Jazz scholar and friend David Schacker provided this news story. All I thought was, “Where does this man’s doctor practice? I want to be part of that medical group. Perhaps (s)he can write me a prescription to ward off what I hear booming from the SUV in the next lane.”
Officer, That’s Not Jazz, I Say, It’s Felonious Junk!
By THE NEW YORK TIMES
Published: December 12, 2009
Is contemporary music grounds for arrest? An angry purist attending the Sigüenza Jazz Festival in Spain called the police last week to protest the appearance of the Larry Ochs Sax and Drumming Core, The Guardian of London reported. His doctor had told him that listening to anything but jazz was “psychologically inadvisable.” The Civil Guard showed up, armed, and passed the complaint along to a judge. The festival director, Ricardo Checa, told the newspaper El País that the jazz purist didn’t get a refund. “The question of what constitutes jazz and what does not is obviously a subjective one,” Mr. Checa said, “but not everything is New Orleans funeral music.”
I don’t ordinarily take an energetically exclusionary approach to art — people who say that THIS is our kind of music and THIS isn’t might be depriving themselves of delights — but in this case I wouldn’t mind accepting applications for members of my New York chapter of Angry Jazz Purists. This being New York, though, perhaps our group would be Fast-Talking Sarcastic Jazz Purists With An Ironic Edge. Anyone want to design our logo?
Thank you, David!