[JPL] SICK OF MARSALIS!

Bobby Jackson ftapache1 at sbcglobal.net
Mon Mar 5 21:46:55 EST 2007


Peeps,

There is room for all kinds of jazz presentations on the radio. Wynton is 
very good explaining the mechanics of the music to the common lay person. 
Who remembers that splendid series "Marsalis On Music"?  I'm sure without 
even listening to the XM show it's good.  I also enjoy Jae Sinnett breaking 
the music down for us all on this list giving us the working jazz musician's 
point of view.  It makes us all better if we come to this wisdom with an 
open heart and mind.  If we choose to listen.  In fact, we need more of this 
kind of discourse.

 I wasn't too far off the mark with my assertion in my initial post that 
many jazz people are resentful of all the attention that Wynton receives as 
illustrated by the venom I've seen on many of these recent posts.  I'm not 
surprised.  Regardless of how you feel about Wynton, his voice is vital, 
intelligent and necessary and there are few of us who do it better.  I love 
his new recording.  What he is saying in this recording is important for 
everyone to listen to.  His engagement is a result of his love of life long 
learning and sharing and is at a very high level.  Who remembers his "open 
letter" after the New Orleans/Katrina disaster?  I didn't see any naysayers 
in the group or anywhere for that matter.  His convictions are strong 
because he is strong and that may put some people off.  I don't agree with 
all of his views (so be it) but he is our generations greatest ambassador 
for this music.  We still need more advocates and from many areas of our 
culture, not just jazz based advocates and not just Wynton.

Keep on doing your thing Wynton.  You're very good at it.

Aloha,

Bobby


----- Original Message ----- 
From: <EdBride at aol.com>
To: <jazzproglist at jazzweek.com>
Sent: Monday, March 05, 2007 8:35 PM
Subject: Re: [JPL] SICK OF MARSALIS!


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> In a message dated 3/5/2007 8:16:44 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
> eflash17 at comcast.net writes:
>
> <<..Have any of you heard Wynton's jazz show on XM ??
>
> I  heard it once and it was like a 4th year jazz theory class.  He didn't
> even play songs all the way through.  Great that he featured classic 
> artists
> that don't get much exposure nationally, but I think that the casual  jazz 
> fan,
> the type that would tune into the shows who post their playlists  here, 
> would
> rather listen to the music than be EDUCATED by Mr. Marsalis  "America's
> Ambassador of Jazz"
>
> If you make things complicated people  tend to TUNE OUT..>>
>
>
>
>
> Only heard it once, but I appreciated his commentary. If all we wanted to 
> do
> was hear music, we don't need a Wynton Marsalis to introduce each number.
> This was, indeed, like returning to school. And both my wife (much less of 
> a
> Jazz fan than I) and I did find it interesting.
>
> Ed
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