[JPL] Re: Time to re-think...
toby_gleason at sbcglobal.net
Fri Jan 16 18:01:29 EST 2009
Though the son of a well-known jazz critic and television producer,
and steeped in jazz since childhood, I really didn't get into jazz
until an adult. Oh sure, there were some exceptions to that rule. I
always dug Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie and Vince
Guaraldi, but I had more personal reasons that had little or nothing
to do with jazz for that youthful affection.
Even when I became a jazz radio programmer, only four years ago, I
didn't consider myself, really, a jazz person. I enjoyed enough of it,
and knew enough about it, to pass as a programmer, but I rarely talked
a lot about the music or it's history on air.
What made the most difference for me, both as a programmer and as a
listener, was hearing the artists, themselves, talk about their music
and their processes, on interview tapes my father had recorded as
background for his work as a journalist. In particular, his recorded
conversation with John Coltrane, from 1963, was so enlightening for me
that, whereas before hearing it I had no Coltrane albums in my
personal collection, and really didn't "get" Coltrane, I now have more
Coltrane albums than any other single artist, with the exception of
Through listening to these artists speak about their art, I have grown
from simply managing my father's existing, collected works to using
them as a springboard to create new book collections, new radio and
television programs and DVD products designed to resonate with a new,
younger audience, as well as long-time fans. I have even expanded my
business beyond managing just my father's works to managing
collections for the heirs of other artists and producers.
So while knowledge of jazz's history is important, for foundation and
perspective, for me the most important and most educational thing was
having the invaluable opportunity of listening to the artists,
themselves, talking about their, and other artists', work and putting
that in the context of their music.
Santa Rosa, CA
91.1 & 90.9 FM
toby_gleason at krcb.org
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