When is a Jazz Festival (Not) a Jazz Festival?
Here's the reality check. There are really only two choices for most jazz festivals around the world: insist that festivals retain their absolute purity, and watch them run themselves into the ground in short order; or accept that a broader purview is necessary, in order to exist, as long as that purview isn't at the expense of a primary jazz focus. Me? I'll be first in line for Robert Plant and Black Dub, but I'll also be lining up for Atomic, The Thing
, Joshua Redman
and Brad Mehldau
, Kurt Elling
and Jonas Kullhammer. And I'll be all the richer for it. Jazz, after all, has always been about inclusion and cross-pollination, rather than exclusion and a glass box mentality, hasn't it? Photo Credits
Robert Plant: Egghead06/Wikimedia
Kurt Elling: Skip Bolen