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 Francis Reilly on December 19, 2016 at 12:13pm

At 80 years of old,I have long been advocating this. 

Comment by Sharmond Smith on December 18, 2016 at 2:06pm

I am in. This is a great Idea.

Comment by Carlos Jimenez Mambo Dulcet on February 20, 2009 at 11:52pm
Can I decide who will be the best Latin Jazz album??? I like that Idea!!!
Comment by Eric Williams on February 20, 2009 at 7:35pm
There should be a Male and Female Vocalist category, Big Band, small combo, instrumentalist, etc. Bring the Great American Songbook back to the USA. Our greatest asset, as a country is our music. More Jazz, please. More Great American Music. Then, maybe I'll watch the Grammys.
Comment by Desiree on February 20, 2009 at 4:03pm
I love, love this idea. Why not. it is just not appreciated enough. Let's go I'm ready to get started.
Comment by Martin Clay on February 20, 2009 at 9:30am
Alexander Zonjic is also hosting the Canadian Smoothjazz Awards in Toronto in April. so maybe this jazz grammy thing is already in progress, just has to be expanded and done in a higher profile. The canadian Awards are not restricted to Canadian players, check it out. http://www.smoothjazznow.com/csja_nominees.htm
Comment by TamaraPatrick on February 20, 2009 at 9:18am
What a fantastic idea. I would love to be a part of this jazz effort. Detroit also only has one jazz station on the radio. Mr. Alexander Zonjic (flute) is one of the morning hosts. He would be a great resource. He is partners with Mr. Frank Taylor from the Frank Taylor Resturaunt Group. They own Seldom Blues and other venues in the area. Both are great sources of information and ideas. Anything I can do to help this effort you can count me in.
Comment by James Bazen on February 19, 2009 at 3:12pm
Tell me if this makes sense or not.

The bottom line is many of us on TJN could organize and produce a Jazz Grammies. I would love to do it myself. It is not that difficult. Just set up the advetising/publicity, pick the categories, pick a date, book the venue and line up the talent to perform. The difficult part as usual is funding.

Given that the jazz market is still (please don't flame me when I say this) a niche market it will be difficult to find sponsors - especially in this economy.

To me the obvious place to start is to find out how many of us on TJN are members of the Recording Academy. Perhaps form an on line committee or group?

Then we need to make sure all TJN has our contact info. Then folks could send comments and concerns about the producing of a Jazz Grammies to each of us and we would in turn share them with our local chapters.

If there is enough interest then theoretically the local chapters would send them to the national office.
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."

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