Festival as amplifier rather than umbrella? – Emma Webster

The EFG London Jazz Festival is often described as an ‘umbrella’ for events taking place within it. Events take place at venues such as Ronnie Scott’s which operate all year round, with the addition of special events with ‘big name’ artists promoted by Serious, the Festival’s producer, and other special gigs. However, I suggest that rather than an umbrella – a device for sheltering and protecting – the Festival is instead an amplifier of cultural activity. As an amplifier, the Festival increases and intensifies existing activity and in doing so, attracts other media and hence – in the case of radio – literally amplifies the music beyond usual levels of activity. In the case of the London Jazz Festival, this is through media partnerships with BBC Music and Jazz FM, but jazz is also getting more coverage than usual in broadsheets and other media as a result.
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Behind a live radio broadcast at Ronnie Scott’s – Emma Webster

Over the course of my research into live music, the phrase I’ve probably heard the most is ‘You can’t beat live music’. Another phrase often repeated more generally is how the pictures are better on radio. Last night I was lucky enough to actually be at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz on 3 on Friday 13th November rather than having to create my own pictures, broadcast live on Jazz on (Radio) 3, BBC Music Jazz, and Jazz FM, and presented by Jez Nelson. Continue reading Behind a live radio broadcast at Ronnie Scott’s – Emma Webster