#jazzlives Twitter campaign update, week 7

Raising hands by tweeting that you’ve heard live jazz — write WHO, WHERE and #jazzlives — continues as a phenomenon, almost two months after the campaign began to test if there is an active young audience for the music. Results roll in from far and wide, though solicitations for them have slowed. Musicians are encouraged to tell their audiences to tweet, to spread word of their excellence and ramp up the numbers. A few recent samples follow. . . 

Some 2500 tweets have been posted using the hashtag, which allows messages on Twitter to be collected and counted. That isn’t an overwhelming number for the period of time since August 27, when we got the idea of using social media to explore who counts themselves among the listening audience, but the breadth of reporting is impressive.

  • “Jazz at Zorba’s in Urbana!”
  • “Martin, Mehldau, Turner and Gilmore at the Jazz Standard” (NYC)
  • “Eldar @Yoshi’s Oakland”
  • “Bill Cunliffe Organ trio w/John CHiodini & Curt Bisquero @ Charlie O’s” (Valley Glenn, CA)
  • “Jonathan Freilich’s Naked on the Floor at the Open Ear series – Blue Nile – New Orleans”
  • Full house for jazz @Eastman salute music of late saxman Gerry Niewood” (Rochester)
  • “Miguel Zenon plays alto sax and sings . . . at the Dakota in Mpls”
  • “Raffael’s @Kempinski Hotel in Falkenstein w/J. Marshall, Grant Stewart” (Frankfurt, Germany)
  • “Agitprop! Ronan Guilfoyle’s jazz reaction to the Irish crisis, Cabinteely House” (Dublin)
  • “Monday night jazz jam again at Mr. Tony’s Palm Bay, FL”
  • “Overtone Quartet at the Kennedy Center” (Washington DC)
  • “Lee Konitz, Harold Danko & Eastman students playing George Russell’s Odjenar & Ezzthetic” Rochester, on Konitz’s 82nd birthday
  • “jazz trumpeter Jeff Lofton playing at city of Austin’s comprehensive plan kickoff”
  • Eldar in Kansas City
  • “Hank Jones trio at TNT, Toulouse” (France)
  • Kurt Elling Quartet at Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter, Minnesota)

And on the list goes of places people are listening — New Haven, Birmingham (UK), St. Louis,  Chicago, Amherst, Hamilton (Ontario) . . .Keep those tweets comin’ . . .

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  1. Fradley Garner says

    Howard, 2500 is an unimpressive tally. Comments are factual — it’s the numbers that count.
    Please comment for my NOTEWORTHY column in Jersey Jazz.
    Fradley Garner
    International Editor
    Jersey Jazz
    Journal of the New Jersey
    Jazz Society
    HM: Fradley, the numbers of tweets continue; I haven’t done a count now in three weeks (the 25000 number is two months old). I agree that the campaign did not go wildly viral. However, the hashtag campaign #jazzlives has been significant enough to stir a similar hashtag campaign #worldmusic, initiated by Lincoln Center producer Bill Bragin. And what’s impressive about #jazzlives is that tweets have been posted from all over the world.