[JPL] 2012 JAM poster choice

Benjamin Boddie bfboddie at msn.com
Wed Mar 14 10:07:57 EDT 2012


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On Mar 14, 2012, at 9:27 AM, "Hudson, B.H." <bhhudson at NCCU.EDU> wrote:

> 
> Yeah, I always thought of ole' blue eyes as a chic swooning, pop phenom. with a great voice. 
> 
> There are tons of African-American artists who should surely take precedence over Sinatra for jazz awareness. If you want to do a poster of a male vocalist with a big band, how about Joe Williams with Count Basie?
> 
> We will use the poster this year, but it is a regrettable choice. And so was Brubeck.
> BH
> 
> 
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: jazzproglist-bounces at jazzweek.com [mailto:jazzproglist-bounces at jazzweek.com] On Behalf Of EdBride at aol.com
> Sent: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 7:24 PM
> To: jazzproglist at jazzweek.com
> Subject: Re: [JPL] 2012 JAM poster choice
> 
> 
> 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,
> Ed
> 
> 
> 
> 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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