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HOT LINKS, TENDER BUTTONS, AND YOU

Is this post about sausage?  No, but I might have gotten your attention.

Will JAZZ LIVES now focus on Gertrude Stein’s book TENDER BUTTONS? 

Also unlikely. 

Many readers have told me that their efforts to reward the musicians they love got nowhere.  “The button doesn’t work.”  “The link doesn’t show up in my email.”  And, most painfully, “You’re discriminating against Mac users.”

I apologize for my temporary technical difficulties and technological limitations. 

But the hot link below, the tender button, is now workingProceed boldly.

REMEMBER!  ALL MONEY COLLECTED GOES TO THE MUSICIANS!  SO CLICK BELOW!

https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=VBURVAWDMWQAS

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TRANSPARENCY

Several readers and friends have expressed concerns about my idea of rewarding the musicians whose video performances I post on JAZZ LIVES.  And in the interest of what Andreas Kagedal calls “transparency,” here are a few clarifications.

They are not idly stated or chosen.  I understand that — even in the best economic times — asking people to part with any money is something serious.  And JAZZ LIVES is in the odd / intriguing position of public radio or television: I will keep doing what I’ve been doing even if the plan to recompense the musicians is not a success (in ways I can’t yet predict).

So here goes.

1.  I am not taking a cent of the money I collect — not for “administrative expenses,” not for a salary.  I am not asking readers to pay me for what I do.

2.  Rather than being a reward for the most popular band or “the best band on JAZZ LIVES,” which seems fraught with hurtful possibilities, I propose that my model is a profit-sharing scheme.  At the end of the year, I will tally up the videos I have posted of outstanding jazz performances — videos I have created myself (not YouTube clips from other sources).  I will divide the proceeds according to the frequency with which each musician appears.  (I believe that for this to be reasonably workable a player will have appeared with some regularity.)  A player who has been featured in twenty clips will get a larger percentage of the monies collected than a player who has appeared in one.  And although the math is potentially annoying, I think this system rewards the musicians rather than “bands,” which sometimes have fluctuating personnels.

3.  What does this mean in practice?  Let us assume that you have been moved by the videos I have been posting.  And let us also assume that if you were on the spot you would reach into your pocket and put some money in the tip jar.  The PayPal DONATE button is the way to send some tangible love to these gifted men and women even if you are far away.  It doesn’t have the same immediacy — but how many of us are willing to find out a musician’s home address and send her / him a check for the pleasure we have received?  Many of us would like to but find the lack of immediacy a drag . . . . I am trying to use cyberspace to accomplish what is (on one level) physically impossible — that you could BE THERE, watching and enjoying the sounds and the scene.  My hope is that the same machinery — mysterious and wonderful — that makes it possible for you to watch TIGER RAG or BODY AND SOUL even when time and space seem to make it unreal, will make it possible for viewers to give something back.

4.  Here’s the button!  Try it out . . . .

ALL THE MONEY GOES TO THE MUSICIANS!  PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW!

https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=VBURVAWDMWQAS

For the musicians, JAZZ LIVES thanks each of you in advance.

And tomorrow I would like to post some videos rather than discussing them!

Late-breaking news: it seems that the button above does not work when the blog comes through email . . . but it does work if you look for this entry or the preceding ones by visiting http://www.jazzlives.wordpress.com

OPEN YOUR HEART

In THERE’LL BE SOME CHANGES MADE
https://jazzlives.wordpress.com/2011/01/25/therell-be-some-changes-made/
I wrote from my heart.

I hope that people who love this music, who watch the videos I post, will give something back to the men and women who so inspire us. 

Someone dubbed my idea “the JAZZ LIVES cyber-tip-jar.”

It is an experiment in making it easy to send love and appreciation. 

I have created a PayPal account to collect whatever people can give.  Whatever I collect will go to the musicians.  I know my readers will make PayPal swing!

Don’t worry: JAZZ LIVES will never become public radio or public television.  No pledge drives, marathons, tote bags, exhortations. 

But I hope that the PayPal DONATE button inspires everyone to send something tangible to the musicians who so inspire us.

PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW: ALL MONEY COLLECTED GOES TO THE MUSICIANS!

https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=VBURVAWDMWQAS

And what would a JAZZ LIVES announcement be without the appropriate music?   

On January 20, 2011, the Beloved and I went to Smalls (138 West 10th Street) and delighted in the duets of Jon-Erik Kellso and Ehud Asherie.  One of the lovely songs they played — and I didn’t recognized it until Ehud announced it — was James P. Johnson’s OPEN YOUR HEART. 

Open yours.  Let it grow!

P.S.  It’s the morning of January 28th: the PayPal account is working splendidly; people have sent money; it will go to the musicians.  “Yeah, man!”

ONE MORE TIME! THERE’LL BE SOME CHANGES MADE

I am doing the unusual thing of sending this blogpost out again because it seems to have stalled somewhere in cyberspace. 

It is a very important posting for me and perhaps for the music.  I hope you understand my earnestness. 

Thank you for reading it and following JAZZ LIVES! 

P.S.  I have indeed started the process with a new PayPal account.  It’s working!  People have sent money: the money will go to the musicians.  Hotter than that!   

Michael Steinman

“You gotta pay the band,” according to Abbey Lincoln.  

This isn’t a post about putting more than a dollar bill in the tip jar: that’s for another time.  

This post is about responding with open hearts to the marvels the musicians create for us.   

Because of JAZZ LIVES, I have been having the time of my life recording live jazz performances and sharing them in cyberspace for free.  I am so happy that people who can’t get to a New York club or Chautauqua or Whitley Bay can now enjoy what the musicians do so brilliantly.  And my readers tell me regularly how these videos enrich their lives.    

Without intending to take advantage of a soul, I have made it possible for people to see hours and hours of live music for free.  But the last two words of that sentence have come to seem an unfairness.   

Have no fear: I do not plan to stop videorecording jazz performances.  To do so would break my heart.

People have told me, “You are acting as an unpaid publicist.  These musicians are getting great publicity and exposure!”  Maybe that is true, but I think that even politely asking musicians to work for nothing isn’t right. 

When some New York City listeners tell me, “I don’t have to go to ____ club because I can watch the performances on your blog,” that’s not right, either.   

So, THERE’LL BE SOME CHANGES MADE.  You know the song.

want to make JAZZ LIVES a medium for generosity and appreciation so that people all over the world can send the musicians tangible recompense for their creativity.  

A few musicians I’ve spoken with have dissuaded me from the iTunes model (putting a set price one must pay to view each video). 

I like the idea of a PayPal DONATE button.  People could donate what they choose as the spirit moves them.  I know that my readers would be generous!   

Let us give back to those who give us so much joy.  It’s only fair!

UPDATE: HERE’S THE LINK!  TRY IT OUT!  ONE CLICK MOVES MOUNTAINS (as the musicians move us!)

https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=VBURVAWDMWQAS