[JPL] Under 40...

David Johnson djohnso2001 at yahoo.com
Thu Mar 8 13:36:43 EST 2007


A humorous flipside to my previous post... I posted this story on a jazz board elsewhere, but thought it might bear repeating:
   
  My wife & I were sitting in a restaurant here in Bloomington on a recent Sunday afternoon, and they were playing some godawful contemporary version of "Come Rain or Come Shine." I couldn't ID the singer, but I was positive it was some washed-up 1980s New Wave star... kind of a cross between the Spandau Ballet vocalist and Boy George, but not actually either one of them. It was very schmaltzy and fatigued-sounding at the same time, with some limp brass in the background; we've had a bevy of bad Great American Songbook (or GAS, as the Yahoo Songbirds call it) tributes from fading rock vets lately, but this one really piqued my curiousity. My wife went up to the counter to order a coffee drink and asked what was playing. When she came back, she said, "Don't get mad..." Then proceeded to tell me that the guy behind the counter had said he wasn't sure what it was, because it came off an employee's ipod, "but I think it's Miles Davis." My wife said, "Uh, are you sure?" (She
 knows Miles' recordings fairly well.) He said, "Well, yeah... you know, it's jazzy and stuff... I'm pretty sure it's Miles Davis!"
  
David Brent Johnson
Night Lights/Afterglow
  WFIU-Bloomington, IN

Music-EastWest <musicew736 at earthlink.net> wrote:
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Andy...
In response to some of your comments...I could not agree more !! 

I also believe a lack of attention in hiring younger radio talent, under 40, especially in public radio needs to change. Stations who program jazz, should look at hiring younger staff if they choose to focus on reaching a wider audience.....

I admit I could be wrong about the age issue, relating to my previous experiences, but then again, I don't hear a lot of younger radio talents out there hosting jazz shows. I think with Mike Adams and I, working with Jeff, are the exception, but they're needs to be more us that should be given that opportunity. Heck, weren't we all young at some point in our lives?

I mentioned this 5 years ago with similar concerns. Most of the people I spoke to in my home town (San Francisco/Bay Area) at that time said no to new types of jazz because their afraid of losing their "old audience". They seem to have this fear of "new music", "new jazz"....Groups like: Jazza Nova, St. Germaine, New Jazz, Weekend Players etc.....

I have always been an advocate of "incorporating" younger "jazz" music with the new but no one seems to "get it" ....so, here we are in the state were in and I quite frankly, feel it's too late. Most (not all) "programmers" would have to "change their way of thinking" "today" and that's just not going to happen. As "that generation" "dies off" so will Jazz and if "they" would just "open up" and put down their egos...jazz may have had hope.

For a lack of better description...jazz is now surviving (like it's own generation) in a "hospice" situation and the days are now numbered. So, I guess it's up to "the younger generation" to "keep it alive" but I'm afraid we're way beyond that now.

Thank god for websites and the internet !!!

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Andy Cook" 
To: 
Sent: Thursday, March 08, 2007 8:27 AM
Subject: [JPL] Re: Jazz Radio / Listeners under 40

I also believe a lack of attention in hiring younger radio talent, under 40, especially in public radio needs to change. Stations who program jazz, should look at hiring younger staff if they choose to focus on reaching a wider audience.

I admit I could be wrong about the age issue, relating to my previous experiences, but then again, I don't hear a lot of younger radio talents out there hosting jazz shows. I think with Mike Adams and I, working with Jeff, are the exception, but they're needs to be more us that should be given that opportunity. Heck, weren't we all young at some point in our lives?

Andy Cook
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