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

Jackson, Bobby Bobby.Jackson at ideastream.org
Thu Jun 14 16:47:47 EDT 2007


It was a poor decision to try to do something so complicated so quickly.
They should have shelved the whole idea when they came up with the list
that they did.  It did no one justice and made them look bad.

Of course we're aiming for a color blind society.  Unfortunately, we
don't live in one and we've many mountains to climb to get to that point
even in 2007.  Slights like this only serve to injure.  That's the
reality. :(

Bobby 

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I appreciate where you guys are coming from, but my main point was  
actually the second one.

They decided, in March, to release an anniversary in May.  Two months  
later.

The rights to the music to be released has to be acquired.  The  
finished master had to be at the pressing plant at least three weeks  
before the anticipated release date.  Five weeks -- not even counting  
time in the studio to compile the master!! -- just isn't enough time  
to find everyone you need approval from.

Maybe the white guys were home, unemployed?  And had time to answer  
the phone?

Aren't we aiming for a color-blind society?  In that case, why is the/ 
a prime focus here on color?

<standing, and ready for the hits>

Lloyd
On Jun 14, 2007, at 2:37 PM, Jae Sinnett wrote:

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> Lloyd, one could argue that if it is as you stated....... that it's  
> supposed to me about the "music," then there definitely should have  
> been African American musicians included in the first vol, the  
> second vol, etc.....You're implication COULD be that they didn't  
> have music they felt was good enough from the AF musicians for  
> their first release. If that is the case I find that very hard to  
> believe. I also would guess that there weren't any AF folk included  
> in the final decision making process or process at all. That's a  
> fundamental problem across the board in that folk that make these  
> types decisions....in many cases..... tend to use, hire,  
> etc....those that look just like them.
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> "Lloyd Townsend, Jr." <jazz at imaginaryrecords.com> wrote:
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> I don't know -- maybe they weren't thinking about RACE, but about  
> MUSIC?
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> 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.
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> Lloyd Townsend
> Prop., Imaginary Records
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> On Jun 14, 2007, at 11:58 AM, Jackson, Bobby wrote:
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>> How does this happen....(over and over and over again)?
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>> 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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