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Jazz’s Slim Pickings at SXSW

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

It seems practically everyone is clamoring right now to get to Austin, Texas, next week for South by Southwest. The interactive, film, and music festival has grown over the years with leaps and bounds to take over the already crowded Austin. It’s the opportunity for industry and fans of music and film alike to find the “next big thing.” Yet, it seems that, unless I’m mistaken, there doesn’t seem to be much of a jazz presence at this festival and I’m seriously beginning to wonder why most in the genre are missing out on this opportunity.

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The Line-Up for 4 March 2011

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

This is actually the first time in a few weeks in which I walked into the studio without a concept for a show already in mind. Fortunately, I managed to pull together some more new stuff from some folks I've been playing lately and the computer also got my back this week by throwing in some pretty choice cuts. Altogether, your standard awesome jazz show out of San Antonio.

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[Insert Descriptor Here] Famous

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

I want to take things back to 2006 (if read aloud, do me a favor and say "Twenty aught six," I'm trying to make old prospector talk for the 21st Century into a thing). For much of that spring and summer, my friends and I were frequently discussing the potential of the upcoming film Snakes on a Plane starring Samuel L. Jackson. Some of my friends, one more vociferous than the others, often clamoured about how great the movie would be and how well it would perform in the box office because of the legions of people on the internet (especially 4chan's /b/ [trust me, you don't want to click that hyperlink unless you brace yourself for the insanity first]) who have taken part in shaping the film and would clearly support it. I took a much more precarious stance on the matter, largely because I believed quite strongly in a certain maxim I was bandying about at the time-- internet celebrity is not real celebrity.

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The Line-Up for 25 February 2011

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

I don't think I have much of a theme for this week other than this being a collection of mostly new music that I got in this week. Actually, some of it is new and some of it has just been waiting for the opportunity to come to light.

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The Seed Payton Planted

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

Nicholas Payton swung through San Antonio this week for a couple of days. My city builds a nice little jazz scene. It’s no New York. It’s no Houston, even, but we’re still pretty keyed in and it’s sort of nice to be part of a scene that makes itself sometimes. Anyway, Nicholas Payton did a concert here on Sunday evening that I was rather grateful to attend and review, and the following Monday, he gave a workshop to students at Trinity University that I sat in on (forgive that sentence ending preposition). If anything, the two days showed a few things—Payton’s personality is almost exactly how he plays and how he does both is filled with immense depth and wisdom.