Steve's Blog: Solo Bass & Beyond

The Illusion Of ‘Genre’

August 8th, 2009 · 24 Comments

John Goldsby just tweeted a link to this article from the Wall Street Journal. It’s all about the falling audiences for jazz. A whole load of demographic stuff about who’s going to see jazz, and who now isn’t going to see jazz.

The problem with this is that any artist worth a listen doesn’t do ‘jazz gigs’. They play their own unique music. They play ‘John Goldsby music’, or ‘Miles Davis music’ or ‘Pat Metheny music’ or indeed ‘Steve Lawson music.

The ‘style’ might be jazz, but the intention, ideas and the 20/30/40/50 years of life experience that lead them to make the music they make are unrepeatable. [Read more →]

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"The Ilicco Effect" – A case study in online music discovery.

February 24th, 2009 · 9 Comments

Steve Lawson, Ilicco and Whatleydude at the Nokia Open Lab by Phil CampbellFollowing on from what I was saying in the Tour round-up about playing to people who don’t get into solo bass, I thought I’d write up the story of a friend of mine who listens to a heck of a lot of me…
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