Thursday, January 24, 2008

The Miles Bonny Hustle

I can already hear many of you protesting that Miles Bonny isn't really a jazz artist. Maybe, maybe not. The semantics of jazz don't interest me much. Jazz, funk, whatever- the guy is getting it done. Area musicians should consider him a role model. He's internet savvy and cranks out videos and a steady stream of product on his own record label. It's time to step up your game, jazz cats.


the unthinking lemming said...

What game? Loops?

Happy In Bag said...

That's funny, UL.

But let me share a relevant anecdote with you. Last week I asked an area jazz musician to send me a link to her web site. She replied that she's "in the process of creating" one.

Even a fool like me can toss together a respectable MySpace account in an hour. Not only is that the most vital place for a musician to be, it's free.

That's the game.

the unthinking lemming said...

You must have missed the hundreds of local "jazz cat" links down the right side of this site? I find little relevance with a single anecdote when you often tout the numerous links you yourself provide.

The "product" Bonny pumps out reminds me of a less sophisticated Michael Franks. Hip Hop meets Adult Contemporary. If the "game" can get DJMiles attention as a "jazz cat" role model, why bother? Jazz is dead. Long Live Jazz!

Anonymous said...

well well well........Miles is a role model as an artist and foremost as a producer. There are no musicians (jazz or otherwise)with the creative output of miles. And, he still has time to go out and listen to local jazz on nights off.

you gotta stop putting boundires on music like they are rivals. when we come together we change the world. there are jazz musicians on innatesounds label as well as hip hop. check it out

Miles Bonny said...

Jazz isn't dead. It's just often boring and bad. For those frustrated I'd ask you to look at yourself and see where your frustration begins.

I call on whomever considers themselves to be near the center of the Jazz Scene in KC to create and facilitate a discussion including members of the jazz scene, venue owners, press, fans etc to get this mess all cleared up. I'd be long overdue.

If anyone would like to discuss this with me, please email me

It'd be unproductive to continue to debate here.

love yourself.
thanks - Miles