In a recent interview Richard Scheinin asked Bill Cosby the
following (even though I’m not on a campaign to get rid of the word “JAZZ”):
Richard Scheinin: Trumpeter Nicholas Payton has a campaign to get rid of the word “jazz,” and replace it with “Black American Music, or BAM.” What do you think of that?
Cosby: I think that’s a wonderful idea. Since the Caucasian publications of European classical music refuse to identify that they’re talking about Caucasian people in Europe — they call it “classical,” in the sense of the world. So it’s like Major League Baseball: “And the Yankees are the World Champions!” (They) didn’t play Japan. They didn’t play Cuba. They didn’t play Puerto Rico.
OK, so this is a wonderful idea that Nicholas Payton has — and Max Roach said it, too. And Art Blakey said it, and Rahsaan Roland Kirk said it. I just wish they would all stay with it so that, when I’m listening to WBGO, they…
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