Jazz fans form a (virtual) street team with #jazzlives
Tired of the recent dire reports on jazz's health (particularly among ever-fickle younger audiences), a group of jazz journalists, bloggers and all-around fans have taken to the 140-character-paved streets of Twitter. For the digitally inclined jazz fan, we welcome the conveniently searchable hash tag #jazzlives, which is already getting a fair amount of play on the social networking site (though so far mostly dedicated to encouraging its use).
The rules are simple -- if anyone out there sees a jazz show, tweet the details and follow it up with the hash tag so it all winds up in one place. (Those of you not on Twitter, we apologize for being the umpteeth person to use the cringe-inducing word "tweet," but you can find more information here from organizer and jazz blogger Howard Mandel.)
Fine online outlets such as AccuJazz, All About Jazz and a host of festivals are already onboard, along with yours truly. Time will tell what the end gain will be from this effort, but suffice to say a good cause requires even better organization. This seems to be a fine start.
See you in Twitter-vania.
-- Chris Barton
Photo: Twitter screen shot