Killing a self-expressive art form is probably a contradiction in terms (at least as long as humanity survives). But you can lock it away in a cultural fortress from which even its most vivid and cogent statements won’t be heard. And that is what has happened – and, by and large, is happening still – to jazz.
That’s just a taste of a long, strongly-worded piece in today’s Daily Telegraph by trumpeter and long-time fighter for jazz on the barricades, Digby Fairweather.
I’m not sure I agree with some the comments he makes along the way but certainly I’m with him when he attacks the mainstream media and especially the BBC for its neglect of one of the 20th century’s most important musical developments (and it’s not over yet!).
Have a read and let me know what you think. We like debate!