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Tangents: The Baby Boomer’s Guide to Jazz-Festival Survival

If you’re a jazz-loving baby boomer and you want to attend a jazz festival this summer, there is one steadfast rule you must follow: Remember how old you are. In the mid-’50s, when the Newport Jazz Festival gave birth to the idea of getting scores of jazz musicians and thousands of fans together for a … Read More “Tangents: The Baby Boomer’s Guide to Jazz-Festival Survival”

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Tangents: Confessions of a (Former) Smooth-Jazz DJ

The one-sided battle in the war against smooth jazz still rages. The mainstream jazzerati continue to fume, foam, fulminate and fuss about how some people think that music has something to do with jazz. But how many hardcore jazz lovers have actually spent any time in the smooth-jazz milieu, listening to the music extensively and … Read More “Tangents: Confessions of a (Former) Smooth-Jazz DJ”

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Tangents: The Desperate Wives of Dentists (and the Death of Jazz Radio)

“What is ruining jazz radio today?” This was a recent topic of discussion between an acquaintance and me. He said jazz radio was suffering a worrisome onslaught of CDs from white guitar players with moustaches. For my part, I said that I was most afraid of what I call “The Dentist’s Wife Syndrome” in jazz. … Read More “Tangents: The Desperate Wives of Dentists (and the Death of Jazz Radio)”

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