I just received a press release from the Cape May Jazz Festival, which — for all I know — is the most worthy of enterprises. However, the unnamed writer is prone to enthusiasms, as in the paragraph-opening announcement of Ravi Coltrane as “a true renaissance man who is at the forefront carving up new paths within jazz.”
1. Is that why musicians call a saxophone an axe?
2. And if jazz is indeed dying, could we indict that sentence?