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Re: “The "problem" with jazz, part 343: Chris Kornelis at the Seattle Weekly

Hey, Peter: Thanks for reading my story and continuing the conversation. To be clear, I don't think jazz SHOULD change. But if it wants to get a larger audience -- like Iyer and his benefactors say they do -- I think jazz has to change.

I also don't there is an inherent "problem" with the music of jazz. Which is why I say in my piece, "If there is a problem--and the jazz establishment's obsession with "outreach" and building its base suggests it believes there is--it isn't with the audience or its access to the music. It's with the artists."

Again, there's nothing wrong with jazz music -- and I like much of it, including Iyer's Accelerando -- very much. There is something flawed, I argue, in the jazz establishment's strategy in courting new listeners (if they want new listeners, and they say they do). I also believe that jazz is disproportonately employed in educational settings to engage young people with music. And I think that if the education programs employed more of the genres familiar to students, they would get more involvement from students who would rather play electric guitar, emcee, or deejay.

Thanks again.

Chris Kornelis
Music Editor
Seattle Weekly

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Posted by Chris Kornelis on 10/16/2012 at 9:23 PM

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