I had the pleasure of moderating a panel discussion at the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival in Rockville, Maryland this weekend. Panelists included [left to right]: publicist Matt Merewitz (Fully Altered Media), Willard Jenkins (D.C. Jazz Festival), saxophonist, educator and concert producer Tim Warfield, jazz critic Mike West (Washington Post, City Paper, JazzTimes) and yours truly. The topic was “Does the Jazz Media have a positive affect on the jazz audience?” We also explored approaches and strategies for audience development. It was a stimulating, insightful conversation and I’m grateful to Festival Director Paul Carr for making it possible. Thanks also to Judy Korey for snapping this pic.
The Library of Congress Music Division has uploaded its latest batch of William P. Gottlieb jazz photos onto its Flickr site. Several are particularly eye-catching, notably the two images of bassist Chubby Jackson: one with dramatic lighting, the other showing Jackson’s irrepressible personality. There is an impressive triple exposure of bandleader Jerry Jerome, and an unusual shot of Louis Jordan catching 40 winks in between shows. I’m also quite fond of the photograph of guitarist Carl Kress. The low angle shot makes it appear that the instrument is his body. And lastly, how can you resist another shot of Billie Holiday’s dog, Mister?