THE AUDIENCE FOR JAZZ AND BLUES
Go out to hear this type of music specifically
Jazz 19% 18%
Blues 20% 5%
The main reason for going out to hear this kind of music is: More than one answer allowed A big name/band Jazz 18% Blues 12%
Follow this music Jazz 23% Blues 10%
Something different Jazz 19% Blues 12%
Where do you go to hear this type of music generally? More than one answer allowed
Public house, hotel or restaurant 34%
Special event or theatre venue 18%
What do you dislike most about this kind of event?
Smoky atmosphere 39%
Drum solos 17%
Long intervals, breaks 13%
Playing too loudly 13%
Solos too long 9%
Audience too noisy 9%
All answers 100%
The days of the smoky, loud basement club, and ten chorus solos are over.
Those who say they are “Keen” or “Very Keen” on jazz were asked if they could play an instrument. 89% said they could (most learnt their instrument at school) 26% of those who can play say they are still playing now. This seems a very high figure, but the hard core of jazz followers is active musically in some way.
However 80% of the players say they have never attended a music workshop.
The sample of those who have attended a workshop was supplemented with extra respondents at one jazz workshop series to provide the following likes/dislikes about workshops. This data must be taken very cautiously because it would be influenced by their immediate experience. But for some straw indicators we proffer the following.
Advantages of attending a workshop
Chance to learn 52%
Chance to play 11%
Both equally 37%
Dislikes about workshops
Here the sample is too small to give percentages but in order of response the dislikes were
Too big a group/Too advanced/Not advanced enough/Embarrassment at playing in front of others