Top-flight musicians Dave Bryant
, Tom Hall
, John Kordalewski
, and Neil Leonard
carry on a lively conversation about current trends, with performances by the presenters at the Boston Public Library between 6 and 8pm in the Boston Room.
Dave worked with Ornette Coleman in Prime Time and has been contributing to the quality of musical life here for 30 years. Tom was a founding member of Your Neighborhood Saxophone Quartet. John is the guardian of the Makanda Ken McIntyre legacy and Neil is a noted builder of cyber bridges for music with his own impressive array of collaborations.
In Boston at this time, there has been a general decline in listening to music as an activity across the board. The public relationship to live music, especially the younger public, is to dance music, generally involving DJ's.
The once touted Boston Rock scene has been hit the hardest while other instrumental musics still have solid presence in music education and the lives of communities. Jazz is having an ever so gradual comeback. And these stalwarts will be in the thick of it.