Born roughly 100 years ago in the American South, out of the collision of African, European, and indigenous cultural expressions, jazz has grown in multiple directions here in the U. S. and around the world. Through its various “styles” jazz has been, is, and is becoming, many things to many people. The magic of jazz expression seems to be that it reflects all of the componant cultural influences of its own rich history, made even more complex by its global progression and apparent mandate for reinvention. Jazz doesn’t seem to want to sit still. It pushes against it’s own definitions, at times challenging even those who love it. It is a vibrant, living art form, and I think that’s a good thing.
The Anacortes Jazz Collection is a unique and valuable gift to the community, and a terrific opportunity for future generations. Its existing core is thoroughly researched and thoughtfully collected, reflecting the very core of the art form and the apparent desires of the involved community. In order for the collection to exist in best service to its future users, I believe we must build on the core in a way that acurately reflects the quality and breadth of the art form as it, and its devotees, move into the next 100 years.
My work on the Anacortes Jazz Collection will reflect my deep love of all of the aspects of jazz, along with my ongoing work in radio, concert production, and the global jazz infrastructure. Most importantly, it will also reflect the desires of the original benefactor, its host institution, and the expressed wishes of its community constituents.