The Math of the Modern Jazz Fest: Jazz + Pop = Crowds
Date: Thursday, June 23, 2011 @ 23:57:23 UTC

This year's Ottawa International Jazz Festival, for example, prompted several broadsides in the local press. Complaining that this year's lineup included Robert Plant, Elvis Costello and k.d. lang's new band, a columnist for The Ottawa Citizen sniffed, "Call me a maverick, but I think jazz festivals should have jazz." Welcome to the uniquely frustrating mathematics of the modern jazz festival. How do you program a 10-day event intended to draw hundreds of thousands of people when only a precious few jazz acts are capable of filling a 2,500-seat hall? Complete Article

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