[JPL] Media/Wynton

Ed Trefzger ed.trefzger at jazzweek.com
Mon Jan 3 19:08:43 EST 2011


I'm somewhat inclined to agree with you, but two things redeemed the episode
for me. First was that the piece did highlight and feature some interviews
with other members of the orchestra, attention which is much deserved. The
second was the footage from Cuba. I very much enjoyed seeing the scenery --
though some was pretty sad and sorry -- and seeing the Cuban musicians
interacting with the band.

But my gut reaction in seeing Wynton was like yours. He is and has been a
great face and ambassador for the music, but there are so many others
deserving of exposure who are equally articulate about the history and
music. And like you, I don't say that to diminish Wynton in the least. I
have the utmost respect for him and believe we do owe him some gratitude for
what he has done to maintain at least somewhat of a visible profile in the
mass media for jazz.


On Mon, Jan 3, 2011 at 11:42 AM, Jae Sinnett <jaejazz at yahoo.com> wrote:

> Hi folks. This post might surprise some coming from me because I've always
> been
> supportive of what Wynton has been trying to do with the music. That said,
> it's
> really not about him but the media. The 60 Minutes feature on Wynton was
> very
> cool but I have to say...enough is enough. I'm a fan...believe me... and I
> think
> that having someone in a high profile position speaking about jazz in prime
> time
> media...electronic or print...is a very good thing for jazz. It is but it's
> really time for us to say it's a better thing for the artist being
> featured. It
> does little or nothing for other jazz artists out here trying to make it
> and get
> exposure for THEIR work and opinions...consequently...not doing much to
> help
> jazz in general. I'm not blaming Wynton but it's so one dimensional now
> it's
> silly. It's time main stream media recognizes there are more creative,
> articulate and informative jazz artists out here that can play, teach and
> deliver a message to the masses that brings fresh perspectives...at least
> to
> their ears...to the jazz table other than WyntonMarsalis. It's like what I
> said
> in a earlier post about the rich getting richer. The media gave him a
> platform
> to develop HIS brand on jazz...and left it at that. It's myopic thinking of
> a
> considerably bigger picture. It's been a debate in the jazz community for
> years
> I know but after the 60 Minutes piece...enough. I'm not sure what the jazz
> community can do but it's time to speak up and challenge the basic fairness
> of
> the relentless coverage of one artist over hundreds more.
> Jae Sinnett
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