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COLUMN FIFTY-SEVEN, MARCH 1, 2001
(Copyright 2001 Al Aronowitz)

ART ATTACK


MARGARET DAVIS
... The newsletter for & about liberation musicians in NYC ...

Resources  for  musicians (grants, prizes, funding, housing,

legal, medical, scholarships, health care, etc.);

listings of concerts & special events for music lovers.

<http://www.jazznewyork.org>

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Copyright Margaret Davis, Editor & Publisher.  All rights reserved.

N O T I C E :

Our Web address will be changing soon, &

temporarily there will be several sites where this

publication can be found, but probably the simplest

one to use & remember is <http://www.jazznewyork.org>.

Please bookmark this address, or enter it into your

"favorites" file, so that you

never lose track

of "Art Attack!"

Choices & opinions in this publication are entirely personal, with primary focus

on the miraculous art form known as jazz (meaning original, creative, heartfelt,

improvised music that embraces & extends the tradition ~ or as John Birks

"Dizzy" Gillespie put it, "You've got to keep one foot in the past & the other in

the future").  Preference for listings is partly given to free or reasonably priced

events in Manhattan.  Please double~check all information before acting on it,

since mistakes & changes do happen.  Phone numbers shown without area

codes are (212). The newsletter is divided into 3 sections:  (1) special

announcements & survival news (though creative endeavor is inherently

non~competitive except with oneself, a few contests are sometimes listed

among the survival announcements because they offer significant prize money

to winners); (2) continuous events; (3) upcoming events.  Events are listed in

order of chronology first, then time, then alphabetically by venue within NYC,

then (last) out of town.

Many performers these days make careers as imitators, in music negotiating

their way neatly through charts & copying other people's solos, sounds, &

styles; often they receive strong support from political, social & corporate

powers seeking to appropriate cultural riches that belong to others, or to kill

what they do not & cannot own.  Meanwhile, many living masters with original

voices, true creativity, & real passion struggle on in relative obscurity, trying to

add something new to what has already been said in the music.  To quote Billie

Holiday, if you aren't being original, "It's close~order drill or exercise or

yodeling or something, but not music."  By this definition, wherever possible,

only authentic musicians are listed herein.  

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