[JPL] Wynton/ ABC "This Week
louisx at verizon.net
louisx at verizon.net
Sun Mar 4 11:21:35 EST 2007
This is a very complicated issue that cannot be covered well in e-mails. As
a big blues fan I've seen this happen at least a few times in my own
lifetime. You cannot "assign" a spokesperson for a style of music. What
usually gives a style of music a boost is a young popular musician who gives
credit to those who came before him or her and takes them on tour as an
opening act, along with festivals that include both the hard-core
influences and the popular acts. Popular films with good soundtracks can
also help. However, there's a generation shift right now, and concerts are
not as big a part of the new generation. So while in the past The Rolling
Stones and Stevie Ray Vaughan gave exposure to the older blues and R&B
musicians, it may not be as simple now. But there are a lot of young
musicians going back to the jazz greats for inspiration: Norah Jones and
Madeleine Peyroux, for example, sell lots of recordings, and they are
heavily influenced by jazz. In the small New York clubs, there are more
bands with stand-up acoustic basses than I've seen in years. I actually
think something is bubbling under, but times have changed and we'll just
have to see what develops. Perhaps a popular videogame with a jazz
soundtrack? Or Youtube? Ask your kids.
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> It will take someone outside of the jazz world to get this boulder
> back into the consciousness of mainstream America because jazz is not as
> popular in mainstream America as we think it is or would like it to be
> Considering the job ahead, promoting jazz to the mainstream America, you
> probably need a village...its too big a job for one person to tackle.
> Could be
> we need an icon for each generation:
> Larry King for "seniors"
> Bill Clinton for "boomers"
> Spike Lee for "gen xers"
> Leonardo DeCapria for "everyone"
> Somewhere along the way we dropped the torch..it will take a lot of light,
> from many sources to rekindle the fire......
> staying tuned,
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