The Big City

”The more susbtantial an individual’s aesthetic experience is, the sounder his taste, the sharper his moral focus, the freer—though not necessarily the happier—he is.."

Everybody’s hurting. In music, jazz musicians are really hurting because for the most part they make their money with live gigs and teaching, so yeah no work (and that work is wage-based, you do the work then you get paid, we’re a long way from when Duke Ellington could keep a band on salary and have them available when he wanted).

Thursday, May 14, 8pm EST, the Jazz Foundation of America is putting up an online show for the COVID-19 Musicians Emergency Concert Fund. It’s a benefit show, so your donations go to the fund. And why donate? Because here’s some of the people who will be playing:

  • John Batiste
  • Elvis Costello
  • Robert Cray
  • Bootsy Collins
  • Cheryl Crow
  • Mark Ribot
  • Angelique Kidjo

Keegan-Michael Key hosts. The show will stream at the link above of the Foundation’s YouTube page, and once it opens it will be rebroadcast at 10pm the same night then be available for 24 hours. Tune in.

“…Edgy models include Brooklyn Rail…”

San Francisco Classical Voice

“George Grella understood exactly.”

Robert Ashley

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