Audio from today’s appearance on Soundcheck is online, with a small twist: instead of focusing strictly on the Vision Festival’s weekend marathon, the conversation covered broader economic realities for the New York jazz musician. There wasn’t a lot of time -- the show also included a 20-minute segment about the Jazz Loft Project, and a nice in-studio performance by Grant Lee Phillips -- but I think we credibly scratched at the surface.
The theme of the segment apparently derived from a line I dashed off in an email: “It’s a fantastically open time to be a jazz consumer in the city, and a borderline oppressive time to be a jazz artist (economically, not creatively).” Let’s continue this conversation, shall we? Is there any insight to be shared about that paradox? Does anyone disagree with my premise? The lines are open; leave comments below.
And while we’re on the topic: I didn’t get to mention that the Vision Festival marathon will include a moderated discussion on “The effect of the economy on life decisions of the young musician.” This Saturday, 5:30 to 7 p.m. More on that here.
Oh, and the image above is of trumpeter Steven Bernstein, whose music was chosen to illustrate the segment. Photo by Ziga Koritnik.