In March of 2001 I sent a review of the PBS Jazz series to Chris Allen for his web site. Chris at the time was a wonderful trombonist and band leader who started a Boston jazz web site. I contributed a few things to that site before it folded. Eventually (to the disappointment of myself and others) Chris walked away from jazz to pursue his passion for software development. Although he has picked up his trombone on occasion since that time, I’m guessing he’s happy with that decision. It’s the rest of us who suffer.
In any event, I thought there were serious problems with the PBS series--assuming it was not meant to be fiction or a pseudo-documentary along the lines of Spinal Tap. (I suspect that, although fictional, Spinal Tap was closer to the TRUTH of what it is to be a Rock musician than Jazz was to its subject.) Since Chris’ web site disappeared I have noticed several references to my essay (e.g., check out the PBS Jazz series on Wikipedia). However, there was no place available on the internet that people could check out to see the essay for themselves. For all those folks--and anyone else who’s interested--here it is.