YOUR SOURCE OF JAZZ AND MORE IN WASHINGTON DC AND THE WORLD
You've said it all Jan! I understand that Barack Obama has Miles Davis on his ipod - perhaps there's some hope that he will help confirm the fact that JAZZ is born and bred in America - the rest of the world knows it but our citizens don't.
I believe one of the reasons is due to lack of unionized, unified leadership.
There is a lack of musical and historical education in our schools, FIRST of all to give the young people the theoretical musical knowledge to APPRECIATE jazz (which is a very complex musical form compared to what they hear on commercial radio.)
SECOND of all, they should learn that Jazz is America's NUMBER ONE contribution to culture in the WORLD and the pride that African American chfildren should have knowing that their people were the primary innovators and contributors to Jazz's development is right up there with having an African American president.
THIRD, Jazz has been a HUGE motivator for whites, Hispanics, blacks, orientals, Europeans and people of ALL races and religious beliefs to look beyond out differences and work together to create beauty. People forget that Benny Goodman stuck his neck WAY out to play on stage with Charlie Christian, Lionel Hampton and Teddy Wilson at places like Carnegie Hall. Miles Davis took a lot of heat for hiring Bill Evans, as Cannonball Adderley did for hiring Victor Feldman and Joe Zawinul.
Jazz has proven the Melting Pot more than any other pursuit I can imagine. Where I live, the city of Brotherly Love, there is plenty of racial tension to go around, but walk into ANY Jazz club here, and you will not only see black and whites on stage together, but members of the audience comprised of many races and backgrounds will be greeting one another with since hugs and kisses.
Jazz is a NATIONAL TREASURE and beeds to be treated as such, not just for the beauty of the sounds created, but also because of the social goodwill it creates organically through the sheer quality of the music and the pains it takes to be good enough to contribute to its development.