[JPL] Marc Myers on the jazz audience
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Sat Jan 28 11:05:12 EST 2012
What's the saying Ed...One man's junk is another man's treasure. Marc's quote is totally subjective but I get his point. I've been on stage performing something and the audience loves it. So I think....hmmm...we have to do that again tomorrow night. It didn't work as well. Why? That's a question that no musician, writer, educator, fortune teller, etc...can answer in definitive terms. It can only be speculative. It's extremely complex and it's no different than what we do from the broadcasting chair. Those of us that have been in that chair for years understand and "feel" your audience. You can feel when you're really connecting and when you're not. What makes that happen? There are a confluence of things that have to merge at that moment for it to work and no one has the majestic answer as to what they all are and how to merge them on the dime. You can develop a level of consistency with the process based on what has worked in the past. If someone
came up with a concoction that we artists/entertainers, etc...could drink and make us connect with the audience everytime out of the gate...that person would easily be in the 1%.
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If you don't read Marc Myers' JazzWax blog regularly, you're missing out on a lot. Today's is particularly worth reading as he tackles the issue of the jazz audience and how musicians relate to it. I think it's applicable to radio programmers as well and how radio thinks about and treats the music.
If the form of jazz you play is that style known as "your own thing," don't be shocked when the audience for your music remains small or shrinks. I'm not advocating that musicians sell out or play corporate events (many do). I'm just asking that they think a little more about their audiences as listeners with eclectic tastes, not judgmental hipsters or low-culture dummies who need to be rehabilitated or transformed.
Despite what professors tell young musicians today, your "own thing" should be about loving your audiences and entertaining them with art, giving them a chance to stop thinking for an evening and feel their hearts. Noise isn't art. And as many jazz musicians are discovering, noise doesn't tend to pay well either.
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