[JPL] Wynton/ ABC "This Week

Bobby Jackson ftapache1 at sbcglobal.net
Sat Mar 3 22:16:36 EST 2007


I know Wynton, I love Wynton and he's been good for jazz BUT I also think 
jazz has benefitted him more than he has benefitted jazz.  Over exposure is 
the key element here.  Many musicians have said this for years and many are 
resentful.  In 2007 it is the same story yesterday.  The litmus test is 
this;  is jazz in a better position today for all of his efforts?  In the 
world of academia we are thriving. Record sales are dragging all over but 
especially in jazz.   In the world  of radio and television at BEST we're 
just treading  water.  At worse we're not on the air in many markets and 
losing precious hours of programming in many markets. While we're treading 
water we are also treading across the same ole paradigms that we've moved in 
for the past twenty-five years with one difference.  There's less jazz on 
both the radio and on major television specials such as the Grammy's and 
Oscars, etc.  I'm not disparaging Wynton's efforts which for anyone have 
been no less than herculean BUT....he's still only one voice in many 
qualified voices that could speak about our music to the majority 
population.

When Ed Bradley passed away and left a void as host of Jazz From Lincoln 
Center I thought it was absolutely insane and absurd that Wynton was chosen 
to succeed him as host.  Could we have been more imaginative???  Enough 
already!  In a time when our numbers are dwindling, a little calculated risk 
taking on the part of NPR would have been better than to plow the same field 
in the same way.  What a disservice!!  I think our audience would have been 
better served to have someone who interfaces with a broader range of 
Americans to host it instead.  Someone with a name, love of the music and 
articulate such as Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Bill Clinton or Clint Eastwood. 
These are household names that everyone knows.  Guru would have been a 
better choice particularly with his reputation in the hip hop community as 
well as his relationship with Dr. Donald Byrd and Jazzamatazz.  Will-I-Am of 
the Black Eyed Peas, Prince, Denzel Washington, Chaka Khan or Angela 
Bassett.  Harry Connick Jr. would have been better.  There are many people 
who could fit the bill.  Perhaps Wynton might consider (If he hasn't already 
tried) directing the media or these powers that be to others that could 
speak equally as well as him or better on behalf of the music.  Wynton is 
not to blame but he could also step up and advocate for other spokes 
persons.  It would make a difference.

I'm just curious and need to ask each JPL'er this question?  Who do you 
think could possibly fit the bill as an alternative spokes person or 
syndicated radio host for this music?  Someone that would also generate 
interest in the majority population other than a jazz oriented personality?

Aloha,

Bobby Jackson
WCPN-FM
Cleveland, OH

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jae Sinnett" <jaejazz at yahoo.com>
To: "Jazz Programmers Mailing List" <jazzproglist at jazzweek.com>
Sent: Saturday, March 03, 2007 4:25 PM
Subject: [JPL] Wynton/ ABC "This Week


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> I'm starting to wonder just how much this over exposure of Wynton is 
> benefiting jazz vs him......Is it really helping jazz in the views of 
> those on this list? He's an articulate and highly informed spokesperson 
> for this great music but there are others as well. The name game is 
> everywhere now from TV to radio to print publications to the Grammys. If 
> you weren't established years ago you don't seem to have a chance in hell 
> today regardless of your talent. The other part of this is that at least 
> there is someone in a high profile position that can speak about the 
> beauty and importance of jazz....to millions of folk.
>
>  I'll also give Wynton his due......the new CD is fabulous!. The writing, 
> vision, recording quality and performances. Top notch.
>
>  Jae Sinnett
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