[JPL] Yoshi's Pulls Anniversary CD Due to Lack of RacialDiversity in Artist Roster

Jackson, Bobby Bobby.Jackson at ideastream.org
Thu Jun 14 15:25:04 EDT 2007


Lloyd wrote.....

"I don't know -- maybe they weren't thinking about RACE, but about MUSIC?"

Who in this country doesn't think about race when dealing with music, especially music with strong African-American ties (rap, R & B, JAZZ, etc?)  That's like making a Rap anthology without including any Black rap artists.  Your statement is naïve at best Lloyd.  

There were many people who bought that CD and complained about race.  It became such an issue that the press got a hold of it and made it a story worth printing and here we are talking about it.  Short deadlines is a lame excuse and after reading the article to their credit they owned up to the omission.   

Don't duck Lloyd....I'm looking right at you.

Bobby

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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:

> This Week's JPL Sponsor: The New JazzWeek
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> How does this happen....(over and over and over again)?
>
>
> Bobby Jackson
> WCPN-FM/Cleveland, OH
>
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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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