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More from Icons Among Us

More from Icons Among Us. Make sure to check 'em out on [their website], [Facebook] and [Twitter].

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Jazz in the Mainstream Media (Exhibit F)

THANK GOD FOR ICONS AMONG US!!! This is exactly the kind or promo jazz needs right now. Something that shows more of the nuances and breadth the genre has to offer. My hat goes off to the entire Icons Among Us team for the 7 years of hard work they put into making this documentary

seb.

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Jazz in the Mainstream Media (Exhibit E)

This one comes from the documentary Chops, but illustrates my problem with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center program. What's wrong with a documentary about High School kids playing jazz? Nothing. But my point is that jazz is SO MUCH MORE than this, yet this is the only facet of jazz that reaches the mainstream audience thanks to the Wynton Marsalis media machine.

And seriously people. This facet of jazz really doesn't make it look very cool. I mean if you're a 13 year old kid, would you rather be on the football team and hook up with cheerleaders or would you rather look stupid in a suit with a flashy tie and play standards from the 30s for an audience of 70 year olds?

seb.

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Jazz in the Mainstream Media (Exhibit D)

This is another pretty lame portrayal of jazz and stereotypical jazz clubs taken from the movie Spiderman 3. Only good thing about that scene is that that Blonde is pretty hot.

seb.

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Jazz in the Mainstream Media (Exhibit C)

Alright. So this one is an Apple iPod and iTune ad featuring Wynton Marsalis. This is a major FAIL. This is the kind of stuff that makes people my age think jazz is old and corny. It's too bad that Wynton is jazz's most important spokesperson right now.

seb.