NPR recently published an article titled On The Future Of Jazz Among Black Folk. If you’ve been to a jazz club lately, then the dearth of black folks in the audience should not really be news to you. There are a lot of conversations about why that is, and the first answer given is the lack of education. You’ll get no arguments from me about that. The decimation of music programs and the lack of instruments in inner city schools has really done a number to many of the communities that birthed this music.
Even without formal education, kids exposed to this music can be receptive to it. I know this from experience. The picture above is my niece at 18 months old with John Coltrane’s Sun Ship record. Read the rest of this entry »