|Who's the bass player on that Beyonce song?|
|Kenny Washington, a human jazz encyclopedia|
It's really important for jazz students to be able to have cognitive associations with the individual stylistic characteristics of different historical players. If a developing jazz pianist can't tell the difference between Wynton Kelly and Jackie Terrasson, then that's an issue. I think the non-performing audience should be informed on this as well. I know a lot of jazz fans who DO know the difference. But if young listeners aren't getting the information, they'll never develop this skill.
|"I don't know who the bass player is on this CD....."|
Now, some Starbucks restaurants have the little TV screens where they list what music is playing and the artist and the album. I think this would be great in restaurants that have jazz. I wouldn't need to bother the waitress anymore! And then people would start to learn more about what they are listening to. I think the whole concept of "background music" is weird. How can John Coltrane be "background music"? All the stuff he is playing? Doesn't you ear want to pay attention to it? Why is music created by geniuses relegated to the "background"?
So Jazz DJs, if you read this, PLEASE tell me who the other musicians are! Otherwise, I'll be tempted to google the album on my phone, and I'll most likely get a ticket for erratic driving......