‘It Can’t Be Done': The Difficulty Of Growing A Jazz Audience : A Blog Supreme : NPR

I disdain the use of the word “Jazz” as a reference to a monolithic cabal with a singular focus, but the article linked below contains some noteworthy insights, in spite of that J word usage.

‘It Can’t Be Done': The Difficulty Of Growing A Jazz Audience : A Blog Supreme : NPR: “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.”

(Via @tedgioia.)

Music Universe, Music Mind

I just finished reading this book about the Creative Music Studio, Karl Berger’s school in Woodstock in the 1970’s and early 1980’s. It isn’t too long and is a pretty easy read that offers some great stories and nuggets of wisdom from the participants in CMS.

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Solo/duo video

I love the way Google Alerts sometimes alerts me to video of myself of which I have previously been unaware. Here is one of them.

This is from the Search & Restore NOLA Round Robin Duos concert. I like the fact that once Helen comes on stage I am heard more than seen.