Category: Marty Khan’s Blog

Who Gives a Damn? I Do.

Your head says one way; your whole life says another….your head always loses. – Frank McCloud   (Bogart in Key Largo) If the patient doesn’t care; why should the doctor? – Makanda McIntyre (over and over again) Here we are: 5 … Continue reading

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Time For A Reality Check

Jazz funding initiatives are like spending $100,000 for a memorial service to a musician whose life could have been saved by a $5,000 operation  –  Marty Khan from The MOJO Plan “Face it, Khan. The big problem with you is … Continue reading

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One For All…All For All: Collective Action

For nearly 25 years now, I’ve been warning Jazz artists and professionals of the serious dangers that were lying ahead to both the music and their livelihoods. But more importantly, I’ve been developing methods of addressing, thwarting and overcoming them … Continue reading

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Responsibility to the Highest Power

“People can think that something’s happening when nothing’s going on; but they can’t think that nothing’s happening when something’s going on.”  – Sonny Fortune (1996) My last two blog posts at Khanfrontation were about Commitment and Responsibility. You might think … Continue reading

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The Artistry of the Responsibility of Artistry

The value of a man is as great as his responsibility.  – Hazrat Inayat Khan This does not mean giving up any freedom except the freedom to act irresponsibly.  – Klaatu – The Day the Earth Stood Still (in his … Continue reading

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‘Compromising’ Your Music Without Sacrificing Integrity

 “Art and Spirituality and Commitment are all very important, but if you can have some barbecued shrimp along the way, there ain’t nothin’ wrong with that.”  – Lester Bowie When I heard the great trumpeter/wit/visionary/prankster say this to a promoter … Continue reading

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Commitment: Diluted, Deluded and Omitted

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”  – Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. On this day when we commemorate the ultimate sacrifice of Reverend King, and as I contemplate the recent passing of … Continue reading

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