[JPL] My take on BAM

Peter Solomon psolomon at ideastations.org
Fri Jan 13 12:43:08 EST 2012


In my opinion this discussion over the label 'jazz' just another in  the
spectrum of bogus arguments of political correctness. This too shall pass.

. On Thu, Jan 12, 2012 at 11:33 AM, Jim Eigo <jim at jazzpromoservices.com>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?
> >
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