AFTER NEW JAZZ SITCOM GOES LIVE, WHITE COLLEGE STUDENTS RANT SAYING "JAZZ WAS SAVED BY WHITE PEOPLE" AND "BLACK PEOPLE DON'T LISTEN TO IT ANYMORE"
A scene from the Giant Steps TV show
A controversy arose on social media following a recent BlackNews.com story entitled, "Giant Steps TV Show -- America's First Jazz Sitcom Launches on Amazon" which was published on October, 31, 2017. Apparently, three white students at The New School School in New York posted that the show "sucked" and was "bad for jazz", "not remotely funny or interesting", and then followed with a claim that "whites saved jazz because Black people don't listen to it anymore" and that "whites have evolved the music to be more intellectually engaging". They further offered anecdotal proof claiming that booking agents nationwide hire more white artists than black artists.
This happened on the same day that Grammy award-winning iconic drummer Jeff 'Tain' Watts had given the show 5 Stars on Amazon, where the bulk of comments surrounding the show applaud it as funny, entertaining, historic, and a first step in addressing the plight of jazz within the sitcom format, utilizing three top Black musicians as the principal actors.
Several musicians excoriated the students' assertions, including William Murray, an celebrated original member of the famed Howard University Jazz Ensemble, legendary bassist Mickey Bass, who stars in the show, and Dr. Geraldine Seay a Florida A&M history professor and owner of B Sharp's Jazz Club in Tallahassee, Florida.
Former Duke Ellington Orchestra alum Gregory Charles Royal, who created, wrote, and co-stars in Giant Steps with Mickey Bass and Lauryn Hill saxophonist Brent Birckhead said, "These comments open up a simmering wound that has been on the surface for decades. Jazz in no way knows color, but in every way it knows tradition. Many Black musicians feel that the ill effects of academia have created a class of people who have no idea about jazz's traditions, nuances, humor or historical context."
He continues, "We never expected people such as this to 'get it' with our show. And obviously the show will improve its production quality as we move out of the pilot. But the bigger issue is do we as Americans want our artforms co-opted by people who have no sense or desire to respect or understand tradition or context? That jazz is the only Black artform that has been co-opted to this extent, Giant Steps and other future shows depicting the jazz experience in creative ways are an obligation of its warriors to produce."
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4 Simple Steps for Effective SoundCloud Music Promotion
By Sneha Das |
Music is an integral part of our life and most of us are passionate about it. If you have planned to start out as a musician, you must have spent all your time writing lyrics and composing the songs. But, if you want to spread your songs to a wide range of audiences in the world, you must know more than to create great tracks. The knowledge to efficiently market your tracks in the web world is imperative. It is also the shortest way to promote your sounds without shelling any money.
SoundCloud is the number one platform for worldwide artists to gain recognition for their tunes. There are around millions of users in this audio-streaming site that offers the chance for more exposure. A decade ago, music promotion was a hassle, but now it's an easy task. In this audio-sharing site, you can easily gain as many followers and likes as you want to widespread your popularity.
Many major musicians are also on SoundCloud due to its wide reach and influence. It is a great platform for them to construct great tracks and spread them. For effective music marketing, you must be able to identify your target audiences and develop your goal as a tunesmith. As we all know, the shortest way to promote your songs is to hire an agency or company, but if you're doing it on your own, then you must follow these points.
Mandatory Marketing Plan:
It is rather important to develop a marketing plan as it is a guide that can help you attain your goals. With a plan you can easily understand your next step, but without it, there is a high chance of losing focus and getting diverted from your goal. Therefore, it is compulsory to have a solid direction with an unwavering determination to promote your music on a competitive platform.
Sharing is More than Caring:
When it comes to music, all of us have shared our favorite songs with others. Likewise, sharing on SoundCloud is essential to gain popularity and recognition in the massive music community. SoundCloud Music Promotion is the ultimate way to promote tracks and get more followers, reposts and downloads. Along with SoundCloud, you can further share it on other popular social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter.
Follow to become a Leader:
Following is one of the best ways to get noticed. When you follow someone on SoundCloud, they are notified and most likely to return the favor by following you back. Even if they don't follow, they checkout your profile and like your tracks. However, it is important to ensure that you're following people in the same music genre or style as you, so that they appreciate your work. Moreover, it is recommended to be genuine when you follow, don't just follow to spread your tracks.
Grasp the Power of Consistency:
The best of profiles can become unnoticed due to lack of consistency. If you are not dedicated to your music sharing, then your profile can go silent. Thus, it is smart to become consistent and upload fresh sounds that creates a niche for you, establishes your reputation and makes you discoverable on SoundCloud. Besides, this is a great way to form a consistent relationship with your listeners and audiences worldwide.