[JPL] Re: Giving a public face to jazz

Philip Booth philipbooth at tampabay.rr.com
Mon Mar 5 22:40:26 EST 2007


Along the lines of a similar goal, but a different means ...
Wouldn't it be great if a major filmmaker would do a documentary on, say, a 
dozen of today's most significant jazz musicians?
Not a made-for-television project or a television series, but a major 
theatrical release that could gain attention at Sundance and other film 
festivals, etc., and grab major critical kudos (hey, if Al Gore's filmed 
power-point presentation could win an Oscar ...).
Spike Lee is the obvious choice, given a myriad reasons, including his 
facility with the documentary form and his feeling for the music.
Or perhaps Wim Wenders (Buena Vista Social Club) or Fernando Trueba (Calle 
54).
And perhaps such a doc could gain increased visibility by mixing jazz-loving 
celebrity commentators -- as mentioned in an earlier post, Bill Cosby, Clint 
Eastwood, Norah Jones, etc. -- along with the musicians.
Eastwood, for that matter, would be another good candidate for the 
director's seat.
Philip Booth
Tampa, Fla.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Bobby Jackson" <ftapache1 at sbcglobal.net>
To: "Jazz Programmers Mailing List" <jazzproglist at jazzweek.com>
Sent: Sunday, March 04, 2007 10:17 PM
Subject: Re: [JPL] Wynton/ ABC "This Week


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> Hi Al,
>
> Herbie's work crosses into a lot of different genres and certainly would 
> fit the bill.  I know I mentioned some musicians that could fit the bill 
> but I'm still thinking a non musician would be stronger than a musician. 
> Harry Connick Jr. would be great because he's also an actor that many non 
> jazz lovers know and may not necessarily know that he's also a jazz 
> musician. Eddie Murphy or Woody Harrrelson I think could be strong 
> personalities as well.  In terms of women Queen Latifah or Gladys Knight I 
> think would be stronger than Dianne Reeves.  Their names stand out more in 
> the mainstream culture.  The idea is to put a face or faces on our music 
> that have broad mainstream culture appeal.
>
> Bobby Jackson
>
>
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> From: "Al Karia" <jctrane at gmail.com>
> To: "Jazz Programmers Mailing List" <jazzproglist at jazzweek.com>
> Sent: Sunday, March 04, 2007 6:19 PM
> Subject: Re: [JPL] Wynton/ ABC "This Week
>
>
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>> Bobby...I have seen Herbie Hancock on that series of commercials for Bose
>> radios. He has a smooth, engaging demeanor. He would be recognizable to 
>> the
>> less than hard-core jazz viewer/listener. The only draw back that i could
>> think of would be the aforementioned commercial identification with Bose.
>>     And what about a female face/personna? Diane Reeves, for example?
>>                   Gene Abkarian
>>                    KRFC Ft Collins, CO
>>
>>
>> On 3/3/07, Bobby Jackson <ftapache1 at sbcglobal.net> wrote:
>>>
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>>> 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
>>>
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>>> 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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>>> He
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>>> on
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>>> >
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>>> >
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> into a jazz time capsule of love songs.  And as fans and critics alike 
> found with ''Ellington'' and ''Elton Exposed'', Howe's virtuosic piano 
> style and arrangements lead straight to surprise.
>
> Featuring the great jazz baritone Giacomo Gates and star of stage, screen 
> and television, Lainie Kazan on a couple of tunes, Ted Howe delivers a 
> beautiful recording of masterfully arranged standards (Arlen, Van Heusen, 
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> with a HUGE sound that will put you on the edge of your seat.  Spectacular 
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> Jazz Institute honoring Stan Kenton. 
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