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Jazz War, What Is It Good For? (Absolutely Nothing)

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

A few weeks ago, I extended an olive branch to the jazz internet community that Nextbop would [no longer draw lines in the sand]. This proclamation was rather well received and we’re very appreciative to you, dear reader, for loving what we’re doing here and our new position of not taking a stance in what [Lucas Gillan] is aptly referring to as the “Jazz Wars.”

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A Community United By Opening Acts (Fixed Comment Box. Hopefully...)

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

As a man who loves a great deal of music, I spend some times going to shows of other genres. While I still hold that jazz is my first love and I generally enjoy jazz concerts more than other shows, there’s a certain energy in live music that I try to grab whenever I’m able.

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Call for Open Submissions

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

We’ve been really excited about today. Today we ask that our Nextbop family get a little bigger. Seb, Justin, and I have been working hard to make sure you, dear web surfer, would love everything we have to offer here. Still, our goal has always been to build a true community of folks who love good music. What better way to do that than to open the doors or windows or whatever you want to go with here to build/destroy a metaphor and allow for you to become a part of the process of making Nextbop great.

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Colbert Vs. the Jazz Robot

[Anthony Dean-Harris]
Editor-In-Chief
anthonydeanharris@gmail.com / @retronius

Did you catch The Colbert Report last night? You might have wanted to catch these jokes.

Colbert once again stood on his soapbox and railed against jazz music. Specifically, he announced the shocking future of MIT-engineered marimba playing robots that can improvise with human musicians. If the bit weren’t so funny, we’d be frightened and offended. Start at 1:27 to exercise your ability to laugh at yourself.

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The Every Genre

[Anthony Dean-Harris]
Editor-In-Chief
anthonydeanharris@gmail.com / @retronius

Before I got my show at [KRTU], I was in a bit of a musical flux. In my younger days, I was a bit of a jazz purist. I would only listen to jazz and had little variation from it. Sure, I being Negro, my childhood had crossover R&B music from Anita Baker, D’Angelo, Maxwell, and others of their time. But arguably, R&B could be considered just another vein of jazz, so it was hard for me to classify them as anything other than that.