[JPL] Younger people on the radio

eflash17 at comcast.net eflash17 at comcast.net
Fri Mar 9 02:52:23 EST 2007


Jae - 

I guess I feel like every jazz programmer brings something different to the table.  The younger "second generation" jazz-heads like myself may have a different (and in some people's opinion, less informed)  view of what falls under the umbrella of "JAZZ" music, but I say the more people at the table the better.  Maybe someone listening to my show might get totally turned on if I play some Grant Green off of "The Final Comedown" and take a second look at what they "think" is jazz.  And maybe, just maybe, they might get turned on enough to dig deep and find out who Grant Green is and where he came from and who he played with in his early years and what THAT sounded like, which eventually could open up a whole new world of music to them that they never knew was out there.

- Flash





 -------------- Original message ----------------------
From: Jae Sinnett <jaejazz at yahoo.com>
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> 
> I think the thing with me is what the announcer knows about this 
> music...regardless of age. I've heard so called young announcers mis-pronouncing 
> names or incorrectly identifying genres simply because they are not informed. 
> "Kind Of Blue" is not an avant garde recording. 
>    
>   In a lecture I gave years ago for one of the local university mass com 
> departments I suggested that anyone wanting to go on the air as a "jazz" host 
> should at least take a jazz 101 history course. It's amazing to me in that with 
> most programs the students aren't required to take this course before going on 
> air.  Young for the sake of young isn't good. Knowledge is. 
>    
>   The other side of this is that I've heard younger hosts playing what many of 
> the younger listeners embrace as jazz.....the jam band 
> thing....sampling....etc.....the fundraising drop about 80 percent during the 
> drive. There's a fine line here to walk...between maintaining the integrity of 
> the music (I'm talking level of artistic performance), developing a strong 
> younger base of listeners with a quality presentation and sustaining a necessary 
> level of $$$ support. Some are doing it but not many.  
>    
>   Jae Sinnett 
> 
> Linda Yohn <lyohn at emich.edu> wrote: 
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> 
> Hello all,
> 
> Hear, hear for Andy Cook's post on re-vitalizing jazz radio. We have 
> to develop a new talent pool in hosts! We, of aging ears and 
> attitudes must listen to what they have to say and what they might 
> like us to play. 
> 
> I caught myself being "old" on the air the other day. I played Tony 
> DeSare. Then, in my backtag I said "impressive young man". Wrong 
> thing for me to do. Just shoulda said, "he's got it together", or 
> something like that. I can't afford to retire right now, so I've got 
> to stay on the air or at my post at WEMU listening to new trends in 
> music and getting them out to listeners. I have to be in the momement 
> for them. Can't let on that I'm not hip. Anyone who fits in to my 
> demographic (55-ish) should watch out for this tendency to point out 
> the youngness of an artist. That ages the host. Believe me, I'll 
> never do that again.
> 
> One thing I'm trying to impress upon WEMU hosts is that today's 30-
> something listener doesn't have the time to hear a dj shuffle through 
> some papers to get information. He or she wants professionalism at 
> the same level as the music. If we can present good music with 
> inspired segues...and lots of it....with little rambling dj 
> chatter....then we can make it with a younger listener who might be 
> tempted to just stick with the Ipod, etc. If an older host can't 
> understand that, he or she will have to go. But, because we do know 
> the music, we can improve on each piece with our segues. A shuffle 
> Ipod can't program with our heart and intelligence. But, if a host 
> can't keep up with the times and understand that listener preferences 
> for the way radio announcers are perceived are changing, then there is 
> room for new hosts who "get it". 
> 
> I'm reviewing an advance or Rachel Z's new CD "Dept. of Good & Evil". 
> Excellent new music. Modern, yet melodic. I'm excited about Pete 
> Levin's new disc, too! Tony Levin is the bassist on both of them.
> 
> Hey--while WEMU has a stream, if you can, listen in tomorrow (Friday) 
> morning at 11AM ET. Rachel Z. will be my guest and we'll premiere 
> tracks from the new disc. It's official release date is the 13th. 
> 
> Back to the original topic on this post--I'm stuck like a dope with a 
> thing called hope, but I beleive that old dogs can learn new tricks. 
> It is our survival. 
> 
> Linda 
> 
> Linda Yohn
> WEMU Music Director
> lyohn at emich.edu
> 734.487.2229
> www.wemu.org
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> 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, Porter) and 
> originals; a perfect mix of instrumentals and vocals.  
> http://www.summitrecords.com/product.tmpl?SKU=477
> 
> BOB FLORENCE LIMITED EDITION ''Eternal Licks and Grooves'':  Featuring Peter 
> Erskine, Carl Saunders and Scott Whitfield, this all-star big band offers the 
> listener what they have come to expect from the award-winning, legendary 
> bandleader Bob Florence - Sensitive yet powerful arrangements with a HUGE sound 
> that will put you on the edge of your seat.  Spectacular outing!
> 
> Includes ''Eternal Licks and Grooves'' commissioned by ASCAP and IAJE honoring 
> Count Basie and ''Appearing In Cleveland'' commissioned by the LA Jazz Institute 
> honoring Stan Kenton. http://www.summitrecords.com/product.tmpl?SKU=478
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