Sunday, June 19, 2011

Interesting Links

There is a petition up soliciting better pay for musicians at the upcoming Undead and Winter Jazz Festivals in New York City (NYT):
Winter / Undead Jazz Festival Musician Petition: We believe that as major critically acclaimed festivals drawing overflow crowds and international attention, the Undead and Winter Jazz Festivals have a responsibility to respect community standards of pay and other conditions. Therefore: we the undersigned artists who have played or been invited to play* the Winter Jazz or Undead Jazz festivals call on the promoters of these Festivals to meet with representatives of the Winter Undead Jazz Festivals musicians, and their bargaining representative, Associated Musicians of Greater NY Local 802 AFM, to engage in good faith negotiation on the terms and conditions for the future concert appearances we provide.
Ethan Iverson has an thought-provoking response as well as some other interesting jazz links:
If everybody knew well in advance that the "union" demanded $200 (a figure suggested by the petition) for approved, concert-level improvising musicians, then that would make every gig in town instantly more scarce and valuable. (Uh, maybe we should start with a $100 baseline, even that would be revolutionary.) Perhaps society will eventually realize that live performance is actually worth more than surfing the internet. If so, it would be good to begin experimenting with these ideas sooner rather than later.
A Blog Supreme wants to know what you're favorite albums are for the first half of 2011. I think I'd go with: David S. Ware - Planetary Unknown, Nicole Mitchell - Awakening, Jon Lundbom and Big Five Chord - Quavers! Quavers! Quavers! Quavers!, Wadada Leo Smith - Heart's Reflections, Matt LaVelle - Goodbye New York, Hello World, William Hooker w/ Thomas Chapin - Crossing Points, Matthew Shipp - Art of the Improviser, Inzinzac, John Surman - Flashpoint: NDR Workshop, Donny McCaslin - Perpetual Motion, WSQ - Yes We Can, Mostly Other People Do the Killing - The Coimbra Concert, and Miles Davis - Bitches Brew Live. How about you?

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