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letters | EARS TUNED TO JAZZ

Seeking solution to keep music from being marginalized

Re your June 30 editorial “Hot air, not cool jazz”: Boston’s thriving jazz scene is one of the most distinctive features of our city’s cultural life, but after July 6 you won’t know that from listening to WGBH 89.7. The station’s most recent programming cutbacks will marginalize jazz on the airwaves, depriving Boston’s jazz community of one of its strongest sources of support and undermining efforts to brand our city and state as jazz destinations for cultural tourists from near and far. This move is particularly disappointing coming from one of our country’s pioneer NPR stations, a station that once proudly called itself Boston’s NPR Arts and Culture Station.

We understand the challenges facing WGBH and other NPR stations nationwide. We also understand the pain and outrage of Boston’s jazz community because we’re part of that community. Other US cities have faced the same problems, and some of the most enlightened ones have found solutions. We’re optimistic that can happen here.

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To begin the process, JazzBoston will bring together members of Greater Boston’s jazz community and friends in the broader arts community in an open meeting at the Boston Public Library on July 31. We expect a large turnout.

Pauline Bilsky
Executive director
JazzBoston
Boston