SESSION: Is jazz a four-letter word?
Convener(s): Rick Finlay
Participants: Rick Finlay
Summary of discussion, conclusions and/or recommendations:
I ended up bumble-beeing to issue “What are we worth?” so the following is just my thoughts alone.
I think often about this issue of the word jazz and whether it is serving us well and what it means in our culture.
Jazz as a label is in my view becoming damaging to the jazz community because it is becoming indelibly associated with a particular notion of jazz, rather than the multi various animal it actually is.
The printed press about jazz is too conservative, and that’s what the word jazz means to many.
I find the word jazz more of a straightjacket than a help, and it leads to insularity and conservatism. Either we reclaim the word in a broader sense, or we distance ourselves from it and become “musicians” not “jazz musicians”.