[Dixielandjazz] The problem with listeners

Diann Franks swingbanjo at yahoo.com
Fri Jun 18 07:54:54 PDT 2010

The trick is to get the good music played on the radio stations and television. I'm not talking about Louis, Frank or Lionel. I'm talking about the musicians of today that play the good music , but the only place they have to sell their CD's is at the jazz fests. Musicians like John Pizzarelli , Dan Barrett, Bill Allred. And the younger ones like Jonathan Russell and Chloe Feoranzo and Dave Bennett. How can these performers get their talents heard on the national level. The question is how to get the music broadcat like it used to be in the days of Sinatra, Armstrong and the Duke?  What we need is a fair and balance music system. If the kids could just turn on their radios and hear these new and upcoming musicians they just might be hooked on it.

From: Dan Spink <danspink at dceo.rutgers.edu>
To: Diann <swingbanjo at yahoo.com>
Cc: Dixieland Jazz Mailing List <dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com>
Sent: Fri, June 18, 2010 7:00:01 AM
Subject: Re: [Dixielandjazz] The problem with listeners

The rant about what kids today do not appreciate or know musically prompted
me to add one thought. Never before in the history of the world have kids
had access to so much music so easily. Music comes alive for each individual
when what they hear makes a connection with their subconscious and not with
some text-book truths they might have read. And it seems to me kids hear
some of best quality music (almost) whenever they go the movies today. Isn't
that some of the best constructed and performed music on the planet now? So
why are we lamenting what they don't know and have not heard? I know that
the last jazz performance I sat down for was a huge disappointment. Five
people were re-creating the same sounds and riffs I had heard performed in
the fifties--over and over. We need to become more meaningful and, as Steve
often advises us, put it out there. Market it.

Dan Spink
Backup piano
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