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  • jazzcrazy wrote on August 17, 2012 report

    Why is this on all about JAZZ?
    Nobody cares about this crappy high school garage music.
    F@#4 the warped tour and all the bands and "musicians" who played it.
    Keep it ALL ABOUT JAZZ!!

  • John Kelman wrote on August 17, 2012 report

    As we've posted before, while AAJ is almost entirely about jazz in its broadest purview, our readers - like many of us who work for the site - have broader tastes, and so we feel that a small percentage of extracurricular coverage actually makes the site richer.

    Not to mention that sometimes this kind of coverage brings readers in who might not otherwise have found the site, and if some of those folks choose to stick around and start exploring other things of a more jazzy nature, well we can't see that as anything but a good thing.

    For those who want to stick solely with jazz, and with all due respect, there's a simple solution: don't read the small amount of coverage that doesn't pertain. Just like jazz festivals that, for a myriad of reasons, bring in non-jazz artists, as long as there's plenty of jazz coverage to be found here - and, in fact, the preponderance of our coverage still is and always will be jazz - then it's fine by us and, it seems, fine for most readers as well.

    Kind regards,
    John

  • Mike Perciaccante wrote on August 18, 2012 report

    Thank you John!

    Considering that Michael Ricci specifically asked me to cover genres other than jazz, I feel vindicated.

    Closed-minded people forget to realize that jazz evolved from and was influenced by earlier musical expressions. So too rock 'n' roll (which quite literally) evolved from jazz. The current rock genres (yes there are more than one) owe their existence to the musical forms that preceded them.

    Had these people opened their minds and actually listened to some of the music (before vilifying it) created by the artists that played at the festival, they might have heard the influences (jazz being but one) that shaped that music.

    To paraphrase John…if you don't like it, don't read it.

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