Jimmy Heath recently said he’s been hearing since he was a youngster that jazz is dying. The saxophonist and composer/arranger will be 84 in October. Joining him in discounting death rumors is a younger man, the veteran entrepreneur Todd Barkan, who runs the oddly named but vital Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, a bastion of jazz in New York City. Barkan is preparing a fall festival designed to help insure the music’s vitality by bringing together some of its wise elders with promising younger musicians. Pia Catton writes about the project in today’s Wall Street Journal.
“We are reaching a critical stage in jazz music because we’ve lost a lot of people in the last few years,” Mr. Barkan said. “Older artists teach a lot by example and the practice of jazz.”
To learn of Barkan’s plans for the festival and read all of the article, which includes an embedded video, go here.