[JPL] Yoshi's Pulls Anniversary CD Due to Lack of Racial
Diversity in Art...
JanLeder at aol.com
JanLeder at aol.com
Thu Jun 14 23:16:21 EDT 2007
In a message dated 6/14/2007 2:40:23 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
jaejazz at yahoo.com writes:
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.
Jae, I think you're on spot here. I've seen this myself. I can't help but
wonder about the fact that our major cultural institutions have bands that
seem to be primarily one color (Manhattan/Lincoln Center) or another
(Westchester County) and virtually no women - and what about all the fine Asian
players? It's probably not intentional, but part of human nature, to hire or
promote or connect with those more like ourselves. Then again - and I find myself
coming back to this point often - when the classical orchestras held blind
auditions they immediately filled up with about half women.
It might be easier for us, as musicians, to hear the music before we "see"
the players, because the music means everything to us. Perhaps the people
making those marketing decisions are more concerned with what they think will
sell, or what they're comfortable selling, than the music itself. Perhaps
they're not even aware of their error, as you implied. It's understandable, but
it's not necessarily smart.
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