Monday, August 15, 2005

An afternoon of jazz

I attended the Newport Jazz Festival in Rhode Island yesterday. It isn't very often that I get to hear live jazz, so I had a very enjoyable time, and thanks to Rachel, who won free tickets from boston.com, it didn't cost me anything.

Here are three major observations from the afternoon:

  • Dave Brubeck is old. I mean, very old--84 years old, to be exact. And he wasn't exactly a spring chicken when "Take Five" was a big hit in 1960.
  • Despite New Englanders' reputation for being unfriendly, they are sometimes surprisingly capable of engaging in random acts of kindness. While Rachel and I were waiting in line for The Falafel Man to feed us, we were discussing the fact that the fried nature of falafel makes it the perfect vegetarian dish for me. The man behind us struck up a conversation about fried snickers and other fried foods. After we all received our orders, we parted ways.

    Several hours later, the friendly gentleman went out of his way to track us down and saw that we were sitting far from the stage. He gave us both his tickets. We soon found ourselves sitting center-stage, four rows back.

    He had given Rachel his business card, and we learned that he teaches at MIT. It turns out that he's a pretty accomplished guy. It's satisfying to know that a brilliant and ambitious person can also be down-to-earth and giving.
  • There were too many white people there. I was a bit upset to find less than five percent of the audience was comprised of black people. Why doesn't this form of music, which was created by black people, attract them any more? This interview provides some answers.

6 Comments:

At 11:01 PM, Anonymous Levar Burton said...

why weren't there more black people there? ummmm...perhaps cus you were in Rhode Island?

 
At 11:07 PM, Anonymous Google Pagerank said...

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At 4:13 PM, Blogger Fogfart said...

In a previous post you lament about being called a racist; maybe it's because you say racist things.

 
At 4:58 PM, Blogger Dan said...

Would you care to provide evidence of this claim?

 
At 10:49 AM, Blogger Fogfart said...

It doesn't pass the most basic challenge. Change "too many white people" for "too many green people" and ask yourself if this would cause alarm to the green people. If I say I had a less than perfect experience on a recent trip to an Ivy League basketball game because there were too many brown people could you not notice?

 
At 12:12 PM, Blogger Dan said...

You've blown my cover. I hate white people.

 

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