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Funding the Arts: Still Less Expensive than Buying an Elected Official

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced the recipients of the 2012 Jazz Masters Award, “the nation’s highest honor in jazz.” This lofty honor bestows the grand sum of $25,000 on each of the five recipients, embarrassingly low for the likes of Charlie Haden and Jack DeJohnette, two of this year’s five recipients. Incidently, … Continue reading

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Avoiding Extinction vol. III: The New Tools of the Trade (stone tools now obsolete)

The new tools of the trade are both bewildering and useful. Bewildering in terms of the amount of time and bandwidth a person could spend creating profiles, initializing widgets, uploading media, analyzing stats and so on. Useful in terms of creating impressions (although who knows how deep or lasting) among the multitude of thrifty jazz … Continue reading

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Avoiding Extinction Vol I

{Insert Obvious Here} The internet has changed the way music is produced, marketed, “sold”, and consumed forever.  When I say “sold”, I should really say “obtained” because purchasing music has become optional.  But if you feel guilty and don’t buy into your anti-establishment neighbor’s argument that downloading MP3s for free is cool because you’re just … Continue reading