Mark Stryker

Steve Coleman & #MeToo Moment in Jazz

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Access to capital is also important, to have a support system in place to create viable working outlets for people who do not want to play that game, either as producers or players.

I think it's a sad comment on the species that there has not been a natural migration of capital to such a model/models. I'm sure people are trying, but....try harder.

Don't expect "the system" to change. Make your own system, hard as it may be, And at some point, confront this - do you want to do good work, do you want to be famous, or is there no difference for you? If there's no difference, hey, you have a path forward already.

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Thanks for digging this up. So one the one hand, we know that Feather pursued her and she rejected him. Did he then proceed to sabotage her career as a revenge? Not sure, but we do know that he started bad-mouthing her playing, accusing her of being a Horace Silver clone. Such statements from him could not help her career, he was a tastemaker, for better or for worse. Would he have made these statements regardless? Maybe.

Her personality made it hard for her to pursue a career in jazz anyway, and it looks like she was told to 'get a real job' but the fact is, whatever passion she may have had for jazz was sucked out of her, and we cannot discount the possibility that Feather's behavior may have been part of it. Yes, there were other factors, but maybe she could have otherwise overcome them. At some point, she was passionate. The anecdote with the radio proves it.

Still does not explain why Feather briefly championed a number of female artists but then did not follow up. Maybe he saw no reason to in terms of what was in it for him, that is possible. But other scenarios are possible as well. We will probably never know the truth unless there is substantial documentation as there is for Jutta.

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1 minute ago, bertrand said:

 he was a tastemaker,

I believe today's term is "influencer"?

Or is it ineffectual to pursue a dead body with a living word?

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