Hooray For Leonard Feather's Scrapbook:
Here's something wonderful to go with proud owners of his epochal Biographical Encylopedia of Jazz
. Seminal articles
and delicious jazz clips
) are part of the pleasure.
Are Jazz And Gay Culture Antithetical?
When an American friend of mine told me recently that gay men hate jazz, although that's not my experience in my part of the world, it got me thinking. But the article I found, by Francis Davis, only added to the mystery. Is the audience for Jazz overwhelmingly and creepily white, bourgeois, straight, macho and middle-aged (which, embarrassingly, just about describes this Jazz fan...
)? If it is, why the hell is it? Why are there so few outed gay Afro-American musicians
, for instance? Is there still a "Don't Ask, Don't Tell
" mentality? Or, more interestingly, does it have something to do with Jazz itself? Or even being gay? And what about the other musical stereotypes
(Garland, Streisand et al.) used in caricatures of gay men? Is there anything in them? [NYT reg. required for main link; atrocious text garbling in the second.
One Defining Jazz Track Per Year, From 1945 To 2001? An Impossible Task!
Well, not for Gary Giddins
, arguably our greatest contemporary jazz critic. He's just spent five months going through his record collection to come up with a terrific and deliciously debatable list for The Village Voice
. Yeah, how could
he leave out...*insert your particular obsession here
[Here's a 74-page 1996 interview with him(in pdf format) that's practically a mini-history of jazz.
The Most Listened To Internet Radio Station In The World...
is London-based Jazz FM
. It's not really a Jazz station, but it plays delightful lounge music and the sound quality(Windows req.
)is exceptional. And it makes a profit
! What can they possibly
be doing right?