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Just Plain Unprofessional

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris[at]nextbop[dot]com / @retronius

Two days ago, Patrick Jarenwattananon posted his thoughts at NPR’s A Blog Supreme on Keith Jarrett’s typically erratic behavior at his concerts. The conversation that followed in the comments section (and the associated stray tweets that always seem to flare up around these things) had a certain degree of absolutism that PJ’s post (most appreciatively) didn’t lend itself to in the least. Upon reading the post, I knew immediately of its subject matter but I eventually turned my thoughts to the similarly odd behavior of Ms. Lauryn Hill and her recent penchant for tardiness. Yet in all the commentary about Jarrett and Hill, I’ve yet to see anyone define this behavior as anything but obviously unprofessional.

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The Line-Up for 14 January 2011

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris[at]nextbop[dot]com / @retronius

This is one of those shows that came together in an odd way. I had an idea for what I wanted to do when I headed to the station, scrapped much of it while putting the show together, and now I'm oddly proud of this mix. Hopefully you'll feel the same.

Also, someone let me know if the descriptions I add for each track is really necessary. I think I may cut them out completely after a while. The intros are a must, but the whole "why I picked this track at this spot" thing may not be necessary, unless I'm linking something important or something. I'm still mulling it over.

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One Size Does Not Fit All

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris[at]nextbop[dot]com / @retronius a>

When I'm not living the decadent life of a jazz blogger, I work as an English tutor at a community college. The students there don't always meet my standards of excellence but I try to work dilligently to pull brilliance and confidence out of these pliable minds everyday. It's taken some time for me to grow comfortable with this job, largely because I realized (finally) that not everyone learns the same way. Not everyone develops the same way. The same could be said with jazz musicians.

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The Line-Up for 7 January 2011

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris[at]nextbop[dot]com / @retronius

Alright, so I clearly couldn't make it to New York for Winter Jazz Fest, I still can relish in such a festivals options with a radio station's resources before me. You can do the same by proxy.

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Whither the Black Voices

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris[at]nextbop[dot]com / @retronius

About a year and a half ago, some time after he challenged a fledgling jazz blogosphere to put together their Jazz Now lists, Patrick Jarenwattananon emailed me asking my input on why I was one of the few, if not the only black guy who contributed to the project and possibly in the jazz internet at large. Naturally, I put together my thoughts on the matter (back when my personal blog served more of a purpose than the initial depository for Line-Up playlists. A little while after that, I joined the ranks of Nextbop and have since pressed on with championing jazz on the internet whenever I could. Fast forward to last week, journalist and blogger Harry Allen made a keen observation on his Twitter, noting that the music writing staff of the New York Times is all white, even when they take the time to praise all black artists. He later noted that “Both The @VillageVoice's and @TheNYTimes's music sections seem to be composed completely of white guys.” Since I’ve touched on this subject before, and I being Negro, I’d like to delve into this topic once more.