Let's Create The Jazz Network Worldwide Award Show!!


Let's Create The Jazz Network Worldwide Award Show!!

I'm sick and tired of seeing that Jazz doesn't get its due at the Grammy's, It's time we all come together and have a strong voice... Who's with me?

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Comment by Daria on February 19, 2009 at 1:51pm
Hi all, apologize for repeat of my 2 cents worth but it's hard to read the other one...I realized I forgot to put this in bold before submitting it! Don't know how to delete the previous message I posted!

Yes! I agree with Elaine! I also appreciate what Nicholas is saying in terms of visual presentation and finding an audience. Let's put our collective heads together and do it! We need to carve a niche for the Jazz Grammy's and jazz is so vast that it can and does appeal to more people than we think. Need I list all the styles of jazz that exist? Just as they have different kinds of music in the regular Grammy's we could have sub categories of jazz in the jazz Grammy's...Straight Ahead...Latin Jazz...Jazz Fusion, Gypsy Jazz, Avant Garde, Rock/Jazz, Swing, Folk/Jazz, of course jazz vocals, jazz pianists, ensembles, big bands, etc...Jazz educators should have a category as well, There are jazz for kids CDs out there that are terrific...this would appeal to kids and parents..the list goes on and on...it can appeal to all ages, styles and tastes. There's something for everyone. It all fits under the Jazz umbrella. We'll never know unless we try! I feel that people want and are starving for great music out there. Let's give it to them!


Comment by Elaine Lucia on February 19, 2009 at 10:21am
Hey all,
Rather than waiting for the general public to "get" jazz, or to be 'educated' about jazz before we can justify a Jazz Grammies, let's just set it up and USE the Jazz Grammies to PROMOTE jazz. "Build it and they will come."

Make it as cool, as hip, as young and fresh to be into JAZZ as it (apparently) is to be into Pop or HipHop or whatever is the flavor of the year on the current mainstream Grammies.

In other words: MARKETING Jazz, through the Jazz Grammies, can be something very cool. Other concepts we could include in the Marketing Message: Jazz was born in New Orleans...embrace our U.S. history, embrace our new, very cool President Obama, CELEBRATE our musical heritage. Jazz is collaborative; people from all cultures and levels can participate in the improvisational aspect of jazz. Listen to the greats, yes....and now, listen to the thousands of jazz musicians of all ages, disciplines and experience...check out the Jazz Grammies. Include MANY different categories within the Jazz Grammies to include as many different flavors of Jazz as possible. Put forth the message, as well, that young and upcoming musicians in ALL genres today can really benefit musically by learning and assimilating jazz into their repertoire, or at least their study and listening habits.


"Build it, and they will come."
Comment by Scott Whitfield on February 19, 2009 at 9:46am
Some EXCELLENT points made by Nicolas! YES, this is indeed SHOW BUSINESS, and more jazz artists do need to think more about the visual presentation along with the aural. If you love what you're doing, ACT like it. The audience will enjoy it as well.

About the producer's statement, ALSO some very valid points have been made. Now, I'm thinking the next step is to have at our fingertips the same SPIN and media power that the pop world has. First problem: publicity costs MONEY. Tag....
Comment by Nicolas Bearde on February 19, 2009 at 6:41am
Feedback from the producer of the Grammy's this year - Mr. Larry Batiste.

This year featured more jazz during Grammy week than ever before. The Grammy Jazz Ensemble which consist of 30 selected high school kids from all over the country (representing 23 cities and 13 states) had the opportunity to perform in front of music's biggest names.
They worked under the direction of Justin DiCioccio of the Manhattan School of Music, and Dr. Ron McCurdy from USC. Their activities included a jazz date with Gerald Albright, the MusiCares tribute to Neil Diamond, the Nominee's celebration, the Grammy After-Party, and recording a CD at Capitol Studios.

The Grammys produced an event called "Salute to Jazz" (see attached flyer) with performances by Herbie Hancock, Cassandra Wilson, Terrence Blanchard, Kenny Lattimore and others. We also honored many jazz greats during our Merit and Trustees celebrations on the eve of the Grammys. Although this year's telecast was more Pop/Rock/R&B/Hip-
Hop oriented, the Grammys commitment to the genre of jazz is very strong. Unfortunately or Fortunately this was a year to raise ratings which is a reality in the television game. So, the big picture is that this particular award show doesn't just serve as one night's entertainment, but is the engine for numerous Education and Foundation programs. Thus, it must be competitive in today's market.
Comment by Youlia Djeddi on February 19, 2009 at 5:25am
Thanks for being a friend !
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Comment by Nicolas Bearde on February 18, 2009 at 10:58pm
I'd be down for a "Jazz Grammy" program but it will fall flat if there is no audience for it. The public needs to be reminded of the power and beauty of the music. Young people need to be brought in as listeners as well as players. And mature listener's could maybe share their collections with their friends-I'm not talking about online necessarily, I'm talking about card parties or listening parties at home, dances and public gatherings. This might give someone an opportunity to understand and hear the music better. These kind of situations can also present opportunities for the history and background of the players to be better understood. Maybe talk the administrators at your local malls about playing jazz on the PA systems instead of hip hop and R&B. Small steps I know but it could help build a foundation of interested and knowledgeable listeners. We have great players in all styles of jazz but people need to understand what they're listening to. Players need to understand as well that this is SHOW/BUSINESS. The more appealing we can make our presentations, visually and audibly, the more the public will want to see and hear what we do. Look good, play hard, have fun. It's what we love to do, let's show it...

In Song,

Comment by victor valente on February 18, 2009 at 10:11pm
The Grammy as a whole is only concerned with the dollar and how much of it you can bring in. Unfortunatly the artist's work, origionality, ect. doesn't hold enough wait for a grammy or nomination. This is just how it seems to me.
Comment by Heshima Moja on February 17, 2009 at 6:07pm
Here in NYC, the "Jazz Capital of the World", we have ONE jazz station 24 hours which only plays jazz. Everything is is a hoax. Mos Def just headlined the Blue Note. That is where we are at. Part of the problem is, musicians have to stop undercutting each other on an everyday basis and stop taking gigs for $75 bucks and beer nuts. It hurts all of us who make a living doing this. Until we do that, I don't see how we can expect to be respected in the larger market.
Comment by DERICK POLK on February 17, 2009 at 3:03pm
I think that just like they have a separate Latin Grammy Awards we should have a Separate Jazz Grammy Awards since it is more or less already a Separate Award.
Comment by Bruce C on February 17, 2009 at 6:09am
Maybe....there should be a jazz&blues only music awards show too...like the country music industry have...or is that too much to try for? ..... the benefit of a singular venue awards show is not having to divert any extra attention to anything but jazz and blues....

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Jaijai, what a wonderful mission you've undertaken to create such a place for artistic minds to meet and share their hearts. A place to renew faded determinations, and revive lessened momentums. A place to display our wares and reconfirm to one another that we actually are on the right track.

I commend you, Jaijai, for caring so much that you created this castle of the heart for all of us. I want to share my praise for all of the new friends as well as old friends that I've met and will meet here in our castle. Here we can garnish the where-with-all, the strength, the conviction, and the selflessness through our symbiosis, to share our gift to the world with an unbiased agenda.

My mentor, Daisaku Ikeda says of art: "A beautiful flower delights and refreshes the hearts of all people equally, no matter what soil it grows in. That is the power of beauty. The same is true of great art. It is this spirit that the German poet Heinrich Heine sang of when he wrote that once the peapod bursts open, the sugar peas inside are for everyone to enjoy."

Let's be audacious, my friends!

Buster Williams


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