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

Benjamin Boddie bfboddie at msn.com
Mon Jun 18 19:03:32 EDT 2007


After reading several of the post on this subject and understanding the implication of the Yoshi CD in the "real world," the question that continuously resonates with me is ... how many programmers/announcers consider race when choosing selections for programs? 


Ben Boddie
Sunday Jazz Matinee/WSHA FM 88.9
Raleigh, NC
   
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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.  
     
    Jae Sinnett

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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.



  Lloyd Townsend
  Prop., Imaginary Records



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

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  > Bobby Jackson
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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.
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  > entirety,
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