April 30 Message
from the
A.T.J.S. President


 

Dear Jazz Fans:

Thursday, April 30 is International Jazz Day.  Jazz is a uniquely American music form that has become an international language.  I hope we will all take a moment to reflect on what jazz means to each and every one of us.  Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, jazz musicians cannot perform for you in a live setting.  Those of us who are jazz musicians can’t play for you, as we would dearly love to do.  However, there is a ton of good recorded jazz readily available.  Artists and groups have streamed many new performances on the Internet.  There are jazz streaming sites on the Internet.  YouTube has many recordings by Austin-area traditional jazz musicians.  You find a list of videos on our website.  Now might be a good time to expand your jazz CD or download collection.  We can still enjoy jazz until the coast is clear to enjoy live performances again.

In previous messages, I have pointed out that our full-time jazz musicians can neither perform nor teach during this pandemic shutdown.  I am pleased to note that the Austin Jazz Society’s Project Safety Net has succeeded in reaching out to a number of Austin-area jazz musicians.  The big question is whether this fund will hold out until federal relief begins to arrive, or the pandemic ends.    I thank all of you who have joined the Austin Traditional Jazz Society in assisting this most worthy cause.

It’s never too late to contribute to Project Safety Net:


http://www.austinjazzsociety.org/ProjectSafetyNet.html

Or send a check to:


Austin Jazz Society
Project Safety Net
PO Box 170141
Austin TX  78717

Sincerely yours,

Dave Stoddard
A.T.J.S. President

My paternal grandfather died in the Spanish Flu Epidemic of 1918.  My father was very young and scarcely knew him.  Eventually the 1918 Epidemic went away and life returned to normal.  We will get through the current crisis and live jazz will be waiting for you when it’s safe to come out again.



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