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Let the games begin

Submitted by Josh Grossman on Thu Dec 1 3:41pm

Okay, so, I feel like the first thing I need to address is "the post." The one that's getting all the attention right now: Nicholas Payton's post suggestion that jazz isn't cool, and that jazz is dead. But, to be perfectly frank, I don't want to, for two main reasons: first, lots of people are already saying lots of things about it, and I'm not convinced that I have anything interesting to contribute.

The Audience Issue III - Venues

Submitted by Josh Grossman on Thu Nov 3 4:02pm

It's been a busy couple of weeks, so you may have noticed that I've fallen behind on my blogging. I had fully intended "The Audience Issue" to be a multi-week series of hard-hitting blogs, delving deep into some of the challenges facing today's jazz scene. You know, 60 Minutes style. But given the lack of continuity I think it's a bit closer to 37 Minutes or so. In any case, I'll wrap up the series today with a discussion on venue.

The Audience Issue

Submitted by Josh Grossman on Thu Oct 6 4:45pm

A couple of weeks ago, I referred in my blog to an interview with Branford Marsalis posted on the Seattle Weekly website (here it is). The ideas covered off in the interview - why some jazz isn't connecting with some audiences - stuck with me, and have been on my mind recently.

That's a lotta musicians ya got there...

Submitted by Josh Grossman on Thu Sep 29 4:20pm

So I'm sitting here, working away, listening to an NPR podcast of the John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble's performance at this year's Newport Jazz Festival. And I'm thinking: as I prepare myself for another season with my own big band - spending a ton of time lining up personnel, sorting out musician availability and trying to find funding, not to mention choosing music, updating the website, etc. - why, exactly, do I do this year after year?

You just don't get me, man...

Submitted by Josh Grossman on Thu Sep 22 3:56pm

Last week, I was sent (thanks Denise!) a link to a condensed and edited version of an interview Branford Marsalis did with Chris Kornelis from the Seattle Weekly. (The article is here.) In a nutshell, Branford is suggesting that some jazz artists have some work to do when it comes to connecting their music with their audience. He suggests that:

Re-wiring

Submitted by Josh Grossman on Wed Aug 31 4:17pm

So where, exactly, did July and August go?

I hope you've had a great couple of months. My schedule has been a bit erratic over the past eight weeks, so you may have noticed (or am I flattering myself?) that I haven't made a new blog post in about, well, eight weeks. So - here I am, shaking out the cobwebs, slowly getting myself back into a routine. Thus the "re-wiring" of the post's title.

My opening question was a bit rhetorical, actually. I know where my July and August went (or, at least, August). It went here:

Celebrating Dave McMurdo

Submitted by Josh Grossman on Mon Jul 4 2:18pm

Canada lost one of its jazz giants at the beginning of June with the passing of Dave McMurdo. A celebration of Dave's life is taking place tonight (Monday, July 4) at The Rex Hotel. Things kick off around 7 pm with the trio of Reg Schwager, Paul Novotny and Kevin Dempsey. At 9:30, the Dave McMurdo Jazz Orchestra will perform one set of music; the trio will then take the stage once again for an informal jazz session. Ted O'Reilly will emcee the evening's proceedings.

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