were broadcast on TV, the
audience seems to be mixed rather well. The other important thing to
consider is that these videos and concerts are not being played in small
clubs, but larger venues (1,500?) They love this stuff over there. 

Maybe it's the fact that people over there put more emphasis or simply
appreciate "the arts" more than we do here. I'm not sure, but I don't think
Opera is going anywhere fast in the US, or any of the other major art forms
for that matter. 

It just seems so strange that it comes from here, but it's accepted and
appreciated there. 

I'm not a media expert by any means and couldn't begin to imagine what would
come first in appreciation of a musical art form, radio play, magazine
articles, TV shows? On the other hand it would make sense that when it comes
to music, if people heard it on the radio, they'd talk about it and then
write about it. 

One thing I do know for sure because I'm in touch with them, is there are
young kids over there, one group in particular from Russia called Njazz,
that really enjoy and embrace the fusion thing. The leader of the band just
emailed me telling me how proud he was to have finished school so he could
focus on the band. So, it's not just the old folks like me. 



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In a message dated 7/31/2006 10:26:08 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
rick at jazzrockworld.com writes:

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...

It may be worthwhile exploring the age of the fans. In the U.S., perhaps
the Jazz audience is suffering the same phenomenon as classical: we're
getting gray-er, so to speak. I believe younger audiences are more receptive
to the electronic, amplified, percussive approach that characterizes fusion.
It would be interesting to know whether the European audiences who are
opening their ears  to this type of music are already Jazz fans, or whether
it is younger audiences who are accepting fusion as an evolution of rock,
rather than of  Jazz.

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