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The Line-Up for 3 September 2010

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

While I may have been spreading my interests around musically, I always come home to roost with The Line-Up. It may be a good thing because for this week, I'm playing some folks I haven't even thought about for a while and I'm playing some other folks who just caught my eyes and ears. I rather like how [this week's episode] was put together. There are a few folks here tonight who I've wanted to play for a little while but just couldn't find a good place to play them until now. This week, one could say this is the episode in which the chickens come home to roost.

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Why I Listen to Everything

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

Lately, I’ve been running across a lot of music that’s been pulling my attention away from jazz. In a way, I sort of feel like I’m betraying where I’ve been devoting most of my energy. Between thinking up all kinds of idea for this site and what I try to do with [KRTU], I feel like I’ve made jazz my wife, or at least my pretty steady girlfriend.

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The Line-Up for 27 August 2010

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

I was in a pretty bad mood a couple of days ago and I just needed to play a bunch of ballads to get myself out of it. The next morning, I filled a whole Post-It note with songs I knew I'd play this week. I don't normally play an evening of ballads but that's where I'm headed for [this show] and I hope you come along for the ride.

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Bring Back Jingles, Or At Least Give Us Some Better Song Placement

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

As I get dressed in the mornings, I usually turn on Bravo to watch old episodes of The West Wing. The other morning, as I was ironing my pants, a commercial came on for PillowPets.

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Jazz History is Now

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

Think back to third grade. Think back to that time when class was that thing that got in the way of lunch or recess (if you came of age in the time when children still had recess). Think back on all the subjects and topics that became the foundation for the things you know today. One of those things had to be main idea. To an eight-year-old, thinking about the big picture of everything is one of those concepts that’s crucial to get down for the rest of your life.

As folks who are invested in the future of jazz and spreading it to the masses, our main focus at Nextbop (and maybe you as well, dear reader) is to ensure that jazz isn’t seen as some dusty museum piece that scares off laypeople. Yet, it’s hard to just ignore this genre's rich history. The big picture of jazz includes what folks are creating in jazz and its periphery. Try as we might to not think of jazz as a historical exhibit, what we do now is still a part of jazz history.