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Rethinking the Festival Format

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

New York had another music festival fairly recently (what, do you people have these things like every weekend or something?). The College Music Journal (CMJ) Festival ran rampant throughout New York a couple of weeks ago. I tried not to pay any attention to it, despite my Twitter timeline having much to say on the matter. Yet, what finally called my attention to the festival was a post out there (I can’t quite find the original piece, unfortunately) by Hank Shteamer stating that while some jazz acts made a foray into this widespread music industry event, they weren't quite successful in those surroundings. This post was the catalyst for a discussion that hit a little pocket of the jazz internet including Shteamer, Matt Michell, and Darcy James Argue.

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The Line-Up for 5 November 2010

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

We've made it to November. The air is crisp, spirits are high. The jazz keeps coming. I'm feeling pretty good about this week's Line-Up, hopefully you do, too. Let's find out, shall we?

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The Line-Up for 29 October 2010

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

I'm feeling pretty good about this week's Line-Up. I think it's well put together. I think it has the right touches of the right moods. I think it has a good energy to it. I'm actually live in the studio for stuff but the song order and arrangement was done in advanced and blends together fairly well. It covers a broad spectrum of periods but meshes well. It has a full body and a nice aroma with a hint of hickory and elderberries. Etc, etc.

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Jason Parker Takes His Nick Drake Project to Kickstarter

Photo Credit: Darrah Parker

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

Our good friend and overall jazz cheerleader, Jason Parker, has been showing concern about his impending Kickstarter campaign to add additional backing to his upcoming Nick Drake project. Ultimately, Parker has chosen to put aside the initial worrying about worrying and move into actual, legitimate but empowering worrying. Starting November 15, he’s posting his project on Kickstarter to solicit funds from we jazz fans, Nick Drake doters, and lovers of all things interesting and artistic. That gives all of us a little time to scrounge up whatever change we have in our couch cushions and sell our kidneys on the black market to put our support behind such an awesome project.

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The Line-Up for 22 October 2010

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

I'm not really in the mood to explain my rationale for each track for this week's show. The only thing I feel I need to explain is the two tracks from Jaspects, which I'm playing to note the SpelHouse homecoming that I'm unable to attend. Still, if I had left for Atlanta, I probably might not have been able to do my show this week and that means you would have missed out. We wouldn't have wanted that, would we?