Sep 19, 2014
Can jazz become culturally relevant again? That provocative title kicks off a new column called "The Big Question" on allaboutjazz.com. Founder Michael Ricci wants your input, so check out the initial posting by click this link.
Not to surprise anyone, but the initial posting is a bit grim. Here's a sneak peak of a depressing statistic:
Writing in The Root.com, Frank McCoy painted a gloomy picture for the idiom, "It's even harder in jazz today as CD/album sales have plummeted. In 1999 the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) said that jazz sales were 3 percent of all recording sales. By 2008 they were 1.1 percent. In 2000 Soundscan reported that 18,416 jazz albums were sold; nine years later, fewer than 12,000 jazz-genre albums were purchased.