Fighting history and myth re racial politics in jazz


I completely disagree with the point of Randall Sandke's bookWhere the Dark and the Light Folks Meet: Race and the Mythology, Politics, and Business of Jazz. Rather than celebrate a century of inter-racial collaboration modeling society's progress on civil rights, instead Sandke proposes that a cabal of journalists, scholars and left-leaning "activist" producers exaggerated black musicians' centrality while downplaying white Americans' contributions to jazz. He thinks white musicians deserve more attention and credit, if jazz is a true … [Read more...]