Tuesday, November 16, 2004

BOY, WE CALL IT JAZZ. EVEN THOUGH IT ISN'T: You have to worry for the future of Jazz when even Jazz FM admits nobody much wants to listen to it. Ofcom have agreed to let the station abandon its promise to play "music that sits well with the term jazz" in favour of daytime R&B and soul - with the token bit of Joss Stone and Jamie Callum's barely-Jazz as a sop to the name of the network. The station will continue to poke jazz out when nobody's listening, stuttering that "Jazz is more of a night-time listen, anyway" - odd claim for a company whose lucrative London licence was based on a claim that there was a huge number of people desperate for jazz round the clock, isn't it?