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

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Tue Jun 19 18:14:13 EDT 2007


I'd be willing to bet this is a case of one stop shopping. Yoshi's 
probably did not get their act in gear in a timely fashion.  Backed 
against the wall, needing to get the release out for the anniversary 
celebration, they went to their buddies at Concord. Chances are the 
rates Concord requested for these recordings was minimal.  A quick scan 
of artists having recorded at Yoshi's was made and voila the cd was 
pressed. It really is hard to imagine why Yoshi's would snub any 
talent. What's in it for them ?

staying tuned,
reebs

Rebecca Risman
Laughing Redhead Productions
310 453 7776 (tel)
310 4539519 (fax)

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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



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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,
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