Apologies to blogger Steve Lawson for not spotting this earlier. It’s over 18 months since he wrote it. Lots of food for thought here:
The psychological state of play as it stands isn’t great for UK jazz. Mainly because of the ideas informing its notion of ‘success’. This is so sad given its fantastic quality and originality. The potential audience for it is huge, given the popularity of equally experimental musical forms in the Electronic and Post-Rock worlds.
Sadly, so many of the UK’s jazzers are actually apologetic about their own music. Very few speak about what they do with any sense of pride or acknowledgement of its value, even to them. They look expectantly at The Mercury Prize panel or Q Magazine reviewers for some scraps of recognition, all the while ignoring the option to interact with their current and potential audience online. And to make matters worse, most are grimly hanging onto the idea that CD sales are everything, shop distribution is key to success and that they must keep their music ‘jazz enough’ for the jazz clubs to book them.