Convener(s): PETER IND
Participants: Chris Chijiutami, George Foster, Dorian Ford, Peter ?, Will Rodway, Bev Orton
Summary of discussion, conclusions and/or recommendations:
- France has 6 Jazz radio Jazz stations – where are ours?
- BBC has cut specialist programmes mainly because of lack of finances. (We won’t mention the huge salaries paid to some celebrities!)
- Jazz is not ‘establishment’
- There is a general decline in our culture and Jazz is a part of this.
- Should we join with other specialist forms of Jazz to present a larger group to the BBC? E.g. Folk But this would dilute the uniqueness of Jazz
- The BBC sponsors the London Jazz Festival.
- Jazz FM is online and has improved, but this excludes older jazz aficionados who are not computer literate. The UK culture today is moving towards all online listening/watching – Youtube, Spotify etc.
- There needs to be balance in music programming but Jazz doesn’t bring in the numbers.
- Is the BBC guilty of institutional ignorance towards Jazz?
- The venues for Jazz are not ‘corporate friendly’ - not grand or luxurious enough for entertaining clients, and so good jazz is not being spread.
- Peter felt that Jazz rubs some people up the wrong way!
- The aim for the Jazz fraternity is to look outward and not be elitist.
- We need to expand the interest in Jazz before the BBC will show it.
- Jazz appreciation can be expanded by snatches of music in adverts, plays etc.
- BBC Radio 4 is now requesting feedback about programming. We should take part in this online and request more Jazz. (Ken Clarke’s programme last week was excellent – Bev)
- We want the BBC to WANT to broadcast JAZZ
- The world around us is changing – the Jazz fraternity is perceived by the BBC as ‘moaning’!
- Smaller Jazz clubs are just as important to spreading the wonderful music as large events – sometimes the audience collectively is larger.
- Jazz programmes could try to get sponsorship and this should be mentioned in the televised/radio shows.