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I have always loved the Renegade approach of Gio & Luke and have attended their Loft Series in DC. My hope for jazz is that our generation begins to cultiva a more enterprise mindset about the internet and our use of technology matures. Many prominent jazz musicians have websites that are horribly obsolete and are not even aggressively pursuing comprehensive internet marketing plans. All other genres are getting better and better at it. I think just accepting that jazz music is fringe music doesn't really always honor the memory of those who work so hard for it to be recognized. Jazz music still has so much to say politically and socially, that the world needs to hear. I thinks its dangerous and sad to limit its message to middle class hipsters. But hopefully one day I will find the proper vehicle to levarage my extensive knowledge about internet marketing and social politics. Until that time, I'll watch, wait and support the Jazz Loft series :)
Toggle Commented Dec 16, 2012 on Flourishing on the Fringes at THE GIG
After a Master Class with Chris Botti and talking to people who know him well, he is a man of great integrity who found his niche. But maybe as a woman I document integrity not just what comes out of a person's horn but out of his mouth and how they treat their fellow man. He admitted he could never have a relationship or a family because of his schedule. Mr. Botti has never felt the need to publicly degrade women like Nicolas Payton. Even though I personally would never buy a Chris Botti CD, his comments about how sloppy prominent musicians were in studio sessions and with individuals told me he takes his craft and reaching people very seriously. And in light of Wynton's horrid He and She CD, and concerts w/ Willie Nelson and Eric Clapton, musical integrity has many shades. Also for the record Chris Botti operated and paid his band at a lost for several years.
Toggle Commented Dec 16, 2012 on Inspiration at Home and Abroad at THE GIG
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