[JPL] Yoshi's Pulls Anniversary CD Due to Lack of Racial
Diversity in Artist Roster
Lloyd Townsend, Jr.
jazz at imaginaryrecords.com
Thu Jun 14 14:58:08 EDT 2007
I don't know -- maybe they weren't thinking about RACE, but about MUSIC?
Isn't that the goal?
And wasn't it labeled Vol 1, meaning more was to come?
The short deadline probably had a lot to do with it -- the first cuts
to get cleared made the list and were pressed up. Short deadlines
ALWAYS result in problems.
<ducking back into my corner>
Prop., Imaginary Records
On Jun 14, 2007, at 11:58 AM, Jackson, Bobby wrote:
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> Bobby Jackson
> WCPN-FM/Cleveland, OH
> According to a recent article in the San Francisco Chronicle, the
> jazz club Yoshi's in Oakland, Calif., has pulled the release of its
> anniversary CD, Live at Yoshi's: Anniversary Compilation, due to the
> absence of African-American artists on the disc.
> Yoshi's undertook the project in March with a short deadline in May to
> commemorate the club's tenth anniversary. As a result, club owner Kaz
> Kajimura and artistic director Peter Williams hastily assembled the
> album from recordings of live performances at Yoshi's. "We really
> up on the CD," Kajimura told the Chronicle. "We apologize to anyone
> feels slighted by this omission, as that was never our intention."
> Before the disc hit store shelves, about 500 of the 1,000 records were
> sold online at the club's Web site. Eventually, complaints started
> pouring in that the CD lacked racial diversity.
> The Yoshi's incident is now causing Bay Area residents to question the
> lack of African-American performers at this summer's Downtown Berkeley
> Jazz Festival.
> For more information and to read the Chronicle article in its
> visit sfgate.com.
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