[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>

Lloyd Townsend
Prop., Imaginary Records

On Jun 14, 2007, at 11:58 AM, Jackson, Bobby wrote:

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> According to a recent article in the San Francisco Chronicle, the  
> famed
> jazz club Yoshi's in Oakland, Calif., has pulled the release of its  
> 10th
> 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  
> messed
> up on the CD," Kajimura told the Chronicle. "We apologize to anyone  
> who
> 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  
> entirety,
> visit sfgate.com.
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