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Billy Harper

Talking Jazz: MFM Breaks New Ground in its Musician’s Outreach

Text by Dawoud Kringle and Photos by Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi

On Monday, November 20th MFM hosted an experimental gathering. MFM founder Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi, and jazz legend Billy Harper organized a jazz musician meeting at Yeoryia Studios in Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Billy Harper was, of course, the keynote speaker.

The meeting was not well attended. Many of the over two dozen musicians who were personally invited by Saadat had the good manners to personally inform him that they could not attend (among them were Joe Lovano, Ron Carter, Randy Brecker, and Ray Blue). It is a regrettable thing, because some relevant and fascinating issues were brought up for discussion.

One of these was the question many musicians ask: is jazz dead? The answer is a decisive and intractable “No.” but there are difficulties that jazz must overcome. The struggles of jazz musicians – and all music professionals – have been beset by an ever changing set of circumstances and factors on the business and technological realities of the music business- all of which affects the public zeitgeist regarding jazz. Harper pointed out that every 10 years somebody propagates that jazz is dead as a way to get some attention for jazz music. There is truth to this; and perhaps serves to kick jazz musicians and audiences out of their complacency. Some people, musicians included, have a tendency to treat jazz as a “museum music:” i.e. they freeze it into a classical form, and resist its natural and organic nature to evolve. There is also they tendency of the corporatocracy to deliberately resist the prosperity and vibrancy of jazz. The reason for this is simple; the “dumbing down” of the audiences generates greater profits over a shorter period of time. The recent developments in computer based music technology facilitate these phenomenons – and also facilitate the opposition to the degeneration of musical and artistic sublimity and meaning.

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Steve Gordon

Book Review: Steve Gordon’s “The 11 Contracts That Every Artist, Songwriter, and Producer Should Know”

Or: The 11 Contracts That Every Professional Musician, Songwriter, and Producer Should Know

A Book Review by Dawoud Kringle 

The pantheon of music related literature is littered with books on how to succeed in the music business. They range from the invaluable to the useless. To complicate matters, the volatile and mercurial nature of the music business itself almost inevitably renders them obsolete within five years of their publication. For a book to survive in such an environment, it’s author would not only need to clearly and concisely convey the most important and indispensable information, but also to extrapolate the possible directions the music business will go in the future.

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Visionary music warrior

Musical Warriorship: A Continuing Discourse

Text by Dawoud Kringle

visionary music An elite minority of musicians must function to preserve traditional music. Most musicians will simply follow the herd. What remains are the visionaries.

This is a lonely and hard path. Warriors walk alone.

Mind you, all of them have their purpose. All of them great art that possesses meaning. All of them are worthy of respect. All deserve fair treatment in the fiscal / financial aspects of music.

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An Analysis of the Music of the Alt-Right: Know Your Enemy

Text by Dawoud Kringle

“The man that hath no music in himself, Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, Is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils; The motions of his spirit are dull as night, And his affections dark as Erebus. Let no such man be trusted. Mark the music.” – William Shakespeare (The Merchant of Venice, act 5, scene 1)

Alt-Right rally in Charlottesville

On Friday, August 11th, 2017, white nationalists chose the largely liberal town of Charlottesville (Virginia) to stage a protest march. The alt-right, of whom white nationalists and white supremacists are an integral part. met with counter protesters. Violence and bloodshed erupted when an alt-rightist, in an indisputable an act of domestic terrorism, drove a car into a crowd of protesters, killing one and injuring several.

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