All is not dismal in Jazzville: Producer George Wein has found a title sponsor — CareFusion — for his jazz festivals in Newport next month and New York City summer 2010. SFJazz has announced a stellar lineup including Ornette Coleman for its fall fest, Oct. 10 – Nov. 21.
Of course it’s July, and festive series of vernacular music — increasingly blurring genres of jazz, pop, “world” fusions, nostalgia acts, rock ‘n’ soul — abound. Fests can be a couple of days, a week, a weekend — can be devoted to a subgenre, a locale’s local performers, or rarely-heard/little know out-of-towners — can be free to the public, or costly if only by virtue of being held in out-of-the-way destinations where, on top of ticket and travel expenses, lodging goes for a premium. But those of us who live for and by music and study the circumstances of its presentation besides listening to its siren songs can easily agree with my buddy Mitch, who writes in his Magnet coverage of Montreal (after having just spent a week reporting on New York City’s Vision Fest):
The synergy between private funding, municipal assistance, corporate underwriting, old-fashioned capitalism, academia, mass and multi-media, endowments, art, commerce, show-biz, technology and the earnest commitment of countless individuals can really add up to something special if you know what you are doing.