[JPL] RE: Josh Woody's comment

Lazaro Vega wblv.wblu.fm at gmail.com
Tue Nov 1 10:26:09 EDT 2011


That is a BIG problem right now. No matter how popular and widely
heralded pianist Brad Mehldau is in the world of jazz, even with major
label support he is not a household name.

The major jazz musicians who are household names are aging and often
economically prohibitive, and the system that helped create those
names is gone. With the Internet and the whole "daily me" experience,
as well as the nadir of the manufactured star system in pop music that
we're living in, the chance for a musician to build a broad career on
musical substance where they become household names, such as Louis
Armstrong or Miles Davis or John Coltrane, is non-existent.

As to education, don't know: seems there are more and more young
people learning to play jazz in school, even high school, though
they're hanging up posters of Miles "Tutu" or "Blue Train" and buying
that, as opposed to Joe Lovano or even Wynton.


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