There has been interesting response to the Rifftides musing a few postings ago about jazz audiences decreasing at the same time that jazz education programs are burgeoning. Here is an excerpt from one comment:
A lot of talented high school and college band directors never program anything more adventurous than Thad Jones — or worse, third-rate Thad Jones knock-offs. [This is not to knock Thad, of course — I love Thad.] Many of them are completely unaware of any developments in jazz since, say, 1967, and aren’t even aware of what’s going on locally. They never take their students to jazz clubs or bring in local musicians to do workshops and sit in with the students.
For the original item and all of the readers’ comments, go here.