As a musician who has spent most of my life down here in Louisiana, it is a safe bet to say that I'm a jazz lover. As a matter of fact, I idolize Louis Armstrong (no pun intended, since last night was the New Orleans auditions of American Idol)
I do have to question, though, why every year they have a festival they call "New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival" when in fact they have little to no jazz.
Take for instance this year's lineup (asterisk denotes actual jazz acts that I'm aware of)
Ms. Lauryn Hill
John Legend & The Roots
The Avett Brothers
Mumford & Sons
Maze feat. Frankie Beverly
Michael Franti & Spearhead
Gregg Allman Blues Band
&Robert Randolph & the Family Band
Bobby Blue Bland
Mighty Clouds of Joy
RAM and Boukman Eksperyans of Haiti
*Ron Carter Trio
Fisk Jubilee Singers
*Maceo Parker with guest Pee Wee Ellis
Now, you can sit here and argue with me all you want about how it is a "mixture of all styles". I don't have a problem with that. As a matter of fact, some of these non-jazz artists I even like, but for a festival that is supposed to promote jazz first and everything else second.
Is jazz such a dying art form in this country that even its birthplace can't give it a proper festival? *SIGH* They should really just name this thing something else and let Satchmo Summerfest become the official jazzfest.
At least then, there would be a jazz fest with real jazz and not this stuff that's just thrown together to get people to come, as if they wouldn't come without names like Bon Jovi and, I hesitate saying this, Kid Rock.
I'm thoroughly frustrated with this now. Think I need to go put on some smooth jazz and just chill.
The Hateful Eight
2 days ago