New York Times downgrades jazz

“Has the Times relegated jazz coverage in the interest of reallocating resources to subjects that attract more web traffic?” – Max Cea, Salon Magazine

For decades, the New York Times has been one of the world’s key outlets for jazz news and reviews.

No more.

In an era when clickbait is valued more highly that news, the New York Times has abdicated its role as a leader in jazz reporting and education.

“…By December, the number of once ample weekly New York jazz listings were condensed to the single digits and lumped in with the paper’s pop and rock listings.” – Max Cea

While you’re reading this, think about what Jazz on the Tube has been doing to try to pick up the slack:

All jazz festivals worldwide listed, all jazz clubs worldwide listed, all jazz education programs worldwide listed, an in-depth free course on Cuba and its influence on jazz and American music, book profiles, artist profiles, curated videos of classic videos every day etc.

Meanwhile, the great writers have left the Times and the new guy splits his time as the Times’ TV comedy critic and so far appears not to know – or care – much about New York’s proud role as center of the jazz universe.

If you haven’t participated in supporting Jazz on the Tube yet, this article is a good reason to considering doing so if you love jazz and want to see it survive and thrive.

Full Salon article here:

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Havana: March 2017 – Gilberto Valdés Zequeira
Camilo Moreira - Jazz educator in Havana
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