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June 14, 2009

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Bill Forbes

Fully with you on the need to preserve jazz history. Let me be the first to acknowledge here your own stellar efforts in that matter, as well as those of David Brent Johnson in his Night Lights shows on WFIU.

Larry Kart

The implicit and explicit points that knowledgable jazz business-guy (sorry for the lame term) Marty Khan brings up in the course of this interview about his book "Straight Ahead":

http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/article.php?id=16904

need to be borne in mind before we sell our souls to any death-by-committee bureaucratic effort to "help" jazz. Such top-down outfits (see the Doris Duke Foundation, for one) tend to generate plans and make efforts that have little room for the actual artistic life and economic realities of this music. And how long has it been since Quincy Jones knew or did anything in relation to jazz that the likes of us thought were worthwhile and/or made good artistic sense? Maybe if what the music needs is lessons in how to get guys to write charts for you that you then put your own name on? Financial assistance funneled to the right jazz history projects, that I can see, though I'm sure that even this can be screwed up at the "who's making the decisions" level, but otherwise I think we're asking for big trouble -- further from-the-top-down consolidation/commodification along Jazz At Lincoln Center lines, and hasn't that been a boon for jazz? (he asked, ironically).

About the striking unclothed lady on the "Jazz for Relaxation" cover, is that a photograph or a painting?

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