[JPL] 2012 JAM poster choice

EdBride at aol.com EdBride at aol.com
Tue Mar 13 19:24:23 EDT 2012

I agree with Russ, it's a beautiful poster. I take issue for a  different 
reason, though: since when did a caucasian crooner with little or  no 
improvisational skills come to personify jazz? Don't get me wrong, I'm a big  
Sinatra fan, and he can be played in a jazz-friendly environment; he was at home  
at jazz festivals, he always performed with great jazz musicians. He had an 
 appreciation for good jazz. 
But I still have a hard time swallowing that he personified jazz. 
I'm not sure I share Russ' concern about deceased vs. current  (relegating 
jazz as a "museum piece"). One could argue that the symbol of JAM  should be 
someone with a long legacy, lest we descend to a popularity contest  
(Wynton, anybody? Or, to continue my original rant, Diana Krall?). 
Grudgingly, I accept that a poster with such a recognizable person as  
Sinatra might attract eyes to the art, and hopefully to the message. But, so  
would a LeRoy Neiman rendition of Marilyn Monroe. 
Off my soap-box,
In a message dated 3/13/2012 5:54:05 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,  
davispro at nyc.rr.com writes:

Nice  poster but doesn't it kind of place jazz as a museum piece a  bit?

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