[JPL] My take on BAM

Jim Eigo jim at jazzpromoservices.com
Thu Jan 12 11:33:35 EST 2012

I guess Jazz at LC, JEN (Jazz Ed Network), Art Blakley & The Jazz Messengers,
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jazzproglist, JJA (Jazz Journalist Accoc.) and Jazz Promo Services are all
due for a name changeŠ

On 1/12/12 11:19 AM, "Arturo Gomez" <arturo at kuvo.org> wrote:

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> I don't have a problem renaming what we know as jazz to increase audience and
> attract younger listeners who may be turned off by the name due to
> misconceptions. I strongly believe that music videos that have became the main
> source of listening for the generations since the mid-80s when MTV  took over,
> has changed the attraction of music for those raised in that period of time,
> it's more visual than audio. Although hip hop for the most part now has become
> rap and a producer dominated genre, since hip hop emerged in the late 1970s
> it's been the most influential music and cultural genre since jazz in the
> 1920s. Hip hop has changed mainstream media of all types included those
> conducted by and aimed at audience who want nothing to do with hip and its
> listeners, you can't get away from the influence of hip hop, it's everywhere.
> Black American culture has always been the most dominant influence on culture
> and the Arts going back to colonial times. I once read an account of an Irish
> musicologist who visited the US in the early 1800s to investigate the state of
> irish immigrants and music in the States. He wrote that although still Irish
> in essence, Irish immigrants and Irish-Americans' music has African
> influences, he even claimed that their conversation included many
> "Africanisms" or "Black slang"
> That said, I don't like the name BAM, although I don't have anything against
> the concept of renaming or adding an addendum to the genre jazz. Black
> American Music is misleading, because jazz was created from many
> elements-although mostly African and African American in its truest
> definition, it has a strong Afro-Cuban, Afro-Caribbean, Mexican and European
> influence, New Orleans has always been the Caribbean port of entry to the US,
> the Caribbean's northernmost city. Jazz is a melting pot made of many
> ingredients producing something new and improved. No matter which additional
> ingredients are thrown in the mix, it still remains jazz. One can take any
> kind of music, genre or ethnic folk music and still play it in a form we'll
> instantly recognize as jazz. That's why I say every time I am on the air that
> "jazz is the world's greatest art form.
> Ragtime, jass, jazz, swing, bebop etc  it's all good and it's all "jazz". it's
> all about the music. I don't have a suggestion for a new name, but I'll know
> what would be better than BAM when I hear it. I will still use jazz and
> whenever playing the artists calling their music BAM, I'll use as well.
> Obviously, this is a complex situation, but then again, hasn't it always been?
> Arturo Gómez
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