The Easy Answer to the “How to Build a Jazz Audience” Question

In the last couple weeks or so there's been some talk in the jazz blogosphere about ways in which the jazz community can increase the audience for jazz.  Part of this stems from a recent post on the A Blog Supreme by Kurt Ellenberger called "It Can't Be Done: The Difficulty of Growing a Jazz …

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To All the “Critics” Who Dismiss Hip Hop’s Musical Value

To all the "critics" out there who hate on the aesthetic worth of hip hop music: stop writing about hip hop, because you do not know what you are talking about. One would think that since hip hop has been treated as a serious music worth studying and writing about both in and out of …

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On the Construction of Wynton Marsalis’ Cultural Authority

On the FAQ section of his website Wynton Marsalis writes: "When we [Jazz at Lincoln Center] started [late '80s-early '90s], nobody was thinking about Duke Ellington’s music and the seriousness of jazz as an art form." Curious. No check that. Not curious.  Straight up untrue. Two options: 1. Ignorance, or 2. Strategically fudging the truth. …

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A Few More Thoughts on B3 Recordings

More thoughts regarding my last post on current B3 recordings and the sounds of the instrument, not the playing itself... 1. Just to clarify, I'm not suggesting that contemporary organ players like Sam Yahel, Gary Versace, Jared Gold, etc., need to sound like Jimmy Smith, Shirley Scott, in their approach to their instrument.  I'm talking …

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