Sunday, February 8, 2009
Jazz at Lincoln Center: Take the Coca Cola out of Dizzy's Club
It's great to have Dizzy's Club as a jazz venue at Jazz At Lincoln Center in Manhattan. But selling the naming rights to Coca Cola SUCKS. I really don't care if a sports stadium gets a corporate name (pro sports is so awash in corporate money, and corporate culture that they deserve it). But a jazz club, and one dedicated to Dizzy, should not be so desecrated. It's worse than bad taste, it's selling out creativity for money. Of course selling out all principle for money is the American way, but a creative music and the persona of the great be-bopper shouldn't be degraded like this.
There's a reason big corporations sponsor the arts. They are trying to cover up their justly earned image as sociopaths and thieves. If only they gone after Planter's Peanuts as a sponsor, that I could understand (Salt peanuts! Salt peanuts!).
PS: "Hot Peanuts," for those not in the know, is a jazz composition written by Dizzy and recorded by his quintet with Charlie Parker. The song featured Dizzy singing "Salt Peanuts, Salt peanuts" as part of the opening melody.