Ed Cone does a good job of explaining the dynamics of community interaction on the Web in this 44-minute video, shot at the inaugural CreateSouth new media conference in Myrtle Beach, SC, on April 19.
Ed's talk was supposed to run about 45 minutes but ran long. Hence the video includes a couple of snips where I stopped recording during some chatter in a desperate attempt to conserve tape, and runs out about 90 seconds before Ed wrapped it up.
Jack McCray has been building a reputation for decades as Charleston's foremost authority on jazz history, and that's the way most people know him. He's the guy who wrote the book, literally, on local jazz ("Charleston Jazz," Arcadia Press, 2007), and given his background as a writer and editor, it's easy to give him that label and move on.
But trying to put a simple label on Jack is invariably stupid. If you love jazz, do you just write about it? Or do you create it? Promote it? Spread it?
Jack has produced other events, but his latest project might be his most ambitious to date. He's booked the top venue in the city and overseen the construction of an honest-to-God big band.
Reason? Because Charleston's contributions to jazz have been deeply connected to the big-band tradition. His show, The South Carolina Hit parade, is two hours of music from South Carolina jazz innovators played by South Carolina jazz player.
I think Jack is doing something historic. The problem? Since so few people understand the context of Charleston jazz history, the value of this event isn't widely appreciated... yet.
Jack and I have been sitting next to each other at work for about a year. I pulled him aside yesterday and did this quickie interview just to help spread the word. As always, Jack is just interesting.
(For the record, I'm sure Jack would want me to point out just how collaborative all this is -- he repeatedly tried to list all the musicians and partners involved in this project, and I invariably cut them out for time. Sorry, Jack.)
The South Carolina Hit Parade, March 22, 2008, at the Charleston Music Hall, from 7-9 p.m. Tickets are $40 at the door, $30 in advance at http://www.etix.com.