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JT Notes: Jazz Police Brutality

On Do the Math, the Bad Plus’ astute and amusing blog covering topics as disparate as Ornette Coleman and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, pianist Ethan Iverson recently posted a link to a Sept. ’06 interview with Police drummer Stewart Copeland-a rock drummer with undeniably jazz-influenced chops. during the interview, published online at hippie-haven JamBase.com, Copeland engages in some truly terrifying jazz bashing, more disrespectful and positively evil than any well-timed satire Stephen Colbert or Craig Ferguson could imagine.

“[If] you don’t have any soul and you don’t have any talent, jazz is what you should do,” says Copeland. “…any fool can do it; all you gotta do is practice.”

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Evan Haga

Evan Haga worked as an editor and writer at JazzTimes from 2006 to 2018. He is currently the Jazz Curator at TIDAL, and his writing has appeared at RollingStone.com, NPR MusicBillboard and other outlets.