Mar 14, 2012
My favorite jazz DJ is Tom Reney, whose "Jazz a la Mode" show on our local NPR affiliate, WFCR, never fails to satisfy. He also writes a blog that is worth your attention, and in particular a slightly horrifying posting today.
I won't republish the whole thing here, but let you check it out yourself. But here's an eye-opening taste:
I was a guest lecturer on jazz for two music appreciation classes at a private New England liberal arts college yesterday. You might say I had my work cut out for me. None of the 42 students in these classes had ever heard of Wynton Marsalis, Diana Krall, Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, or Duke Ellington. That's right, DUKE ELLINGTON. I double-checked, tried to enourage even a wink or raised eyebrow from anyone who might have felt shy about acknowledging their sophistication, but it was to no avail. What added to my shock and dismay over this revelation of American cultural illiteracy was learning that a couple of the kids had played in high school jazz ensembles...