Who Hijacked My Jazz

On the Radio & At Concerts

Well, it's been three years since I posted an article, and in those three years much has happened to Jazz (Smooth Jazz that is) on the radio and at concerts. I'm NOT happy about it !

I started to ask the question: Who hijacked my Jazz???? Almost all of the Smooth Jazz radio stations have been changed to formats that play mostly R&B and Pop. And the Smooth Jazz concerts across the city of Los Angeles, and around the country have slowly added R&B artist to their line-ups.

Now-don't-get-me-wrong, I love me some R& B. But, when it comes to my Jazz, I'm more of a purest. The Jazz genre is my absolute favorite. It's my past-time activity, it's my passion, it's such a BIG PART OF ME.

So what's really going on in the world of Jazz? Why must there be change to the radio formats, and concert line-ups? Ah, I bet it's all about sales, money and more.

I understand dollars and cents, and that everyone wants a piece of the pie, but just once, can we let the music lead the way and not the business of music.

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