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I have never read Jazz Times.
Yes, I’ve managed to become a decent jazz trombonist and a devoted and somewhat knowledgeable jazz fan willing to borrow tens of thousands of dollars to learn how to study its history, all without picking up the lauded magazine that is the paragon of jazz journalism. This wasn’t on purpose — I just never had the occasion to check it out with the wealth of information available to me through the internet, my friends and fellow musicians.
I’ve been meaning to discuss the recent brochure published by the National Endowment for the Arts for awhile now; finally, Ted Gioia’s thoughtful post at jazz.com has provided me with the inspiration to chime in.
I disagreed somewhat with Mr. Gioia’s Chicken Little take on the state of jazz today, but this time I can’t argue with the fact that the NEA findings are indeed ugly news for the jazz community.
The report lists 11 key findings, nine of which have something specific to say about the state of the jazz audience (findings 3 and 4 are somewhat tangential to jazz specifically.) After the jump, I’ll take a look at what each one means for the (un)changing demographics of the jazz audience. Read the rest of this entry »