Jazz for mick
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As a youth I was in love with music that possessed an energy and emotion. This meant that the music I listened to then was from the blues and rock genres. The more a song in those genres wandered toward the middle of the road the less it interested me. As time passed reggae, punk, metal, and grunge seemed to at times possess the same energy and emotion.
One day I wandered into the office of a colleague who I knew to be a jazz lover and asked him to recommend a jazz album. Without hesitation he turned to me and said, “’Kind of Blue’ by Miles Davis.” A couple of days later he gave me an old copy of his. It was love at first listen. I had to listen to more so back I went to get a list of albums he’d recommend. A few years later he asked if I’d want to attend the Newport Jazz Festival. I said yes.
He’s tutoring me on jazz. Jazz it seems possesses a small, but loyal fan base that accounts for only a small fraction of total music sales. There are no Grand Ole Opry or Fillmore auditoriums in the jazz world, just a few very small venues trying to stay in business. Even though the Newport Jazz Festival is the granddaddy of all jazz festivals it struggles each year to stay financially alive.
At the Newport Jazz Festival I soon learned that the main tent held little interest for me. The energy and emotion resides in the side tents. George Wein, the promoter of the Newport Jazz Festival, seems to know that he can’t sell enough tickets without headliners that are more smooth jazz if they are jazz at all. Smooth jazz just puts me to sleep.
The three photos are of Matthew Shipp playing one of the side stages (he played with Joe Morris & Marshall Allan) at the Newport Jazz Festival
Canon EOS 350D camera with a Sigma AF 18-200mm DC OS Zoom lens
Canon PhotoStudio stitch of three pics
8 August 2010
Thanks to David Fullman for the spotlight.
Also by John Linton
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