The last seven minutes or so of BBC Radio Four’s “Broadcasting House” this morning were devoted to a discussion – prompted by Dave Brubeck’s death – of the current state of jazz.
The main speakers were London Standard jazz critic Jack Massarik (taking a pessimistic view of things) and guitarist Femi Temowo (a bit more optimistic).
The programme is available online for the next year.
It was too short to throw much light on the matter, and the lack of a knowledgeable host meant that some of the more interesting or contentious points didn’t get followed up. However, at least both speakers were agreed that the current coverage of jazz in the media, and particularly on television, is woeful.
(Thanks to Lance Liddle’s Tyneside blog, Bebop Spoken Here for first drawing my attention to the programme).