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Gregory Weaver
Virginia Beach, VA
Saxophone enthusiast.
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Ah, yes, indeed. Sorry for making you repost that when I should have reread more carefully. One can only hope, then, that the sharpness of the increase is due more to its coupling with the lack of general support for art at an early age. Maybe the bleeding won't stop, but also maybe the possibility of it slowing significantly from how much it is now exists with the right increase of exposure. Until then, I say more jazz groups need to make more swag, heh.
Toggle Commented Aug 27, 2009 on Nights alive with music at Secret Society
Yeah, I think it's safe to say that the issue of what people are considering jazz (and if the influence of the non-jazz jazz was heavier at certain periods) is a huge factor that is missing, and a factor that may certainly never be able to be put into play. One last thing: Due to jazz being a relatively new art form, who is to say that the audiences won't reach a near-constant in the next fifty years, only to be diminished by things such as the slowing trend of support for the arts, as Vijay pointed out, or economic turmoil? I'm willing to bet that one will pop up, or at least, a slowing of the age gap will happen (but of course, this will depend on the frequency of distribution of what the new younger people consider jazz). The kinds of classical music that is most popular has had hundreds of years to settle into a certain groove--jazz will find its own soon enough.
Toggle Commented Aug 27, 2009 on Nights alive with music at Secret Society
Hey Darcy, I have a couple thoughts on the survey results and was wondering your opinion on them. First, how do you think the dynamic of the size of the concert venue holds to the age range? When I attend jazz concerts at the venues around my home in Virginia Beach (or even when I was attending school in Charlottesville), the headliners are, and intuitively so, usually rather big/well-established names. For example, at a concert hall in Charlottesville over the last four years, the performers were Branford Marsalis, Chick Corea, and Pat Metheny. Similarly, around the Virginia Beach/Hampton Roads area, the attractions were, again, more well-known names such as Terrence Blanchard and Diana Krall. My point to this is, in determining whether or not jazz is dying with the younger crowd, shouldn't the focus be on the smaller clubs and the newer names? This is not saying that the younger crowd wouldn't want to attend a show by Chick or any of those guys by any means, but is it economically feasible for them to? Concerts with big names at big venues cost a lot more. Also, one would wonder about the support given to the new artists: though the numbers in general would surely be lower in terms of attendees, I would assume the age median would also be significantly lower. (by the way, I realize that I'm writing about relatively arid areas in terms of being able to see and hear live jazz, so I understand that my assumptions could very well be unfounded) My second question is, how could the grouping of the pop incarnations of fusion and smooth "jazz" with (how should I put this) "real"/"purist"/"art" jazz affect these numbers? Again, I would assume the age median would drop as well as the numbers of those who attend the concerts, but what do you think? It's unfortunate that to separate the two in a poll would be near impossible.
Toggle Commented Aug 27, 2009 on Nights alive with music at Secret Society