Can we grow a jazz audience?
NPR's Kurt Ellenberger discusses "The Difficulty of Growing a Jazz Audience"
Jazz has always seemed to me to be the musician's music… Through the years where I ran The Brigham Galleries, I listened to a lot of jazz. I'm sure it's highly illegal and I violated all sorts of copyright laws, but I copied a number of CD's from the Library, and would play them during the day in the gallery. Classical didn't always feel right - sometimes I wanted, well, jazzier music… At first, it was just for 'background music'… but then I grew to love it. Miles, Sonny Rollins, John Scofield.
I thought this article was interesting. He's right. Jazz isn't really in vogue. It's hard to make a living as a professional musician. So how do we spread appreciation? Ellenberger speaks to the situation in his article,
"Jazz simply needs to continue doing what made it great in the first place: engage with popular culture in an intelligent, nuanced and sophisticated manner, as some successful groups are doing today. If there is any hope of audience building, this is where it lies. It must be organic, visceral and culturally relevant, qualities which cannot be consciously conjured by an audience development committee."…
Interestingly, electronic jazz frequently makes its way into the DJ dance scene - Just ask Pete Ahern & Billy Desmond of the Audio Architects, who spin at least weekly throughout most of the year…. I, for one, would love it if we had more live jazz on island…
Read Ellenberger's entire article HERE:
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